- Paperback: 1176 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2nd edition (May 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321508793
- ISBN-13: 978-0321508799
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.5 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition
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"As Excel applications become more complex and the Windows development platform more powerful, Excel developers need books like this to help them evolve their solutions to the next level of sophistication. ""Professional Excel Development ""is a book for developers who want to build powerful, state-of-the-art Excel applications using the latest Microsoft technologies." -Gabhan Berry, Program Manager, Excel Programmability, Microsoft "The first edition of ""Professional Excel Development ""is my most-consulted and most-recommended book on Office development. The second edition expands both the depth and range. It shines because it takes every issue one step further than you expect. The book relies on the authors' current, real-world experience to cover not only how a feature works, but also the practical implications of using it in professional work." -Shauna Kelly, Director, Thendara Green "This book illustrates techniques that will result in well-designed, robust, and maintainable Excel-based applications. The authors' advice comes from decades of solid experience of designing and building applications. The practicality of the methods is well illustrated by the example timesheet application that is developed step-by-step through the book. Every serious Excel developer should read this and learn from it. I did." -Bill Manville, Application Developer, Bill Manville Associates The Start-to-Finish Guide to Building State-of-the-Art Solutions with Excel 2007 In this book, four world-class Microsoft(R) Excel developers offer start-to-finish guidance for building powerful, robust, and secure applications with Excel. The authors-three of whom have been honored by Microsoft as Excel Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs)-show how to consistently make the right design decisions and make the most of Excel's most powerful new features. Using their techniques, you can reduce development costs, time to market, and hassle-and "build more effective, successful solutions." Fully updated for Excel 2007, this book starts where other books on Excel programming leave off. Through a hands-on case study project, you'll discover best practices for planning, architecting, and building Excel applications that are robust, secure, easy to maintain, and highly usable. If you're a working developer, no other book on Excel programming offers you this much depth, insight, or value. - Design worksheets that will be more useful and reliable - Leverage built-in and application-specific add-ins - Construct applications that behave like independent Windows programs - Make the most of the new Ribbon user interface - Create cross-version applications that work with legacy versions of Excel - Utilize XML within Excel applications - Understand and use Windows API calls - Master VBA error handling, debugging, and performance optimization - Develop applications based on data stored in Access, SQL Server, and other databases - Build powerful visualization solutions with Excel charting engine - Learn how to work with VB.NET and leverage its IDE - Automate Microsoft Excel with VB.NET - Create managed COM add-ins for Microsoft Excel with VB.NET - Develop Excel solutions with Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) - Integrate Excel with Web Services - Deploy applications more securely and efficiently
About the Author
Rob Bovey, President of Application Professionals, has developed several Excel add-ins shipped by Microsoft. He coauthored the Microsoft Excel 97 Developers Kit and Excel 2007 VBA Programmer’s Reference.
Dennis Wallentin has developed Excel solutions since the 1980s through his firm, XL-Dennis, based in Östersund, Sweden.
Stephen Bullen, coauthor of The Excel 2007 VBA Programmer’s Reference, owns Office Automation, Ltd., based in Essex, Ireland.
John Green owns Execuplan Consulting, a Sydney, Australia-based consultancy specializing in Excel and Access development.
Bovey, Bullen, and Green hold Microsoft’s prestigious Most Valuable Professional (MVP) honor.
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Then I flipped to Chapter 15 "VBA Error Handling" and I again realized it was time for another quantum leap. I am almost done with that work, and my client has commented how my application has suddenly felt more "stable" and "mature". There are a couple of things lacking in Chapter 15 but it's still extremely useful.
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1) The concept of "rethrow" error handling for functions is begun, but not followed up by any examples of good error handling for functions that need to return specific values (not error handling booleans).
2) I would also like a discussion of hybrid use of the "rethrow" and the "function return value" methods and/or a full example of a robust method that covers the details of entry points, subroutines and functions.
3) It is not clear whether or not command buttons on forms are entry points (i.e. events they trigger like "sub cmdSort_Click()"). The book states that every user-initiated action is an entry point including events, but I don't think they treated this case fully. For instance, if my form contains the buttons "Sort", "OK", and "Cancel". The book shows what to do with the cancel, but not whether the user clicking on "Sort" constitutes an entry point within an entry point and how to error-handle that.
The book will improve your skills dramatically.
It also comes with a CD containing all the code samples plus some useful tools for tidying up and managing your code.
Feel your income potential rise.
Updated 6/2018: This book is still my favorite tech book. Now, however, you'll have to work to hunt down a copy. It's worth it. Like many great books, it will speak to you from different angles and teach you different things as you develop the need, the openess and the perspective to hear it.
This book is special for 3 reasons:
1) Practicality of advanced topics:
As a power-user, when was the last time you found yourself seriously looking at c programming, ADO, and SQL? The authors give us real life uses for these sorts of things, in a very focused manner. You walk away with an excellent understanding of why and when to use these things (notice I didn't say thorough understanding. The authors wisely admit that's someone else job, and point you in the right direction), based on what you're trying to accomplish.
2) Relevance of good programming practices:
Most books on programming teach "good programming practice" as if you are going to be working in an enterprise environment, with a team of engineers and professors. That's fine but in reality power-users work under deadlines and completely alone. No one cares how well you comment your code. As long as the thing works, when you want it too, then you've programmed enough. The authors explain a concept called "Interfacing" in a way that makes "good programming" a very practical time investment. I know "Interfacing" is not a new concept (as none of the topics in this book are). Its all in how the authors connect the dots. The relationship of concepts is far more important than the concept itself.
3) You want to know more:
Usually that's a bad thing, but not in this case because you know why. 90% of technical authors write some form of a dictionary, sprinkled with examples. But the end goal of a program is automation (or at least it should be), whether its iTunes or VBA. Take a repetitious task and automate it. Power-users don't have the luxury of slogging through a dictionary. If I spend time learning an advanced technical topic, there must be clear, reasonably obtainable objectives. The authors accomplish this by a lot. This is a tech book that really sheds light on the usefulness of all those seemingly unuseful-to-you type topics that have spawned so many 1300 page books.
If you've hung with me this far, you might have noticed I don't talk about Excel. That's because this book really isn't about Excel. Excel acts mostly as a cloths-line, linking various topics, methods, and recommendations. The authors tell us at the beginning, Excel is an excellent platform for fast application development and prototyping. THAT's really what the book is about.
It's too bad books aren't written this way more often. Hope this review was helpful
The only reason I haven't given this book 5 stars is because, though the book is not meant for begineers I still think a few more examples especially for the window API chapter as those are tricky as you do not get intelli-sense help.
If you are a first time developer as I was, do not be discouraged when in the first read you do not understand much, just hang in there give it one more read and things will start falling into place like pieces of a puzzle.
It is getting a little dated now, this version was printed just after Excel 2007 was released and as such much of the focus is on Excel 2003. Many of the principles still apply, but an update would be great.