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  • Posted November 8, 2008

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    This Book is a Mess!

    I don't quite understand how this book got out of the proof-reading and technical review phase and made it to press. There are so many errors in the code and approaches that don't work, that a true beginner to VBA for Excel could easily get lost. <BR/><BR/>I would want to say that this book is an okay starting point for learning VBA, but I would be afraid that a beginner would get hopelessly confused. I think a better book for learning Excel VBA is VBA and Macros for Microsoft Office Excel 2007 (Business Solutions) by Bill Jelen and Tracy Syrstad. <BR/><BR/>While I am sure Mr. Jacobson is probably a decent developer and a nice person, he is a sloppy author. He relies too heavily on recording macros and then reworking them to try and teach VBA coding than actually taking the time to explain coding theory and getting you to think how to tackle the problems on your own. Even the fact that he has you type the code first before he explains why is annoying. I would rather the explanation first, giving me a chance to see if I could work the code out on my own, then have him tell me what the most efficient method is. I realize that this is probably also due to the Microsoft Press Step-by-Step formula for writing these books, but that is another reason why I do not like the series as a whole. <BR/><BR/>There are many typo's in the text with regard to code that wouldn't make the Macro's run if you didn't catch the error and then there are several things that don't work. <BR/><BR/>Examples: <BR/><BR/>In Chapter 5, Jacobson steps you through using the Immediate window to open a file, then moving the sheet to an open workbook, then moving it to its own new workbook (He does point out that Excel will not allow you to move the only sheet of a workbook to a new workbook without the interim step). In "simplifying" the recorded macro, he uses the ThisWorkbook object. This approach works fine if you have the code in the module of the holding spreadsheet you initially want to move the newly opened sheet to, as ThisWorkbook will always refer back to the workbook which the VBA module is in, but executing this in the Immediate window will not work because the command you used to open the file in the previous step caused that workbook to become the Active workbook, and thus the ThisWorkbook object is referring to the wrong workbook and the command doesn't work. <BR/><BR/>Also in Chapter 5: Working with Excel Tables, Jacobson takes you through how to simplify the recorded macro in order to manipulate the table totals and filters. The way he has coded the macro, the Subtotals do not refresh, so when you filter, the subtotals in the totals row are wrong. You need to F2 each of the cells in order for them to update as a simple F9 will not refresh them. While this may be a bug with Excel 2007 Tables and manipulating them with a VBA macro, this should have been tested and at least mentioned. <BR/><BR/>On the whole it is disappointing that the books published under the Microsoft name lack any sort of quality control standards and are at best basic. You would think that they would have the best insight into the product and would be the most valuable of learning tools for using the products creatively. But they aren't and as a result, I cannot recommend this book.

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

    Inaccurate and confusing

    The first few chapters of this book are amazing for a beginner. I really learned a lot. But, when I stepped into Chapter 4 and beyond, there are MANY inaccuracies that made the book unreadable. The example the other reviewer gave in Chapter 5 of trying to move a workbook to a new file was dead on. I, a beginner, actually had to mentally correct many of the macros in Chapter 4 as I was reading. How did this book make it past proof reading?

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