Paul McFedries is the president of Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company. While now primarily a writer, Paul has worked as a programmer, consultant, spreadsheet developer, and Web site developer. Paul has written more than 40 books that have sold nearly three million copies worldwide. These books include Access 2003 Forms, Reports, and Queries, Formulas and FUnctions with Microsoft Excel 2003, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows XP.
Absolute Beginner's Guide to VBAby Paul McFedries
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a set of tools based on the Visual Basic language. The great thing about using it to enhance Office applications is that it's easier to learn than Visual Basic and it comes with your Office license. After reading this book, the reader will be proficient in the VBA language and will have extensive knowledge of the Office
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a set of tools based on the Visual Basic language. The great thing about using it to enhance Office applications is that it's easier to learn than Visual Basic and it comes with your Office license. After reading this book, the reader will be proficient in the VBA language and will have extensive knowledge of the Office 2003 Object Model. This book will cover all features of the VBA editor and show how to program some of the more useful new features in the Office 2003 applications.
This book assumes no prior programming experience, so even programming novices can get up to speed quickly on the basics of the VBA language. It is very practical and offers the reader tested programs and projects that he or she can implement right away. This book reinforces the reader's learning by presenting useful, end-of-chapter pedagogical resources, including question-and-answer sessions and quizzes, as well as practical exercises that cement and extend the reader's knowledge. It explorers not only the object models of Word and Excel, but also other members of the Office 2003 suite, including PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.
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I really had very little idea of where to even start with VBA when I got this book. I thought it did a great job for the target audience. I assume that is an Absolute Beginner. It really helped me set up and understand the code. I use Google to find actual code, but I still reference this book for definitions and naming conventions. Is it going to make you an expert? No, but there's so much you can do in VBA, I didn't expect it to teach me everything. I managed to put together some fairly substantial programming (if not difficult) looking at stochastic investment returns over 1000 100 year periods using the information contained within.
The book contains sample code for projects that have little practical value and does not go into enough detail to teach anyone how to write useful code. Fortunately I was able to find everything I needed, for free, on several VBA websites. I could have made much better use of the $18.95. This book isn't intelligent enough to be part of the 'Dummies' series.