Microsoft Office Programming: A Guide for Experienced Developers / Edition 1

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By using the same back-end macro programming language, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Microsoft Office applications allow users to easily transfer their VBA programming skills from one Office product to another. A developer skilled at using VBA to program Access can quickly learn to program Word or Excel. Better still, VBA is a fairly complete subset of Visual Basic (VB). That means a VB developer already knows how to use VBA, and a VBA programmer knows a lot about VB.

Author Rod Stephens gives you the most valuable information possible as quickly as possible without rehashing the trivial VB and VBA details you already can recite in your sleep. In Microsoft Office Programming: A Guide for Experienced Developers, Stephens skips the tiresome explanations of variable declarations and dives right into serious Office programming topics, such as automatically customizing menus and toolbars with VBA, making Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) do your work for you, and using ADO to manipulate data in an Access database.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590591215
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 10/8/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 1.46 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 6.69 (d)

Meet the Author

In a previous incarnation, Rod Stephens was a mathematician. During his stint at MIT, he discovered the joys of algorithms and graphics, and has been programming professionally ever since. During his career, he has worked on an eclectic assortment of applications spanning such topics as repair dispatch, telephone switch programming, tax processing, and training for professional football players. Rod has written more than a dozen books that have been translated into half a dozen different languages, and more than 200 magazine articles covering Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, Delphi, and Java. He is a columnist for Hardcore Visual Basic. Rod's popular website, VB Helper ( receives several million hits per month and contains more than a thousand pages of tips, tricks, and example code for Visual Basic programmers.
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Table of Contents

About the Author
About the Technical Reviewer
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Macros 13
Ch. 3 Customizing Office 55
Ch. 4 Automatic Customization 87
Ch. 5 Office Programming the Easy Way: OLE 141
Ch. 6 Introduction to Office XP Object Models 223
Ch. 7 Word 261
Ch. 8 Excel 343
Ch. 9 PowerPoint 411
Ch. 10 Access 469
Ch. 11 Access and ADO 523
Ch. 12 Outlook 555
Ch. 13 Outlook, MAPI, and CDO 591
Ch. 14 Smart Tags 611
Ch. 15 Office 2003 637
Index 685
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2004

    If you're not an Idiot or a Dummy

    Microsoft has done an excellent job of integrating its Office suite of products. So if you are familiar with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), you can use it to programmatically perform tasks within each Office product, like Excel, Word or Powerpoint. Or, within one of these products, you can write an application that can invoke an instance of another program. Within one book, Stephens shows an efficient and unified way to learn how to do all this, and more. The trick is to be able to use VBA as a macro programming language. This is the key to understanding and using MS Office as a coherent entity. Ultimately, Stephens suggests that it is quicker than learning how to program each product on a case-by-case basis. Stephens cheerfully dumps on other texts that call you an idiot or dummy. (If you know what I mean.) He unabashedly expects you to be conversant in VB or VBA. To be specific, he doesn't waste time going over the elementary syntactical points of VBA. So you don't have to thumb through these pages in idle frustration. He drags you rapidly into non-trivial coding explanations of how to use VBA to get at MS Office.

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