Mastering Excel 2003 Programming with VBA by Steven M. Hansen.
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Part 1 • Introduction to Excel Development
Chapter 1 • Excel as a Development Platform
Chapter 2 • Getting to Know Your Environment
Chapter 3 • Getting Started with VBA
Chapter 4 • Debugging Tactics that Work
Part 2 • Mastering the Excel Object Model
Chapter 5 • Exploring the Application Object .
Chapter 6 • Working with the Workbook Object
Chapter 7 • Winning with Worksheets
Chapter 8 • The Most Important Object
Chapter 9 • Practical Range Operations .
Chapter 10 • Exploring Other Excel Objects
Part 3 • Advanced Excel Programming Techniques
Chapter 11 • Developing Class Modules
Chapter 12 • Adding User Personalization to Your Application
Chapter 13 • Excel Development Best Practices
Part 4 • Working with External Data
Chapter 14 • Integrating with Other Applications
Chapter 15 • Incorporating Text Files in Your Solution
Chapter 16 • Dealing with Databases
Chapter 17 • XL(M) = XML
Part 5 • Enhancing the End User Experience
Chapter 18 • Basic User Interfaces
Chapter 19 • Taking Control of Command Bars
Chapter 20 • User Form Construction
Chapter 21 • One Smart Cookie: Smart Documents with Excel 2003
Chapter 22 • Application Deployment Strategie
Introduction by Steven M. Hansen:
Do you enjoy helping people?
Are you seeking the warm satisfaction associated with creating value? If you learn how to develop applications based in Excel, you will be a happier person because you’ll have the opportunity to help people and create value by creating applications that allow people to work much more efficiently.
I was talking to an Excel guru the other day. We were reflecting on what we have enjoyed most about our consulting careers. We both agreed that the most satisfying aspect of our career is the fulfillment we experience after solving some problem and witnessing the genuine satisfaction and elation a client expresses in the result.
Because so many people spend their whole day working with Excel and because it is so easy to program in Excel using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), you still have a lot of opportunity to develop useful applications that create value. This book will teach you how to develop such applications based in Excel using VBA and, according to the preceding logic, lead you to happiness.
There are many approaches to presenting technical information. One approach is to write a voluminous tome of dry, factual information and leave it up to the reader to figure out how to apply the information or decipher the useful content from the not-so-useful content. You may have come across these types of books before. They are much like the information in help files, except rearranged.
At the other extreme, you can write to the dummies. That is, you can write a book that can be read without much mental activity on the part of the reader. In order to write a book like this, you must stick to trivial content and trivial examples. It is then up to the reader to figure out how to make the mental leap from the trivial examples presented in the book to the complexities presented by real-world problems. From my own observations, it seems as though most people don’t make the leap (they buy another book instead). I’ve always thought that in order to learn, you have to exercise the brain. No pain, no gain, right?
Hopefully I’ve achieved something of a middle ground with this book. I did not cover every nook and cranny associated with Excel development. Nor did I hesitate to get in deep on the topics that are critical to developing Excel applications. I picked the topics that have been most important to my development experience and presented the necessary facts about them along with illustrations of useful ways to apply them. Finally, I hope that I’ve sprinkled this book with just enough good-natured reflection and commentary to make this a more colorful read than other programming books. If this book were a television, I would like to think of it as an HDTV.
Finally, I’ve attempted to inject a significant amount of real-world examples in this book. In order to become proficient in Excel development, you’ll need to develop your own collection of generic procedures or building blocks. By building on your prebuilt foundation, so to speak, you can churn out applications with less effort and in a shorter amount of time. In order to help you acquire your own foundation of generic routines, I present many useful procedures that illustrate the topic at hand. I use many of these procedures in nearly every application I build.
Who Are You? This book was written to two primary audiences: Excel power users who want to learn how to program, and programmers who want to learn about the Excel object model. That said, anyone who wants to acquire Excel VBA development skills will find useful information in this book. I should also add that this book was written with a corporate audience in mind. If you aren’t part of that audience, fear not, you won’t have any trouble understanding the material, you’ll just find that many of the examples are business oriented.
Excel power users are people who use Excel on a daily basis for their job, are comfortable using it, and are fairly knowledgeable about Excel’s functionality. If you are part of this group of readers, you may be interested in acquiring some Excel development skills so that you can automate aspects of your job. I recommend that this group read this book cover to cover, paying particular attention to the first two parts (through Chapter 10).
Programmers bring a different perspective to the table. Programmers can span the spectrum in terms of programming skill and general knowledge of Excel. If you do not have experience with Visual Basic, I would recommend that you read the first two parts (Chapters 1–10) and then those chapters applicable to your situation.
If you have a fair amount of experience with Visual Basic, I’d advise you to focus primarily on the second part (Chapters 5–10), which deals with the Excel object model, and then read the chapters applicable to your situation. Regardless of your background, everyone should pay particular attention to Part 2, which covers the Excel object model. These chapters are critical to developing any useful Excel development skills. The remaining sections of the book are organized by high-level task with the exception of Part 3, which focuses on slightly more advanced topics such as developing classes and best practices. If you need to integrate Excel with other applications or use data from an external data source, you’ll find coverage of this material in Part 4. Finally, the book ends with Part 5, which covers user interface development.
Version Differences Are Not Critical
I developed the examples in this book using Excel 2003. For the most part, however, you can apply the material presented to previous versions of Excel back to Excel 97. If you are working with an older version of Excel, you may occasionally see a reference to an object in this book that is not available in your version. Generally, if you’re familiar with the incremental functionality offered by each version of Excel, you’ll already have a good idea of what type of programmatic differences there are between versions. These differences are minor in the grand scheme of things. In fact, I still approach projects the same way today as I did with Excel 97. For that matter, you could also use many of the procedures in this book with Excel 5.0. In fact, I wrote some of the procedures presented in this book using Excel 5.0 in 1996.
However, two chapters contain information specific to Excel 2003: the chapter concerning Excel XML functionality (Chapter 17) and the chapter covering the development of Smart Documents (Chapter 21). As far as I’m concerned, XML functionality and Smart Document technology are the two most exciting improvements in Excel 2003.
All of the examples presented in this book are available on the web at www.dakotatechgroup.com/ ExcelVBA. In addition to the example workbooks, I’ll post any updates, corrections, and other useful information related to this book. You can also obtain the example workbooks from Sybex’s website (www.sybex.com).
Your Feedback Is Important
Before I move on, I’d like to say that your feedback is important to me. Although I might not be able to respond to all of your comments and questions, I guarantee that I’ll read them all. Please feel free to e-mail your questions and comments to me at [email protected] I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Well, as much as it is possible to enjoy reading a technical book anyway. Happy reading.…
“Steven M. Hansen”.
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