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Mastering Excel 2003 Programming with VBA

ISBN: 978-0-7821-5105-3
608 pages
February 2006
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Create Powerful Business Applications with Excel 2003

Excel 2003 is an ideal application development platform for all levels of business needs. If you're an advanced Excel user looking to gain programming experience, or a skilled developer new to Excel or the Excel Object Model, this no-nonsense book teaches you how to build custom applications that can generate substantial time and cost savings for you, your employer, and your customers.

Written by a professional with nearly a decade of experience producing Excel/VBA solutions, Mastering Excel 2003 Programming with VBA conveys the precise knowledge and techniques you need to be highly productive. You'll master the most critical Excel objects and development practices necessary to create a complete solution, including working with XML data, Smart Document technology, and database integration with ADO. And you can readily apply the practical advice and reusable code examples to your own projects.

In his friendly style, author Steven Hansen makes the information easy to grasp and entertaining to read, and he does not shy away from challenging material.

You'll learn all about:

  • Ramping up with VBA
  • Debugging tools and tactics that work
  • Mastering the Excel Object Model
  • Developing class modules
  • Customizing Excel UserForms
  • Integrating Excel with other applications
  • Incorporating text files in your solution
  • Coding solutions that leverage a database
  • Using XML in Excel
  • Designing user-friendly toolbars and menus
  • Building Excel 2003 Smart Documents
  • Deploying your solution
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Table of Contents


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 Strategies.


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Author Information

Steven Hansen has been developing analytical software applications since 1997, and founded Dakota Technology Group, Inc., in 1998. Most of the software he develops uses Excel. He also offers training geared towards increasing the efficiency of analysts. Prior to 1997, Steve was a financial analyst using VBA with Excel to perform sophisticated analyses and to automate analytical processes. He has a BA degree in history from Rollins College and an MBA degree from the University of Minnesota.
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