Excel 97 Programming for Windows for Dummies

Author: John Walkenbach
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ISBN: 0764501321
Publisher: For Dummies (19 June, 1997)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 9,999
Average Customer Rating: 4.29 out of 5

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Rating: 4 out of 5
Good starting point
Excel 97 Programming for Windows for Dummies is an excellent book for the Excel programming Novice. The book does a great job giving you a starting point that most VBA manuals and references do not. After becomming somewhat proficient writting macros the book doese not wear out it's usefulness as it can also be used as a somewhat clumbsy reference. The only shortfall in this book is that it doesn't provide reference more more excel commands that a user needs to make really useful macros (naming sheets, working with formulas, find functions, etc...). However, after mastering the material in this book and purchasing a VBA reference book there isn't any Excel challenge you can't overcome.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Never thought I'd love a 'dummies' book
Ordinarily I don't think I'm enough of a dummy to want a for dummies book. However, with no programming experience and lots of fairly advanced knowledge of Excel, this book alone was enough to turn me loose on learning to program in VBA. I had previously figured out how to do some very minor editing on recorded macros, but that was pretty much it. On my very first project, the book gave me enough ideas and support to program a slick set of routines that ended up turning a 6-hours/day task into one that ran at the push of a button in 5 minutes. Maintainance of the reference lists I built to use with Do-Loops took another 10-15 minutes a day, mostly in communication with users of my output. When people at my company express an interest in learning to do the kind of thing I did, I point them to this title.

Contrary to the reviewer who didn't want to use Excel's macro recorder as a crutch, I found this the fastest easiest way to discover the correct syntax for unfamiliar commands. This way I didn't have to tear my hair out figuring out the right way to say what I was trying to do - unlike the Access VBA utilities I later moved on to.

Rating: 5 out of 5
True to the Dummy Standard
Very informative, as all of the books in the Dummy series are!
A super companion to the Excel Bible. ;)

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