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Description - Microsoft Office Programming by Rod Stephens

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 who is 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 Visual Basic developer already knows how to use VBA and a VBA programmer knows a lot about Visual Basic. In addition to this large body of shared information, learning to program Office applications requires that the developer understand each application's specific features. For example, to write VBA code for Microsoft Word, the developer must understand Word's capabilities and how to make Word do useful things. Unfortunately most VB and VBA books assume the reader is learning to program from scratch. They ignore the large amount of VBA programming information that is shared by the applications and they teach all of the details starting with the basics. A programmer who wants to learn how to program several Office applications must buy separate books for each application with a huge amount of overlap. Microsoft Office Programming: A Guide for Experienced Developers covers only the material not shared by all of the Office applications. It focuses on the more advanced techniques that start where the other books' VBA tutorials end. It explains how to link the applications together using OLE, how to manipulate each application with VBA code, and how to make the applications work together by controlling each other.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590591215
ISBN-10: 1590591216
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 736
Imprint: APress
Publisher: APress
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rod Stephens

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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