Microsoft Excel VBA Programming for the Absolute Beginner 2nd Edition

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Microsoft Excel VBA Programming for the Absolute Beginner 2nd Edition by Duane Birnbaum

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Introduction to Microsoft Excel VBA Programming

Visual Basic for Applications (VBA for short) is a programming environment designed to work with Microsoft’s Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).

Components in each application (for example, worksheets or documents) are exposed as objects to the programmer to use and manipulate to a desired end.

Almost anything you can do through the normal use of the Office application can also be automated through programming.

VBA is a complete programming language, but you can’t use it outside the application in which it is integrated.

This does not mean VBA can be integrated only with Office programs. Any software vendor that decides to implement VBA can include it with their application.

VBA is relatively easy to learn, but to use it in a new application, you must first become familiar with the object model of the application.

For example, the Document and Dictionary objects are specific to the Word object model, whereas the Workbook.

Worksheet, and Range objects are specific to the Excel object model. As you proceed through this book, you will see that the Excel object model is fairly extensive; however, if you are familiar with Excel, you will find that using these objects is generally straightforward.

As a beginning language, VBA will suit your needs well. VBA is not as vast as many popular languages because such extensiveness is simply unnecessary.

VBA was built to work with and extend the abilities of Office applications, so it doesn’t need the substance of a programming language used to build full-blown applications from scratch.

The relative simplicity of VBA makes it less intimidating and easier for you to learn.

VBA, however, does share many of the programming constructs common to all languages, so it also serves as a great introduction to programming.

For these reasons, and the fact that Excel is the most popular spreadsheet application available, I am writing this book.

As a scientist, I never really gave business-orientated Excel a chance. The earliest versions of Excel didn’t even have graphical capabilities; even after they were added, Excel still couldn’t match other spreadsheet applications geared toward the scientist.

After ignoring Excel for several years, I started a new job where Excel was the only spreadsheet application available; it was then that I discovered that it uses a macro language based on the already very popular Visual Basic.

I started writing programs to handle some of the routine data analyses required around the lab, and the time I have saved using these programs has sold me on Excel as a valuable component in any lab or business.

Main Contents of Microsoft Excel VBA Programming

Visual Basic for Applications with Excel

  • Project: Colorful Stats
  • Installing and Enabling VBA
  • Getting to the IDE from Excel
  • Programming Components within Excel
  • Constructing the Colorful Stats Program
  • Requirements of the Colorful Stats Program

Beginning Programs with VBA

  • Project: Biorhythms and the Time of Your Life
  • Variables, Data Types, and Constants
  • Declaring Variables
  • Simple Input and Output with VBA
  • Manipulating Strings with VBA Functions
  • Constructing the Biorhythms and the Time of Your Life Program
  • Designing Biorhythms and the Time of Your Life

Procedures and Conditions

  • VBA Procedures
  • Event Procedures
  • Private, Public, and Procedure Scope
  • Logical Operators with VBA
  • Constructing the Poker Dice Program
  • Requirements for Poker Dice
  • Coding Poker Dice

Loops and Arrays

  • Looping with VBA
  • Input Validation
  • Validation with a Spreadsheet Cell
  • Multi-Dimensional Arrays
  • Programming Formulas into Worksheet Cells
  • Coding the Math Game Program

Basic Excel Objects

  • VBA and Object-Oriented Programming
  • Objects Defined
  • VBA Collection Objects
  • The Workbook and Window Objects
  • The Range Object
  • Requirements for Battlecell
  • Coding Battlecell

VBA UserForms and Additional Controls

  • Designing Forms with VBA
  • Components of the UserForm Object
  • Adding ActiveX Controls to a Form
  • Designing Custom Dialog Boxes Using Forms
  • Defining Enumerated Types in VBA
  • Writing the Code for Blackjack


Using XML with Excel-VBA Projects

  • Chapter Project: The Math Game
  • Requirements for the Math Game Program
  • Designing the Math Game
  • Coding the Math Game Program

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