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June 15, 1999

New O'Reilly Release, Writing Excel Macros Helps Programmers and Excel Power-Users Master MS Object Models

SEBASTOPOL, CA--Microsoft Excel is a surprisingly flexible application. But despite its powerful feature set, there is a great deal that Excel either does not allow you to do -- or does not allow you to do easily -- through its user interface. For most people, the power of Excel goes largely untapped. Did you ever want to sort worksheets in a workbook without dragging and dropping each one individually? Or select a worksheet whose tab was not shown without scrolling through all the tabs of all the available worksheets? The way to leapfrog shortcomings like these is by using Visual Basic for Applications to control Excel programmatically.

Steven Roman's just-released book, Writing Excel Macros (O'Reilly, $27.95), offers a solid introduction to writing VBA macros and programs for Excel users and programmers unfamiliar with the Excel object model. To really harness the power of Excel, you need to move beyond the basics of creating spreadsheets and learn how to write effective VBA macros and programs.

Writing Excel Macros brings the power of Excel to the surface, exploring things you can do beyond the menus and dialog boxes.

"Personally, I hate long, wordy, overblown 1000+ page books half of which seem to be devoted to the author's 'humorous' anecdotes," says author Steven Roman. "So I wrote Writing Excel Macros in a terse, no-nonsense manner that is characteristic of all my books. I have tried to put my experience as a professor (about 20 years) and my experience writing books (about 30 of them) to work here to create a true learning tool for my readers."

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Writing Excel Macros
Automating Excel to Work for You
By Steven Roman
1st Edition May 1999 (US)
1-56592-587-4, 256 pages, $27.95 (US$)

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