CHAPTER 9ActiveX and .NET

ActiveX? .NET? In a book about programming in Excel 2007? Of course! Yes, ActiveX controls and components are still kicking around. And .NET technologies are the wave of the future for those Microsoft-centric developers among us (which is why you're reading this book, I'd assume).

ActiveX, for the uninitiated, is Microsoft's technology for component software. ActiveX comes in two flavors: components and controls. The controls we added to our Excel UserForm in Chapter 4 were ActiveX controls. If you have any experience with VB 6 or earlier, you've used ActiveX controls on your forms, and perhaps you've downloaded free controls written by other developers or purchased control libraries written by third parties. The same ...

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