Finally, there's a book that treats Excel as the powerful development platform it really is, and covers every facet of developing commercial-quality Excel applications.
This is not a book for beginners. Writing for professional developers and true Excel experts, the authors share insider's knowledge they've acquired building Excel applications for many of the world's largest companies—including Microsoft. Professional Excel Development demonstrates how to get the utmost from Excel, addressing everything from application architectures through worksheet and userform design, charting, debugging, error handling and optimizing performance. Along the way, the authors offer best practices for every type of Excel development, from building add-ins through interacting with XML Web services. Coverage includes
Building add-ins to provide new Excel functions
Designing effective worksheets, userforms and other user interface elements
Leveraging Excel's powerful data analysis features
Creating sophisticated custom charts
Handling errors, debugging applications and optimizing performance
Using class modules and interfaces to create custom objects
Understanding Windows API calls: when to use them, and how to modify them
Adding worksheet functions with
Programming with databases
Controlling external applications from Excel
Integrating with Visual Basic 6, VB.NET and Visual Studio Tools for Office
Using XML to import and export data and communicate with Web services
Providing help, securing, packaging and distributing
The accompanying CD-ROM contains the book's sample timesheet application at every stage of construction, with detailed code comments. It also includes many examples of the concepts introduced in each chapter and a collection of the authors' Excel development utilities.
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