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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Office XP by Woody Leonhard, Ed Bott

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VBA Basics

Microsoft estimates that more than three million people use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Although the precise figure certainly remains open to debate, it's fair to say that Visual Basic and VBA, taken together, constitute the most popular programming language in the history of computing.

Visual Basic for Applications version 6.0 is a key component of Office XP. It bears a striking resemblance to Visual Basic 6.0 (VB), Microsoft's mainstream full-strength programming language, which creates executable programs (although it isn't yet up to the standards of Visual Basic 7). Most notably, the development environment—the place where you write and test program—is almost indistinguishable in VB 6 and VBA. The same tools are available ...

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