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Windows is the second in history of operating systems OS that has the same macro language and scripting language.  The fact that VBA can be used for most Microsoft (and many non-Microsoft) applications make it unique and quite revolutionary among scripting languages despite obvious weaknesses. Only REXX in OS/2 managed to play similar role.

New version of VBA -- VB.NET revitalize Visual Basic making it stronger both in scripting as an application programming language. As Simon St. Laurent wrote in O'Reilly -- VB.NET: Too much too fast?:

...Above all, I don't agree that the .NET platform can be seen as simply an "imposition from without" that was forced on Visual Basic. Instead, VB.NET strikes me as owing its inspiration at least as much (if not more) to the dynamics of VB's own development as to Microsoft's decision to champion the broader .NET platform for ongoing development. The plain fact is that VB was becoming dated as a language, that there was a growing disparity between its original conception and its current usage, that it had lost its original vision, and that as a result its future was uncertain.

It's important to remember that VB was originally introduced as a kind of Windows "drawing program:" You used drag-and-drop techniques to "draw" a user interface (i.e., a form or window with its controls) and then clicked on controls to access event handlers that you could code. With VB, anyone could write a simple Windows program in seconds, and an experienced VB programmer could write a fairly sophisticated program in a couple of hours. In contrast, at the point that VB came out, many experienced C programmers felt that it took a year for the average C programmer to make the transition to C programming for Windows before he or she could write any real production code at all. So VB 1.0 really was a revolutionary product (even though it didn't even begin to realize its promise until VB2 was introduced).

Through six versions, though, VB remained a kind of drawing program for Windows applications. In fact, that characterization is far more true of VB6 than it even was of the original release of VB. Yet, the overwhelming majority of VB programmers no longer writes Windows applications or Windows front ends but instead uses it primarily for component development. VB is now being used for purposes that its original designers hadn't forseen, and for which it really doesn't offer particularly great support.

This is problematic in two respects. First, it means that the existing base of VB developers have a good deal of difficulty in developing some types of technology. For instance, VB6 is not a good tool to use for Web development (except for middle-tier components). All of the attempts to integrate it with ASP, for instance, have been abject failures. Second, Microsoft has traditionally championed the cause of lowering the barrier to entry into the world of programming for non-programmers, and VB has been its flagship product for doing just that. But in recent years, particularly as attention has shifted to the Web and as most new non-programmers have been interested primarily in developing Web applications, VB has lost much of its appeal.

From this perspective, VB.NET represents an attempt to revitalize Visual Basic and to make it once again the broadly based programming language of the future, as well as the tool that offers the greatest ease of use to new programmers. And although I think there are going to be some rough edges to the transition, I personally find Microsoft's reasoning compelling and the new version of Visual Basic exciting. Despite a good deal of grumbling, I believe most VB programmers will eventually feel the same way.

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[July 12, 2002] Microsoft's VBA and OpenOffice By Glen Gillmore

For users and companies who are relying on VBA macros or other customizations built into Word, Excel, etc., they might have a significant reason to stick with Microsoft. [Dec 09, 2004] Show Progress from VBA
When macros take a long time to run, people get nervous. Did it crash? How much longer will it take? Do I have time to run to the bathroom? Relax. This hack shows you two ways to create a macro progress bar using VBA

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The Microsoft Office 2000/Visual Basic Programmer's Guide describes how to use the applications and components in Microsoft Office 2000 to build custom solutions. This guide is the definitive resource for developers who are creating custom solutions based on Office applications. From the overall design of your solution to the nitty-gritty details of implementing it, this book tells you what you need to know to get things done quickly and productively.

Part 1 Planning Office Solutions

Chapter 1 Understanding Office Solution Development

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Part 2 Developing Office Solutions

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Chapter 14 Working with the Data Access Components of an Office Solution

Chapter 15 Retrieving and Analyzing Data

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Mike's Excel VBA Pages

Welcome to Mike's Excel VBA Pages where you can find various applications of VBA for Excel in the fields of statistics, actuarial science and finance. The pages contained on this site may be of interest to people who are learning VBA or its applications in math and finance. The code I provided would give you an informative look into the use of VBA for Excel in probability modeling, simulation and financial modeling.

Rob's Excel VBA Pages

Welcome to Rob's Excel VBA Pages where you'll find tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your use of VBA in MS Excel versions 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10. You will also find several utilities to extend the functionality of Excel, and the Office developers amongst you will be interested in my Developers Only section where you will find both useful tools and discussions on best practice techniques. The developers' section also contains advice on exploiting VB/VBA's exciting central position in Microsoft's Win32 COM architecture.

If you are a new visitor, before delving further into my site, please take some time to look at the other pages in the Home section:

The What's New page gives you an at-a-glance view of latest developments in my pages.

Some useful and enlightening selected Excel links are available on the Links Page.

The About This Site page gives some background on why this site is here, what it is for, and how it was built and maintained.

Finally, About Me gives a few details about who I am and how I ended up as a VB/VBA/MS Office developer with a special interest in Excel.

Finally, be sure to check out my lighthearted Crash section featuring some of my all-time favourite Excel crashes.

Excel VBA Examples

The intent of this page is to show some useful Excel VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) examples that I have picked up in the process of creating my own applications. It is not intended that this page be "state of the art" VBA programming (for that I recommend microsoft.public.excel.programming) but just fairly simple subroutines that illustrate formats and how to use the syntax. Most of these routines I wrote myself, but some were "cloned" from other sources.

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