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1. Introduction > 1.3. Topics in Learning Excel Programming

Topics in Learning Excel Programming

In general, the education of an Excel programmer breaks down into a few main categories, as follows.

The Visual Basic Editor

First, you need to learn a bit about the environment in which Excel programming is done. This is the so-called Visual Basic Editor or Excel VBA Integrated Development Environment (IDE for short). We take care of this in Chapter 3 and Chapter 4.

The Basics of Programming in VBA

Next, you need to learn a bit about the basics of the programming language that Excel uses. This language is called Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Actually, VBA is used not only by Microsoft Excel, but also by the other major components in the Microsoft Office application suite: Access, Word, and PowerPoint. Any application that uses VBA in this way is called a host application for VBA. (There are also a number of non-Microsoft products that use VBA as their underlying programming language. Among the most notable is Visio, a vector-based drawing program.) It is also used by the standalone programming environment called Visual Basic (VB).


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