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Preface

Preface

Communication involves the transfer of information from one party to another and back again. Originally, communication was, in fact, graphics based. Cave drawings are a classic illustration of this. Later, language was developed and codified. Slowly, words and numbers began to replace images as a communications mechanism. But through it all, we still remain inherently graphic communicators and thinkers. Look into any board room or corporate meeting room. You will find people communicating by writing both words and pictures on white boards and flip charts. Far too often, the task of creating intelligible graphics is somehow lost in the transition between the thought and the pen. This is how Visio came to be. Visio is the tool that enables knowledge workers and makes their communication lucid and powerful.

There comes a time in the growth of a software company like Visio when the acceptance of the software begins to transition beyond the selling of individual boxes and marches forward to mission-critical usage deployed across every enterprise desktop. That transition does not automatically come about. It requires that the corporate developers and independent software consultants not only adopt the software for their daily use and view the software as a “cannot live without” tool in their work, but also extend the software and make it become the development platform of choice for their enterprisewide solutions. Visio is beginning to take on this new and expanded role in the corporate enterprise.

It is books like David Edson's Professional Development with Visio 2000 that forward this acceptance. This book takes the Visio user on a journey from the basics of understanding the Visio ShapeSheet paradigm through to Automation application development using ActiveX and Visual Basic for Applications. Dave assists developers, both novice and professional alike, in understanding how to develop high-quality, meaningful solutions with Visio as their development platform of choice. Dave has spent countless hours in front of Visio developers and users as a lecturer, an instructor, and as the Visio senior technical evangelist, speaking at developer conferences worldwide.

I encourage you to take the time to work your way through this book. Begin with the fundamentals. Learn the power of the ShapeSheet environment. Then, begin to extend your expertise with Automation development. Use Visio's internal VBA environment. Have fun learning how to solve your daily enterprise challenges. When you have completed the book, keep it at hand as a quality reference for your development needs.

Jeremy Jaech
President, Founder, and CEO
Visio Corporation

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