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Chapter 10. ShapeSheet Mastery > Why All of This Is So Important—Preview of Thi...

Why All of This Is So Important—Preview of Things To Come

If you are reading this right now, I am assuming that you have made it through Chapters 1 through 9. You are to be congratulated! Most developers, as I have stated before, are used to diving right in with C, C++, VB, or VBA and slamming together code to make their automation applications function. But let me restate that automation interfaces are inherently worth very little if they are not backed by a quality object model that exposes the objects and their properties, methods, and events.

It is fundamental when working with these objects that you understand how things are done in the ShapeSheet environment. Keep focusing on the concept that the ShapeSheet is in fact the exposure of all the properties of any given SmartShape symbol or even the page itself. When you create automation applications, you are, in effect, pulling values and formulas out of ShapeSheet cells and pushing formulas back into them. In this manner, you have complete control over what happens to any given SmartShape symbol.


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