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Chapter 20. Using Visio to Interact with... > The VBA Integrated Development Envir...

The VBA Integrated Development Environment

When applications first began to expose methodologies for automating themselves, each had its own proprietary programming or “macro” language. Some were at least fairly robust; some were all but abysmal. A programmer had to learn each separate language to manipulate each application. Finally, Microsoft introduced a true viable VBA, Visual Basic for Applications. This brought about not only a common programming language, but, equally as important, a common programming interface. The Visual Basic for Applications Integrated Development Environment (VBA IDE) is a unified programming environment shared by every VBA-enabled application. This is important because once you have learned how to navigate about in the IDE for any one application, you can immediately go to any other application's VBA IDE and be instantly productive. The only things you will need to master to automate that application is an understanding of what that application does and the structure of that application's object model.


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