VBA Book Needs and Wants

A lot of people still buy VBA for Dummies even though this book has gotten a little long in the tooth. The reason is simple, the book still works fine because Microsoft has put little effort into making VBA a better language. Even though the idea was that people would move to Visual Studio to create Microsoft Office add-ons, the fact is that most of the people using VBA have no desire whatsoever to make the move. In addition, there is a huge base of VBA resources available and no business in its right mind would ever stop using them as long as they get the job done. So, the fact of the matter is that VBA for Dummies will continue to be a great book for your shelf.

However, I also realize the book has shortcomings. It goes too far in some directions and not nearly far enough in others. The blog posts for this book point out a number of these flaws and provide fixes for them. In addition, people have been asking for a “next book” for quite some time now. With this in mind, I’m currently working on ideas for that next book, the one that you want to put right beside VBA for Dummies on your shelf to get a fuller picture of what VBA can do for you and to act as a resource when you need it.

So far I have collected well over 1,200 reader e-mails for this book. Certainly, I have enough ideas to start another book. However, I do want to hear from you. What sorts of things do you consider essential for that next book? Some readers have suggested that I open my book up to products other than Microsoft Office. There are a number of them out there that do use VBA (or something close enough that knowing VBA helps quite a lot). Other readers have requested better information about forms and still others want to see a full-fledged application of some sort. Many of the e-mails I receive talk about interoperability between Office products. In short, there are a lot of potential areas that you could tell me you need, but perhaps you have some unique need that I should consider.

VBA for Dummies is a great book that continues to sell well and I want to support your coding efforts in every way that I can. What I need are ideas that would generally appeal to everyone. Don’t send me a request to provide what amounts to free consulting for your specific application. A request to provide better support for forms that help format content is a valid request; a request to demonstrate access connection techniques for your company’s local intranet won’t work at all. Contact me with your ideas for that next book at John@JohnMuellerBooks.com.

As always, thank you for the incredible level of support you have provided me over the years. I continue to be amazed at some of the e-mails I receive. These ideas would be just another example of your desire to have high quality technical books on your shelves.


Author: John

John Mueller is a freelance author and technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 99 books and over 600 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads-down programming. Some of his current books include a Web security book, discussions of how to manage big data using data science, a Windows command -line reference, and a book that shows how to build your own custom PC. His technical editing skills have helped over more than 67 authors refine the content of their manuscripts. John has provided technical editing services to both Data Based Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. He has also contributed articles to magazines such as Software Quality Connection, DevSource, InformIT, SQL Server Professional, Visual C++ Developer, Hard Core Visual Basic, asp.netPRO, Software Test and Performance, and Visual Basic Developer. Be sure to read John’s blog at http://blog.johnmuellerbooks.com/. When John isn’t working at the computer, you can find him outside in the garden, cutting wood, or generally enjoying nature. John also likes making wine and knitting. When not occupied with anything else, he makes glycerin soap and candles, which comes in handy for gift baskets. You can reach John on the Internet at John@JohnMuellerBooks.com. John is also setting up a website at http://www.johnmuellerbooks.com/. Feel free to take a look and make suggestions on how he can improve it.