Microsoft Excel VBA Fundamentals – Learn Basic Coding Skills
The Beginner’s Guide
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Instructor(s): Sihle Mhlanga
Microsoft Excel VBA Fundamentals course is designed to teach relevant basic coding skills for VBA programming. It is for those who aspire to become a VBA programmer and don’t know where to start. It is also suitable for those who automate their spreadsheets by recording macros but seek to learn how to write the code themselves.
What should you expect in this course?
This course is entitled: Learn basic coding skills, it is NOT entitled Learn VBA basics
Therefore, we are focusing on the skill of writing a VBA code that is clean, maintainable, and easy to understand.
This is what you may call pre-basics or basics that are really basic; something you need to learn before you dive into Excel VBA concepts.
Your journey in your VBA career will start by learning:
What is VBA?
What are the tools used by a VBA programmer?
How to design an object, because before you start to learn how to write a VBA code, you need to understand what an object is. Otherwise, you will not understand the language at all.
After that, I will teach you how to send system commands that will manipulate the behaviour of the object you just created.
It is a free short course, but that will be enough to get you started.
What you will learn here is always a missing key to those who are struggling to understand VBA concepts, or to those who think they have understood the concepts, but when faced with a real-world project they get stuck and wonder why.
Almost every Excel VBA programmer did not start here,
they started by solving one problem and they got excited
moved on to the next problem and another and their enthusiasm was amplified because programming is fun.
However, when they were tasked to build a project, programming became a very stressful thing because a project comes with plenty of related but different problems. Therefore, projects need someone who really knows what he or she is doing.
Now, before you start solving Excel VBA problems,
you need to understand that VBA is a language, and like all languages, it can be learned.
So, you need to understand what Excel VBA is about
If it is a language,
you must understand who or what are you talking to
You must also learn how to ask and get the information you are looking for, tell and be understood.
That’s what communication or language is all about; relaying information “to and from”.
In other words, you must learn how to structure a VBA code that can send clear commands to the system so that the system can in turn execute those commands without fail.
IMPORTANT: It is easier to learn the technique of writing computer commands if you are doing it without being clouded by complex VBA concepts that are deemed basic.
This is what this course intends to achieve, putting you on the right path.
The good thing is that this course is practical. Meaning, you learn and test your learning with what you are taking part in building.
This is part 1 of the date picker series. After this course, you can go ahead and study VBA basic concepts whether with me (in part 2) or somewhere else and everything will be clear because you now possess the most important thing, a clear understanding of VBA coding.
So, if you are looking for where to start learning VBA, this is the right place to start; it is a beginner’s guide.
CLEARING MISCONCEPTIONS: What you SHOULD NOT EXPECT in this course
If you are an expert, or your basics are in order, and if you are here to download the date picker (used as a guinea pig to our practical learning), PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS COURSE. Otherwise, this will be a waste of your time.
Time is very precious, let me clarify all the misconceptions about this course so that you won’t find yourself enrolled in the wrong course. Please pay careful attention to the following:
Please check the title carefully before you enrol, this course is NOT entitled Learn VBA basics, it is instead entitled Learn basic coding skills, it is important not to confuse the two.
Therefore, I’m NOT going to teach you all the VBA basics concepts in this course, which cannot fit in 2 hours (the time-limited to all free courses). So, if what you want, is to learn all VBA concepts, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE this course.
If you are interested in the in-depth study of the Excel VBA basic concepts, please also enrol in the course entitled Microsoft Excel VBA – Solving Complex Problems Using Basics.
In this course, you are NOT going to build the date picker from the start to the end. Instead, you are going to take part in building the initial stages of the date picker. The entire date picker is a very complex tool and can only be built by a complex VBA coder who has also mastered advanced VBA concepts.
The Date Picker shown in the preview video is NOT available for download in this course. If you are looking for a downloadable date picker, please subscribe to a course entitled Microsoft Excel VBA – Solving Complex Problems Using Basics.
This course stops at the 2-hour mark because all free courses are limited to 2 hours. I intend to keep this course free indefinitely to allow every beginner to begin their VBA career without incurring any cost.
Therefore, I will not extend it, otherwise, I will be required to put a price on it.
If you want to learn more or continue with your practical learning, please enrol in the course entitled Microsoft Excel VBA – Solving Complex Problems Using Basics.
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