Best Practices For Structuring Customized Applications

Mar 5, 2008

so i'm building an application that'll allow users to manipulate records in Excel with just a GUI, using Userforms, Modules and Class Modules. it's all working but i'm feeling like i skipped a little on structuring it properly.

for example (from my Java work in college), you'd call just one object from the main method, which would create a GUI object, and create/manipulate instances of the different Classes when buttons are pushed. basically you one object whose main created other objects, who ran procedures, etc. what i'm hoping for is to make it as modular and easy to maintain as possible. would anyone have a good resource for optimising a medium-sized application? (the tips Excel/VBA Golden Rules. These Should NOT Be Optional were very good, by the way.)

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If the admins or you would like to change or recommend a change, I am trying to figure out what the code would look like for cells B22:B28. I need it to count the number of occurrences of the part number in A4:A17 and then combine the applications from the corresponding cells in column F (F4:F170 into a single cell (B22:B28).

On sheet 2 I would manually copy/paste the list of part #s from sheet 1 and remove duplicates. The add the formula that I can't figure out into column 2.

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Cell A1 is a drop down with "Proposed" and "Actual" as the choices.

Cell A2 allows user input ("Proposed") until the "Actual" value is known.

The "Actual" value is pulled from a different workbook (Workbook2).

The "Proposed" number can change many times before the "Actual" number is pulled in...this means that I cannot place the formula into A1 as it will be overwritten when the user puts in their "Proposed" number.

I would like to place the formula into an unrelated cell to continue to allow A1 to be user edited.

Formula would reside in A6 and the statement I am trying to execute would be something like:

If(A1="Actual", A2=Workbook2.xlsx]Actual!A2)

I have tried the formula in it's simplest structure to confirm it works before I reference workbook2 but it doesn't seem to work (formula resides in A6): =IF(A1="Actual",A2="hello"). I just get a "FALSE" result in A6. If I remove the = before IF excel does not recognize the statement as a formula.

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I want to test the contents of the first cell in the array, copy the pertinent data, switch to the proper worksheet, and paste it into the line where it goes. I believe I need to check a few cells to narrow down exactly which group of cells on which sheet they would be copied to.

I am not trained at all as far as programming goes, but I've been practicing for a few years now. What I am just going to start doing is testing the cells in the rows in the array of data and trying to divide it out that way. This just seems like the long way around.

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I am using MS Word to create a list to go into Excel, it seems advantageous to do it this way because I'm using the Heading Outline Numbering feature of Word.

Presently my macro assumes the word document is closed. How do I modify the macro to:

1. check if the file is open?
2. if already open, switch the focus to word?
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Dim FileToOpen As String

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' here I would like to check if the word file is open

appWD.Documents.Open Filename:=FileToOpen '

appWD.Visible = True

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Jan 4, 2007

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3. The cursor no longer appears in whatever textbox/combobox I was in when I left the UserForm. If I type, nothing happens (I have to click the field again first, then type).

However, if I TAB, it will go to the next field in the Tab Order just fine. It seems that the control has "pseudo-focus"--it knows which field to tab to next, but the control won't accept input unless you click it. The odd thing is--this UserForm has a button which launches another "child" UserForm. That "child" UserForm does not have this problem.

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For example:
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FoundColumn = 0

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Here is the code I have on the SUM button but it fails


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I'm using a vbmodeless so the user can click off the form. I tested it being able to work cross workbooks and sheets and I could see where it was returning the activeworkbook/worksheet but I don't understand the range/selected part.

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This way J4 is a fixed code week reference where 416 is added to each week number, but it does not work for years 2009 and 2010 as it does not add the weeks from the starting reference.

Here is a copy of my formulas:


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