VBA stands for Visual Basic for Applications.VBA should not be confused with VB, which is the standard for Visual Basic.Visual Basic for Applications is a programming element designed by Microsoft to be used with its Microsoft Office software package.Specifically, it was designed to be used primarily with Excel.VBA is a tool that can be used to create programs to execute them in Excel.
What does Excel do?
Excel can allow you to do many things within your programming structure such as carrying lists of anything from customer names to student ratings. You can also use it to make budgets, analyze data, invoices, create graphs based on data flows and many other things. Excel is an essential element in business.
What does VBA do?
VBA is a programming structure created to essentially do one thing. VBA allows you to automate Excel tasks. Everything you can do in Excel, you can do it faster and without manual work. For example, VBA programs can be created that automatically format and print a sales report. One touches a key and begins the entire process, without having to go through all the steps each time.
Advantages of VBA
In addition to the VBA time saving feature, there are many other advantages. With a VBA command, Excel will always execute a task in exactly the same way. You get consistent results at a much faster rate than you would do yourself. VBA allows you to create buttons to place in your menu bar, to execute the task. This means that anyone can execute a task that you want to perform and you get the same results you would have. If you need to perform the task multiple times, you can program it to be done and move away from the computer, knowing that the work will be ready.
Disadvantages of VBA
There are some disadvantages that will discourage most people. To start, you need to learn the code to use VBA. It is not a very intuitive program, that you can learn to use in a weekend. You have to learn several forms of code and discover how to build the task you want to automate. The VBA programs for Excel are also just that. They are VBA programs for Excel, which means that they are only transferable to other Excel programs. You can not use your programs in other applications.Also, if you do wrong the code, there may be technical problems in the automation process and you may need to work to resolve them until they work correctly.
Evolution of Excel
As Excel evolves, so should your VBA programs. VBA is a programming system that is based on the current programming of your version of Excel. If you update your Excel, you may need to rewrite all your VBA programs. This will happen rarely, since Excel is not updated frequently, but it could still happen. You will need to test your VBA programming constantly to make sure it is still usable.