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Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Part 7 - Creating Sprites

Posted by Andrew Gould on 11 April 2014 | no comments
This part of the tutorial describes how to draw simple images using a worksheet as the canvas. You'll also see how to include the images in the game.
This part of the tutorial describes how to respond to keys pressed by the player. You'll learn about the Application.OnKey method and the GetAsyncKeyState Windows API function.
This part of the tutorial adds a basic menu system with ActiveX command buttons to start and stop the game.

Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Part 4 - The Game Timing Loop

Posted by Andrew Gould on 11 April 2014 | no comments
This part of the tutorial describes how to set up a timing loop which allows the game to update continuously.
This part of the tutorial describes how to make use of Windows API functions to extend the power of Excel VBA.

Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Part 2 - Basic Workbook Setup

Posted by Andrew Gould on 11 April 2014 | no comments
This part of the tutorial describes how to setup a basic workbook ready for you to start coding the Flappy Owl game.

Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Part 1 - Introduction

Posted by Andrew Gould on 11 April 2014 | no comments
This part of the Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Tutorial introduces you to the Flappy Owl game and provides download links and instructions to get it running in Excel on your machine.

Flappy Bird in Excel VBA - Tutorial Index

Posted by Andrew Gould on 11 April 2014 | no comments
This is the main index page for the Flappy Bird in Excel VBA tutorial. Here you can find links to all of the articles which comprise the tutorial.

Thoughts on working with SSIS 2008 and SSIS 2012

Posted by Andy Brown on 12 March 2014 | no comments
Some thoughts and advice to those who have to shuffle between versions 2012 and 2008 of Integration Services.
Tags:   SSIS / General SSIS

How to enable compatibility mode in Internet Explorer

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 March 2014 | no comments
This short blog shows how to get round a compatibility mode problem with the skills assessment site.
Tags:   Musings / Random musings
This blog provides the SQL, C# and VB script needed for the Integration Services script components tutorial.
Tags:   SSIS / Scripting
You can use Visual Basic within Excel, PowerPoint or Word to draw shapes, format them and even assign macros to run - this long blog gives lots of ideas of how to proceed!
Tags:   Excel / Excel Visual Basic   |   VBA macros / General
You can use VBA to extract data from web pages, either as whole tables or by parsing the underlying HTML elements. This blog shows you how to code both methods (the technique is often called "web-scraping").
Tags:   Excel / Excel Visual Basic   |   VBA macros / General

Getting the Calendar control to work in Excel 2010 onwards

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 January 2014 | no comments
The calendar control for user forms is built into versions of Excel up to 2007, but has to be imported for later versions - this blog shows how to do this!
Tags:   Excel / Excel Visual Basic   |   VBA macros / User forms

The new brand for Wise Owl Business Solutions

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 January 2014 | no comments
As the first part of a complete rebranding, you may start seeing our new logo appearing on stationery and pages of our website. Here's a preview of it!
Tags:   Musings / Random musings

Access 2013 - an overview of the new web app feature

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 January 2014 | 1 comment
Access 2013 will still look familiar to existing Access users, but it now includes the facility to develop and publish web applications. This blog explains the thinking behind Microsoft's radical move.

A review of Power View, including examples of use

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 January 2014 | no comments
Power View is an Excel or SharePoint add-in which allows you to create quick and interactive dashboard reports, with built-in drill-down. This blog considers whether you're missing a trick if you don't know how to use Power View.
Tags:   Excel / PowerPivot   |   PowerPivot/DAX / General

Triggers in SQL Server

Posted by Andrew Gould on 27 November 2013 | no comments
Triggers are special stored procedures that execute automatically in response to certain events in a database. This blog explains how to create three types of trigger in SQL Server: DML, DDL and Logon triggers.
Tags:   SQL / General

How to use environment variables like USERNAME in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 November 2013 | no comments
You can get at all sorts of system information within Visual Basic for Applications by using environment variables - this blog shows you how to get at your user's name, computer name and much more besides.
Tags:   Excel / Excel Visual Basic   |   VBA macros / General

How to loop over enumerations in VBA

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 November 2013 | no comments
A short blog explaining how to use Visual Basic for Applications to loop over enumerations.
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