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Access Bible [With CDROM]
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If Access 2003 can do it, you can do it too...

Databases can be complex. That’ s why you need the expert guidance in this comprehensive reference manual to help you harness their power with a solid understanding of database purpose, construction, and application. If this is your first encounter with Access, you’ ll appreciate the thorough attention to database fundamentals and terminology. If you’ re familiar with earlier versions, you can jump right into Access 2003 enhancements like wider use of XML and Web services.

Inside, you’ ll find complete coverage of Access 2003

  • Create tables, manipulate datasheets, and work with multiple tables
  • Understand the seven database objects and design systems objects
  • Apply the seven-step design method to build databases tailored to your needs
  • Build forms with wizards, create bound and unbound forms, and add data validation
  • Learn how to use Visual Basic® and the VBA Editor to automate Access applications
  • Use XML to create basic and advanced Data Access Pages
  • Automate query parameters, create functions and subroutines, and add programmed error routines
  • Exchange data with Word, Excel, PowerPoint® , and other Office applications

Bonus CD-ROM and companion Web site!

  • All source code from the book as well as a complete working example
  • Exclusive Office 2003 Super Bible eBook, with more than 500 pages of information about how Microsoft Office components work together
  • Bonus shareware, freeware, trial, demo, and evaluation programs that work with or enhance Microsoft Office
  • Searchable eBook version of Access 2003Bible
  • An easy-to-use interface that allows you to browse and install everything on the CD
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Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: Creating Desktop Applications. Section I: Working with Data Tables and Queries. Chapter 1: Understanding Data. Chapter 2: Creating and Building Tables. Chapter 3: Entering Data into Tables and Forms. Chapter 4: Creating and Understanding Relationships. Chapter 5: Displaying Selected Data with Queries. Chapter 6: Using Operators and Expressions in Multi-table Select Queries. Chapter 7: Working with External Data. Section II: Building Forms and Reports. Chapter 8: Understanding the Many Uses of Forms and Controls. Chapter 9: Building and Manipulating Forms and Controls. Chapter 10: Creating Bound Forms and Placing Controls. Chapter 11: Adding Data-Validation Features to Forms. Chapter 12: Creating Professional-Looking Forms and Reports. Chapter 13: Understanding and Creating Reports. Chapter 14: Working with Subforms. Chapter 15: Creating Calculations and Summaries in Reports. Chapter 16: Presenting Data with Special Report Types. Chapter 17: Using OLE Objects, Graphs, Pivot Tables/Charts, and ActiveX Controls. Section III: Automating Your Applications. Chapter 18: Understanding Visual Basic and the VBA Editor. Chapter 19: Introduction to Programming and Events. Chapter 20: Working with Expressions and Functions. Chapter 21: Working with SQL, Recordsets, and ADO. Chapter 22: Automating, Searches, Filters, and Query Parameters. Chapter 23: Calling Subprocedures and Functions. Chapter 24: Effective Debugging and Error Handling in VBA. Chapter 25: Creating Switchboards, Command Bars, Menus, Toolbars, and Dialog Boxes. Chapter 26: Programming Continuous Forms, Tab Dialogs, and Command Buttons. Part II: Creating Enterprise Applications. Section IV: Upsizing to SQL Server and MSDE 2000. Chapter 27: Upsizing Data to a SQL Server Database. Chapter 28: Working with Access Projects. Chapter 29: Working with Access Projects and SQL Server Tables and Queries. Part III: Creating Web Applications. Section V: Creating Data Access Pages and Using XML and InfoPath. Chapter 30: Using and Creating Access Objects for Intranets and the Internet. Chapter 31: Building and Working with Data Access Pages. Chapter 32: XML, Access, and InfoPath. Part IV: Advanced Access Database Topics. Chapter 33: Exchanging Data with Office Applications. Chapter 34: Adding Security to Applications. Chapter 35: Creating Help Systems. Chapter 36: Working with Advanced Select Queries and Other Query Topics. Chapter 37: Working with Action and SQL Queries. Chapter 38: Increasing the Speed of an Application. Chapter 39: Preparing Your Application for Distribution. Part V: Appendixes and Reference Material. Appendix A: Access 2003 Specifications. Appendix B: Access Auto Auction Tables. Appendix C: Using the CD-ROM Included with the Book. Appendix D: Using Standard Naming Conventions. Index.

About the Author

Cary N. Prague is an internationally best-selling author and lecturer in the database industry. He owns Database Creations, Inc., the world's largest Microsoft Access add-on company. Their products include a line of financial software; Business! For Microsoft Office, a mid-range accounting system, POSitively Business! Point of Sale software, the Inventory Barcode manager for mobile data collection, and the Check Writer and General Ledger. Database Creations also produces a line of developer tools including the appBuilder, an application generator for Microsoft Access, the EZ Access Developer Tools for building great user interfaces, appWatcher for maintaining code bases among several developers, and Surgical Strike, the only Patch Manager for Microsoft Access. Cary also owns Database Creations Consulting, LLC., a successful consulting firm specializing in Microsoft Access and SQL Server applications. Local and national clients include many Fortune 100 companies including manufacturers, defense contractors, insurance, health-care, and software industry companies. His client list includes Microsoft, United Technologies, ABB, Smith & Wesson Firearms, Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, ProHealth, OfficeMax, Continental Airlines, and other Fortune 500 companies. Michael R. Irwin is considered one of the leading authorities on automated database and Internet management systems today. He is a noted worldwide lecturer, a winner of national and international awards, best-selling author, and developer of client/server, Internet, Intranet, and PC-based database management systems. Michael has extensive database knowledge, gained by working with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. as a developer and analyst for the Information Systems Division for over 20 years and assorted Federal Agencies of the United States Government. Since retiring in June 1992, he runs his own consulting firm, named The Irwin Group, and is principal partner in the company - IT in Asia, LLC, specializing in Internet database integration and emphasizing Client/Server and net solutions. With consulting offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bangkok, Thailand, and Manila, Philippines, his companies offer training and development of Internet and database applications. His company has the distinction of being one of the first Microsoft Solution's Providers (in 1992). His local, national, and international clients include many software companies, manufacturers, government agencies, and international companies. Jennifer Reardon is considered a leading developer of custom database applications. She has over ten years' experience developing client/server and PC-based applications. She has accumulated much of her application development experience working as lead developer for Database Creations. She has partnered with Cary Prague developing applications for many Fortune 500 companies. Her most significant projects include a spare parts inventory control system for Pratt & Whitney's F22 program, an engineering specifications system for ABBCombustion Engineering, and an emergency event tracking system for the State of Connecticut. She was also the lead developer of many of the Database Creations add-on software products including Business, Yes! I Can Run My Business, Check Writer, and the User Interface Construction Kit.

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