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Great Access Introduction
on September 22, 2008
Have you always wanted to use Access? Have you realized that Excel simply won't work any longer? Then this book is for you. The writing is very friendly yet concise. It is far better than the superfluous fluff of the "For Dummies" series.
The book provides a great overview of how to enter information, arrange into tables, retrieve using queries and present using reports and forms. Queries, forms, and reports will change your life. I now realize how much of my life was wasted collating and formating data for presentation in Excel, when I could have simply created forms, queries, and reports to automate everything.
If you are a graduate student doing any type of research with quantitative results, you need to use Access. I create forms to simplify the data-entry process, and then queries and reports to see the results. Access is simply amazing.
A real strength of this book is how it provides an experienced perspective to databases. Have you ever used a program that had a lot of features, but you had no idea why those features were included? This is true with Access, but the author takes the time to point out why some features may be very important, given the type of work being done.
Don't be afraid of databases. Buy this book, sit down in front of your computer, and start playing. The author provides a lot of databases to play with from his website, so you gain hands-on experience immediately.
Overall, this is a wonderful book. By far the most useful computer book I have ever owned. Enjoy!