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Access Cookbook, 2nd Edition Paperback – March 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 063-6920006787 ISBN-10: 0596006780 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2nd edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006785
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Solutions to Practical User Interface and Programming Problems

About the Author

Ken Getz is a senior consultant with MCW Technologies and splits his time between programming, writing, and training. He specializes in tools and applications written in Visual Studio .NET and Visual Basic. Ken is co-author of best-selling several books, including Access 2002 Developer's Handbooks with Paul Litwin and Mike Gunderloy, Visual Basic Language Developer's Handbook with Mike Gilbert, and VBA Developer's Handbook with Mike Gilbert (Sybex). He co-wrote several training courses for Application Developer's Training Company (, including VB.NET, ASP.NET, Access 2000 and 97, Visual Basic 6, and Visual Basic 5 seminars.He has also recorded video training for AppDev covering VB.NET, ASP.NET, VB6, Access 2000, and Access 97. Ken is a frequent speaker at technical conferences and spoken often at Microsoft's Tech-Ed conference. Ken's also a technical editor for Access-VB-SQL Advisor magazine and a columnist for Informant Publications' asp.netPRO magazine.

Paul Litwin is the president of Litwin Consulting, providing development, mentoring, and training in ASP, ASP.NET, Visual Basic, SQL Server, XML, Microsoft Access, and related technologies. Paul was the founding editor of the Smart Access Newsletter and recently became the editor-in-chief of asp.netPRO Magazine( He is the author of a number of books, articles, and training materials on Access, VBA, Web development, ASP, and ASP.NET. Paul is one of the founders of Deep Training, a developer-owned training company providing training on Microsoft.NET ( He is the conference chair of Microsoft ASP.NET Connections ( and Office Developer Connections ( and speaks regularly at other industry events, including Microsoft TechEd and Microsoft Office Deployment and Development Conference.

Andy Baron is a senior consultant at MCW Technologies, a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) since 1995, and a contributing editor for Advisor Media and Pinnacle Publications. Andy is co-author of the Microsoft Access Developers Guide to SQL Server (Sams), and he writes and presents courseware for Application Developers Training Co.

Customer Reviews

A real world, practical book.
Marcus Hilton
I highly recommend this book for any experienced Access user, or anyone looking to become an Access expert.
Jack D. Herrington
The examples are written very well.
R. L. Henry

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Elder on June 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the book that the Access programming community has needed for years! It uses a Problem - Solution - Discussion format instead of the usual academic "let's disect Access's capabilities, throw them at you in little bits, and let you figure out the WHY later" format. Even the table of contents is much more readable and understandable. You know the reason for reading the chapter right from the start, not at the end.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not bashing the multitudes of other Access reference type books, it's just that we finally have a book that fills a BIG gap. Once you read this book, you'll have more use for the others. This book and the others complement each other nicely.
The format of this book is not exactly new, however. Rob Krumm's programming for dummies books have used this format for years (albeit not as explicitly), which is why I enjoyed them so much and always hoped he would go beyond the beginner level Access programming books. Access Cookbook does exactly that, and in a very refreshing way.
Two things about this book were a big surprise to me. 1. Ken Getz wrote it and 2. O'Reilly published it. I couldn't think of 2 better choices! Ken Getz takes his high level expertise and writing style and transforms it into a new book that opens up his experience to a much wider audience. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! And then there's good ole O'Reilly publishing who have always had a talent for presenting a very academic subject to a less academic audience without loss of rigor.
"Cookbook" is an ok word for the title I guess, but I think "Storybook" may be more fitting, because I find that when I start a section of a chapter, I just can't put down the book until I see how the section ends. Likewise, when I start reading a Discussion section, I have to read it all before I put the book down and hit the keyboard. I even use this book for bedtime reading!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JRK on May 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Access Developer's Handbook Set (search ISBN: 0782140114) and in particular, Volume 1: Desktop Edition (search ISBN: 0782123708) is my definitive resource to approximately 4 years of Access development. I've got more stickies and highlights in this set than all other Access books combined. So when I came across the Access cookbook and realized that the same two indispensible authors (Getz & Litwin) put together a resource of Access developer solutions, I had to have it.

This book has not let me down. It is certainly geared towards the intermediate to advanced Access professional developers who already understand the basics of Access and more importantly, who also understand the shortcomings of Access and the benefits of getting around those shortcomings. There are about 170 solutions in this book that are segmented into 18 chapters of high-level topics such as Queries, Forms, XML, UI, VBA, Windows APIs, even Smart Tags. I would be really surprised to find someone who picked up this text, thumbed through the solutions, and found that there was nothing they could get out of this book.

I would say that if you are developing a professional Access front-end and/or database, you owe it to yourself to buy this book and review each solution before you release or ship your product. I did, and found either new answers and existing improvements to many of the things I was struggling with during my development cycles.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brice Richard on June 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am an MS Access developer for an architectural firm in Washington DC. In evaluating the MS Access cookbook, I will first offer what I liked about it and then what I didn't like. First, I liked HOW it was written. Other reviewers have commented on the ease of understanding acquired from such a complex topic, viz, one of computer programming and the Problem-Solution-Discussion framework approach in which the book was written and I agree. The book is written in a fashion that makes it very easy to grasp MS Access programming concepts. I also thought there was a diversity of topics covered which will (or should) stimulate the reader into tapping into his/her own creative potential when using Access. What I did NOT like about the book was that I thought it lacked overall practicality. While some of the topics discussed were practical answers to real programming issues in MS Access, I thought that most of the book was impractical for typical business operations. Perhaps another chapter could be added to the book that offered MORE practical solutions for small business. Would I have purchased the book had I known what I now know about it? Yes I would and that strongly suggests the book is worth purchasing. I believe that all books are the same relative to knowledge - no one book has all the answers. You read a variety of books and pull the bits and pieces that you like from each one to create an intrapersonal, collaborative framework of knowledge and wisdom. The MS Access cookbook is just that. A book from which you pull a few practical bits of programmming to add to your own repository of knowledge.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2002
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Access Cookbook
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First Edition, February, 2002
The Access Cookbook really surprised me by how it covers topics regarding Microsoft Access that none of the other reference books talk about. I have an extensive Access reference collection, and the Access Cookbook far outshines them in practical solutions to real development problems, and also covers innovative ways to do things that you might not otherwise think of doing.
Each topic is presented in a Problem, Solution, Discussion format. There are also plenty of illustrations, and a CD that has the code for each of the topics. You can choose to enter the code for the examples yourself, or simply to download it from the CD and follow along with the lesson.
I've been developing in Access for more than a year, and the Access Cookbook has shown me things that I never dreamed could be done inside of an "application" versus a full-blown Visual Basic development environment.
The Access Cookbook is an excellent addition to any Microsoft Access developer's library. It is written for Access versions 97, 2000, and 2002.
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