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Access Data Analysis Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Ken Bluttman , Wayne S. Freeze
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Book Description

If you have large quantities of data in a Microsoft Access database, and need to study that data in depth, this book is a data cruncher's dream. Access Data Analysis Cookbook offers practical recipes to solve a variety of common problems that users have with extracting Access data and performing calculations on it. Each recipe includes a discussion on how and why the solution works.

Whether you use Access 2007 or an earlier version, this book will teach you new methods to query data, different ways to move data in and out of Access, how to calculate answers to financial and investment issues, and more. Learn how to apply statistics to summarize business information, how to jump beyond SQL by manipulating data with VBA, how to process dates and times, and even how to reach into the Excel data analysis toolkit. Recipes demonstrate ways to:

  • Develop basic and sophisticated queries
  • Apply aggregate functions, custom functions, regular expressions, and crosstabs
  • Apply queries to perform non-passive activities such as inserting, updating, and deleting data
  • Create and manipulate tables and queries programmatically
  • Manage text-based data, including methods to isolate parts of a string and ways to work with numbers that are stored as text
  • Use arrays, read and write to the Windows registry, encrypt data, and use transaction processing
  • Use the FileSystemObject, use XML with XSLT, communicate with SQL Server, and exchange data with other Office products
  • Find answers from time-based data, such as how to add time, count elapsed time, work with leap years, and how to manage time zones in your calculations
  • Deal with business and finance problems, including methods for calculating depreciation, loan paybacks, and Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Explore statistical techniques, such as frequency, variance, kurtosis, linear regression, combinations and permutations
Access Data Analysis Cookbook is a one-stop-shop for extracting nuggets of valuable information from your database, and anyone with Access experience will benefit from these tips and techniques, including seasoned developers. If you want to use your data, and not just store it, you'll find this guide indispensable.

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Book Description

Slicing and Dicing to Find the Results You Need

About the Author

Ken Bluttman is the author of numerous computer books and articles. He recently wrote O'Reilly's "Access Hacks" as well as "Excel Charts for Dummies". Ken's technical chops include Microsoft Office, XML, VBA, VB.NET, SQL Server, and assorted web technologies.

Wayne S. Freeze is the Head of Software Development for Electrical Controls, Inc., where he builds software 3D graphics applications using Visual Basic, SQL Server and DirectX. He has written more than a dozen books over the years and has over seventy-five articles to his credit. Wayne has been using and writing about Access for nearly ten years, and has over 30 years of experience using all types of computers, from small, embedded microprocessor control systems to large-scale IBM mainframes. He also has a master's degree in management information systems as well as degrees in computer science and electrical engineering.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6685 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 17, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR3IK
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
This book is not about designing forms, primary keys, or the use of built-in wizards to make easy queries or reports. This book is about applying Access to real-world business problems. The book addresses how to query data, how to move data to and from Access in various ways, the calculation of different financial and investment terms, and other such problems. The reader of this book should already have some Access experience and thus know how to get around the Access user interface, know basic table structures and relations among them, and how to construct simple queries. As long as you know this much or more, the book should be quite useful to anyone interested in business solutions using Access to analyze the data that is involved. The book consists of a series of recipes that provide example queries, programming tips, and also some requisite math. The following is a summary of each chapter's contents. Each section of each chapter is actually a recipe consisting of a problem - the section title - and its solution(s).

1. Query Construction - A variety of query issues are addressed, including the use of the AND, OR, IN, and NOT operators; creating union queries; and understanding join types.
1.1. Finding Unmatched Records
1.2. Making AND and OR Do What You Expect
1.3. Working with Criteria Using the IN Operator
1.4. Excluding Records with the NOT Operator
1.5. Parameterizing a Query
1.6. Returning a Top or Bottom Number of Records
1.7. Returning Distinct Records
1.8. Returning Random Records
1.9. Fine-Tuning Data Filtering with Subqueries
1.10. Combining Data with Union Queries
1.11. Inserting On-the-Fly Fields in Select Queries
1.12. Using Aliases to Simplify Your SQL Statements
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
I am not sure if this was the intention of the authors, but I find this book to be amazingly helpful given my set of circumstances: I am pretty skilled in Excel and very new to Access, and I want to use Access in the same way I use Excel, but with much larger quantities of data. Of all the Access books I have been referencing, this one is by far the most useful. It provides lots of information on SQL if you are interested, but I'm ignoring that for now and still the book is great at providing the answers I need. I suspect there are lots of people in my shoes (heavy Excel background, but little experience with Access) and so I want to let you know about this excellent reference. I hope it helps you as much as it is helping me!

To be more specific, if you are skilled at constructing formulas in Excel to convert and reformat and analyze data, and you have at least a rudimentary understanding of Access (I have attended a few 2-hour workshops and that's all), and you find yourself stumped in terms of how to do something in Access that would be easy for you to do in Excel, but you can't do it in Excel because you have millions of rows of data, then I'm guessing you will love this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book September 16, 2007
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This book is compatible for Access 2007 and 2003(title of book doesn't let you know that), what it does is answer questions that the author poses. Many of these scenarios are relevant. I have never bought an o'reilly cookbook previously, but this book is very refreshing especially when you look at the current books out there. This book isn't for new people, this book is for people who want real solutions to the problems that they might face. If your looking for a first book to get a real grasp of access, get Access 2007 Inside and Out, if your someone who has read a book or two, or has some experience but still runs into hurdles in data manipulation, get this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Access Users! October 30, 2008
The 'Access Data Analysis Cookbook' is a fantastic resource manual for anyone that needs to use Access on a daily basis to get the information they crave. Jammed with over 100 'recipes', you will learn how to write queries, export/import data, generate statistics, build/work with strings, and better manage your data.

I love this book. I have used Access for many years and feel that anyone that has to work with this simple, effective database at your job should pick up this great book, I guarantee it will help you out and save loads of time!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Reference for Serious VBA Programmers February 8, 2012
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If you do a lot of serious Microsoft Access database programming using queries, recordsets, Structured Query Language and VBA programming, this is an excellent reference manual to have up on your bookshelf. If you are a novice Access database user, this book will probably baffle more than it will assist. It's designed for the programmer who already has a good working knowledge of Access and wants to expand their abilities in what the database can really do with your data. The book contains excellent suggestions for manipulating and displaying your data in new ways. Each example is well written, clearly described with illustrations and followed up with a discussion on what was just done, how it was done and why it did what it did. I have already read 1/3 of the book and come away with several OMG inspirations that I will definitely use in future databases. Even though it was written for Office 2003, the lessons still apply to the most current revision of Access.
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It all started with Creative Writing 101 back in high school. There are oodles of unfinished fiction works around my desk, but it has been writing techy and artsy books that are the path I walk these days.

Hope you enjoy what I have provided. It's always a hoot writing a book - keeping late hours, forgetting to eat, and trying to pet my cat and type at the same time.


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