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Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Office Access 2007 Development 1st Edition

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About the Author

Alison Balter has been programming, teaching, and writing about Access for more than 12 years, since the release of Access 95. She is the author or co-author of ten books on Access. Alison is a regular speaker at conferences worldwide. She is the founder of InfoTechnology Partners, Inc. Her clients include Shell Oil, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Accenture, Prudential Insurance, and the International Cinematographer's Guild.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (June 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672329328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672329326
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Balter is the founder of InfoTechnology Partners, Inc., a computer consulting firm in California. She is a highly experienced trainer and consultant, specializing in Windows applications. During her 17 years in the computer industry, she has helped many Fortune 500 corporations as well as government agencies. The author of over 300 internationally-marketed computer training videos for KeyStone Learning Systems Corporation, Alison has also written several bestselling books for Sams Publishing.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Torrico on July 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
As is already known, Access 2007 has a new interface, with ribbons and many new features targeted mainly to the end-user. The DEVELOPMENT process however, has not changed much.
This book presents a brief introduction of what is new in Access 2007, and then goes on to present the "development" part. Alison Balter, as in her previous books on Access Development, presents the right combination of theory and code (VBA, ADO, etc). The chapters on objects/properties/methods/events, advanced form techniques, advanced report techniques, advanced query techniques, advanced VBA techniques, and ActiveX Data Objects, to name a few, are excellent. Some chapters have been appropriately revised, some others have been completely rewritten or are new -database security, and customizing ribbons, for example. However, there is no longer coverage of DAO, and because of the new interface, the coverage of startup options is gone.
I have downloaded the book examples and source code, naming conventions (appendix A) and table structures (appendix B) without any problem. Of course, having these, you no longer need the CD.
This book is outstanding; as in the past, the technical editing is excellent and the content is superb. I expect nothing less from the terrific author Alison Balter.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Mcgaffic on July 4, 2007
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Once again Sams Publishing takes the award for sloppy technical editing.

On page 2, "Included in the text and on the sample code CD-ROM is a generic error handler that you cab easily build into any of your won applications". You guessed it, there is no CD included with this book.

On page xxxxiii, "The following appendixes are available for download at [...]". If you guess that there are no such files or opportunity to download them on this web page, you would be right.

Where can we obtain the book's naming conventions appendix and the table structures to all the tables she develops in the book, for those of us who do not relish repetitive typing.

Shortcomings that mar what otherwise would be an excellent book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Smith on May 27, 2008
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I have found this book extremley helpful and like the others i was missing the cd from the book This however was easily rectified by emailing alison directly to resolve this issue of which she was extremely helpful with. On that note i believe that is more an Amazon issue as I have bough an earlier version of this same book from another source and did get the cd with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry L. Olsen on May 9, 2010
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I've read many Access how-to books over the past 15 years. Most have been very rudimentary, but better than the original Microsoft documentation, which doesn't take much.
I bought this book to help me with a project and I was very pleasantly surprised? Following the Wizard data, background on how Wizards work, etc., I'm now using ADO to code record set manipulation with Access 2007. If you have only have money for one book, this is it. Everything you want/need to know is in the table of contents or index. The logical progressions of knowledge from fundamentals through VBA make the plot pretty good for reading straight through. This lady knows her stuff.
I love Alison Balter's work. If you want to learn Access and VBA, then you can't go wrong with this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juan Velasquez on February 14, 2008
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I've read Alison Balters entire series of Access book more than twice each. She writes in a clear style which gets right to the point. When Access 2007 came out,I immediately ordered Alison Balters book. It helped me to get up to speed on Access 2007 and was money well spent. I would also recommend reading Access 2007 VBA published by Wrox after reading Alison's book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Boyd on July 18, 2009
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Contrary to popular claims, no one book could cover every aspect of this subject, but if there was one single book I could own, This would be it. Extremely well written, a tiny bit of humor, a fun read (quite actually). I spent hours in this and had something to show for my money.

This book can take you from marginal knowledge to building a company wide sabotage-proof application that will command respect.

Disclaimer: this is not to say that you might not have to spend hours and hours exploring this ocean-deep hobby. Work is still essential on your part, but Balter takes as much pain out of the task as humanly possible.

A nice complimentary companion to this work is Hernandez's Database Design for Mere Mortals, but take this one first.

A terrific Value.

Steve, Akron, OH
Hobbiest and enthusiast.

Expert's Exchange fee-based newsgroup is another terrific help to get you on your way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Reeves VINE VOICE on December 25, 2008
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This book is very well written, and aimed at neither the total computer novice, nor the highly advanced expert - in other words, it is just right for most of us.

Each chapter begins with an explanation of why the area to be covered is important, and a general overview of the concepts. The remaining portion of the chapter then gets into the nuts and bolts of employing the practical techniques to build your database. When there is to be more advanced coverage of the concept in a later chapter, Ms. Balter notes where it will be found.

I recommend this book to anyone who may have a working knowledge of basic computer/database programming, but who is not the professional already steeped in advanced techniques.
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