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Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Office Access 2007 Development 1st Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Alison Balter has produced books and videos on the topic of developing applications in Microsoft Access. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Holly Sherman
Great instructions would be better if it had CDs with templates.Published 15 months ago by Rufus White
I have the PC Kindle version of this book, and the book itself is fine.I bought this book for a one credit hour class at the community college I attend. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by keri
He needed a manual on Access and he said this one was very good, it came in very handy for a project he needed to work on for work, very easy to follow and understand.Published on June 17, 2013 by crafty lady
Suitable for intermediate-advanced level of Access 2007. Comprehensive coverage that developers need. Professional tips to program in Access. The best book I have seen for Access. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by frdatabase
There are some very slick wizards in Access 2007 that produce tables, relationships, etc. after importing data. Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by J. Calhoun
I am very particular about the training books I purchase, that's why I spent several days researching the various Access Development books available. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by RJ