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Programming Microsoft® Office Access 2003 (Core Reference) (Pro-Developer) Paperback – October 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0735619425 ISBN-10: 0735619425 Edition: 1st
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About the Author

Rick Dobson is the author of the Microsoft Press® titles Programming Microsoft Access Version 2002 and Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2000 with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET. He is the founder and chief technologist of CAB. He has more than a dozen years’ experience delivering professional computer services and is an accomplished author, speaker, and developer. His work regularly appears in many publications, including Byte, Microsoft Office & Visual Basic for Applications Developer, DBMS, Visual Basic Developer, Microsoft Web Developer, Visual Developer, and Smart Computing. He has led training classes in the United States and abroad, teaching developers from companies including Proctor & Gamble, Bell Laboratories, and Cincinnati Gas & Electrics. CAB's offices are in Louisville, Kentucky.

Since 1999, Rick's company has sponsored its own national tour. Over the years the content of the tours has changed to reflect Rick's books as well as the most recent software releases from Microsoft. His 2002 tour was titled "The Access/SQL Server/VB.NET Development Seminar." The seminar attracts independent as well as corporate organizations such as Bank of America, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, State Farm Insurance, Prudential, EDS, the U.S. Navy, and Panasonic. These annual seminars provide Access developers, SQL Server developers, and database administrators the information they require to deliver better solutions to their clients as well as helping Visual Basic developers put Visual Basic .NET to use for database applications. For specific locations and registration for the next seminar tour, visit http://www.programmingaccess.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pro-Developer
  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735619425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735619425
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,900,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an author/trainer/webmaster. My area of specialization is database development. Among the programming topics that I like to prepare content about are SQL Server, T-SQL, Access, VBA, Visual Basic .NET, ADO.NET, and ASP.NET. I especially like working on the intersection of two or three of these topics at once.

I have been working with personal computers since the early 1980's. In the late 1980's, I started a part-time computer consulting practice, and I devoted myself to the practice on a full-time basis starting in 1991. I initially started consulting with 1-2-3 and Symphony before migrating to Microsoft Access as my main consulting tool. Microsoft selected me as a Microsoft Access hero to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Microsoft Access (http://www.microsoft.com/Office/previous/access/10years/dobson.asp).

Starting around 1999, I added coverage of Microsoft SQL Server. In fact, I spent a lot of time focusing on advanced ways of using Access and SQL Server together, and I authored a book on these topics. In early 2002, I added coverage of Visual Basic .NET, ADO.NET, and ASP.NET. I eventually authored two books and two DVDs on these topics. Most recently, I focused on SQL Server 2005 Express, Visual Basic Express, and Visual Web Developer Express. My most recent book describes how to build database applications with these three tools.

In addition to authoring books, I regularly write for computer periodicals. In the past several years, my articles appeared in such publications as SQL Server Magazine, Smart Access, Visual Studio Developer, SQL Server Professional, and SQL Server Solutions. My favorite approach in books and articles is to explain and demonstrate new or difficult topics in a way that makes them easy to use by beginning and intermediate level developers and professionals who create their own database solutions.

I have always enjoyed making presentations on computer topics. Starting in the early 1990's, I presented sessions at computer conferences. In 1999, I started sponsoring my own seminar training events. My sixth annual seminar training event consists of 21 hours of database development training for SQL Server Express, Visual Basic Express, and Visual Web Developer Express (http://www.programmingmsaccess.com/seminar2006).

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By AccessDeveloper2004 on March 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Microsoft Press and Rick Dobson did a great job in publishing a book that covers all the essentials for developing solutions with Access 2003. Having used several earlier versions of Access, I was happy to discover that many of the code samples and examples apply to earlier versions, such as Access 2000 and Access 2002.
As a developer, my clients expect me to be able to make things happen automatically. Access readily permits you to automate all aspects of it with VBA, and this book is chuck full of VBA code samples that I can readily use for my clients. The explanations of the samples are easy for me to follow.
Without burying me in trivial details or useless facts, this book empowers me to create solutions. It is just 842 pages. Big enough to cover lots of valuable content, but not so heavy that I can't conveniently carry it with me to a client's site. I especially liked that I could download from the author's web site content on extra topics, such as an intro to VBA and a whole chapter on class, form, and report modules. In fact, I am discovering that the author's web site ([...]) is a real valuable resource for me all on its own.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SVAZ Developer on November 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Let's make this simple - I am a 20+ year developer. This is my first time to work with Access/VB. This book made it very simple to find what I needed to know fast.

The book is well organized, the writing straight forward, the code examples highlight the concepts and make it easy to understand those concepts quickly. I *like* that!

The extremely low cost of ~$50 got me there *fast* and saved me hours of digging around the internet for the info I needed.

Spend the $$ and get the work done.

This book worth every penny.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By G. Griffith on March 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for learning how to write VBA in Access. I liked this book because:

1. It was easy to understand

2. Has lots of code examples

I noticed that some others have had problems getting the online content, so I wanted to share my experience. To get the online content:

1. [...] (This is the URL listed on page XXI in the book and seemed to work fine for me)

2. On the right-hand side of the screen, in the "More Information" box, click on the "Companion Content" link.

3. You'll be redirected to another page for the book, just click on the "Download the book's sample and demo files."

4. Click the "Save" button to save the .EXE file to your computer (if you trust Microsoft Press, I did).

5. And then simply run the EXE by double-clicking on it and you'll have all of the demo and samples for the book!

Also, be sure to check out the Authors website at [...] as this site is also very helpful! Good luck and happy programming!!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MGMcd on March 31, 2005
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Not only is the book excellent in that it has lots of pertinent material for the sorts of work I am doing in Access, but when I did have a small problem with one of the examples, the author responded immediately to my request for clarification, and all has gone well since then. I didn't have any problem with downloading the code.

I have many books on Access development, some good and some not so good. This one is always on the top of the stack for reference.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G.Rovelli on October 24, 2005
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I work for an energy management company and I find Access has robust data management capabilities that can be put to fruition without having to necessarily rely on outside people. In spite of its purported weakness on the web-solutions side, Access still is the only application that encompasses both desktop and server environments. Obviously, to take advantage of that, you need to be conversant with how Access ticks so if you want a book that will show you how to do all kinds of acrobatics with recordsets, this is the one for you!

Even better if you couple it with Programming Microsoft Office Access 2000 by the same author because they're not a rehash of each other and the latter covers the basics, such as designing tables, a bit more. The author's style is concise and to the point which allows him to span the whole gamut of what Access has to offer to the programmer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Conrad Bowman on February 21, 2006
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The book was not exactly what I thought it was going to be. It seemed to really not cover forms in very much detail. Other areas such as ADO topics were covered more indepth than I would expect. This is a very techincal book and I don't think it would be very useful for people looking to learn access development. Overall an OK book but not one of the best that I have read.
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