- Paperback: 1584 pages
- Publisher: Sybex; 3rd edition (January 15, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0782119417
- ISBN-13: 978-0782119411
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 2.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,656,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Access 97 Developers Handbook 3rd Edition
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Normalization shouldn't be that hard of a concept to teach, but maybe it is, because chapter 4 is the only really good introduction I've ever seen to this concept. This books takes a table in Excel, and step-by-step walks through how we'd convert it into a normalized set of Access tables.
The rest of the stuff is probably way over everyone else's head, but I still give this book 5 full stars for chapter 4. The only thing I ever used besides chapter 4 was a part of a section on how to use Access for labels.
Perhaps you can find a better explanation for this book that does not involve aliens or Elvis. Following the obligatory what's-new-in-the-latest-version chapter, the first real chapter presents an exhaustive laundry-list of form and control events, all without any discussion of forms or controls. (Recognizing this, the author of this chapter does refer you ambiguously elsewhere within the book should you require some background. Forms and controls won't be discussed for a few hundred pages yet.)
OK, fine. The book is a reference, right? You are supposed to know the basics already, and this organization helps nail the details. The next chapter is on writing VBA classes. No reference organization here, it's a chatty tutorial on a concept. That there is no discussion prior to this on the basics of VB, so presumably you've already read the Microsoft documentation on VB. Unfortunately, if you read "Programming With Objects" in the Programmer's Guide, you already read a better presentation than this.
Finally chapter 4 gives an introduction to relational databases. Why did we get this basic chapter after the catalogue of events reference and an intermediate tutorial on VB classes? Random selection and isolation chambers. There are 20 more chapters to go, and I suspect there are some gems in there, but I hope there is a better reference and/or advanced tips book than this. For learning this material from scratch you're much better off with Alison Balter's "Mastering Access 97 Development
Excellent book of course.