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

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Microsoft Office 2007 is a major upgrade from the last version of Office; Access will also be greatly revised. Alison Balter is the name that Access developers will trust to guide them through Access 2007's new features. She has the rare ability to take complex topics and explain them clearly, as shown by the success of her ten previous books on Access. Balter is known for providing real-world solutions to specific Access development problems. She also is known for her ability to back up her practical examples with just enough underlying theory to give the reader a good overall understanding of Access. In short, this book will provide beginning and intermediate Access developers with everything that they need to know to design and build Access 2007 applications. It should also appeal to DBAs and power users who want or need to get started building custom Access apps. This latest book in her Mastering Access series will not disappoint her many fans who anxiously await each new version, and should win her new fans as well. Introduction Part I The Basics of Access Development 1 Access as a Development Tool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2 What Every Developer Needs to Know About Databases and Tables . . . . . . . 75 3 Relationships: Your Key to Data Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 4 What Every Developer Needs to Know About Query Basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 5 What Every Developer Needs to Know About Forms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 6 What Every Developer Needs to Know About Reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 7 What Are Macros, and When Do You Need Them? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315 8 VBA: An Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345 9 Objects, Properties, Methods, and Events Explained . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 401 10 Advanced Form Techniques. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 431 11 Advanced Report Techniques. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 493 12 Advanced Query Techniques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 539 13 Advanced VBA Techniques. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 599 14 Exploiting the Power of Class Modules. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 637 15 What Are ActiveX Data Objects, and Why Are They Important?. . . . . . . . . . 671 Part II What to Do When Things Don't Go as Planned 16 Debugging: Your Key to Successful Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 727 17 Error Handling: Preparing for the Inevitable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 755 18 Optimizing Your Application. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 801 Part III Developing Multiuser and Enterprise Applications 19 A Strategy to Developing Access Applications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 835 20 Using External Data. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 847 21 Access 2007 and SharePoint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 883 22 Developing Multiuser and Enterprise Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 909 00_0672329328_FM.qxd 5/4/07 9:23 AM Page iii Part IV Black Belt Programming 23 Working with and Customizing Ribbons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 935 24 Automation: Communicating with Other Applications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 949 25 Exploiting the Power of the Windows API . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 985 26 Creating Your Own Libraries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1011 27 Using Builders and Wizards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1027 28 An Introduction to Access and the Internet/Intranet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1055 Part V Adding Polish to Your Application 29 Documenting Your Application. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1073 30 Maintaining Your Application. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1091 31 Database Security Made Easy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1103" The following appendixes are available for download at www.samspublishing.com/title/0672329328." Part VI Appendixes A Naming Conventions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PDF:1131 B Table Structures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PDF:1137 Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1193

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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Torrico on July 24, 2007
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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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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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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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There are some very slick wizards in Access 2007 that produce tables, relationships, etc. after importing data. Unfortunately, they also produce background problems that render the resultant database worthless,except for demo purposes. Most resources imply that this is a new way to design databases. I'm not saying that Access 2007 is junk; it's still an easy front end, and the wizards are actually good learning tools, provided that you eventually learn how to set your database up without the wizards. All of the Access 2007 documentation I have read (both Microsoft's and popular books) and the local classes I took never revealed this distinction in design. Alison has not taken the bait, and relies on tried and true approaches that can produce a useful database.

Her products are always extremely helpful, probably because she is a professional consultant and database techie, instead of someone who just writes about or dabbles in Access. Real pros are interested in things such as using Access (or another tool) as a front end for SQL server, or in producing work that is useful for a customer, instead of just entertaining themselves producing simple personal databases which have no value in the commercial world [read Northwind database here], or are suitable only for a group of 3 people.

I am not a programmer, but I did lead a project team of two (one programmer and me), and by using tools (Microsoft's and others) we produced a large, successful state wide SQL system used by the State Government. This time around, it's just me, so I needed some help, even though decades ago I worked for IBM in mainframe systems (IBM invented the relational database). I also worked for some very large consulting concerns. So although I am not an expert, my opinion should be worth something.
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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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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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