Series: Missing Manual
Paperback: 754 pages
Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 8, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
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This book teaches you how to design and maintain databases, search them for information, and build attractive forms using the new version of Access. There's also material on Access programming for automating common tasks. Access 2007 is quite a bit different from previous versions, and has a brand new interface. Once you master Access's new style, you'll be able to build databases rather quickly. The problem is that with Office 2007, you get no printed user guide at all. To learn about the thousands of features included in the software, Microsoft expects you to read the online help. The Microsoft help screens are helpful if you're looking for a quick description of something. If you're seeking information more on the art than science of Access, such as chart creation, you'll find nothing of real use there. This book excels at teaching aspects of Access that involve more wisdom than dictionary definition. This book is divided into seven parts, each containing several chapters:Part One: Storing Information in Tables. In this part, you'll build your first database and learn how to add and edit tables that store information. Then you'll pick up the skills you need to stop mistakes before they happen, browse around your database, and link tables together.Chapter 1. Creating Your First DatabaseChapter 2. Building Smarter TablesChapter 3. Mastering the Datasheet: Sorting, Searching, Filtering, and MoreChapter 4. Blocking Bad DataChapter 5. Linking Tables with RelationshipsPart Two: Manipulating Data with Queries. In this part, you'll build queries, apply changes, and summarize vast amounts of information.
Title: Access 2007: The Missing ManualBy: Matthew McDonaldFirst Edition: December 2006Series: The Missing ManualsISBN 10: 0-596-52760-8ISBN 13: 9780596527600Pages: 751This book is light reading. The style is light and easy to enjoy. The author is definitely a wordsmith and has total control over the tone of the book. Some of the chapters start with non issues to people interested in Access, but this seems to be his writing style: a neutral or buffered start so you do not bolt before you get into that chapter.This book is heavy reading. After a few paragraphs of light introduction, each sentence is packed with actions to take, issues to ponder, tables to study, and much more. The actions to take could not be done in one night. Look forward to a week, at least.Annoying things for me:1. His use of 's.Code's means "code is" and not "code's use" in the sentence [not the possessive but the contraction].This happens all the way through the book, so heads up.2. His use of double negatives.I found it harder to concentrate on the meaning when there was no evidence that it was not found [see what I mean?]. "no reason you can't get a little fancier" [page 531]. Why not just say:You could get a little fancier?You could get a little fancier within reason?This happens all the way through the book, so heads up.
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