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Access 2003 Inside Out Book/CD Package (BPG-Inside Out) [Paperback]

John L. Viescas
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Book Description

1 Nov 2003 BPG-Inside Out

Hey, you know your way around a database—so now dig into Access 2003 and really put your information to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds all in concise, fast-answer format. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover the best and fastest ways to perform everyday tasks, and challenge yourself to new levels of Access mastery!

  • Build on what you already know about Access and quickly dive into what’s new
  • Design your database the way the experts do—and sidestep common mistakes
  • Import data from spreadsheets, text files, databases, and other sources
  • Write simple to sophisticated queries to manipulate data
  • Learn advanced techniques for building forms and reports
  • Develop PivotTable and PivotChart dynamic views
  • Tap the power of Microsoft SQL Server with Access projects and views, functions, and stored procedures
  • Implement database security features
  • Deliver dynamic data on the Web with data access pages and XML
  • Use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and script to automate your applications and Web pages

CD features:

  • Complete eBook in PDF format
  • Insider Extras—including fully functional sample databases, VBA code, and sample web pages
  • Catalog of Access resources with links to third-party tools and demos
  • Microsoft resources and demos, including Insider’s Guide to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 eBook
  • Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition, eBook—10,000+ entries

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  • Paperback: 1270 pages
  • Publisher: MICROSOFT PRESS; 1 edition (1 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735615136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735615137
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 18.7 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John L. Viescas is a database expert who provides consulting and training services to companies around the globe. He is the author of numerous books, including Running Microsoft Access 97, Running Microsoft Access 2000, Microsoft Office Access 2003 Inside Out, Building Microsoft Access Applications, and Microsoft Office Access 2007 Inside Out. John has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 1993.

Home Page: Viescas Consulting, Inc.


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most Helpful ! 4 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
Excellent, simple to use reference guide, with plenty of help topics and hints. Represents good value for money. Being self taught I needed a guide aimed at all levels and this certainly is. Excellent Thank you !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deliberate and detailed 20 Sep 2005
Format:Paperback
I notice another reviewer has criticised this book for not providing a quick "weekend" solution. To expect a quick-fix from the Microsoft inside-out series is a bit like taking the full, printed version of Encyclopaedia Britannica to help with a pub quiz!
Where Microsoft's Inside Out series really scores over almost every alternative is in providing in-depth information, to the minutest level of detail. In this regard, the book is a superb reference for the professional developer and advanced user. It will enable you to look-up the complete detail on a specific aspect of the Access product, without needing to cross-reference other chapters. In this respect it may seem a little repetitive, but the benefit is that it is thorough.
For designing database applications, and for some of the more detailed aspects of teaching at A-Level, I have found the works of Viescas an invaluable source of reference, being reliably accurate, and sufficiently accessible that I can usually refer a student to a particular section to answer their question, knowing that they will understand this book. Inside-out. In-depth. No stone left unturned!
Quick solutions may be better-covered within the Microsoft Step-by-Step series, or possibly Viescas's newer work, Building Access Applications.
For thorough detail and organisation, I like this book enormously.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit overwhelming 23 Oct 2013
By Derek57
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great deal of detail but can become very tedious. I'm not an expert by any means so this isn't what you want to start you off, it's almost intimidating. if I ever get through this book and learn more about the subject I'm sure I'll award more stars, but I think I jumped in too soon, so don't take this as a criticism of the book, but on my judgement.
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15 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Speed, tedious and badly written 14 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after managing to avoid using Microsoft Access for the last 10 years, having been forced into creating a database to analysis data for a project I was working on.
Having just a weekend to put an interface on this database, I bought this book to help me do this and bring me up to speed.
What a slow, tedious and badly written book. The examples are largely based on databases provided on a CD, so you don't actually build much yourself. Not a good way to learn. The author repeatedly tells you, you can 'drag the title bar to move the windows around on your screen and also drag the edges of the window to resize it'. A book written by volume rather for content. If you want to learn Access quickly, find another book.
In fact this book only makes me think now right I was in avoiding Microsoft Access for so long, and how little database application techniques have changed so little during that time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is at the intermediate level for developers 16 Jun 2004
By book_review_grrl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The intended audience for this book isn't someone who just needs to use a Microsoft Access Database. Instead, this book is for someone who knows Access basics and understands databases and wants to create their own database - or perhaps their own application - including possibly using Visual Basic programming or macros. If this is you, then this book is GREAT! Doesn't bother you with the tiny details, but gives you what you need to get moving on your project, including how to prevent users from tinkering with your form design, how to fine tune your database/application using the performance analyzer, and other ideas to put together a high-quality database or application. (The reason why some reviewers have rated the book lower, is that they were probably outside the targeted audience, and the material was therefore less appropriate for them.)
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough but Dry 22 Jan 2006
By John A Lee III - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no doubt that the Inside Out series from Microsoft is a much superior source for learning than the Step By Step Series. Topics are covered with more thoroughness which includes theory, reasons for doing things in a certain way and a better understanding of various possible parameters. That necessarily equates to a bulkier tome but the information is worth the weight. Unfortunately, others can produce the information in a more inspired and interesting manner.

This book is thorough. Anyone wishing to learn about Access 2003 would be well served by its use. It comes with examples on disk and a well thought out sequential development that builds on previous lessons. The only problem is staying awake. The illustrations are plentiful but tend to be small and difficult to read but the correspond well to what actually appeared on my screen. That is often not the case. This is a good choice but there are better ones. I like this one mostly as a reference. There are better references out there too.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MS Access 2003 Inside Out 23 Mar 2004
By Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
John has done a great job with this book. It is in plain language that a beginner in Access would be able to understand. It includes lots of screen shots and descriptions of why things need to be done the recommended way. It also has good technical detail for the more advanced user. Following the procedures in this book will definitely improve your database application.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners 24 Feb 2006
By Ronald F. Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The author correctly states this should probably not be your first Microsoft Access book. Yet he tries to take the reader from the ground up (inside out) through very detailed 1,298 pages. It starts by defining what a database is (not required if you have taken Programming 101) and goes into fine detail on publishing databases on web pages (for advanced users). My main complaint about this book is that it does not get you started on even the most simple application without plowing through more than half the text. The author is just beginning to discuss the design of forms on page 685! A hard read, a month later I have made it to page 219.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Really Big Book! 25 Mar 2004
By Richie Rich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As the review title says, this is a big book - one that is chockful of tips, examples and code (on the included CD) that will reveal the power and ease-of-use that Microsoft Access 2003 possesses. As another reviewer stated, the examples are not the same, old tired Northwind database but fresh and exciting looking examples created by the author. Everyone - from beginner to advanced users - will find something in this book. And the big plus is the SQL information in the book and on the CD.
This book is well thought out, well written and, well, just a darn good buy. I don't think you can go wrong with this one. I know that I won't.
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