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31 May 2007 0672329328 978-0672329326 1

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

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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

 


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  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672329328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672329326
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 17.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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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

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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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This is a massive piece of work that I now could not do without for my task of developing a MS Access database professionally. I thought I knew Access operationally until I encountered the 2007 version. Bolter holds your hand through (nearly) all the twists and turns in the new Access. She still does not make it easy but I don't blame her for that. I don't know how anyone could use Access 2007 without such a book.
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On the whole a very good book and does what it says on the tin - i.e. beginner to intermediate level.

However...I am a devotee of John Walkenbach (Excel, Excel VBA Programming) and I feel that some of Alison's explanations are not as good as Walkenbach's. She tells you how to do things with lots of examples (good!) but doesn't explain why. An example of this would be Class modules - it's complicated and her explanation isn't in the same league as Walkenbach. I would suggest that a reader who seriously wants to get into VBA development starts with Mr W. and then moves on to Balter for the Access specific stuff.

Access specific - this is why I bought this book! It is a treasure trove; particularly on ADO programming. It goes into a level of detail that I couldn't find in Walkenbach or the Access Bible and virtually impossible to find in any Microsoft website or user forum.

Lastly, for anyone who notices that she refers to a CD but there isn't one supplied. That's correct SAMS does tell the attentive reader at the end of the contents section the website address in order to download the CD contents.
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This is a most successful text-book: I know because I had to build a fairly complex data base at very short notice and with only the most rudimentary grasp of a very old version of Access...6 or 7 years old, I think.

To cut a long story short, I chose Alison Balter's book, and started at the beginning. With her guidance I managed to build a serviceable database and, with all due modesty, quite quickly.

With that first urgent task out of the way, I have been able to tackle Alison's book again and, this time, quite slowly. With clear explanations, backed by ample examples, the complete beginner is led carefully to a thoroughly workmanlike level of Access 2007 development.
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