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Building VBA Apps: Using Microsoft Access [Kindle Edition]

F. Mark Schiavone
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Microsoft Access is a complete relational database management system that offers powerful tools for creating tables, queries, forms, and reports. Access includes another important tool: Visual Basic for Applications - an easy to learn yet full featured programming language that will take your database design beyond the normal. With VBA you can write code that lets forms and reports respond to events triggered by user or database interactions. With VBA you can programmatically access the data in tables stored either in Access or in ODBC (open database connectivity)-compliant database servers for the purposes of accessing, archiving or migrating data. Further extending the power of VBA is COM (component object model) which is used to extend the functionality found in Microsoft Access to include components found in other applications such as Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Internet Explorer. All of these topics, plus the basics of the VBA language, building error handlers, and more are covered in this book.

This title is the fourth in a series on Building components for a Microsoft Access 2010 database. The books in this series focus on a task-based approach to learning Microsoft Access and therefore differ from other books that feature a complete review of all the commands and tools available in Microsoft Access. Schiavone taught database design for large organizations for over 10 years. This task-based approach to learning is the result of years of field experience in training office and technology workers what they need to know to get the job done.

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No matter how useful the technical content, this book is spoiled by its presentation / typesetting, and is a triumph of perceived form over function.

There are poor choice of fonts, and excessive use of italics in a font that makes them hard to read - hardly a sentence goes by without at least one excursion into italics or bold or a change of typeface.

There are also basic mistakes such as the apostrophe or single quote used to indicate a comment being described as "an asterisk", and at least one error in the number of arguments required by certain intrinsic functions. Some illustrations look like scans of dot-matrix screendumps.

This book is reminiscent of self-typesetting in the early days of desk top publishing. The scatter-gun use of multiple fonts; excessive emphasis/bold; out of proportion large font headings etc. brings to mind when a child is given a new set of crayons - every picture has to use every colour.

With professional editting (such as that in an O'Reilly published book), I'm sure this book would be worthwhile; but as it stands it is not readable - and its the first book I'm contemplating returning to Amazon as unfit for purpose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely cool book! 19 Jun. 2014
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WOW! This book in the sort time I have had it has bailed me out near a dozen times! Worth it!
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