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Curtis D. Frye
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13 Jun 2010 Plain & Simple

Get the guide that makes learning Microsoft Access 2010 plain and simple! This full color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to build a database and sort information, using easy-to-follow steps and concise, straightforward language. You'll learn how out-of-the-box templates and reusable components make Access 2010 a fast and simple database solution.

Here's WHAT you'll learn:

  • Design and build your own database quickly
  • Use Access forms to collect information with ease
  • Create and modify tables to organize your data
  • Store files such as documents and images
  • Exchange data with other databases and documents
  • Bring your data alive with colorful reports
Here's HOW you'll learn it:

  • Jump in whenever you need answers
  • Easy-to-follow STEPS and SCREENSHOTS show exactly what to do
  • Handy TIPS teach new techniques and shortcuts
  • Quick TRY THIS! exercises help apply what you learn right away

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (13 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735627304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735627307
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 23.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your easy, colorful, SEE-HOW guide to Access!

About the Author

Curtis D. Frye is a coauthor of Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Programming Inside Out and the author of Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Step by Step, Microsoft Excel Version 2007 Plain & Simple, Faster Smarter Home Networking, several books on Microsoft Access, and numerous online training courses.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great looking book, unfortunately no depth 8 Sep 2011
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I was looking forward to learning about Access 2010, and crucially how to use it, as well as how to build a database from scratch. This book reads like a reference book, which isn't suitable for someone like me who knows absolutely nothing about databases and how they work. It would suit someone who has some familiarity with Access 2003 or Access 2007, as it keeps mentioning those previous versions - so really, the book seems more an 'upgrade' book for people who already know how databases work and how to build them. This book would be more like a "get used to the 2010 version based on your existing knowledge".

As I have no existing knowledge of MS Access, this book is pointless to me. I sent my copy back to Amazon, and thankfully they've refunded me. Bottom line - only buy this book if you want to learn how to build databases Access 2010-style. Don't buy it if you have no knowledge of databases in the first place.
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If you need more than this book then you should be paying someone to do it or you really need to get a life....really!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A visual manual but on par for the P&S series 5 Aug 2010
By R. Freiberger - Published on
I bought and read through this book while learning about Access 2010. While the book was fair priced and offered very clear images and popular questions with detailed steps. I think this book would be a great on the book shelf to keep near you when working on Access or just wanting to know what features are available on Access.

The only problem I have is that the book while showing steps how to complete a step, does not include all of the details. For example, there is a step that asked to add a database or enter in a value, but the step is described as "enter a value" instead of "enter in a numerical value". I know it's nit picking but as I was reading through the steps I was reading felt very vague, as if I was reading a manual written by a expert Access person who didn't want to take the time explaining each step.

I should note that I have read 3 of Microsoft's "Step by Step" and "Build a program now" series mostly for programming languages but this is my first "Plain & Simple" book. I was looking for a quick intro to Access 2010 and features but following along with the steps were not as clear as I expected. I found that from Microsoft's site there are more tutorials available on Access as well as a "Step by Step" series to run through these on a greater detail.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not meant for Access novices 19 Jan 2011
By Evan Haglund - Published on
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Prior to purchasing Access 2010, I had never had a need for any database before (at least not in its purest form), and had never used any earlier version of Access. I could tell that I had purchased powerful software, and needed some reference to help introduce me to the many things Access 2010 can do.

Access 2010 Plain & Simple is not that reference. It was clearly designed for persons who had used prior versions of Access, as one of its first chapters was addressed specifically to this topic. In addition, the book often introduced terms of art without any meaningful introduction or explantion (such as "Objects," "Application Parts," etc.). Even a one or two sentence explanation as to what these concepts were and how they fit into the overall logic of the program would have helped immensely.

In addition, the book purportedly offers many "step-by-step" processes for completing various tasks. However, I found that several of these processes were incomplete. FOr example, the step-by-step process for establishing relationships between tables was incomplete. The book instructed the user to "drag" a table's primary key to the "foreign key" slot on another table. However, as I followed the instructions, this was simply not possible without opening another dialog box, which was not part of the step-by-step instructions. It took me some time to figure out this step on my own.

As another reviewer noted, the book also fails to be as specific as it needs to be for the novice Access user. Concepts are introduced without any explanation as to their relevance, i.e., the author advises that a table can include multiple "primary keys," but it is only several chapters later that the reader is told "how" to create multiple primary keys, and even then, a meaningful explanation as to why one would want multiple primary keys is never provided.

I spent considerable time attempting to master Access with this book. I created my own test database in an effort to recreate what the book described. I learned a few things, hence the two stars, but I am not even close to being able to use the program for the reason I purchased it. I'm off to a bookstore hoping to find a better reference.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Library Must for Access Designers/Users 12 July 2010
By B. Halley - Published on
Another of the Plain & Simple series, the introduction states just what the book is: "You want the information you need--nothing more, nothing less--and you want it now." That is exactly what this book does is give you the quick step-by-step to complete the needed task.
The book starts with what's new in this latest version of Access 2010. Particularly with this new office is the Ribbon, introduced in 2007, and the ability to re-use previous work to begin new projects. As they say "why recreate the wheel?"
I do like the brief history of what a database is in Chapter 3 as those who are looking to use Access and know little about computers, this can give a good base for new Access users in understanding why use a database. It then walks the user through opening a database and the user interface.
From here it is time to tighten the seat belt and get to work. Chapters 4-11 cover the aspects from base design to the front operation and data presentation. For those who are familiar with or have several years of experience with Access will find this book taking you to the next level or higher. If you are struggling with how to perform a task you simply look it up in the index, go to the page and you will have the steps to completed in just a couple of pages.
Chapter 12 takes through interacting with other programs. Whether it is through linking, inserting, importing, and/or exporting this chapter covers it for you. And unlike other books I have used, you can get the complete how-to in just a few pages. The only thing lacking in this section is interaction with a SQL Server.
For those who want to share the database but protect the work you have put in and/or who has access to the data Administration of a Database follows. Chapter 13 also covers configuring start-up options so that a Navigation form is the first thing a user will see. There is ever important Database Documenter so that if you need to refresh yourself on what you have done you can create a file(s) with the information.
Chapter 14 could have been included in Chapter 2 when covering the ribbon and new features and breaks the flow of the book.
But the final chapter brings you back and completes the book with the utilization with PivotTable. Dynamic presentation of data means timely information and for some businesses it can be the difference with closing that next deal. I think this book would be a plus for any library where a person works with large amounts of data that must be worked with and queried.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money 10 April 2011
By Richard French - Published on
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I bought this book to quickly learn Access and I was very disappointed. It seems to be written for people who already know how to use the software, not for beginners like me. The illustrations and examples, although in color, are way too small to see unless you have a magnifying glass. Furthermore, it barely scratches the surface of what Access is all about. I ended up buying Access 2010 All-in-One For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) which is far more helpful.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Access 2010 Noobs And Experts 7 Jan 2011
By Kevin Gamin - Published on
I can thank Microsoft Access for helping me break into the IT industry. Over a decade ago, I was working as a data entry temp at a company creating a database of motorcycle parts and accessories for an online catalog they were developing. We were using Microsoft Access 2000 to enter the data. Fortunately for me, we went beyond simple tables while entering our data, creating queries which helped us remove duplicate entries and double check our work. I even wrote my first basic SQL queries in Access during this job, and my desire and ability to learn how to utilize Access to its fullest abilities was noticed by the project supervisors, leading to my first full time technology job. Access has changed a lot in the time since I first played with the toy. Fortunately, there is a great book which Access users of any skill level can turn to for help learning the ins and outs of the latest iteration of the program.

What I like most about Curtis Frye's book, Microsoft Access 2010 Plain & Simple, is that it both teaches new users about Access 2010 and serves as a reference guide for all users, catering to both needs without short changing either. The book is broken down into specific topics arranged in such a way where you can read the book from cover to cover, creating and refining your database in the process, but you can also look for a specific subject which you need to brush up on and go straight to it after finding it via the table of contents or index. Each section stands alone, yet, as a whole book, they flow together and are easy to follow. Each topic has multiple subtopics full of specific steps on how to perform functions and accomplish tasks with your database, complete with full color examples with each step pointed out for easy reference. It doesn't matter if you're a visual learner or somebody who learns best by reading the instructions as both methods are covered thoroughly.

Even if you don't have a database project to work on, Microsoft Access 2010 Plain & Simple gives you plenty of hands-on experience, providing "Try This!" practice examples using the sample Northwind database which comes installed with Access 2010 or just in a blank database. You can then take what you've learned and apply it to your real world database work, creating complex queries, clean and organized forms, and colorful reports which will wow your boss and coworkers. You'll say goodbye to those boring spreadsheets handed out at those quarterly sales meetings and never look back.
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