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.