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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735659877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735659872
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dresden on 1 Sep 2011
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I approached this mighty tome on two levels: that of someone new to VBA programming (I can still remember the steep learning curve I went through...) and my own, as someone with a number of years experience in development. I have to say, it works very well at both levels.

Having written software guides myself, I know how important both content and presentation are - they're the Lennon and McCartney of technical writing. Without content, of course, you have nothing, but if the presentation is insufficiently consistent and attractive, your readers might give up on you. This book pays close attention to these aspects of presentation - the style is consistent throughout, and well explained at the outset. At the risk of over-emphasising this point, I do believe this kind of approach is reassuring for readers, especially those who are taking their first steps into an unfamiliar technology. The language too, is friendly and not at all forbidding - I particularly like the warnings that a section might be a little daunting, and suggestions on where to skip to if you that's the case.

The book is divided into seven sections, covering everything from VBA basics to integration with other office programs and SQL Server. I spent some time on Part 1: VBA Environment and Language (three chapters), as this is the part which a newcomer to VBA would, I think, find most useful. It provides an excellent, thorough introduction but is by no means superficial; in conjunction with the online sample databases, anyone competent with the Access interface would be well-equipped to start making real use of VBA.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Cuttle on 15 Aug 2011
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As a reasonably experienced VBA programmer I have acquired a long succession of Access manuals that for me have have never really met their aspirations. This book is different. It assumes from the start that you are experienced with Access or serious programming so no space is wasted dealing with trivialities, nor does it presume to force the reader into a prescribed way of working. The more one works through the book the more one appreciates the immense variety of different approaches and techniques that are covered, and this is achieved with a clarity and conciseness that belies the complexity. In its 700 pages in contains far more real meat than most books offer in twice the volume and it is hard to find a serious Access programming topic that is not addressed somewhere. The downside of that conciseness is that to start with it can take a while to track down what one is looking for, and one may also have to look at the downloadable companion code to see the detail for a particular issue, but once one has got used to the way the book is structured this ceases to be a problem. Looking at those areas where I have a particular expertise I could not quarrel with the way they are presented, and browsing more deeply I have discovered valuable ideas that I can use immediately. But equally importantly the book addresses emerging concepts and alternative techniques, and thus the book provides the impetus and resources to move forward into evolving technologies. For the serious VBA programmer this has to be the reference book of choice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Heaser on 2 Aug 2011
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This book provides exactly what the Product Description sets out. It covers a huge amount of ground in a very concise way. You will need some experience of using Access before tackling this book and you will need to work through the sample code in a methodical way - but put in the effort and the book will deliver knowledge that would take several weeks of training courses to deliver - at a fraction of the price! Even people who have been programming in VBA for many years are likely to learn something new (I certainly did), especially as the book provides an introduction to Azure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy G on 5 Sep 2011
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Excellent book! Wish it had been available a few years ago.

I might even recommend it to an Excel programmer who wants to depend their understanding of VBA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eoinandpaula on 15 Aug 2011
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Access 2010 VBA Programming Inside Out

Not having reviewed a book before, my first thought was to search the book quickly for solutions to the last 4 problems that I had encountered that were outside my comfort zone. I am delighted to say that the code for 3 of the problems was available within the book and, with very good notes, immediately comprehendible. Better still, the index was sufficiently detailed to go straight to the code and the explanation. The 4th - programming for Pivot Tables - was not mentioned but I have no idea how many people wish to make use of this facility.

I then started at the beginning and read through the whole book apart from the section dealing with Azure and access to the Cloud are too much out of my client's current requirements to spend too long on. However, I am just starting an upgrade from Access 97 to Access 2007/SQL Server 2008 and anticipate that the sections 14 and 15 (Using SQL Server and Upsizing Access to SQL Server) will be most useful.

Overall the text is clear, the coded examples are sensible, well annotated and easy to follow, the font used and the general presentation are excellent. That being said, this is not a manual for the novice but a far more effective and extensive VBA reference manual and an essential complement to the Microsoft Access Inside Out manuals.
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