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Frustrating for complete novice Dummies,
This review is from: Microsoft Office Access 2007 All-in-one Desk Reference For Dummies (Paperback)
Quite comfortable with many Microsoft applications and more than proficient with most, I'm completely new to MS Access so bought this guide to take me through the principles in a way even Dummies can understand. Simply put, it doesn't.
Yes, it describes the basics, mechanics and various functions using quite simple and easy-to-understand language but it doesn't join the dots to form a cohesive 'now you've built a working database from start to finish' kind of way.
From this guide, I fully understand the concept of one-time-only data input with various tables being joined by unique 'key' data, but when I want to input (let's say...) an order, *how* do I successfully pull the already known information (such as names and addresses) into an order screen? I follow the guide on Forms (that incidentally doesn't properly explain what a form is meant to do!) and find error messages galore. Frustration does not begin to describe the 4 days I've wasted for the sake of what must be a simple set of instructions that make the penny drop.
It needs a sample set of simple exercises using a common application (like order entry) to demonstrate not only the principles, but also the relationship and practical application of each element.
Dummies guides normally make my understanding complete. This one has confused the hell out of me.