Customer Review

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating for complete novice Dummies, 9 Jun 2010
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.1 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (2)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
19.99 13.59
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,836,878