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I5/OS & Office 2003 Integration Handbook Paperback – 1 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: MC Press, LLC; 3rd Ed edition (1 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583470573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583470572
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,012,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book gave me the information that I needed but is somewhat overpriced for today's market.
The book was written 4 years ago so it does not cover Office 2007 and therefore many of the screen-shots will only be familiar to those who have used Office 2003 and earlier versions.
The sample files for the book appear to be no longer available! I could not find the download page as described in the book and have not yet received a reply to my emails to the publisher and one of the authors - I have only been waiting 10 days so far but have finished reading the book already. No errata was found either (but of course there may not have been any).
I think that 100 pages devoted to Microsoft Access was a bit excessive. There were too many devoted to describing how to create Queries, Forms and Reports - I already have books on those subjects.
In summary the book gave me information, not readily available elsewhere, to enable me to adapt my current applications (originally created in Office 2003 but now running in Office 2007) to interface with an iSeries database. So in that respect it was good but it would have been better had sample files (and any errata) been available.
Updated 05 Nov 09:-
No reply to my emails to the publisher and one of the authors so I have to assume that they have lost interest in their audience. Consequently I would think very carefully before recommending this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must-Read for AS/400 Programmers 21 Feb. 2006
By Richard J. Eskelson - Published on
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I found this book to be very comprehensive, easy to read and understand, and very useful. I used it to replace reports that are generated by the iSeries with CSV files (Comma-Separated Value) that are transferred to our network where they can be opened with Excel. Once opened with Excel, they can be sorted any way the User wants, columns can be totaled on-the-fly, filters can be applied to the data, etc...

I also used the information in the book to link files on the iSeries to tables in MS Access. I was able to take a file on the iSeries and find duplicate records without writing a program. I was also able to take two files on the iSeries and find records in one file that were missing from the second file, again, without writing any programs. Likewise, I was able to find records that were in both files.

Talk about cool, you can even create data entry screens in Access that add/update data in the files on the iSeries. The screens in Access are GUI as opposed to the "Green Screens" on the iSeries.

I've only begun to scratch the surface of this book. I'm looking forward to trying out some of the other techniques that are layed out by Chris and Brian.
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