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  • Paperback: 900 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press,U.S.; Pap/Cdr edition (Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572313234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572313231
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 4.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,393,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Note to previous "Running Access" buyers:
This fourth edition of "Running Access" contains yet another major new sample database full of examples using the new HyperLinks. I added a chapter on Security and using the ODE, and made a major update to the chapter on SQL -- including examples that can now all be found in the sample databases. The CD-ROM also contains a hypertext version of the book that you can search online using your favorite browser.

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Format: Paperback
On the front of the book, it states 'a one stop reference' and 'in-depth reference and inside tips from the experts'. After all this is part of the Microsoft organisation and who should know better than the developers? Maybe this was the wrong book for me to get as I bought it to learn about Access, having used other databases for several years. Because of this, I wanted to 'dip' into different areas to find out how Access did various things. The book appears to be organised on the assumption that the reader will work completely through the book, page by page. With 933 pages and a urgent job to do, this was not possible. The book was set up to explaining how to program the example databases and associated forms, reports etc. When a feature was not included in the examples, it was ignored. When looking for a particular item, it was difficult to find as any explanation was geared around the particular example tables and I ended up reading one or two chapters to try to understand a particular feature. Having had the book for a few weeks I had to go out and buy two others to fill in the gaps.
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John Viescas' `Running Microsoft Access 97' bills itself as a `one-stop... in depth reference' guide. It comprises six parts, moving from an interesting general database introduction all the way to macro and Visual Basic (VBA) usage (see Amazon's very useful `Search Inside' feature). It follows the well established Microsoft Press presentation style and although it's not as `pretty' as more modern titles, it's still clear and easy to follow. Since second-hand copies of `Running Access 97' are cheap nowadays, and MS Press are usually top quality, I plumped for this.

Viescas' aims to teach the reader how to build a database, rather than offering a reference book for Access 97. Thus, he uses many sample databases and encourages users to modify various aspects after explaining each process. Many dislike this approach but databases are so complicated that this approach is perfectly valid. The disadvantage here is that if you're trying to sort out a problem with a database you've designed from scratch, it can be tricky to find the answers sometimes.

The CD offers the whole book in elecronic format - accessed via Internet Explorer - as well as the many database examples, Word dcouments, graphics links, etc.

In the end, a more modern publication my offer a better structure but users of this program will likely have financial concerns, so this offers a very usable alternative. Despite some very negative reviews here, there isn't anything actually wrong with this title - but much that is right. If you want help with Access 97, this will give it to you.
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This book fails to relay the required learning material to the reader in a step by step approach, instead the book largely reads like a novel, and often at times you may find yourself just trying to keep your finger on the page to allow an idea of where you're up to. The author seems to be so caught up in the examples included, the reader must wonder at times if the book is a manual for the included examples, or an actual learning tool to understand Access. The author often requests the reader to complete a task then realizes three or four pages later that he's forgotten to explain how! On the positive side, the book is totally complete in its content, although definitely not aimed at the absolute beginner.
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By A Customer on 24 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for ambigous answers to your work related questions on Access 97. This is the book for you, however if you are looking for real world answers to your real life Access 97 questions, avoid this book. This book has the problem that all Microsoft Press books suffer from the examples are ridiculously simple, but don't neccessarily apply to your difficult questions. Every time I consult this tome from Microsoft looking for an answer I come away more dazed and confused than ever and I am no beginner to databases. In the words of Robert Benchley, "it is not a book to be tossed aside lightly, you have to use great force". Save your money.
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By A Customer on 29 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
Well... If you are looking for real answers and usefull examples, if you are looking for code examples on how to solve real, problems concearning MS Jet database engine or, on other words, if you're a programmer... RUN! Don't buy this book unless you want to buy an expensive doorstop. On the other hand, if you're an absolute beginner who wants to learn the basic steps of making a simple database application to solve some domestic problem you may consider to buy it. My 2 stars are for those.
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This book is a solid introduction to Access that covers every major aspect of the program. The material is presented in an easy to read style that progresses from beginning topics to those of intermediate difficulty. The author has done an excellent job of presenting the material most appropiate for his target audience. (By the way, serious database professionals should skip the book since they aren't the intended audience.)
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