Microsoft Access Version 2002 Step by Step
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- Media: Paperback
Publisher: Microsoft Press (06 June, 2001)
- Average Customer Review:
Based on 6 reviews.
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 1,711
It's ok - especially if you own a garden store
This book uses a bogus garden store example to teach you how to go through various functions in Access. This book is great if you have never used Access before. However, if you are trying to set-up a database for more specific needs/functionality, I don't think step-by-step gives you enough information to accomplish this goal. After I read this book cover to cover and completing all of the exercises, I was able to create a basic (simple) database. If that is all you want to do, this book is perfect. The major problem I had with this selection, was there is not enough explaination as to why I was doing something. I could easily follow the concise step by step instructions and accomplish what they were telling me to do in the sample database, but there was no explaiation as to what each step I was performing was accomplishing. Now that I have created a simple basic database, I need another book to create calculations, and basically use the database the way I need to.
Step-by-step was great for teaching me the absolute basics, but I think I would have done better by getting a different book that could take me beyond that. If I had, I probably could have actually acomplished what I need to to with Access. Instead, I am back again buying another book.
An Access book that dont try to sell a SQL program!
First time reading a book about Access by MicrosoftPress, I dont have any problems running the examples from the CD. I have used Windows 98. Very well written, very professional, the way books about software programming should be written, not trying to make things difficult or showing off knowledge beyond the task it aims. All the examples use Access database, and the SQL softwares are not mentioned, as they are in most books about Access, whose authors couldn't resist to run an Access Form on a SQL database.
A great book for beginners
This is a great book. I had used Access to perform queries and generate reports a few years ago, but had forgotten the details, and I had never made a database myself. Recently I needed to make a database and some reports from scratch. Since I thought I was not a "beginner" I first purchased Microsoft Access Version 2002 Inside Out (by Feddema), which was a mistake. That book may be a suitable reference once you know the Access basics (and I'm not even sure it's that great a reference), but it didn't help me learn the basics. Then I got Step By Step and by following the chapters and the samples from the CD I was able to make rapid progress. The book is well written, easy to follow in a logical order and has examples of all the basic skills needed to create and use a basic database. It took two full days to go through the examples, but I learned enough to create the database I needed to make. It will also be a good reference for the occasional Access user who needs a refresher in basic skills. Highly recommended.
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