Special Edition Using Microsoft Access 2002
||List Price: $49.99
Amazon.com Price: $34.99
- Media: Paperback
Publisher: Que (21 June, 2001)
- Average Customer Review:
Based on 4 reviews.
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 65,282
Special Edition: Special
This book, along with many of the other books in the Special Edition collection have earned my attention and purchases over the past 3-4 years. I have learned just about everything I know about building websites, making up databases, word processing, etc. either online or through books related to specific software packages. When I went to develop my first database in MS Access 2000, I bought every single book on the topic. Very few times, did I discover myself finding the information I needed in other books except the Special Edition one.
When we made our XP upgrade, the decision was simple: Special Edition Using Microsoft Access 2002. It will be the only book on the subject purchased---and a good decision it was!
Yes, you have to read. Yes, you have to use the index. Yes, you have to stop and think about what you are looking up and wanting to do. When you have those decisions made, the book is waiting there for you with all the answers written very simply and in an easy--to-read manner.
Not for beginners.
Despite the back of the book as suggested for Beginning to Advanced students, this is not something I would wholeheartedly recommend. It is more for the Intermediate and above.
There is a lot of detail given, but the manner in which it is presented leads to more head-scratching than moments of revelation. If you are just starting out, choose another book. If you need a reference, pick this one. If you're not sure where you fall, take the safe path and read reviews for other books.
Too much is too little
Unless you make your living developing databases, or have lots of time to read it, don't buy this book; especially if this is your first Access book. The author takes you through 1488 pages of wordy discussions and painful descriptions of how-to tasks, more suitable for corporate IS professionals than for users from many other professions. This book assumes you are connected to a back-end SQL server and that you will be running Access as a front-end. I give this book an average of two stars (four for Content, and zero for Usability)
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