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Robert Smith , Dave Sussman , Ian Blackburn , John Colby , Mark Horner , Martin Reid , Paul Turley , Helmut Watson
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Feb. 13 2003 0764544020 978-0764544026 1
What is this book about?

Access 2002 is the core database application within the Office XP suite. Using VBA (Visual Basic for Applications), the user can create his or her own programs in what is essentially a subset of the Visual Basic programming language.

Using VBA with Access is a tremendously powerful technique, as it allows you to create great user interfaces (like forms or reports) as a front end to actual data storage and manipulation within the database itself.

What does this book cover?

This book is a revision of the best-selling Beginning Access 2000 VBA, reworked to provide a rich tutorial to programming Access 2002 with VBA. New material covers the enhanced options in Access 2002 for publishing data to the Web, handling XML, integrating with SQL Server Desktop Engine, and so on.

Who is this book for?

This book is for the Access user who already has a knowledge of databases and the basic objects of an Access database, and who now wants to learn how to program with VBA. No prior knowledge of programming is required.

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From the Publisher

This book is for the Access user who already has a basic knowledge of databases, and the basic objects of an Access database, and now wishes to expand on their existing knowledge of Access by learning to program in VBA. No prior knowledge of programming is necessary.

This book will also be useful to readers who have programmed a little in other languages, perhaps Visual Basic or VBScript, and need a primer into VBA and its use within Access. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

If you are using Access and want to go to the next level, you need to learn VBA. As part of Visual Basic®, VBA allows you to use some of the tremendously powerful programming techniques. In this book, we show you how VBA gives you complete control over the way your users view and interact with your Access databases.

This is the next level of Access skills, presented to you here in a clear tutorial style.

This book is a revision of the best-selling "Beginning Access 97 VBA" and "Beginning Access 2000 VBA" books, reworked to provide a rich and comprehensive guide to programming Access 2002 with VBA.

Who is this book for?

This book is designed for people with experience using Access databases, who now want to learn how to program them with VBA. No prior knowledge of programming is needed.

This book is also a useful reference and tutorial for those with some VBA experience or knowledge of other programming languages.

In this book you will learn how to:

  • Write your first VBA program – how to structure code, control programs, respond to events, and use objects
  • Create powerful Access user interfaces
  • Publish your data on the internet using the improved functionality of Access 2002
  • Debug your programs, and increase their performance and usability with robust error handling
  • Improve the performance and security of your database by using the SQL Server® Desktop Engine
  • Access your data efficiently with SQL, DAO, and ADO
  • Add support for multiple users and integrate with other Office XP™ applications

"We picked up "Beginning Access 2000 VBA" because we needed to be productive quickly. This is the one book that will take you from playing with Access to programming in Access. This book became a favorite with those that had no programming experience and with our experienced programmers too. We ended up having to buy more copies."
—Norm Yates (Network Manager, Maine Maritime Academy, USA) on the previous edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Try it out, Why it didn't work? Aug. 2 2003
By A Customer
It is not for beginners. It should be called "An Introduction to Access VBA", because it is very theoretical, and the authors seem not have the knowledge of the difficulties the beginners in programming are faced, when trying to run the code by simply copying it from the text.For example, in the ulterior version refering to Access 97, if you dont have the cursor on the name of the procedure or function you wont get it running when the run button or run menu is clicked. That is an information that a beginning book should teach to beginners. This version, refering to Access 2002, is enlarged by new interesting contributions, like to specify records that should be reported using a filter form.I like the way Wrox books are formated, but this book miss revision in text and code.As a beginner in VBA, I can bear errors in text, but when neither the code on the book or on the CD runs, I am disappointed and I would advise only skilled programmers willing to find out why the code didn't work to buy the book.Until a full revision be done, beginners dont buy it. I am longing for a Microsoft Team Access 2002 VBA Step by Step, or a Beginning Access 2002 VBA by John Connell.
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I knew how to do all the basics in access, Make forms, reports, basic queries, and basic access pages--so I got this book hoping to expand on the one area i was foreign to--VBA.
The first 150 pages were great, very clear and like any WROX book, they do these 'do it yourself' examples where they make you type out some code.
After roughly page 150, I began to get sucked into a quagmire of theory and less and less practical application. I went into this book hoping to answer the single question 1. What practical uses of VBA can i employ in my bio-tech work environment? As I proceeded into the book I realized that I was being lost in theory and -0- practical application. The book sure tells you what an Array is, what Functions are, Methods, operators, etc--but you know what? I sure wish there were some practical examples! good lord, there is an entire chapter on the history of DAO stuck in the middle of useful information.
This book for the most part is a massive amount of theory which is used in THEIR context, not one that one could think 'hey..that might be useful!'---on page 226 I realized I had found something that might be useful to me: a way to count how many records are in a table. Excellent. It only took 226 pages to get there. But other than that--I have 250 pages of information stored in my brain and can't think of any practical use for them! The book has a large 'ice cream' database that it uses for examples, but its really really just not very helpful.
Its method of teaching I think contains way too much theory and far too little practical training and experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to use to come up to speed May 11 2003
A number of books out there look at Visual Basic for Applications, but this is the only one so far that focuses on the newest version of Access. I found this book to be invaluable in cutting through the clutter and getting me straight to the practical applications of VBA. The authors take you through basic programming tenants but don't dwell on them. Rather they jump into examples that are very interactive and instructive. Their examples are clear and are good starting points to expand from on your own. It is not an exhaustive reference, but you benefit from it more if you have some decent Access experience. If you don't know a database, you are not going to learn here. But in just a few weeks after reading this book, I find myself going again and again into the examples as starting points for my own projects. And it is amazing how a little bit of programming will impress the users.
There are a couple of mistakes in the book that can inhibit your code from running. In addition, the database supplied has dates of 1998 and 99, but the book uses dates in 2001, so you have to adjust your code in order to get results. And unfortunately WROX has shut down its errata area so you can't really get help with these problems. So don't assume if your code doesn't work, it is your fault. This is where the code on the CD can be helpful - if it doesn't run right it's the program, not the programmer.
Overall with a little patience and work, you can get a huge amount of help from this book.
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By A Customer
I was looking for a book that had theory and enough exercises to improve my fluency in use of VBA. This book has the theory but, due to an obviously extremely flawed production process, fails to include the chapter by chapter sample files on its CD that the authors claim are included. This severely constrains its overall utility. Also, as another reviewer has indicated, the authors sometimes play fast and loose with some of their explanations. I could probably overlook this, if the sample files had been included on the CD or if the publishers respected their customers enough to provide them with a page to download the files. Instead, the publishers simply indicate that they will not help title purchasers.

If you want to expand your theoretical understanding of Access 2002 and can get this title at a good discounted rate, you may want to consider purchasing this title. However, if you want both theory and practice, this book has very little to offer.
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