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Microsoft Access 2010 Inside Out Paperback – Aug 15 2010
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Jeff Conrad, best known as the “Access Junkie,” is a Software Design Engineer in Test for the Access team at Microsoft. Jeff is the author of Microsoft Access 2010 Inside Out and co-author of Microsoft Office Access 2007 Inside Out. He was also a Microsoft MVP from 2005 through 2007 before joining the Access test team. Jeff maintains a website with a wealth of information and resource links for those needing guidance with Access. Visit http://www.AccessJunkie.com.
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I especially like the complete samples of various database(s) as well as samples and code where applicable on the companion CD. With the CD you have the ability to load all these items onto your computer and make the references available at all times.
The greatest asset on the companion CD for me is the PDF file of the complete book. As I get older my eyesight is not like it used to be and I have trouble reading many books and periodicals. Having the book on PDF format makes it very easy for me to read.
Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase.
The authors say they assume readers are running 32-bit Windows 7. This should be said upfront in the book's description. Bottomline, it's hypocritical to use Access 2007 samples to teach Access 2010. And, the entire book has poor print quality. I'm returning it.
As a long-time developer, when Access 2007 first came out, I had troubles with the new interface since it was so different. Inside Out gave me the comfort and knowledge I needed. I began using Access 2010 more than a year ago (started with beta version). Much of what I learned about the new features was by trial and error and banging my head. Now, this book saves me a lot of frustration and explains things in an understandable way. Like the earlier versions, "Access 2010 Inside Out" has a logical flow that is easy to read and exceptionally thorough. Once again, I have what I need by my side to dive into uncharted waters with confidence.
In addition to building applications, I teach Access and need to know that the information I am passing on is accurate. I keep a copy of "Inside Out" nearby so I can look something up if I have a question about the way it works or want to get ideas on how to better explain it.
Having the whole book on CD and being able to search it electronically is invaluable. I can take the book with me on a stick and read it on any computer. While the printed book is not in color, the eBook does use color. The book itself has a comprehensive table of contents and index, which makes finding things easy. Sometimes I search the eBook to find a specific page I want to read in the actual book so I can highlight, write notes in the margins, and tab pages. The eBook makes this already great reference even more outstanding.
In addition to the 1500 printed pages in the book (which has all the standard topics you would expect for Access, as well as working with SharePoint and ODBC-compliant applications such as SQL Server, Oracle, and DB2), there are hundreds of extra pages on the companion CD such as the Access 2010 macro action catalog, VBA function reference, color codes, and priceless steps and tips for designing, automating, packaging, distributing, and more.
There are also several databases on the CD that serve as great examples such as Jeff's Restaurant Management Application and the Reservation application that was also included with earlier versions of the book. The basic methods and ideas can be applied to other types of businesses. For those who interface with other applications and formats, there are dBASE, xml, and other files to use for testing. There are also examples using Outlook for data collection, and automation with Excel and Word. VBA code is accessible using Alt-F11. Use SaveAsText and search for "EmMacro" to quickly see where there are embedded macros. As a developer, being able to document how the applications work is of great interest.
In one word, this book is AWESOME. It is comprehensive, accurate, and written in a style that I can relate to. I recommend "Access 2010 Inside Out" to anyone who wants a thorough reference, practical examples, and seeks a deeper than surface knowledge about Access.
I plan to buy copies of this book to give as gifts to others who use Access.
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