"Access 2010 Inside Out" is a 'must-have' reference. It is everything you'd expect from a series started by the legendary John Viescas, who is, in my opinion, the world-most authority on SQL (structured query language) and a top developer. Years before Jeff Conrad started writing books, he was building Access applications and sharing his knowledge in public forums. I learned from his posts (AccessJunkie) and great website (AccessJunkie dot com). Now that he is a member of the Microsoft Access development team, Jeff writes with even more insight.
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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