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New Perspectives on Microsoft® Access 2010, Comprehensive [Paperback]

Joseph J. Adamski , Kathy T. Finnegan
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Sept. 22 2010 0538798475 978-0538798471 1
With the New Perspectives' critical-thinking, problem-solving approach, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of MICROSOFT OFFICE ACCESS 2010 and will learn how to take advantage of the flexibility it offers. Case-based tutorials challenge students to apply what they are learning to real-life tasks, preparing them to easily transfer skills to new situations. With New Perspectives, students understand why they're learning what they're learning and are better situated to retain skills beyond the classroom.

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Joseph J. Adamski spent 12 years as a computer professional at aerospace and financial services companies and is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Grand Valley State University. He has worked as a computer professional and educator for over 40 years with a special interest in database management and personal uses of databases.

Kathleen Finnegan is a co-author on New Perspectives on Microsoft Access and has edited and managed many other textbooks on Microsoft applications for Cengage Learning's Course Technology. Kathleen taught various computer courses for corporate training and high-tech companies and developed courseware as a technical writer and editor.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really easy to follow Sept. 13 2013
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Really easy to follow
step by step instructions
great for students and instructors.

I recommend it to any beginner !
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent Workbook, Awful Textbook Aug. 11 2011
By Steve from Oregon - Published on Amazon.com
I too purchased this book because it was a required text for a computer information systems course. As my title suggests, this book could have been a serviceable workbook for a some other course textbook. As a standalone resource for Access 2010, it is a disaster.

The book is "case" driven. That is, concepts are explained by referencing a model database created for a fictional company. Concepts are illustrated by having the reader follow along on his or her computer making changes to the "case" database. Ideally, the reader would learn by doing. The problem is that the examples overwhelm the concepts. Even a diligent student comes away from the lesson with only a rudimentary understanding of the core concepts because the examples are so narrow and the text generally lacks discussion on how one might apply the concepts in a different context. There is very little discussion about program syntax and few tables or charts summarizing program commands. The index appears to have been thrown together by monkeys.

Additionally, the authors spend an inordinate amount of time on formatting and other tangential issues. The examples are replete with change this font to that font, change this color, add a line here, delete a picture there, capitalize this, highlight that. One of the "key terms" for the chapter on queries is "F2 key". A review question at the end of the chapter on analyzing data is "What is the World Wide Web?" It is torture for the student who actually wants to learn something substantive about Access or relational databases.

The examples themselves are pretty easy to follow and execute. If only the rest of the book were the same.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook for beginners Nov. 7 2012
By Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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Going into my Intro to Databases class I had zero experience with Microsoft Access and this book is perfect for anyone in that situation. It works with you to learn Access as you work through lessons in the chapters. It's not like some texts where it's laden with technical jargon that puts you to sleep. This book guides you through the basics with hands on examples that you do as the chapters progress. For example, every chapter has you work on updating a pre-made database that you will finish after chapter 1 and then immediately pick up where you left off for chapter two. The later problems get more complex without feeling overwhelming.

Having some experience with Microsoft office will help to a certain extent, but if you are at the point where you are ready to tackle databases you are probably familiar with Office, Windows, etc. anyway. And it probably goes without saying but this book doesn't come with a copy of Access to install, you have to have it already on your system.

It's a great text, very simple without being elementary, and it will teach you how to make, maintain and expand your databases like you never thought you would be able to do. 5 out of 5.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition does not have page numbers Feb. 12 2013
By Steve Fogarty - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is good, but does not include page numbers. This makes it difficult to follow along in class. Otherwise a good deal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Dec 21 2012
By mike - Published on Amazon.com
Great way to learn about Microsoft access. Very easy to follow, and to understand. Just follow the tutorials and you will learn what you need to know.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version Review May 21 2013
By PCN12 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was so happy when I saw I am able to purchase an ebook version and not just rent it (no huge book cluttering up your apartment).

Anyway, I can't recommend it.

1.) The writing is so little that I had to constantly zoom the pages. Another review mentioned that you can see only half of the page and I confirm this statement. You only see a little part of the page.
2.) You can't read it on your Kindle. Only on the kindle fire (not that big of an issue, but thought worth mentioning it).
3.) The big bummer is, you can't search the book for a keyword. What works well on the kindle with every novel I have read, doesn't work on a book where you actually need it badly. And I tried and tried.
I tried on the ipad, Kindle Fire, on my laptop with cloud reader using Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, on a Windows box with Internet Explorer. No option to search in the Cloud reader and Ctrl F is not working. It doesn't jump to the keyword you are searching for if it is not on the page your are currently viewing.
4.) At 78% in the book (around Location 15698 of 20224) the formatting is badly screwed up. From that point on EVERY word is formatted as a link. No possibility to make Highlights or Notes. And trust me reading through a blue underlined text is not funny. And this goes on for rest of the 22% of the book.

The book I think is not bad for learning Access. I liked it quite a bit, but I used it not as a self study. I was attending a class in which we used this book. My instructor recommended to rather buy the book than rent it as it is a good reference. Anyway, you may want to check out another ebook version of this book if you want to buy it.

P.S. If anybody reads this and knows how to search for a keyword, please let me know. I'd highly appreciate it.
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