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New Perspectives on Microsoft® Access 2010, Comprehensive Paperback – Sep 22 2010
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Tutorial 1: Creating a Database. Tutorial 2: Building a Database and Defining Table Relationships. Tutorial 3: Maintaining and Querying a Database. Tutorial 4: Creating Forms and Reports. Tutorial 5: Creating Advanced Queries and Enhancing Table Design. Tutorial 6: Using Form Tools and Creating Custom Forms. Tutorial 7: Creating Custom Reports. Tutorial 8: Sharing, Integrating, and Analyzing Data. Additional Cases. Glossary/Index. Task Reference. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 successful textbooks on Microsoft applications for Cengage Learning's Course Technology. She has taught various computer courses for corporate training and high-tech companies and has developed courseware as both a technical writer and editor, with over 20 years of experience in this field.
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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.
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.