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Inside Relational Databases with examples in Access
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Inside Relational Databases Ed.2

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Accessible Access 2003

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Accessible Access 2000

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Fast Track to MDX: 2nd edition

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Fast Track to MDX

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ISBN 1-85233-313-8 Available from:

Amazon (UK) for about 26 pounds

Amazon (US) for about 50 USD

Accessible Access 2000Access was designed to be a simple-to-use tool for creating stand-alone databases to run on PCs. Since its launch in 1992, it has been phenomenally successful and has, over the years, been extensively modified and extended. Access 2000 moves way beyond that notable first version and incorporates web publishing tools, a programming environment and a means of developing for a multi-user client-server back-end.

Despite the glitz and glamour of these high-end additions, Bill and I feel that there are still many people who want to create and use relatively simple databases on stand-alone PCs. Such databases may well evolve and grow and the tools are there for when they do, but for a little database to grow into a big strong database application, it needs a good foundation.

We think it is of paramount importance to create a well-crafted well-structured database right from the word go and that’s the one and only goal of this book. Accessible Access describes a route from a new user’s first steps on launching the application to the creation of a robust stand-alone database.

In order to keep the book to a readable size and so avoid deluging the reader with details, we chose to concentrate exclusively on the basics of Access: the finer points of input masks, for instance, are entirely ignored, the sexy webby bits are shimmied over very rapidly and the mighty power of Access programming and projects get the merest nod. The advantage of this decision is that the book focuses on the core elements of Access which have to be understood in order to get you up and running with the product in the shortest possible time. We've tried to provide a concise and easy-to-follow path through the core functionality of Access to enable readers to construct a stand-alone database as easily as possible.

Quotes from the back cover:

“These two authors make a perfect team. Bill Marklyn knows the product inside out and Mark Whitehorn makes the information Accessible.” Neil Fawcett, Group Technical Editor, VNU Business Publications

“PCW and contributor Mark Whitehorn is that rare combination - an expert in his field, databases, and a fine writer too, with a talent for honing a complex subject down to its essentials.” Tamsin Todd, Computers & Internet Editor,

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