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4. Presentation > 4.1. Hacks 28–39

Hacks 28–39

As comprehensive as a database can be—with programmatic functionality, sophisticated queries, and other bells and whistles—you still need to be able to communicate facts about the data it contains. This is where forms and reports come into play. A decent database front end is critical for interaction between the database and us mere mortals. Access, of course, shines in this area.

The report designer in Access is a feature-rich development platform. It includes formatting tools, grouping and sorting options, a palette full of controls, and the ability to hook into events and muster up some coolness with VBA. Forms also have events, formatting options, and properties galore. Putting them all to use is beyond the scope of a single chapter. So instead, this chapter highlights some exciting ways to work with forms and reports.


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