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Chapter 2. A Strategy for Developing Acc... > Understanding the Access Runtime Eng...

Understanding the Access Runtime Engine

Many developers misunderstand what Access has to offer out of the box and what the Office Developer Edition (ODE) tools can add to the picture. They often tell me “I can't develop applications in Access because my company refuses to buy each user a copy of Access,” or “I'm going to buy the ODE so that I can compile my applications with the ODE tools.” These are just two of the many misconceptions about exactly what the ODE tools do and don't have to offer.

Features of the ODE

You no longer need to buy a separate product to create runtime versions of your Access applications. As a developer, you will likely buy the ODE, which includes a license for Office Professional plus all the features from the old Access Developer's Toolkit (ADT). An important feature of the ODE is a royalty-free distribution license that allows you to distribute unlimited copies of your Access application without your users having to own copies of Access. This means that by using the ODE tools, you can create applications you distribute to your users, who can run the application with the runtime engine you distribute to them. The ODE tools also include the following:


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