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Chapter 37. Distributing Your Applicatio... > Distributing Your Application: An In...

Distributing Your Application: An Introduction

Many developers are responsible for designing applications that will be distributed to many users. The most basic distribution option is to require each user to purchase a copy of Access and then simply provide each user with a copy of the database (MDB) files required for the application. The developer then can go to each user and configure the application appropriately.

Although distributing an application by copying it to each user's machine does not require much specialized knowledge on the part of the developer, it generally is not very practical. For one thing, it often is prohibitively expensive for each user of the application to own a copy of Access. Furthermore, in many situations, the developer is distributing an application to users who are dispersed throughout the country or even the world. Many Access applications are mass-marketed to hundreds or even thousands of users. It is very impractical to require such a user base to own Microsoft Access or to properly install the application without a professional setup program. Finally, without the Microsoft Office Developer Edition (ODE), it is much more difficult for you as a developer to provide the user with the professional look and feel you want your application to have. For these reasons, most developers must purchase ODE and learn how to take advantage of what it offers.


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