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Chapter 1. A Strategy for Developing Acc... > Why This Chapter Is Important

Why This Chapter Is Important

In talking to users and developers, I find that Access is a very misunderstood product. Many people think that it is just a toy to be used by managers or secretaries wanting to play with data. Others feel that it is a serious developer product intended for no one but experienced application developers. This chapter dispels the myths of Access. It helps you to decipher what Access is and what it isn't. After reading the chapter, you will know when Access is the tool for you and when it makes sense to explore other products.

When you are clear on whether Access is the tool for you, you are ready to learn the several tricks of the trade that can save you a lot of time in the development process and help to ensure that your applications are as optimized as possible for performance. This chapter addresses these strategies and also explains several commonly misunderstood aspects of the Jet Engine (Access's database engine), the Access Runtime Engine, and security. You should keep all the topics covered in this chapter in mind when developing your Access applications. When reading this chapter, think of the general strategy outlined rather than the details of each topic. Other chapters of the book cover each topic in depth.


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