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Chapter 3. Introduction to Client/Server... > The Roles Access Plays in the Applic...

The Roles Access Plays in the Application Design Model

This section takes a look at the many different roles Access can take in an application design.

The Front End and Back End as Access MDB Files

Earlier in this book, you learned about using Access as both the front end and the back end. The Access database is not acting as a true back end because it is not doing any processing. Figure 3.3 shows the architecture in this scenario. The Access application resides on the workstation. Access uses the Microsoft Jet Engine to communicate with data stored in an Access MDB database file stored on the file server.


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