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Chapter 18. A Strategy to Developing Acc... > Understanding the Access Runtime Eng...

Understanding the Access Runtime Engine

Many developers don't understand what Access has to offer out of the box, and what the Microsoft Office Developer (MOD) 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 MOD so that I can compile my applications with the Access 2003 Developer Extensions.” These are just two of the many misconceptions about exactly what the Access 2003 Developer Extensions do and don't have to offer.

Features of the MOD

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 Access 2003 Developer Extensions, which include Office Premium and all the features from the old Office Developer Environment (ODE), plus many new components. An important feature of the Access 2003 Developer Extensions is a royalty-free distribution license. It allows you to distribute unlimited copies of your Access application; your users don't have to own separately licensed copies of Access. By using the Access 2003 Developer Extensions, you can create applications and distribute them to your users, along with the necessary runtime engine.


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