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Chapter 15. Debugging: Your Key to Succe... > Why This Chapter Is Important

Why This Chapter Is Important

A good programmer is not necessarily one who can get things right the first time. To be fully effective as a Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programmer, you need to master the art of debugging—the process of troubleshooting your application. Debugging involves locating and identifying problem areas within your code and is a mandatory step in the application-development process. Fortunately, the Access 2003 Visual Basic Editor (VBE) provides excellent tools to help you with the debugging process. Using the Access 2003 debugging tools, you can step through your code, setting watchpoints and breakpoints as needed.

Using the VBA debugging tools is significantly more efficient than taking random stabs at fixes to your application. A strong command of the Access 2003 debugging tools can save you hours of trial and error. In fact, it can be the difference between a successfully completed application-development process, and one that continues indefinitely with problems left unsolved.


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