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Chapter 19. Using External Data > Why This Chapter Is Important

Why This Chapter Is Important

Microsoft Access is very capable of interfacing with data from other sources. It can use data from any OLEDB or ODBC data source, as well as data from FoxPro, dBASE, Paradox, Lotus, Excel, and many other sources. In this chapter, you will learn how to interface with external data sources, with the user interface, and by using code.

External data is data stored outside the current database. It can refer to data stored in another Microsoft Access database, as well as data stored in a multitude of other file formats—including ISAM, spreadsheet, ASCII, and more. This chapter focuses on accessing data sources other than ODBC and OLE DB data sources. ODBC and OLE DB data sources are discussed briefly in Chapter 20, “Developing Multiuser and Enterprise Applications.” They are covered in extensive detail in Alison Balter's Mastering Access 2002 Enterprise Development.


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