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Part 1: Learning Access Fundamentals > Building Your First Access Application

Chapter 2. Building Your First Access Application

Unlike other members of Microsoft Office 97, Access 97 requires that you build an application to take advantage of the product's power as a database development platform. Word 97 and Excel 97 let you automate simple repetitive operations by recording Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros. Access 97 supports a set of macro commands for compatibility with previous versions, but Access macros don't use VBA. (Access macros aren't recommended for new database applications.) Access doesn't capture your mouse clicks and keystrokes and turn them into a series of macro commands or VBA code. Thus, it's up to you to design and implement the Access applications you need for your database projects.

A full-scale Access application involves at least the following three basic Access object types:


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