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Chapter 11. Using Action Queries > Testing Cascading Deletion and Updating

Testing Cascading Deletion and Updating

Access 2.0 introduced two new features that were requested by Access 1.x users: cascading deletion and cascading updating of records having a many-to-one relationship. When you delete a record in a primary or base table on which records in a related table depend, cascading deletion automatically deletes the dependent records. Similarly, if you modify the value of a table's primary-key field and a related table has records related by the primary-key field's value, cascading updating changes the value of the related foreign-key field for the related records to the new primary-key field value.

Cascading deletions and cascading updates are special types of action queries that the Jet engine executes for you. The following three sections show you how to use Access's cascading deletion and cascading updating features with a set of test tables copied from the Orders and Order Details tables of Northwind.mdb.


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