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Introducing Access VBA

Several years ago, Bill Gates, the founder and chairman of Microsoft Corporation, stated that all Microsoft applications using macros would share a common macro language built on BASIC. BASIC is the acronym for Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, originally developed at Dartmouth College. Gates' choice of BASIC is not surprising when you consider that Microsoft was built on the foundation of his BASIC interpreter that ran in 8K on the early predecessors of the PC. Gates reiterated his desire for a common macro language in an article that appeared in One-to-One with Microsoft in late 1991.

Before Access 1.0 was released, the results of Gates' edict were observed in only one Microsoft product, Word for Windows. If you have created Microsoft Word macros or just made minor changes to macros you have recorded, you will find that Access VBA is similar to WordBasic. With the arrival of Excel 5.0, Visual Basic, Applications Edition (more commonly known as Visual Basic for Applications, or VBA), became the lingua franca for programming Microsoft's productivity applications.


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