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Chapter 1. Access 2000 for Access 95 and... > Putting Access 2000 in Perspective

Putting Access 2000 in Perspective

Access 2000 is the sixth iteration of Microsoft's formidable desktop database platform and third in the line of 32-bit Access versions. Microsoft Access and its Jet database engine dominate the desktop database market. Jesse Berst, ZDNet columnist and former editor of the "Windows Watcher" newsletter, wrote in early 1998: "Corel's Paradox is dead. Nobody writes in dBASE anymore. Microsoft's Access has this market all tied up." Berst failed to mention Microsoft's own FoxPro database that, despite many loyal developers and users, has become a low-volume niche product. Tens of millions of copies of Access are in use throughout the world for applications ranging from cataloging recipes and CD collections to conducting electronic commerce (e-commerce) on the Internet.

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Employing the term "users" for consumers of database applications infers that database developers are "pushers." In this book, you are an "Access user" until you create and deploy Access applications for use by colleagues or clients. At that point, you become an "Access developer." The extent to which you promote use by others of your Access applications determines your "pusher" qualification.



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