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Chapter 22. Exploring Relational Databas... > Integrating Objects and Relational D...

Integrating Objects and Relational Databases

This chapter takes a step back and starts with the definition of data objects and how you identify them. Because Access is an object-enabled database development tool, the concepts of database design presented in this chapter have an object-oriented bent. The reason for this approach is two-fold:

  • Jet 4.0 relational tables incorporate many of the features of client/server databases. Properties, such as validation rules and indexes, that prevent duplicate primary key entries, are combined in the table object. Details of relationships between tables and methods of enforcing referential integrity are stored in the database object.

  • VBA treats the database itself and each of Access's database elements—tables, queries, forms, and reports—as programming objects.


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