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Chapter 2. Building a Simple Desktop and... > Understanding Access’s Approach to A...

Understanding Access’s Approach to Application Design

Unlike other members of Microsoft Office System 2003, Access 2003 requires that you build an application to take advantage of the product’s power as a database development platform. Word 2003 and Excel 2003 let you automate simple repetitive operations by recording Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros. Access 2003 supports a set of macro commands for compatibility with previous versions, but Access macros don’t use VBA. Access doesn’t capture your mouse clicks and keystrokes and turn them into a series of macro commands or VBA code. 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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