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Chapter 14. Enhancing a Database with Pr... > Enhancing a Database with VBA

Enhancing a Database with VBA

Office 2003 applications like Access, Excel, and Word share a common programming language: VBA. With VBA, you can develop applications that combine tools from these Office 2003 products, as well as other programs that support VBA. Because of the language's power and flexibility, programmers often prefer to use VBA over Access macros to customize their Access applications.

Introducing the Structure of VBA

VBA is an object-oriented programming language because, when you develop a VBA application, you manipulate objects. An object can be anything within your database, such as a table, query, or a database. Even Access itself is considered an object. Objects can have properties that describe the object's characteristics. Text boxes, for example, have the Font property, which describes the font Access uses to display the text. A text box also has properties that indicate whether the text is bold or italic.


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