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Chapter 1. Why Access? Why VBA? > Understanding the Place of Access in Office

Understanding the Place of Access in Office

Welcome to Automating Microsoft Access with VBA. In this book, you’ll learn how to make your Access databases much more than just a convenient place to keep track of information. Visual Basic for Applications—VBA—is the core automation language that’s built in to every copy of Microsoft Access. You’ll see how you can speed up data entry, perform complex business processes, and even send data to other Windows applications. Even if you have no prior programming experience, by the end of the book you’ll be writing code with the pros.

Before we dive into automating Access, though, we’re going to take a few pages to understand the place of Access and VBA in the office automation landscape. That’s what this chapter is about. Although VBA and Access are both popular and versatile tools, they’re not the perfect tool for every job, and you need to be aware of the alternatives.


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