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Chapter 40. Access Essentials > Planning an Access Database

Planning an Access Database

Of all the Office applications, Microsoft Access is by far the most demanding and conceptually challenging. Anyone who's ever composed an interoffice memo or put together a budget can relate to Word and Excel instantly; an Access database, on the other hand, is made up of many individual objects, each of which must be built individually. With a wizard's help, it's possible to put together a simple database application in a relatively short time—to handle everything from tracking the contents of a wine cellar to managing inventory. Access applications can also scale up to enormous sizes, serving the information needs of large organizations and acting as a front end to data stored on mainframes and other network databases.

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Access is truly an enormous application, and it's impossible for us to do more than introduce the essentials in this book. For the most part, we've focused on the tasks that ordinary business users face when building simple interactive databases. If you want to learn more about using Access with larger databases, or you want detailed information about building Access applications with VBA, we suggest you pick up a copy of Special Edition Using Microsoft Access 2000, by Roger Jennings, also published by Que (ISBN: 0-7897-1606-2).



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