Mastering Access 97 Development - Second Edition
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Mastering Access 97 Development - Second Edition;
Alison Balter; SAMS Publishing; ISBN: 0-672-30999-8;
Paperback, 1112 pages, $49.99 US, $70.95 CAN
Reviewer: Blake Thurston, "Access 97 is very powerful,
and with the assistance of "Mastering Access 97 Development"
it will be a breeze to set up even the most complicated
database application for the office."
Accessing your information is easier with Mastering
Access 97 Development
Microsoft's Access 97 is an easy to use and very flexible
database program. That is, if you want it to merely hold
data for you. If you want it to turn it into a complete application
that will handle your client database, integrate with your
billing system, complete with invoicing and account management
it will be necessary to hire a programmer at $50 an hour or
more? Or you can pick up Alison Balter's "Mastering Access
97 Development - Second Edition" from Sams Publishing.
This is the perfect book to take the reader from a general idea
on how to start an Access 97 database to setting up an
application that can completely automate any small or large
business. Be forewarned, however, that the book assumes
the reader has a good understanding of computers and
Windows 95. A little bit of programming background will
also help, but is not required.
When I began this book, there were questions as to how
I could design a database for my computer consulting
business. In the first few chapters my reaction was "Oh, so
That's how you do that!" By the halfway point, I had
developed a plan for my own database system.
The 1112 pages may seem daunting at first,, because many
of the chapters cover advanced topics such as Client/Server
strategies, accessing the database from remote locations
and putting a database on the World Wide Web as a form
and information retrieval system. Much of which the average
business has little need.
The chapters are cleanly written and between the examples
in the book, and on the accompanying CD-ROM, everything
the reader needs to understand the material is available.
I discovered, however, that in spots some topics were only
lightly touched upon and others, overly emphasized.
Overall, with each chapter the reader will have a progressively
developing plan of attack for their own database system.
Access 97 is very powerful, and with the assistance of "Mastering
Access 97 Development" it will be a breeze to set up even the
most complicated database application for the office.
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