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The truth is, the database is the computer world's best-kept secret that everyone really knows about. Everyone knows about them because everyone uses them – from the little database you use to keep track of addresses and phone numbers on your computer to huge databases that banks use to house the financial information of millions of people. However, nobody talks about databases because they're so darned complicated to set up and use; quite frankly, nobody but the geeks...
The truth is, the database is the computer world's best-kept secret that everyone really knows about. Everyone knows about them because everyone uses them – from the little database you use to keep track of addresses and phone numbers on your computer to huge databases that banks use to house the financial information of millions of people. However, nobody talks about databases because they're so darned complicated to set up and use; quite frankly, nobody but the geeks who design and build them really know how they work!
How does this apply to you? Well, being a normal human being (translation: not a computer geek), you probably have work to do. In fact, you may have lots of work piled up precariously around your office. Someone, possibly your boss (or, if you work at home, your Significant Other), suggested that a database may help you get more organized, eliminate the piles, and generally make the safety inspector happy. Good advice, except for the fact that you, like most other people, don't know thing-one about setting up a database. And you have this program called Access 2002 on your computer that's supposed to do all that for you.
But how do you get started with Access 2002 and have it set up the kind of database you need? Well, you've come to the right place.
Written in plain, understandable English (try to find that in your typical software manual), Access 2002 For Dummies shows you how to make sense of that whole complicated database thing without boring you silly or turning you into a world-class computer geek. Here are just a few of the topics you'll find covered in Access 2002 For Dummies:
So no matter what you want to use your database for – whether it's to store inventory information, to feed information dynamically to a Web site, or simply to track your business contacts (so you can get rid of that drawer full of business cards) – you can find all the information you need in Access 2002 For Dummies.
|Pt. I||Which Came First: The Data or the Base?||7|
|Ch. 1||The 37-Minute Overview||9|
|Ch. 2||Finding Your Way around like a Native||23|
|Ch. 3||Calling the Online Saint Bernard and Other Forms of Help||33|
|Pt. II||Truly Tempting Tables||43|
|Ch. 4||Designing and Building a Home for Your Data||45|
|Ch. 5||Relationships, Keys, and Indexes (And Why Your Really Do Care)||69|
|Ch. 6||New Data, Old Data, and Data in Need of Repair||79|
|Ch. 7||Making Your Table Think with Formats, Masks, and Validations||89|
|Ch. 8||Making Your Datasheets Dance||103|
|Ch. 9||Table Remodeling Tips for the Do-It-Yourselfer||117|
|Pt. III||Finding the Ultimate Answer to Everything (Well, Not Everything)||125|
|Ch. 10||Quick Searches: Find, Filter, and Sort||127|
|Ch. 11||Pose a Simple Query, Get 10,000 Answers||139|
|Ch. 12||Searching a Slew of Tables||153|
|Ch. 13||The Ands and Ors of Dr. Boole||163|
|Ch. 14||Teaching Queries to Think and Count||171|
|Ch. 15||Calculating Your Way to Fame and Fortune||179|
|Ch. 16||Automated Editing for Big Changes||191|
|Pt. IV||Turning Your Table into a Book||201|
|Ch. 17||AutoReport: Like the Model-T, It's Clunky but It Runs||203|
|Ch. 18||Wizardly Help with Labels, Charts, and Multilevel Reports||215|
|Ch. 19||It's Amazing What a Little Formatting Can Do||229|
|Ch. 20||Headers and Footers for Groups, Pages, and Even (Egad) Whole Reports||247|
|Pt. V||Wizards, Forms, and Other Mystical Stuff||263|
|Ch. 21||Spinning Your Data into (and onto) the Web||265|
|Ch. 22||Making Forms That Look Cool and Work Great||277|
|Ch. 23||If Love Is Universal, Why Can't I Export to It?||289|
|Ch. 24||The Analyzer: Your Data's Dr. Freud, Dr. Watson, and Dr. Jekyll||297|
|Ch. 25||Talking to Your Computer||305|
|Pt. VI||The Part of Tens||315|
|Ch. 26||Ten Timesaving Keyboard Shortcuts||317|
|Ch. 27||Ten Common Crises and How to Survive Them||321|
|Ch. 28||Ten Tips from the Database Nerds||327|
Posted October 5, 2001
This book is a rework of a disappointing Access 2000 for Dummies -- all the good stuff has been enhanced and all the weak stuff fixed. The book provides a solid introduction to database concepts in general, Access 2002 in particular and some bonus materials on the Office XP stuff. Quibble: the pivot table stuff is a little weak.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.