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Access 2003 VBA: Programmer's Reference

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Its power and short learning curve have made Access Microsoft’s leading consumer relational database management system for desktop applications. VBA lets you tap more of that power, responding to application level events, displaying forms and reports, manipulating toolbars, and much more.

In this book, a crack team of programmers, including two Microsoft MVPs, shows you how to take control of Access 2003 or 2002 using ...

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Overview

What is this book about?

Its power and short learning curve have made Access Microsoft’s leading consumer relational database management system for desktop applications. VBA lets you tap more of that power, responding to application level events, displaying forms and reports, manipulating toolbars, and much more.

In this book, a crack team of programmers, including two Microsoft MVPs, shows you how to take control of Access 2003 or 2002 using VBA. You’ll learn to create and name variables, use DAO and ADO to manipulate data, handle errors correctly, create classes and use APIs, and more. An entire chapter is devoted to the changes in Access 2003, including new wizards and GUI features that previously required VBA code as well as new VBA features.

You’ll receive a thorough education in system security, macro security, and the Access Developer Extensions (ADE). You will discover how to access data with VBA, execute and debug VBA code, and use VBA with Access objects. Finally, you will learn more about the relationship between Access and SQL Server, and how to use VBA in Access to control and enhance other Office applications.

What does this book cover?

Here are some of the things you'll discover in this book:

  • How to take advantage of the built-in Access object library, using Access commands and executing them from any Access toolbar
  • What you need to know to design your own classes, implement common APIs in your code, and use SQL to access data
  • How to configure custom menus for your Access database applications
  • Ways to transfer information between Access and Excel, Word, Outlook, and other Office programs
  • How to show or hide entire sections of reports based on data entered on a form, or hide form fields based on database login information
  • Object models you can use when writing VBA code in Access, and a list of common API functions to use in your code

Who is this book for?

This book is a comprehensive resource for Access users and VBA developers who want to increase the power of Access using VBA. In addition to experience with VBA, you should have read at least one tutorial covering VBA for Access.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764559037
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/19/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 984
  • Sales rank: 810,343
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Cardoza is an Access Developer and an Outlook MVP; she previously authored Special Edition Using Microsoft Outllook 11 (Que). 

Teresa Hennig is a database consultant specializing in Access; she is President of the two leading Acess user groups in the US.

Armen Stein is the founder of J Street Technology, a team of database developers in Redmond Washington, and is Emeritus President of the Pacific Northwest Access Developers Group. 

Graham Seach is an Access MVP; he is also Director and Chief Developer for Pacific Database, a firm specializing in Microsoft Access and SQL Server.

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Table of Contents

Credits.

Title Page.

Copyright Page.

Dedication.

Acknowledgements.

Author Bios.

Introduction.

1. Intro to Access.

2. Access, VBA, and Macros.

3. New Features in 2003 (and 2002).

4. VBA Basics.

5. Using the VBA Editor.

6. Using DAO to Access Data.

7. Using ADO to Access Data.

8. Executing VBA.

9. VBA Error Handling.

10. Using VBA to Enhance Forms.

11. Enhancing Reports with VBA.

12. Creating Classes.

13. APIs.

14. SQL & VBA.

15. Working with Office Applications.

16. Security.

17. Understanding Client-Server Development with VBA.

18. Windows Registry.

19. Using the ADE Tools.

20. Macro Security.

Appendix A:  Upgrading to Access 2003.

Appendix B: References for Projects.

Appendix C: DAO Object Method and Property Descriptions.

Appendix D: ADO Object Model Reference.

Appendix E: Access Object Model.

Appendix F: Windows API Reference Information .

Appendix G: Naming Conventions.

Appendix H: VBA Reserved Words.

Appendix I: Tips and Tricks.

Appendix J: ADO Object Argument Information.

Appendix K: Access Wizards, Builders and Managers.

Appendix L: Windows Registry Information.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2006

    Not a beginners book

    I would not recommend this book to someone who has not created at least one basic vba Access application. It doesn't give enough continuity in the examples of code. It assumes you already know how to put an application together. I will keep it as a reference for the time that I have more advanced knowledge of vba. But I still need to find a good beginners book in order to get started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2006

    Great Reference for Getting the Job Done

    This book is fabulous for anyone at least a little familiar with data base design, programming, and MS Access and Visual Basic coding. For example, if you can run MS Access, create a data base and open the VBA editor, and have some clue about what you're looking at, then you know enough for to get started with this book. If you've used MS Access a lot, you will still find this a valuable tool. The text and sample code is concise, easy to follow, and moderately fun to read (for a reference manual). This book wastes little time on complex and detailed explanations of why Access was designed the way it is, nor on the internal workings of Access, as have all too many other reference books I've slogged through recently. This is a practical reference that any current or future designer should have handy.

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