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Access 2003 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book does cover a lot and teaches you from the ground up, especially if you had never used Access before. However, they can improve on their explanations at times. There were instances where I thought that they go so basic as to saving a file, and other times where they leave difficult processes so vague. The diagrams in the book walk you through the text and are very helpful, however, they should have provided electronic versions so you dont have to invent some tables before you can mess around with Queries and other practices. If you are very familiar with Excel, as I am, and it is your first time looking into Access, it takes a while before you can find some applications of Access that Excel cannot handle. Access is hard to teach, so I can say that this book puts in a good effort.
Keep in mind: I absolutely hate MS Access for being non-intuitive, dense, and frustrating for anyone but a programmer. Given that, the authors make a brave attempt to explain Access and their book has been enormously helpful to me. Still, certain basic concepts never quite get explicated as a 'dummy' would like. I still don't know how to put a picture on a form or to get fields to fill in 'automagically.' The book tells me it can be done, but it stops shorting of showing me exactly how. Getting precise instructions from this book is often like getting directions from a Vermont farmer who assumes that you know 'where the old church used to be' or 'where Joe's brother got struck by lightning.' It often points me in the right direction without quite getting me where I want to go.