Microsoft Office Access 2003 Inside Out

Microsoft Office Access 2003 Inside Out

by John Viescas


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Hey, you know your way around a database—so now dig into Access 2003 and really put your information to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds all in concise, fast-answer format. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover the best and fastest ways to perform everyday tasks, and challenge yourself to new levels of Access mastery!

  • Build on what you already know about Access and quickly dive into what’s new
  • Design your database the way the experts do—and sidestep common mistakes
  • Import data from spreadsheets, text files, databases, and other sources
  • Write simple to sophisticated queries to manipulate data
  • Learn advanced techniques for building forms and reports
  • Develop PivotTable and PivotChart dynamic views
  • Tap the power of Microsoft SQL Server with Access projects and views, functions, and stored procedures
  • Implement database security features
  • Deliver dynamic data on the Web with data access pages and XML
  • Use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and script to automate your applications and Web pages

CD features:

  • Complete eBook in PDF format
  • Insider Extras—including fully functional sample databases, VBA code, and sample web pages
  • Catalog of Access resources with links to third-party tools and demos
  • Microsoft resources and demos, including Insider’s Guide to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 eBook
  • Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition, eBook—10,000+ entries

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735615137
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Publication date: 10/29/2003
Series: Microsoft Inside Out Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 1344
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.46(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

John L. Viescas is a database expert who provides consulting and training services to companies around the globe. He is the author of numerous books, including Running Microsoft Access 97, Running Microsoft Access 2000, Microsoft Office Access 2003 Inside Out, Building Microsoft Access Applications, and Microsoft Office Access 2007 Inside Out. John has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 1993.

Home Page: Viescas Consulting, Inc.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsWe’d Like to Hear from You!About the CDConventions and Features Used in This BookIntroductionPart 1: Understanding Microsoft Access

  • Chapter 1: What Is Microsoft Access?
  • Chapter 2: The Many Faces of Microsoft Access
  • Chapter 3: Designing Your Database Application
Part 2: Building a Microsoft Access Desktop Application
  • Chapter 4: Creating Your Database and Tables
  • Chapter 5: Modifying Your Table Design
  • Chapter 6: Importing and Linking Data
  • Chapter 7: Creating and Working with Simple Queries
  • Chapter 8: Building Complex Queries
  • Chapter 9: Modifying Data with Action Queries
Part 3: Creating Forms and Reports in a Desktop Application
  • Chapter 10: Using Forms
  • Chapter 11: Building a Form
  • Chapter 12: Customizing a Form
  • Chapter 13: Advanced Form Design
  • Chapter 14: Using Reports
  • Chapter 15: Constructing a Report
  • Chapter 16: Advanced Report Design
Part 4: Designing an Access Project
  • Chapter 17: Building Tables in an Access Project
  • Chapter 18: Building Queries in an Access Project
  • Chapter 19: Designing Forms in an Access Project
  • Chapter 20: Building Reports in an Access Project
Part 5: Automating an Access Application
  • Chapter 21: Understanding Event Processing
  • Chapter 22: Understanding Visual Basic Fundamentals
  • Chapter 23: Automating Your Application with Visual Basic
  • Chapter 24: The Finishing Touches
Part 6: Linking Access and the Web
  • Chapter 25: Publishing Data on the Web
  • Chapter 26: Creating Static and Dynamic Web Pages
  • Chapter 27: Building Data Access Pages
  • Chapter 28: Working with XML and SharePoint
Part 7: After Completing Your Application
  • Chapter 29: Upsizing a Desktop Application to a Project
  • Chapter 30: Securing Your Database
  • Chapter 31: Distributing Your Application
Part 8: Appendix
  • Appendix : Installing Microsoft Office
  • Appendix : Index to Troubleshooting Topics
  • Appendix : About the Author

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking that after my bad experience with Mr. Viescas Access 97 book I had purchased during the late 90's things would have improved dramatically. In my opinion, I was wrong. His original book was confusing on many fronts and this book seems to follow his old habits. Some of the examples he uses in the Application Design Strategy (Chapter 3) in the early part of the book do not closely follow the illustrations he uses and make it difficult if not hard to assimilate. The companion CD DOES NOT contain the Task Worksheets so you'll have to create them from scratch if you want to use his methodology. In my opinion it's a shame this book does not live up to it's potential - just like the Access 97 version I bought previously. I wrote to Microsoft Press to see if I could download the missing documents and that was also a waste of time. Other parts of the book seem to be relatively informative but I haven't got there yet so that still remains to be seen.
Kaj More than 1 year ago
This is more like a reference manual than a textbook. Perhaps I am more of a "Dummies" book kind of student but I found this book extremely had to read and use. I wish that software books were given more user friendly indexes. The descriptions or titles used in the text or software never seem to be used in the index making things very hard to find.