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Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
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  • #2
    RE: Comments?

    I recently looked at the access 2000 site and it looks like they have copied a lot of features from A5V4. there are a lot of other things in Access that are not in A5 but the similarities between the new access 2000 features is odd. Access appears to me a lot harder to learn.(Although I haven't really tried to do anything in it since Access 97, or maybe it was 95)



    • #3
      RE: Comments?


      There was a post regarding Access about a month ago, which elicited about 20 responses. If you can find it, I think you'll find that about 19 of them explained why Alpha is SO much better than Access. It's worth looking up.


      • #4
        RE: Comments?

        One more & its a biggy ---

        If I change a form for a customer in A5, I can send them 2 or 3 files & not impact their data. I have done some minor work in Access, but EVERYTHING is in one file.

        Very annoying.


        • #5
          RE: Comments?


          Yes. You send the table's ddd, ddm, ddx files (unless you restructure which is another matter). In a set, you send the set, sem, sex files. Note, these files represent ALL the forms, reports, etc. for a given table or a set. I don't know of any way to "send" one form only.
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          • #6
            RE: Comments?

            This, coming from the guy that is responsible for a large portion of SPAM on the internet.

            I'm not impressed in the least.

            Tom Lyon


            • #7
              RE: Comments?

              I'm not impressed either. As a Access 97 user, I didn't see anything that would excite me to upgrade. I'm putting my $ on A5v5, and this board. One can get lost pretty quick in an Access message board and get pretty old waiting for responses. Been there - left high & dry!

              TYVM :) kenn

              Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


              • #8
                RE: Comments?

                Sandy, my biggest customer ever just contracted with me after bombing with three different access programmers and spending mui thousands with them.

                I think the issue with Access is not Access, but rather whether one is fluent in Visual Basic, because without Visual Basic you ain't got much more than a fancy rolodex.
                Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
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                "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw


                • #9
                  RE: Comments?


                  Other than flexibility, that is where the problem is. And if one learns VB, why limit oneself to Access when VB is available? But then, if one ourchases VB (mine is for sale! CHEAP!!), the wheel has to be reinvented in order to create an app. The only way around is to create your own modules to take the place of wizards (very limited in VB) or buy expensive addons. Oh Oh, the VB dog is chasing his tail again.

                  TYVM :) kenn

                  Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.