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Is Access Dead?

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Since SQL Server is everywhere, is Access dying a slow death? Is
Access going the way of the FoxPro, destined to be the last of the
desktop databases?
Nov 13 '05 #1
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I definitely can not give you an answer for that, but I also like to know
the answer.

One thing i can say though is that even if it is dead it may still be very
useful (and defnitely cheaper).

Just like Dos is worth nothing today, but still really a powerful tool.

I am mainly interested in the front end. It is easy to make a good back-end,
the hard part is making a good front-end. Most new concepts seem to use
HMTL type front-ends, which is great for compatability, but also very
useless when it comes to fast and efficient programming (as far as I
understand it).
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Nov 13 '05 #2

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tb******@mightyware.com (Todd Bandrowsky) wrote in
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Since SQL Server is everywhere, is Access dying a slow death? Is
Access going the way of the FoxPro, destined to be the last of the
desktop databases?


No.

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Lyle
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Nov 13 '05 #3

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tb******@mightyware.com (Todd Bandrowsky) wrote:
Since SQL Server is everywhere, is Access dying a slow death? Is
Access going the way of the FoxPro, destined to be the last of the
desktop databases?


Access is not dead or dying. MS are happily working on the next version of Access.
Program Managers have been occasionally spotted over in the microsoft.public.access.*
newsgroups asking what features folks would like.

Furthermore Access very nicely works as the front end to SQL Server too.

Tony
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Nov 13 '05 #4

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Since SQL Server is everywhere, is Access dying a slow death? Is
Access going the way of the FoxPro, destined to be the last of the
desktop databases?

It's not dead, but it's smells a littlebit funny ;-)
Thilo Immel
Nov 13 '05 #5

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Access and SQL Server have little to do with one another. The JET data store
used by Access by default may, perhaps, eventually be replaced by SQL Server,
but then what are you going to use as a front-end? SQL Server does not have a
user interface for anything other than administration, and one could argue
that Access is the closest thing to a bundled front-end that SQL Server has to
offer.

Even as for the JET front-end, there are still many things it's more
convenient for than a SQL Server back-end is. Sometimes, you just want to
treat your database file like a document, and you don't want to have to worry
about another middle-layer process that has to be installed properly, and
running before Access can use it. I see no evidence that JET is going away,
though MS occasionally makes noises about doing away with the older DAO API to
connect to JET.

On 2 Jun 2004 15:02:53 -0700, tb******@mightyware.com (Todd Bandrowsky) wrote:
Since SQL Server is everywhere, is Access dying a slow death? Is
Access going the way of the FoxPro, destined to be the last of the
desktop databases?


Nov 13 '05 #6

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On 2 Jun 2004 15:02:53 -0700, tb******@mightyware.com (Todd
Bandrowsky) wrote:
Since SQL Server is everywhere, is Access dying a slow death? Is
Access going the way of the FoxPro, destined to be the last of the
desktop databases?


Access isn't likely to die as long as there are IT departments who
don't have enough staff to keep up with the workload. Access provides
a relatively easy way for the slightly more savvy user to build a
database with little or no IT support. So they can build things that
help them streamline bits of their jobs without having to turn to
staff members who are already too overloaded to write them a full
fledged application.

Not to mention that it's still fine for a front-end to SQL and
presents an interface that a lot of people are familiar with.

--
Siobhan Perricone
Systems Developer
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
(my comments are my own, not my employer's)
Nov 13 '05 #7

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Access 97?
Nov 13 '05 #8

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Steve Jorgensen <no****@nospam.nospam> wrote:
I see no evidence that JET is going away,
though MS occasionally makes noises about doing away with the older DAO API to
connect to JET.


They're not making any enhancements to Jet or DAO but getting rid of DAO? There is
no way they can do that.

Tony
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Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
Please respond only in the newsgroups so that others can
read the entire thread of messages.
Microsoft Access Links, Hints, Tips & Accounting Systems at
http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
Nov 13 '05 #9

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On Thu, 03 Jun 2004 15:51:58 GMT, Tony Toews <tt****@telusplanet.net> wrote:
Steve Jorgensen <no****@nospam.nospam> wrote:
I see no evidence that JET is going away,
though MS occasionally makes noises about doing away with the older DAO API to
connect to JET.


They're not making any enhancements to Jet or DAO but getting rid of DAO? There is
no way they can do that.


Probably not, but they do keep making noises about it.
Nov 13 '05 #10

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RE/
Since SQL Server is everywhere, is Access dying a slow death? Is
Access going the way of the FoxPro, destined to be the last of the
desktop databases?


I keep thinking that the handwriting is on the wall...but then I realize that MS
Access still seems TB the only game in town for situations where somebody wants
an app developed in 1/3 to 1/5th the manhours it would take in VB and deleivered
to an aggressive deadline.
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PeteCresswell
Nov 13 '05 #11

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"XMVP" <ac***********@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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Access 97?


You got a 97 fetish or something, Don?
Nov 13 '05 #12

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Steve Jorgensen <no****@nospam.nospam> wrote:
I see no evidence that JET is going away,
though MS occasionally makes noises about doing away with the older DAO API to
connect to JET.


They're not making any enhancements to Jet or DAO but getting rid of DAO? There is
no way they can do that.


Probably not, but they do keep making noises about it.


Where? What noises?

Tony
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Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
Please respond only in the newsgroups so that others can
read the entire thread of messages.
Microsoft Access Links, Hints, Tips & Accounting Systems at
http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
Nov 13 '05 #13

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tb******@mightyware.com (Todd Bandrowsky) wrote:
Since SQL Server is everywhere, is Access dying a slow death? Is
Access going the way of the FoxPro, destined to be the last of the
desktop databases?


As of today Visual FoxPro 9.0 Public Beta Available for Download
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vfoxpro/letters/

Still very much alive I'd say.

Tony
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Please respond only in the newsgroups so that others can
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Microsoft Access Links, Hints, Tips & Accounting Systems at
http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
Nov 13 '05 #14

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