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Access 12 RAD strategies

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After viewing OFF307 from

http://blogs.msdn.com/access/rss.aspx

I have a few comments.

Although I was very impressed with the user interface and overall
capabilities of Access 12 I looked at it from my perspective as a small
developer. In particular I looked at what I will need to get the RAD
internet/intranet environment I seek. BTW, the demo of creating email
that can modify data automatically and the comment about being able to
integrate an RSS Feed into Outlook were impressive features. Plus, the
reports in Access 12 look especially agile as far as built-in
capabilities. Most of the new capabilities in Access 12 seem
well-planned. But I digressed. The good news is that the XML format
is perfect for interfacing Access forms with the internet. Prior to
the managed code demo every change to any form was done by tweaking
properties using the tools. It looks like the main options for
customizing forms are something FrontPage-like or something
VisualStudio-like. In VisualStudio-like, the RAD capabilities seem
confined to that of something like VB.NET. I.e., fairly quick
development time but not quite my definition of RAD. So the bad news
is that any real RAD stuff will have to be sandwiched into something
like vbscript. So my best hope for RAD is that extensions can be
created to give vbscript some extra power. I learned HTML well enough
that I can fix problems when FrontPage confuses itself, so potentially
I could do some VBA-style editing in FP (yuck!). I guess all that
LaTeX markup editing I used to do will serve me well. Short of a
copious .NET library, have I missed anything that can provide
Access-style RAD using Access 12?

James A. Fortune

Nov 24 '05 #1
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ji********@compumarc.com wrote:
development time but not quite my definition of RAD. So the bad news
is that any real RAD stuff will have to be sandwiched into something
like vbscript. So my best hope for RAD is that extensions can be
created to give vbscript some extra power. I learned HTML well enough
that I can fix problems when FrontPage confuses itself, so potentially
I could do some VBA-style editing in FP (yuck!). I guess all that
LaTeX markup editing I used to do will serve me well. Short of a
copious .NET library, have I missed anything that can provide
Access-style RAD using Access 12?

James A. Fortune


I plan to check out how to create FrontPage extensions using C#:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

It will take some some really good ideas to make extensions that can
mimic some of Access' capabilities. MS' goal in Access 12 seemed to be
to minimize developers having to do any customization (a good goal) but
I just know it's going to be needed. MS hasn't revealed any plans yet
for how to get the RAD environment I seek, but I'm hoping they will.
Access 12 into FP with some useful extensions might work. I'll
definitely want to play around with customization of RSS information.
Anybody know of any good FP newsgroups?

James A. Fortune

Nov 30 '05 #2

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