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Access 2002 Developer's Handbook worth the buy?

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Hi all,

I have been posting on here quite a lot recently since I have been developing my first multi user database for my company. I have been seeing a lot of references regarding the Access developers handbook.

From what I can see the 2002 version is the last produced, I assume the writers have moved on or not seen the need to produce another. However with this being said and the arrival of office 2010 is this book still worth the buy? My company is using Access 2003 but I have seen that the code is still very relevant from the 2002 book. With it still having a big price tag is it still worth getting? If it will still remain relevant I wouldnt mind getting it, my current job is not within IT (nor do I have any specifc qualifications in IT) however it seems I always end up being the guy who develops a new system for us to improve our reporting / management information.

Thanks for any replies,

Jul 20 '10 #1
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How long is a piece of string?

I would expect that you could get a lot of good help from such a book. Most of the concepts haven't changed since that point. There is very little difference between 2002 (XP) and 2003, but a few new features introduced in 2007+. As long as you are happy that you have the basics covered (which this book can certainly help with), and are not too put out by not finding absolutely everything covered, then this book will be fine for you.

The fundamentals are far more important, in my view, than knowledge of some of the new additions.

Ultimately it's your decision of course.
Jul 20 '10 #2

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I believe you're correct about the 2002 version being the last one available. To be honest, I don't think the code side has/is going to change a great deal with 2007/2010, so if that's your main concern the 2002 edition will probably do.

The really big differences in the last two versions of Access have more to do with the interface, both from the developer's standpoint as well as the end-user's standpoint.

If it were me, and I thought I'd be dealing with 2007/2010 in the near future, I'd go with the Access 2007 Bible by Groh, Stockman, etal, or the 2007 Programmer's Reference Book.

Linq ;0)>
Jul 20 '10 #3

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