Chapter 26. Optimizing Access Applications
IN THIS CHAPTER
Tuning your computer for maximum performance
Increasing performance dramatically by keeping your code in a compiled state
Using the Access 2007 large database file format
Using .accde databases for better performance
Getting the most from your tables
Tuning your queries for maximum speed
Getting the most out of your forms and reports
Increasing performance by optimizing your VBA code
Increasing the perceived speed of your application
Working with large databases
When Microsoft introduced 32-bit Access, a number of new performance concerns came part and parcel with the new features and functions. Microsoft continues to make a conscious effort to enhance the performance of Access 2007 with improvements in Jet as well as compilation techniques and features such as the formerly undocumented decompile command. The end result is that Microsoft has helped to ease your burden, but in no way has it completely taken it from you.
The published minimum RAM requirement for a computer to run Access 2007 on Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Server 2003 (or higher), or Windows Vista is 256MB — with an emphasis on minimum. If you're going to do serious development with Access 2007, you should have at least 512MB of RAM or, preferably, 1GB or more. With today's computers and memory prices, this amount of memory is a valuable investment. In fact, simply adding more memory (512MB to 1GB) will increase speed much more than changing your processor or ...