This chapter was just an appetizer for what's to come. You've seen only the highlights of selected new features—but there are a thousand more pages to help you delve into the details and learn how to incorporate them into your solutions. Access 2007 has taken one of the most powerful tools for rapid solution development and given it a richer developer environment, a more intuitive user interface, and the capability to easily integrate with Web services and other applications. The new out-of-the-box solutions not only save significant development time, but they afford you a huge population of new users and potential clients.
If VBA is a relatively new challenge, you couldn't have picked a better time. Access 2007 provides new options that make it easier and faster to create dynamite applications as you are learning about VBA and macros, and building reliable, expandable applications. Chapters 4 and 5 provide a solid foundation for understanding the material and examples in the rest of the book. Keep in mind that most chapters have sample databases and code available for download from this book's website. Working with a sample file as you read through a chapter will likely make it a lot more fun and easier to learn new material and techniques.