Introduction

Many people ask, "Why write a book?" Usually, I respond by saying it's an ego trip; it's certainly not for the money, as John Colby recently pointed out. I wrote this book because I had something to say about Access, the most maligned database development environment on the market. In my view and the view of people I consider to be some of the best programmers in the world, this is an attitude based mostly on ignorance of the software and what it can do. I also wrote this book in response to the "Access is dead" argument. Access is a long way from dead, and I believe this book goes some way to showing that. Access is moving forward, perhaps in a direction many developers don't like. It's moving toward the Internet, .NET, and SharePoint. ...

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