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    Access Beginner book (Access 2002 (10.2627.2625))

    Can anyone recommend an easy-to-follow book on getting familiar with Access? I don't want to get swallowed by the Dummies black hole - I may be a dummy where Access is concerned, but I'm not THAT dumb. The last time I tried to learn Access was with version 2.0 - is it me, or is it always tougher to RE-learn something than it was to learn it the first time?

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    Re: Access Beginner book (Access 2002 (10.2627.2625))

    Are you looking for a general book on Access or on a book on programming Access?
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    Re: Access Beginner book (Access 2002 (10.2627.2625))

    Just a general reference - it's way past time I learned to create a database for work (I use a spreadsheet now) - plus, it's been hinted to me at work that it would benefit me to learn Access. Nothing fancy - I'll deal with that eventually, but for now I just want to be able to competently create a basic database (and possibly a report or two - is that Access programming? I really don't know.)

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    Re: Access Beginner book (Access 2002 (10.2627.2625))

    I've got a shelf of books about Access, and the one I started with is Microsoft Access ver. 2002 Step by Step from Microsoft Press. It's small (320 pages, including the index), comes with a CD-ROM, and it's really easy to follow. I think they've come out with a newer title, but I haven't seen it.

    The "...for Dummies" book on Access should be worth considering, although I've never used it.

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    Re: Access Beginner book (Access 2002 (10.2627.2625))

    Don:

    I'm an Advanced Novice <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> and find Helen Feddema's 'Access Inside Out' easy to follow and reference. Everyone has a favorite I suppose but, to tell you the truth, there isn't any one book that will answer all your questions. Access is a bit like an artists brushes, paints, and canvass - their just tools; the final creation is a function of the imagination. Whatever book you decide to purchase, spend more time reading about basic design principles than actually creating the db - you'll save yourself a lot of grief later (I'm talking about days here, not hours). And finally, come to this board often!

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    Re: Access Beginner book (Access 2002 (10.2627.262

    I've found Steve Roman's Access Database Design & Programming from O'Reilly to be one of the clearest written books available. There are areas where he could be better, but on basic database principles and SQL it shines.
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    Re: Access Beginner book (Access 2002 (10.2627.262

    I definitely agree, Unk. I've had the last several versions of that on my own bookshelf for quick reference, and I've recommended it over and over for its coverage of the basics of normalization and design.
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    Re: Access Beginner book (Access 2002 (10.2627.262

    The only Dummies book I ever read was the Access 97 for Dummies book.
    I read it one weekend just after/before I got Office 97.

    Too elementary for me, but I could see it being useful for others.
    I also read Steve Roman's Access DataBase and Design book that same week.

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