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    Access Books? (2k)

    I was wondering if anyone had any access 2000 books they could recommend me. This website is a great resource for individual questions but i want to learn more in general about access 2000 and its capabilities. i looked through the books section of this website but didn't really find what i was looking for. could anyone recommend a good book for better learning access?
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    Re: Access Books? (2k)

    A good general book about Access and databases is Access Database Design & Programming by Steven Roman.

    THE Access "bible" is the Access 2000 Developer's Handbook, a 2 volume set by Litwin, Getz and Gilbert. Not really useful as an introduction, but an invaluable reference.

    If you search this forum for books you will find more.

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    Re: Access Books? (2k)

    In addition to the recommendations provided by HansV (I have both books and would rank then at the top of any list of Access books) I would strongly recommend a third volume - Access Cookbook, 2nd Edition - by Ken Getz, Paul Litwin, Andy Baron - note first two co-authors also are also co-authors of the ADH - this is an excellent choice for anyone who is not a total novice at using Access, but may find some of the more advanced material in the ADH a little over their heads - you might call the Cookbook a more "accessible" version of the ADH (no pun) - but far more useful than some brain-dead "Dummies" type book. The book includes a CD-ROM with a generous number of sample database files & code that you can easily plug into your own projects. Make sure you check out the new 2nd Edition, published March 2004 - there's 4 new chapters on Sharepoint, Smart tags, .NET, and XML. Even if you're not using this stuff yet - mainly specific to Access 2002/2003 - that doesn't mean you won't be some day (I'm still using A2K). I bought the first edition (published 2002) and along with the ADH is among the most useful Access books I own.

    Besides any Access book with "Dummies" in title, avoid like plague any books with words in title like "Idiots", "Bible", "Complete Reference", "Secrets", "Learn XXX in Ten Minutes", etc. One of best books I know of for learning to use the Access user interface (as opposed to programming, which is the focus of the Cookbook and ADH) is <A target="_blank" HREF="http://safari.quepublishing.com/?XmlId=0-7897-1606-2">Special Edition Using Microsoft

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