Microsoft Access – About

Access database programmer services from Accessible Data Solutions

We design and develop Microsoft Access databases, so we know what it’s all about. But, in case you don’t live and breathe databases – here it is: Microsoft Access is a software package (aka program) manufactured by the Microsoft corporation. It has multiple functions that include a database for storing information plus  two different types of programming languages that provide you with the ability to create screens (aka entry screens) and reports for printing.

Microsoft Access is incredibly versatile with the capacity for developing an almost limitless variety of different looking screens that can display data in a number of ways. The printed report generator in Microsoft Access is considered one of the most powerful tools in the industry. It is used for letters, envelopes, mailing labels, summary reports, and corporate reports hundreds of pages long. Access, often called MS Access, is a true workhorse and frequently referred to as the Swiss Army knife of databases.

Major Components of Microsoft Access

The Microsoft Access program is comprised of the database, which has its own components, along with its database engine to run the processing, and two different types of programming languages, called Visual Basic for Applications and the Microsoft Macro language.

Database Components

The main database components of the Access program are:

  • Tables
  • Forms
  • Reports
  • Modules

Tables are the main component of any database, because they contain the data. Without going into huge detail, tables contain smaller pieces of information called data, like: first name, last name, street address . . . all those pieces of information that collectively make some kind of sense.

Queries are ‘questions’, like “I want all the orders from May 1 through May 31.” In fact we use queries all the time on the Internet when we do searches. Whenever we enter text in the Search Box on Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. we are actually forming a query.

Our Microsoft Access programmers are experts at developing Microsoft Access forms

An Access Form ready for data input

Forms are the way Access provides developers with the tools to create visual input and output screens for organizing views of data and for allowing data entry in an organized manner. Forms are also considered the User Interface or UI. Developers spend a tremendous amount of time creating forms that work properly for their clients.

Reports are also a mission critical factor for any business requiring a database solution. The report developer in MS Access is excellent and extensively feature rich, providing a wide range of output options.

Modules are storage organizational units for the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code that Access programmers. Access programmers spend a great deal of time working with VBA to create fast, accurate, streamlined code that will show the right data for the database user.

Microsoft Access Today

Microsoft Access is a tremendously powerful tool. It can be used by beginning database students and the most advanced programmers. It can create hobby databases and sophisticated business databases. It is used on desktop computers and Internet computing.

Microsoft describes the new updates to Access as “. . . easy-to-use tool for quickly creating browser-based database applications that help you run your business. Your data is automatically stored in a SQL database.” The Access web applications actually store data in a Microsoft SQL Server database, which is very powerful. This is major innovation and commitment makes it clear that Microsoft will continue to improve and support Access for many years to come.

Our Microsoft Access Experience

We’ve been programming in Access for years and will continue to do so because it is just such a great program. Business owners keep requesting conversions from Excel or other spreadsheets to a real database and Microsoft Access is the natural choice. Access not only has power and accuracy, the work environment allows us to keep our costs down; Access is also far more flexible than other programming tools. Because Access has what is known as “wide connectivity” we can program Access with other databases like Oracle and MySQL.

Got questions or just need to discuss your database situation? Call us at 512-202-7121. No obligation of course.