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MS Access Tutorial with sample project

This tutorial shows how to construct a complex application in Microsoft Access (MS-Access).

Contents of this MS Access Tutorial with sample project

1. The hotel system... 4
2. Creating a database ......... 6
2.1 Create a database in Access ..... 6
2.2 Create more tables ..... 10
2.3 Create relationships ... 12
2.4 Look-up fields, enumeration type ...... 14
2.5 Dealing with trees and networks........ 16
3. Access-based user interfaces ..... 18
3.1 Forms and simple controls..... 18
3.1.1 Text box, label and command button...... 18
3.1.2 Adjusting the controls..... 20
3.1.3 Cleaning up the form ...... 20
3.1.4 Shortcut keys for the user ........... 22
3.1.5 Lines, checkbox, calendar........... 22
3.1.6 Combo box - enumeration type .. 24
3.1.7 Combo box - table look up ......... 26
3.1.8 Control properties - text box....... 28
3.2 Subforms........ 30
3.2.1 Subform in Datasheet view......... 31
3.2.2 Adjust the subform ......... 34
3.2.3 Mockup subform. 36
3.2.4 Subform in Form view.... 36
3.2.5 Summary of subforms..... 38
3.2.6 Prefixes ... 38
3.3 Bound, unbound and computed controls........ 40
3.3.1 Showing subform fields in the main form42
3.3.2 Variable colors - conditional formatting. 42
3.4 Tab controls and option groups.......... 44
3.5 Menus  46
3.5.1 Create a new menu bar.... 46
3.5.2 Add commands to the menu list . 48
3.5.3 Attach the toolbar to a form........ 48
3.5.4 Startup settings - hiding developer stuff . 48
3.6 Control tips, messages, mockup prints .......... 50
4. Queries - computed tables......... 52
4.1 Query: join two tables 52
4.2 SQL and how it works ........... 54
4.3 Outer join ....... 56
4.4 Aggregate query - Group By.. 58
4.5 Query a query, handling null values .. 62
4.6 Query with user criteria ......... 64
4.7 Bound main form and subform.......... 66
4.7.1 Editing a GROUP BY query....... 67
5. Access through Visual Basic ..... 68
5.1 The objects in Access  68
5.2 Event procedures (for text box) ......... 72
5.2.1 More text box properties. 72
5.2.2 Computed SQL and live search...74
5.2.3 Composite search criteria76
5.2.4 Event sequence for text box ........78
5.3 Visual Basic tools.......80
5.4 Command buttons ......84
5.5 Forms .86
5.5.1 Open, close, and events...86
5.5.2 CRUD control in Forms ..87
5.5.3 The OpenForm parameters..........89
5.5.4 Multi-purpose forms (hotel system) ........90
5.5.5 Dialog boxes (modal dialog) .......92
5.5.6 Controlling record selection........93
5.5.7 Column order, column hidden, etc..........94
5.5.8 Area selection, SelTop, etc..........94
5.5.9 Key preview ........97
5.5.10 Error preview ....97
5.5.11 Timer and loop breaking ...........98
5.5.12 Multiple form instances.99
5.5.13 Resize..100
5.6 Record sets (DAO)...102
5.6.1 Programmed record updates......102
5.6.2 How the record set works..........104
5.6.3 The bound record set in a Form 106
5.6.4 Record set properties, survey ....108
5.7 Modules and menu functions ...........110
5.7.1 Create a menu function .110
5.7.2 Define the menu item....112
5.7.3 Managing modules and class modules ..112
5.7.4 Global variables 114
6. Visual Basic reference..116
6.1 Statements ....116
6.2 Declarations .120
6.3 Constants and addresses.......122
6.4 Operators and conversion functions .124
6.5 Other functions.........128
6.6 Display formats and regional settings ..........132
7. Access and SQL134
7.1 Action queries - CRUD with SQL ...134
7.1.1 Temporary table for editing ......134
7.2 UNION query...........136
7.3 Subqueries (EXISTS, IN, ANY, ALL . . .) ..138
7.4 Multiple join and matrix presentation ..........140
7.5 Dynamic matrix presentation ...........142
7.6 Crosstab and matrix presentation .....144
8. References.........148
Index..........149


Resource: http://www.itu.dk/~slauesen/UID/AccessTutorial.pdf
Posted By : accesstutor
On date : 03.18.11

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