Accessing and quering databases


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itman

There is some need in our organisation for databases. Users are expecting to
see "nice" web pages to query databases and display results. They may also be
expecting to add and edit information in the database through some kind of
web-based view. Is Microsoft Access a solution we should be considering? If a
database is created in Access how can it be updated and queries by users
without providing them with a copy of MS Access?
 
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John W. Vinson

There is some need in our organisation for databases. Users are expecting to
see "nice" web pages to query databases and display results. They may also be
expecting to add and edit information in the database through some kind of
web-based view. Is Microsoft Access a solution we should be considering? If a
database is created in Access how can it be updated and queries by users
without providing them with a copy of MS Access?

Access is not (by itself) very web-friendly. Data interaction in Access is
typically done using Forms, which (functionally) resemble webpages but are
embedded within an Access database. Using A2007 you can get a (free) Runtime
version of Access which lets users interact with and update the database, but
not to change the design or structure of the database or the forms and
reports.

If you really want a web browser as the interface, A2007 is *starting* in that
direction and I understand that the upcoming version will do a lot more; but
you may do better to store the data in SQL/Server (SQL Express is free!) and
use Visual Studio or some other appropriate code to design your own web-based
app.
 
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Jerry Whittle

Gee Steve. How much will that cost? Still trying to make money at a place
where the advice is suppose to be free.
 
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Jerry Whittle

1. John did a very nice job of answering the question - unlike you.

2. I'm not building or selling bicycles. That's just a whimsical tab line
with some truth to it in any endevour.
 
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John... Visio MVP

Steve said:
Access is a desktop and network database tool. If you TRULY need a web
application, you need to look at other tools such as SQL Server, Oracle,
MySQL etc.

Presumably you need a multi-user application. If what you need can be set
up on a network, I can build any database you need. If you want to discuss
this further, contact me.

Steve
(e-mail address removed)

These newsgroups are provided by Microsoft for FREE peer to peer support.
There are many highly qualified individuals who gladly help for free. Stevie
is not one of them, but he is the only one who just does not get the idea of
"FREE" support. He offers questionable results at unreasonable prices. If he
was any good, the "thousands" of people he claims to have helped would be
flooding him with work, but there appears to be a continuous drought and he
needs to constantly grovel for work.

A few gems gleaned from the Word New User newsgroup over the Christmas
holidays to show Stevie's "expertise" in Word.


Dec 17, 2008 7:47 pm

Word 2007 ..........
In older versions of Word you could highlght some text then go to Format -
Change Case and change the case of the hoghloghted text. Is this still
available in Word 2007? Where?
Thanks! Steve


Dec 22, 2008 8:22 pm

I am designing a series of paystubs for a client. I start in landscape and
draw a table then add columns and rows to setup labels and their
corresponding value. This all works fine. After a landscape version is
completed, I next need to design a portrait version. Rather than strating
from scratch, I'd like to be able to cut and paste from the landscape
version and design the portrait version.
Steve


Dec 24, 2008, 1:12 PM

How do you protect the document for filling in forms?
Steve


One of my favourites:
Dec 30, 2008 8:07 PM - a reply to stevie
(The original poster asked how to sort a list and stevie offered to create
the OP an Access database)
Yes, you are right but a database is the correct tool to use not a
spreadsheet.


Not at all. If it's just a simple list then a spreadsheet is perfectly
adequate...




John... Visio MVP
 
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itman

Thanks for your response, John. I expected as much. However, may I delve into
your answer a little further? Although I mentioned we would consider a "web
front end" for ease of use of the database, we would probably only want or
need this to view information that is in the database (similar to setting up
"views" in SharePoint lists) and for editing/updating entries (rows). We
would be happy with the database creation and administration to be done from
within MS Access.

I was wondering how we could have databases created and tested in MS Access
and then have them hosted on SQL Server 2005 - but with a web front end?
Perhaps linking to the database with SharePoint or MOSS?

Apologies if I am making the question more complicated... we just don't have
enough "enterprise-level" database experience in house. Creating the
databases in MS Access, editing and updating the databases in MS Access is
quite straightforward. It's getting them created in Access and then hosted
and accessed via other means that we are enquiring about (without the need
for software or web development skills).


Thanks.


itman
 
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