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J Street Access Relinker
We took what we humbly think is the best Access table relinking code and made it even better. This version has all the features of the J Street Access Relinker Classic, plus it now supports 32-bit or 64-bit Access AND encrypted (password-protected) back-end Access databases! Tested for Access 2016 and later, but should also work in earlier versions. There’s a README table with detailed instructions.
J Street Access Relinker Classic
Here is the Access table relinking VBA module that J Street has used in all of our Access applications for years. It is an essential enhancement after you have split your database into a front-end application and a back-end database. It handles multiple back-end Access databases, checks your linked tables on startup, prompts your user to locate the back-end database if needed, and even has an automatic mode that silently relinks to local databases (great for work tables and single user scenarios). It automatically ignores all non-Access linked tables, including SharePoint lists. Access 2000/XP/2003/2007/2010/2013/2016.
J Street SQL Tools
Have you ever wanted a simple way to modify part of a SQL Statement in your VBA code? With these J Street functions, you can easily replace the Where and Order By clauses of any SQL Select statement. This enables you to reuse query definitions, manipulate rowsource properties, and use passthrough queries with more flexibility. Leave the main part of the query unchanged – just change the selection and sorting! We use these routines in every Access application we build. Just paste the VBA text into a new Module named basJStreetSQLTools. Text file, 3K.
The Best of Both Worlds: Access-SQL Server Optimization
Access can be used to build great front-end applications for SQL Server databases, as long as you know how to optimize for performance. This slide deck shows you the basics of using Access as a client-server application so that you can leverage the full power of SQL Server while retaining the techniques you have learned in Access. PowerPoint, 379K.
Data Dictionary Report Utility
Can’t get the built-in Access database documentation tools to give you the simple report you want? Here's the answer. This utility documents all the tables and fields in your database, linked or local, including field descriptions! Access MDB, 44k.
Converting Flat Files into a Relational Access Database
This PowerPoint deck shows how to tackle the problem of converting old “flat” data (from Excel, text or wherever) to your relational Access tables. Includes a sample database showing the techniques mentioned in the slides. PowerPoint, Access MDB, 820K.
Access Security Basics
Access User Level Security (ULS) has been deprecated for the ACCDB file format, but many people are still using ULS for their legacy Access MDB applications. Here is a PowerPoint slide deck that describes various approaches for securing an Access database with ULS, with some common mistakes that developers often make and tips to avoid them. PowerPoint file, 139k.
Report Selection Techniques
Two different examples of a pop-up report selection criteria form. This technique is great for allowing the user to choose which records will appear on a report, without using parameter queries. Other report techniques (like hiding and showing report sections) are shown also. Access MDBs and PowerPoint presentation, 800k.
A sampler of labor-saving code and cool usability enhancements. Includes QuickDate, a “Quicken-style” method of using keys to increment date fields by day, week, month and year, and some handy name and address concatenation functions. Comes with a form demonstrating most of the tools – look in the code for more! Access MDB, 48k.
User Interface Guidelines
Also known as “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, But It Gets You Asked To Dance!” It’s our approach to designing consistent, professional-looking forms. Word, 64K.
A Better Record Finder
A quick and easy way of allowing users to find a record on a continuous form. Much easier for your users than the dreaded “binoculars!” And easy for you to code – just add a few lines of VBA to your form. Access MDB, 73K.
This is a great way to provide custom reports to your users without spending a lot of development time. Allows selection and ordering of report sections, with the ability to save the layouts for others to use. Includes an article in Word and a sample database, 388k.
TechEd - Managing Your Database Development Projects
Here is the slide deck that Armen Stein presented at aTechEd Developers Conference. Armen presents some techniques to help you manage your database projects so that both you and your customers stay happy. See example documents for planning the project, tracking questions, and communicating status (including the dreaded budget increase). Also see how you can use Microsoft Visio to sketch your application design and obtain approval from your customer. Learn techniques for estimating projects, which can be one of the most difficult challenges. Most of the presentation applies both to consultants and internal developers. PowerPoint, 3M.
TechEd - Microsoft SQL Server Data Solutions Using Microsoft Office Access
Here are the slides and sample materials that Armen Stein and Mary Chipman presented at a TechEd Developers Conference. Many techniques and examples for using Microsoft Access as a client-server front-end to SQL Server are included. PowerPoint, Access MDB, text code samples, 6.34M.