Prison Pete

Monday, July 03, 2006
  Access to Access.
On Friday, I discovered that the "new" computer that the Chaplain's office just received had a working copy of Access (the Microsoft database software) and I would be able to design and implement a database for the chaplain's use.

The computer is running Windows 95 but I am not sure which version of Access the system has. The thing is that while I can usually figure out how the Microsoft software works from the on-line help, in this case some of the help files are not installed and I would also like to be able to implement some of the more advanced features via the macros and Visual Basic.

This computer is not hooked into any network nor does it have any access to the Internet. This is one step above the type of system that I has access to in the Feds in that it is hooked up to a printer.

The main problem for now is that my access to the machine will come in random 90 minute time segments so it will take a little time to get the initial project I am working on up and running.

I am wondering if anyone out there has access to an Access programming book. It does not have to be the most recent edition as I am sure that the version of Access is probably not the latest release.

So if someone has an older text out there that they no longer need maybe you could e-mail my editor and arrange to ship me the book. This way I can read up on the software and make the best use of my time in front of the computer.

I am not looking for the basic text that teaches about using the end-users features and design wizards. I need the ways that you can build the special macros and some of the possible Visual Basic routines you can integrate into the program. Thanks for any help in this area.

This will be the first time in over ten years that I am getting to sit in front of the computer and design a real live database application. I was just starting to look into Windows based software back when I was arrested in 1995. My experience up to that point was using a proprietary database program that was running in the DOS (the system before Windows) text based environment. This will be my first real Windows database.

Oh boy oh boy oh boy I am just a little excited. Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy.
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