Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Jul 2009 19:02 UTC
Microsoft "The next version of Office moved a step closer to reality on Monday as Microsoft released an invitation-only technical preview of Office 2010. However, the release of the software will be limited. Attendees of this week's Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, as well as the recent TechEd show, will gain access to the desktop versions of Office 2010." More here.
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arbour42
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2005-07-06

For what it does, Access is very powerful for department-level solutions. It allows extremely fast UI and Report development, and gives the user an easy ability to build ad-hoc queries. I've used it since '94 and you cannot build similar front-ends using ANY web technologies today - javascript, flex, silverlight, javafx. A couple of JS libraries are getting there, but still have a good way to go.

The only db front-end builder that is better is Delphi. Nothing in the open-source world, or in Microsoft's .NET world, comes close to either of these.

Also, FoxPro was bought by Microsoft so that Access 2.0 could use Foxpro's query engine. I know fellows still using Foxpro today. I also greatly enjoyed Paradox. If Corel would only open-source it, I would use it immediately.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

For what it does, Access is very powerful for department-level solutions. It allows extremely fast UI and Report development, and gives the user an easy ability to build ad-hoc queries. I've used it since '94 and you cannot build similar front-ends using ANY web technologies today - javascript, flex, silverlight, javafx. A couple of JS libraries are getting there, but still have a good way to go.

The only db front-end builder that is better is Delphi. Nothing in the open-source world, or in Microsoft's .NET world, comes close to either of these.

Also, FoxPro was bought by Microsoft so that Access 2.0 could use Foxpro's query engine. I know fellows still using Foxpro today. I also greatly enjoyed Paradox. If Corel would only open-source it, I would use it immediately.


Unfortunately many people here get hung up about elegance when the reality, like you pointed out in your post, in organisations end users want to be able to put together quick and dirty solutions with minimum fuss and bother. Access is not the greatest thing but what it does do, it does pretty well - and importantly, it integrates into the rest of the Office ecosystem.

I'm stuck on the Mac and there is a tendency of people using filemaker but I guess I'm a bit of contrarian given that I prefer 4th Dimension ( http://www.4d.com/ ) instead which is also available on Window as well.

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