Automatic Access: Using Wizards
The important concept in this sample chapter from Sams Teach Yourself Access 2002 in 21 Days is to understand that wizards can save you a lot of time and that you can study the generated database applications for ideas that you can use in your own database.
There are five object wizards in Access — for tables, queries, forms, reports, and pages. In addition, there is a wizard for creating whole databases. All the wizards, especially the Database Template Wizard, are useful for the Access student because you can get to see how Microsoft did it. Creating objects or whole databases using wizards, and then examining those objects in design view, gives you valuable insight into the minds of the Access engineers.
In the previous two lessons you learned theory and mostly introductory material. Many developers ignore the wizards, because they don't know about the benefits that can be gained by using them. The important concept behind today's lesson is to understand that the wizards can save you a lot of time and that you can study the generated database applications for ideas that you can use in your own database.
Today You Will Learn
In today's lesson, you will see Access wizards in action. Specifically, this lesson covers the following topics:
- Why Automatic Access?
- The Database Templates
- Table Wizard
- Query Wizard
- Form Wizard
- Report Wizard
- Page Wizard
After you finish today's lesson, you will be able to pick and choose what wizard will help you most. Let's put the wizards to work!