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Alison Balter's Mastering Access 2002 Enterprise Development


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  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32113-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32113-9

Developing applications for the enterprise introduces challenges quite different from those associated with developing applications for desktops or small departments. This book offers a no-nonsense approach to enterprise development using Access 2002 as a front-end. it is written in a practical style and easily transitions the client/server neophyte to the sophisticated world of enterprise development. Although the book focuses on client/server development, the text covers other enterprise topics such as replication, trasaction processing, and data access pages. This book goes behond the basics covered by the many introductory books, but offers an easier read than the expert books available.

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Access Enterprise Development: Introduction to Client/Server Development Techniques

Introduction to Client/Server Development Techniques

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter begins with Why This Chapter is Important and concludes with a Summary.)



1. A Strategy for Developing Access Applications.

Access as a Development Tool. Access as a Scalable Product. Splitting Databases into Tables and Other Objects. Understanding the Access Runtime Engine. Using an EXE Versus Access Database: What It Means to You. Understanding the Importance of Securing Your Database. Using Access as a Front End.

2. Developing Multiuser Applications.

Designing Your Application with Multiuser Issues in Mind. Understanding Access's Locking Mechanisms. Locking and Refreshing Strategies. Form-Locking Strategies. Recordset Locking. Effectively Handling Locking Conflicts. Testing a Record for Locking Status. Using Code to Refresh or Requery. Understanding the .LDB File. The User Roster. Creating Custom Counters. Using Unbound Forms. Using Replication to Improve Performance.

3. Introduction to Client/Server Development Techniques.

Understanding the Client/Server Model. Deciding Whether to Use the Client/Server Model. The Roles Access Plays in the Application Design Model. Learning the Client/Server Buzzwords. Upsizing: What to Worry About. Proactively Preparing for Upsizing. Using the Upsizing Wizard. Defining an ODBC Data Source. Connecting to a Database Server.

4. SQL Server Basics.

Editions of SQL Server Available. Overview of the SQL Server Components. Introduction to the Enterprise Manager. Introduction to the Query Analyzer. Introduction to the Profiler. Introduction to Data Transformation Services. Configuring the Server. Designing and Creating a SQL Server Database.

5. SQL Server Tables and Database Diagrams.

Creating SQL Server Tables. Working with Constraints. Identity Columns. Working with Computed Columns. Working with User-Defined Data Types. Adding and Modifying Indexes. An Introduction to Triggers. An Introduction to Relationships. Establishing Relationships Between SQL Server Tables. Establishing Referential Integrity. Looking at the Benefits of Relationships. Examining Indexes and Relationships.

6. Mastering T-SQL.

Introduction to T-SQL. The SELECT Statement. Aggregate Functions. The HAVING Clause. Top Values Queries. Join Types. Modifying Data with Action Queries. T-SQL Functions.

7. Working with SQL Server Views.

Creating a Simple View. Creating Complex Views. Using Views to Secure Data. Modifying Data in a View. Modifying Views. Renaming Views. Deleting Views. Indexed Views. Optimizing the Views That You Build.

8. Designing SQL Server Stored Procedures, User-Defined Functions, and Triggers.

Stored Procedure Basics. Declaring and Working with Variables. Controlling the Flow. The SET NOCOUNT Statement. Using the @@Functions. Working with Parameters. Modifying Data with Stored Procedures. Errors and Error Handling. Stored Procedures and Transactions. Stored Procedures and Temporary Tables. Stored Procedures and Security. Debugging the Stored Procedures That You Build. Building and Working with User-Defined Functions. Creating and Working with Triggers.

9. SQL Server Security.

Security Introduced. Authentication. Creating Roles. Permissions Validation. Administering Statement Permissions. Creating and Working with Application Roles. Access Security and Its Role in a Client/Server Application.

10. ADO and SQL Server.

A History of Data Access. ADO Quick Review. ADO and Stored Procedures. Advanced ADO Techniques.

11. Developing an MDB Client/Server Application with Linked Tables.

What Is a Linked Client/Server Application? How Linked Table Applications Work. Working with Linked Tables. Using Pass-Through Queries. Executing Stored Procedures. Building Client/Server-Friendly Forms. Working with Local Tables. Populating Combo Boxes and List Boxes Dynamically. Building Client/Server-Friendly Reports. Linked Table Gotchas.

12. Developing an ADP Application.

What Are Access Projects? Creating an Access Project. Maintaining a SQL Server Database from an Access Project. Building Access Project Forms. Special Access Project Form Properties and Techniques. Building Access Data Project Reports. ADP Gotchas.

13. Building Unbound Applications.

The Benefits of Unbound Applications. The Unbound Form. The Unbound Form and Pass-Through Queries. The Unbound Form and Stored Procedures.

14. Building N-Tier Applications.

The Basics of N-Tier Development. Access's Role in the N-Tier Model. Access and a Logical Three-Tier Model. Building the Middle-Tier Component. Access and a Physical Three-Tier Model.

15. Configuring, Maintaining, and Tuning SQL Server.

Hardware Selection and Tuning. SQL Server Configuration and Tuning. Database Maintenance. Table and Object Maintenance. Job Maintenance. Performance Monitoring.


16. Transaction Processing.

Understanding the Benefits. Modifying the Default Behavior. Implementing Explicit Transaction Processing. Looking at Transaction Processing Issues. Using Transaction Processing in a Multiuser Environment. Using Transaction Processing in a Client/Server Environment. Practical Examples: Using Transaction Processing to Improve the Integrity of Your Applications.

17. Access Replication Made Easy.

Uses of Replication. Understanding When Replication Isn't Appropriate. Understanding the Implementation of Replication. Understanding the Replication Architecture: What Makes Replication Tick? Understanding Replication Topologies. Changes That Replication Makes to Your Database. Making a Database Replicable. Preventing Objects from Being Replicated. Creating Additional Replicas. Synchronizing Replicas. Resolving Replication Conflicts. Using the Replication Manager. Using Partial Replication. Implementing Replication Using Code. Practical Examples: Managing the Time and Billing Application with Replication.

18. Taking Advantage of the Microsoft Office XP Developer.

What's in the Microsoft Office XP Developer. The Access Runtime. The Replication Manager. The Code Librarian. The Code Librarian Viewer. The Packaging Wizard. The Code Commentor and Error Handler Add-In. The VBA String Editor.

19. Source Code Control.

How Do I Install Visual SourceSafe? Using Visual SourceSafe: An Overview. The Logistics of Managing a Project with Visual SourceSafe. Leveraging the Power of Visual SourceSafe. Changes Visual SourceSafe Makes to Access's Behavior. Understanding the Limitations of Visual SourceSafe.

20. Publishing Data on the Web.

Saving Database Objects as HTML. Linking to HTML Files. Importing HTML Files. Working with Hyperlinks. Static Versus Dynamic Web Pages. Working with HTX/IDC Files. Working with Active Server Pages (.asp Files). Testing ASP and HTX/IDC Files.

21. XML Support in Microsoft Access.

The Basics of XML. Exporting Data to XML. Working with XML Style Sheets (XSL or XSLT). Working with XML Schemas-The XSD File. Exporting Gotchas. Exporting Forms and Reports to XML. Importing XML Data into Access. Programmatically Importing and Exporting XML Data. Using ADO Code to Work with XML.

22. Data Access Pages.

Exploring the Uses of Data Access Pages. Creating a Simple Data Access Page. Creating a Complex Data Access Page. Working with Data Access Page Controls. Deleting Data Access Pages. Deploying Data Access Pages. An Introduction to Scripting Data Access Pages.

23. SQL Server and the Internet.

The Web Assistant Wizard. Web-Related Stored Procedures. Generating XML from SQL Queries.



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