Access 2000 for Windows for Dummies
||Author: John Kaufeld|
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Publisher: For Dummies (07 May, 1999)
Sales Rank: 8,904
Average Customer Rating: 1.73 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
This Book Is An Absolute Waste Of Time To Read!!!
This book will give you boring definitions, but it doesn't really go into anything why I needed to learn how to do. There are way to many "Ask someone who is computer literate to help you with this." There was one explanation that said the topic is too difficult to explain and I should trade some "homemade cookies" to someone that will show me how to fix the problem. I'm not kidding look it up for yourself if you don't believe me. I don't know what audience this book is for but it seems to me that it was written for computer illerate people that will not get any answers anyway. Its more like "This stuff is too tough for you to learn, tell you what go have a cookie." I like to tell the author to go do something else...
Rating: 2 out of 5
Not worth it
...My user level: beginner to intermediate (I already know how to build basic tables, forms, queries, trying to step up into the world of more complex relationships, reports, etc). I was pretty disappointed with this book: cut out the "for dummies" fluff and what's left are simple instructions on how to use the built in wizards. When I looked for example, for information on form controls in the index, I found they weren't even referenced. The front cover "cheat sheet" is just a listing of telephone and online tech support phone numbers (which you will end up shelling out $$ to call) and web addresses.
Kaufeld spends way too much time trying to make jokiness look like friendly instruction. Then, in place of real instruction, he constantly tells users to go get help from their company tech guy/gal. Wait a minute - I thought I bought this book so I could learn on my own! Apparently, he didn't envision Access users who work outside of a large corporation with an IT department.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Wonderful Introductory Book
I am completely new to Access 2000 and this book was just what I needed. It was both a good read (yes, I read it cover to cover) and informative. I had tryed other, more advanced Access books, but discovered that I was not yet at a level to fully understand them. I needed the basic level that "... For Dummies" books provide. Although the author covers how to use the Wizards, which are for the most part self-explanitory, he also delves into how to do everything from tables to queries to reports in design view. I'm a do-it-myselfer, so I prefer design view, but needed a book that would step me though the process. It is well organized and I plan on buying Access 2002 (XP) for Windows for Dummies when it hits the shelves so I can get a consise look at the new features and how to use them. If you're a Douglas Adams fan (especially Hitch hiker's Guide to the Galaxy), you'll like the title of Part III and the quips that are spattered throughout that section. Happy reading and good luck learning your way through a new program!
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