Microsoft Access 2002 Bible BK+CD
||Author: Cary N. Prague, Michael R. Irwin|
List Price: $49.99
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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (01 July, 2001)
Sales Rank: 21,332
Average Customer Rating: 3.29 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
Don't waste your money...
...or your time if you're an intermediate to advanced Access user. Basically this book just reiterates what's in the help section - and we all know how good MS has made their help sections - of the program. I can't get answers to any of my questions... you'd have better luck going to the MS online forums and asking your questions there. But hey, if you're new to Access or not real computer savy, this book may be helpful. Beats learning/perfecting the art of obtaining help from MS "help". One last note, Access Inside/Out is the same thing, so if you do get one of them, only buy ONE.
Rating: 1 out of 5
The authors, editor(s) and publisher(s) should be ashamed of themselves.
They have managed to create a 1500 page book that is equally useless for beginners (including total newbies), intertmediate and advanced users.
Beginners: You'll pick up alot more just playing around with Access and reading the built-in or online help. (even if you have never used a database before).
Intermediate-Advanced users: You'll never find an answer to any of your questions.
I own over 30 computer books, both of a scientific and how-to nature. I have a degree in computer science. In other words, I am not new to computer books. This one though is simply horrible (I'd even say the worst I've ever read, and I've read "Computer Systems Design And Architecture" by Vincent Heuring)
The book is simply a BAD copy of the built-in help.
It has no substance.
It has no personality.
It has no structure.
It explains in too much detail the things that are obvious, and just mentions by name the things that are important.
It's main focus is how to make your datatabes look pretty on the screen.
All the authors accomplish in the 1500+ pages that is book offers, is prove that they are [not] experts on the subject.
Don't buy it.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Good fundamentals, but sloppy
Too many errors mar an otherwise very good book. Spelling mistakes are normal for a book of this size, but errors in descriptions of Expression syntax cannot be justified. The omission of characters as seemingly minor as quotations marks surrounding text is very important for a program as stringent as Access.
Get this book if you want a decent understanding from the ground up, but don't rely on this book by itself. Purchase another source of information, but beware of the Que book by Roger Jennings. His style of writing is reminiscent of rambling discourse.
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