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It’s time we gave the Access IDE some love

Quick: when  was the last time the Access Integrated Development Enviroment  (IDE) got a new feature? I can’t remember. While Access in general has gotten love from the Access team, in particular the new data connectors, its time we add SOME kind of new feature to the IDE, but which one?: Collapse procedures? Improved Searching? Intellisense for tables? This month I’ll be discussing these ideas and more at our regular …Read More

Inspect the control source of all controls in your project

Happy New Year! Recently I was working on a project where I was implementing form spawning so that my client can see at least two different records using two identical forms, one of the actual forms and the other one a spawned version of itself, (a topic I’ve discussed at my SQL Server with Access meetings, click to join the announcement list!). Because the prior developer did not use form …Read More

See you at the 2018 PAUG Conference

On Sunday – April 29, 2018 -, between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM, I will be speaking at the annual PAUG Conference. Registration is open. Register now! Hurry, seats are limited & quickly sell out! This year promises to be the best! The dates for the PAUG 2018 Database Designer International Conference are set: April 28 (Saturday, 12 PM) – April 30 (Monday, 3 PM). We will be returning to the Conference Center at Silver Falls. …Read More

OLE DB Undeprecated! Long live ADO!

The Microsoft SQLNCli team has undeprecated OLE DB and the news could very well be earth shattering for the Microsoft Access community. Previously deprecated and last supported with SQL Client 11, OLE DB was on it’s last breaths, and what was worse, we could not come up with a equivalent solution using DAO and pass through queries for all the features we had with OLE DB. Thankfully the team in …Read More

Our Microsoft Ignite session recording is now available to view!

Hello everyone! I just got back from Microsoft Ignite, where Michal Bar and I had a wonderful time presenting on “Learn new ways to apply Access to the modern Microsoft ecosystem”. We discussed a few great topics, one of which is how to consume Azure services with Access. We should have the sample application on the Microsoft Technical Blog soon, in the mean time you can see our presentation in …Read More

Meet Michal Bar and me at Microsoft Ignite!

This week Microsoft has invited me to speak at Microsoft Ignite along with Michal Bar from the Microsoft Access team! I’ll be in Orlando all week learning about new technologies and on Wednesday afternoon present on how to plug Access into the modern Microsoft echo system in a 75 mins session.  If you’re going to Microsoft Ignite please consider coming to my session or even meeting at the Office booth during …Read More

Updates from the Access team (June 2017)

New data connectors Announcement blog post on the Access blog. It has also been twitted here – feel free to retweet it! New in Microsoft Access: Microsoft Dynamics and Salesforce connectors. Learn more: https://t.co/NesijpM5uG — MS Office News (@OfficeNews) August 23, 2017 What’s New Article is updated with the new connectors info (Office Insiders). Support articles Link to or import data from Dynamics 365 Link to or import data from …Read More

Drag and Drop In MS Access and Conditional Sorting

Drag and Drop In MS Access Doug was on a roll in January of 2004 when he wrote his article on drag and drop in MS Access. He tested it now using Access 2016 and it still works. This article shows you how to add drag-and-drop to your Access application using combinations of multi-value and single-value controls. Supporting Custom Sort Orders Presenting data to your users in an order that …Read More

Official Access tech blog now online! Also, more improvements to Access!

Official Microsoft Access Tech Blog Launches! In addition to the blog on the Office site, the Access team has started a technical blog here. The new Access Tech Blog will be more technical in nature and oriented towards technical users instead of regular ones on the office blog. Accessibility Updates in Access The very first post on the new blog from the Access team has been hard at work on …Read More

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