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Detangling the new SQL Server ODBC and OLEDB drivers and what about Native Client?

Some of you may already know that Microsoft backtracked on their planned deprecation of OLEDB and provided a new OLEDB driver. However, it can be a headscratcher to figure what you should be using. When we were using SQL Server Native Client, it was pretty easy — the Native Client had both OLEDB and ODBC shipped in a single DLL file, making for easy installation. All you had to make …Read More

Text or Numeric Field – A simple method to switch data type.

I recently worked on a project where our client is selling a product throughout the USA built on Access with SQL Server, it works by importing data into SQL and then analyzing it with Access reports. Unfortunately each customer may have a primary key format as a long integer and others where it’s a string, (combination of numbers and strings), we quickly discovered it caused problems with reports not sorting …Read More

Join me at SQL Saturday Dallas on May 18th, 2018

I’ll be presenting my hugely popular “Wish you could live the glamorous consulting life?” first thing in the morning that day, plus I’ll have a table where I’ll be answering questions on SQL Server optimization with Access, if you are in the Dallas area please consider attending this great one day event! You can register here: https://www.sqlsaturday.com/734/RegisterNow.aspx  What is SQL Saturday? SQLSaturdays are free 1-day training events for SQL Server professionals, …Read More

Why I’m optimistic about the future of Access

I’m just back from the recent PAUG conference where I had the chance to meet some of the best minds in Microsoft Access, it’s only one of two conferences worldwide, (Access DevCon Vienna is the other one), and it showcased some great content over a three day period. This year’s conference had quite a few new attendees, fresh blood that will take up the Access mantle for years to come. We …Read More

Getting “System Resource Exceeded” messages? Here’s one way to fix it

System Resource Exceeded Error Message Lately we’ve been seeing a barrage of clients getting “System Resource Exceeded”  when migrating to Windows 10, even though the system worked fine in prior versions of Windows. In some cases we’ve traced the issue to apps that use a lot of subforms in a tab control, so I’m going to describe a technique that will prevent the issue in those cases when each tab …Read More


As promised, the new SQL Server Native Client 18 is now available to download. Either Ben Clothier or I will be testing Azure authentication and other aspects of ADODB and be providing feedback soon! In the meantime, check out the announcement and other documents below : Announcement: bit.ly/SNC18 OLEDB Driver Info: bit.ly/OLEDB18 ADODB Info with Native Client 18: bit.ly/ADODB18 Download Native Client 18 Here: bit.ly/SNC18Down

Help us get the IDE modernized in Access, your vote counts!

After my Access with SQL Server meeting were we talked about using User Voice to prompt change to our beloved IDE, I found out that the Access team does not have any sway over the environment, it’s handled by the another group in the Office hierarchy. I’ve since endorsed the following ideas on User Voice and request that you lend your support as well! Note: PLEASE leave a comment on …Read More

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

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