Clint Covington: Software design, Microsoft Office Access

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  • Blog Post: The runtime is available for download

    Thanks for your continued patience. The runtime download is available again. Microsoft Office Access Runtime 2007 There is a known bug where reports don't work in ADPs. We are working on a QFE for the issue. I will let you know when more information is available for that issue. We couldn't get...
  • Blog Post: Access Runtime is on Hold

    There is more information coming shortly.Unfortunately, I'm on jury duty for the next three weeks and will not be able to provide updates. FWIW - I haven't worked on the runtime project, so my jury duty won't effect availability. The Access blog will post any information as soon as it is available. ...
  • Blog Post: The runtime download is available for FREE!

    I'm happy to announce the runtime is finally done and for the first time ever--available as a free download! Microsoft Office Access Developer Extensions 2007 Microsoft Office Access Runtime 2007 Once again, sorry for the delay and the problems it caused for some businesses. It is great to feel...
  • Blog Post: Runtime update

    I'm truly sorry that this is dragging on longer than I ever expected. Am I frustrated? Yes. Just before the runtime was to be released a critical bug in setup was found that caused setup to not install on random machines. Multiple attempts to fix the issue failed but we are hopeful the last one will...
  • Blog Post: Access Best Practices Guidelines

    Recently a MCS consultant asked the following question on an internal Access Discussion alais: My customer is looking for either a document on 'general best practices when using Access 2003' and/or a document on 'best practices for coding in Access 2003.' Before I sit down and start trying to create...
  • Blog Post: Hot fixes for three Access 2007 issues

    I noticed the Access Junkie just posted a few links to KB articles that describe hot fixes for some blocking issues. Here are the highlights (or um, low lights): ADP Perf When you try to run a Microsoft Access project (.adp) in Access 2007, the project may run slowly. Or, the project may take longer...
  • Blog Post: Hold the runtime download page

    Quick update on the runtime ship date--the test team found a recall class bug in setup that will cause us to slip the schedule by a couple weeks. I will let you know if I hear anything different. Sorry for the delay.
  • Blog Post: Security Considerations and Guidance for Access 2007 - MSDN article

    There is a new article by Access MVP Garry Robinson. "Find out how you can use Access 2007 to protect the information in your databases. Learn about encrypting files, administering passwords, converting databases to the new ACCDB and ACCDE formats, and using other security options such as SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: The runtime will ship May 15th

    I just heard from Erik that the runtime will ship as a free download on May 15th! I will post a URL to the download page when it is available. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Help topic for beginning users to understand the basics of an Access database

    I expect many readers of this blog frequently work with IWs that want to learn more about Access. Here is a new help topic designed to ramp up people on the following core Access: Understand the basics of an Access database See details about the objects in a database Explore a table in Design view...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Takes Lead in Collaboration Market - WSJ article

    Here is a great article by the Wall Street Journal about SharePoint adoption and scenarios where people are using it beyond corporations. Access 2007 made a big investment in working better with SharePoint. I recently blogged about Cool as Ice and Alan Cossey who built a solution on Office Live (which...
  • Blog Post: Reader question about macros and VBA

    A reader recently asked: Is there any way on Access 2007 to keep wizards and Switchboard Manager coding in VBA, any way developers "HAVE" to code for most applications. If a customer is buying an apllication from us, he is not going to trust what he bought?. Switchboard manager was great in its...
  • Blog Post: Millions of Access template downloads, 5 new free databases

    Can you believe, 3.5 million Access templates were downloaded from Office Online over the last 12 months?! This includes nearly 1 million Access 2007 and over 2.5 million Access 2000-2003 templates.Quite an uptake for such a new release. To capitalize on its popularity, we are back to work building...
  • Blog Post: Access 2007 conference and Disneyland - what a combination!

    The Advisor team is putting on a Access 2007 content packed conference in Anaheim, California on May 6th - 10th. Erik, Tim, and Mor from the team will be present the latest about development and seek your feedback. This is a great opportunity to tell them what you love and hate about the new version...
  • Blog Post: Two Access 2007 chapters from MS Learning books

    There are a couple new chapters published on Office Online. 6 Key Considerations When Creating Access 2007 Databases (excerpt from Step by Step: Microsoft Office Access 2007 ) Design Great Looking Forms Using Access 2007 (excerpt from Plain & Simple: Microsoft Office Access 2007 )
  • Blog Post: Show your best work as a best practice in a Microsoft Case study

    The marketing team is always looking for examples of people realizing their potential through best practices with Office System software. When we find people with best practices we write about it at www.microsoft.com/casestudies . For you as a developer, it gets high visibility with the potential of...
  • Blog Post: Link to Access 2007 KB articles and solution center

    Janet (the Access team support contact) just forward me a great page that has links to the top support issues for installing and using Access 2007. If you haven't seen this page before (and I hadn't) it is very helpful. Definitely something to book mark. http://support.microsoft.com/ph/11265
  • Blog Post: How to pull in Amazon web service data into Access 2007

    Today’s guest writer is Ric Lewis. Several weeks ago he started a general discussion about web services which turned out to be a popular post. This week he is providing the details of the books sample database. It would be sweet if someone takes this project and details it out a bit further. For example...
  • Blog Post: Cool As Ice uses Office Live and Access 2007 with custom ribbon

    Alan Cossey recently sent me a overview of how Cool As Ice is using Office Live and Access to track process information. He has found a couple bugs we will fix in SP 1 but overall it is working nicely for them. I thought some of you might appreciate seeing what others are doing with Access 2007. If you...
  • Blog Post: New RunCommands in Microsoft Office Access 2007

    This probably isn't interesting to many of you but here is a list of all new runcommands in Access 2007. AddFromOutlook AnchorBottomLeft AnchorBottomRight AnchorBottomStretchAcross AnchorStretchAcross AnchorStretchDown AnchorStretchDownAcross AnchorStretchDownRight AnchorTopLeft AnchorTopRight ApplyAutoFormat1...
  • Blog Post: New blog feed from the Access UA team

    The user assistance team has put together a new blog that will highlight articles. Anyone interested in learning more about Access 2007 should find this useful. To subscribe to the Access feeds, see the article Get our RSS Feeds for Microsoft Office Access .
  • Blog Post: Tips and tricks for designing forms and reports - part 3

    This is the final post of a three part series on Access Tips and Tricks provided by members of the Access team. This article focuses on non-obvious things new to the forms and report designers. The other articles in this series covered useful keyboard commands and a general topic on new databases, the...
  • Blog Post: My favorite Access keyboard commands - part 2

    I have a confession to make… I started hacking around in computers with Windows 3.1—never learned how to really use the command line. I know—I have fallen from grace for many of you developers. The mouse has been my friend. I’m trying to change and use keyboard shortcuts more often. Here is a list of...
  • Blog Post: Tips and tricks from the Access team - part 1

    I have been working on a three part series of non-obvious tips and tricks for using Access 2007. The other series will be on designing forms and reports and my favorite keyboard shortcuts. I put together a rough draft of this series and sent it around to the Access team. Fortunately, many team members...
  • Blog Post: New Access 2007 books

    Zac Woodall from the Access PM team pulled together a great list of books coming out on Access 2007. The last book he mentions is his own on templates. It is fun to see the authoring community really get behind this release. I'm sure we will see quite a few added on to this list. Congrats to the authors...
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