Before you learn about the practical aspects of Access development, you need to understand what Access is and how it fits into the application development world. Access is an extremely powerful product with a wide variety of uses; you can find Access applications on everything from home PCs to the desks of many corporate PC users going against enterprisewide client/server databases.

When you understand what Access is and what it does, you're ready to learn about its many objects. Access applications are made up of tables, queries, forms, reports, data access pages, macros, modules, command bars, ActiveX controls, relationships, and other objects, all of which this book covers. When designed properly, an Access application effectively combines these objects to give the user a powerful, robust, utilitarian application.

    Part III: Creating Your Own Database and Objects
    Part V: Advanced Topics