How Can I Use Microsoft Access 2007?
Admittedly, home users will not find too much use for Access for very simple applications. Although, anytime you have lots of information where instant storage and retrieval are convenient, Access 2007 may be able to help. For example, if you have an extensive DVD collection that you would like to catalogue and search according to release year, genre, actor, director, motion picture award, or anything else, creating an Access 2007 database would be far superior to Excel 2007’s two-dimensionality.
Small businesses can use Access 2007 to keep track of products, inventory, customer information, employee information, or anything else necessary for a business to function. Access 2007 is also often the backbone of an Internet website, serving dynamic information to web visitors. For example, coupled with Active Server Pages (ASP) or ASP.NET, web developers can dynamically serve content in web pages to create a custom experience to potential customers.
For example, Access 2007 can be used to store and retrieve a catalog of products on an e-commerce website. At the same time, it can keep track of customer information such as login name, password, and credit card numbers in the same database. In a completely different application, it can be used to deliver custom webpage content based on visitor preferences such as links to articles, other websites, or even to files and programs requested by the user.
The learning curve for newcomers to Access 2007 is not steep, a testament to the application’s accessibility. But don’t let the program’s accessibility fool you. Access is a powerful database capable of complex queries and sophisticated solutions to large data processing and retrieval applications. Its accessibility is due to its simple design and interface, not due to its limited capability or underpowered options.