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Worth buying books on VBA and Access or just use the net?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cymatty, 16 Apr 2010.

  1. cymatty


    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 13,305

    Location: South Yorkshire


    I have started a new job role and it looks highly likely that they will want me to create a database for them, I am OK with office programs but no so clued up on Access.

    I am sure that it will have to interact with excel as well hence the VBA question.

    When looking at books all the excel ones are to simple, I know conditional formatting, most formulas and basic VBA.

    So finally to the question, is it worth buying books in VBA and access if so which ones, or will I find everything I need on the net?


    (PS I know this has been asked in another thread but has had no repsonses, maybe it was the wrong one?)
  2. div0


    Joined: 12 Jan 2006

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    Location: Edinburgh

    I've been in a similar position in the past and managed to get by with just online information.

    The only thing I wish now was that I had more knowledge on planning out database structures and alternative ways to do things. What I found was that I could easily implement something that works, and that would be fine till I hit a problem. Then I'd start looking into it for help on the internet and would usually find that my initial implementation could have been a lot better. So I'd then re-design a section of the database. It's very easy to end up in this situation of research, learn, re-design, improve - which is not a very efficient way of working.

    I don't think you'd avoid this by buying books though. I think the best thing would be to try getting onto some database design courses, as I feel this would probably have helped me a lot.
  3. Rozzy85

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Jun 2008

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    I've bought books for Javascript and CSS which I've barely read. I thought it'd be useful to have it as a good reference but so far I haven't needed to use. It's due to the way I choose to learn though as I tend to go straight into something without learning the basics. I usually just Google specific problems I'm having and so far is has been sufficient enough.
  4. RDM


    Joined: 1 Feb 2007

    Posts: 20,607

    You can get by with just the net, however having a decent reference book is always useful. Especially if you can get work to pay for it.
  5. Dolph

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

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    A decent book on general relational databases would be the best start I would say. Access and VBA is fairly easy to find info on, but most of it assumes a decent grounding in database design.

    Get the design right, and the rest is fairly easy, get it wrong and you'll constantly be fighting the design.
  6. Nanoman


    Joined: 4 Mar 2003

    Posts: 5,237

    Location: Herefordshire

    Had something similar with Access and required VBA and SQL, bought books to reference from each but hardly used them. Much quicker to just google for a solution.
  7. GravyMonster


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  8. cymatty


    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 13,305

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Result work will pay for the books.

    Off to shop for a VBA book and Access book tomorrow.