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On March 9, 2002: In keeping with our theme for the day, SIG Leader Larry Linson demonstrated using the Windows Common Dialog API, useful for allowing the user to browse for files to open and save, to change printer settings, and to choose colors. Larry will be using code donated by prolific writer and respected Access authority Ken Getz to http://www.mvps.org/access, Dev Ashishís Access Web. Devís site serves as the Frequently Asked Questions Site for the comp.databases.ms-access USENET newsgroup. Because Ken made this code freely available, you, too can download it and use it. It is from the book, Access 95 Developerís Handbook, published by SYBEX, by Paul Litwin and Ken Getz with Mike Gilbert and Greg Reddick

In more recent versions of the Access Developerís Handbook, Ken says, the code is even easier to use because it is encapsulated in a class. Time permitting, Larry will demonstrate using that code, too, from the Access 2002 Desktop Developerís Handbook, by Paul Litwin, Ken Getz, and Mike Gunderloy, also published by SYBEX.

In February, 2002: Thanks to Jim Wehe for a very interesting, though brief, presentation. He demonstrated the 'minimalist' (no code) Access database application he prepared to support the NTPCUG Newsletter Exchange when he assumed that responsibility. The newsletter exchange is our library of newsletters and newsmagazines published by other user groups, around the country and around the world. Jim has reorganized the newsletter exchange, and makes availble hardcopy Access reports so members can quickly and easily see what is covered and decide which newsletters they may want to check out. Jim brought the newsletter library so NTPCUG members could browse the reports and check out copies at our meeting.

In January, 2002: SIG Leader Larry Linson spoke about Structuring Your Tables, practical advice and tips on table structure. We discussed that tables are merely a model of the real world, when some simplification is in order, and when it might best be avoided. We considered how the application requirements and design are affected by and affect table structure and design. Larry illustrated laying out the tables for a simple order-entry database with one additional requirement. (This was not just a repeat of Larry's past presentation on Relational Database Design, which emphasized relational theory and definitions, even though a few of the earlier slides were cannibalized from that presentation for the obligatory "normal form" comments.)

 The PowerPoint presentation used in January is available for download from the Downloads section of the Application Developer Issues site:

 http://members.tripod.com/appdevissues/downloads.htm

Over time, we will extend our discussion of application building, usually in keeping with a chosen meeting theme. 

 

 

 

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