On December 8, 2001: We had a well-received theme
meeting, with both Visual Basic SIGs and the Access SIG addressing the
topic of Reading and Writing Files in Visual Basic and Visual
Basic for Applications. SIG Leader Larry Linson
discussed and demonstrated Random Access File Input and Output. Random
Access allows us to structure different types of related data into
records (much as we structure Tables in Access) and retrieve or update
individual records directly.
In combination with Binary File I/O to implement indexes, this allows
us to build specialized, application-specific, Roll Your Own (RYO)
databases in Visual Basic, Access, and other applications. We'll
save RYO Databases for a separate later presentation.
In November, 2001: Special Thanks to SIG Leader Dan
Ogden, of the Application Developer Issues SIG. Dan
responded to an urgent eleventh-hour request from ailing SIG Leader
Larry Linson, stepped in and provided the presentation. He
reviewed several items from Microsoft Press and responded to a number of
In October, 2001: We had special guest speakers from
Compuware Corporation-NuMega: Toby Atherton, Distributed
Systems Account Manager, Matt Jones, Systems Engineer, and Zac
Childress, their teammate. They presented the DevPartner
Studio in the Developer Issues SIG and DBPartner Debugger
for Microsoft SQL Server in the Access SIG.
And, in the true tradition of drawing for valuable prizes,
Compuware Corporation-NuMega held a drawing for a copy of each
of these products, and several consolation prize packages. There's no
need to say that “value, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder”
here, these are very impressive prizes!