I’ve been working with Microsoft Access for the nearly 20 years now, since Access 2.0.
While I must have come across most bugs or ’features’, last week I came across a new one, this time involving Citrix.
Some users were remotely viewing an Access form where a dLookUp was used to display some information. It was fine in the desktop version but when viewed via Citrix the value didn’t appear in the field until the field had focus.
It was sorted out by altering the query providing the form record source. Something to watch out for in the future.
This is the third and final post in a series of posts on the presentations given at the UK Access User Group National Seminar held on Tuesday 20th May 2014.
In the afternoon Karl Don…. Gave a very helpful overview of the state of Access development both in the UK and on the continent.
He encouraged us to get involved with his user web site accessdevelopers.org
This contains two helpful documents:-
– Standards for Access development
– An Overview of Software in Enterprises by Luke Chung
In addition he demonstrated a number of tools he uses.
OASIS SVN – source control
AccUnit – code unit testing
vbeTwister – Addin for the code development environment containing over 200 tools!
Overall a very helpful and encouraging day.
This is the second in a series of posts on the presentations given at the UK Access User Group National Seminar held on Tuesday 20th May 2014.
This session focused on Office 365 and the web apps side.
Kevin Bell (from Microsoft) demonstrated how to build an Access Web app which was contained in Sharepoint.
We saw a “bubble graph” as a Content App in Excel, a “translator” as a Task Pane App in Word and a “create calendar entry” Main App in Outlook.
While it all worked well, it still feels like early days for the technology!
This is the first in a series of posts on the presentations given at the UK Access User Group National Seminar held on Tuesday 20th May 2014.
Steve Girling from Denton Directories spoke about the tools he uses with his Access Development work.
Text Local – used for sending texts
SMTP2GO – using an external SMPT to send bulk emails
PostcodeAnywhere – postcode and address look ups
Total Visual Agent for database backups
Access Imagine – image control replacement
VBA Smart Indenter
MZ Tools – VBA editor
Everything Access – useful web site
Should be a good day tomorrow. The most interesting session is going to be looking at the presence and future of Access.
There are some interesting case studies are being presented and I’m looking forward to seeing how Access 2013 is developing for the future.
The £5 app is a meet-up for programmers, web developers and designers to discuss and showcase their “£5 apps” – lightweight software created by one or two people who take a simple idea and run with it.
The discussion will range from technical (what tools/languages were used during development) to business (building communities, spreading the word, costs and rewards).
Details at http://fivepoundapp.com/meetup/24/
Wed 20th Apr 2011 at 8 p.m.
The Skiff, 6 Gloucester Street, Brighton
Well it appears we’re moving to a "seasonal" time-scale for the £5app. We’re still a little busy, but are hoping we’ll manage to keep things semi-regular.
So to awaken us fully into spring we’ve got three talks (and possibly more TBC):
• Jayanth on DorkSynth – "an extension to collaborative Performance art using the Kinect. Collaboratively arrange and perform in a Physics based environment to interactively generate music while shakin’ it!"
• Chris on TapToChat – "Tap to experiment: two indie developers attempt to crack the app-store."
• Erik – "Brighton Marathon iPhone app: How we used location and real time results to help people follow the Brighton Marathon."
Good meeting and encouraging to hear that you can still succeed in developing applications if you have the right design for the right market. A few interesting points:-
· The competition was already well established.
· While keeping in mind who your audience is, design should be simple and intuitive, do one thing really well and be different.
· More revenue is coming from the advert supported free version than the paid one.
· Core development was done over a 2 week period.
· Make it easy for people to register that they like your stuff.
With changes planned soon I’m looking forward to their updated talk.
This monthly meet up is a great event. Very friendly people and you always learn something new.
This month, there will be a post-mortem from Chris Ross and Nick Kuh, on their recent success with Tap To Chat. A collaboration between 2 Indie iPhone Developers sharing the costs and now rewards of a personal project that has so far generated over 150,000 downloads in 2 months.
Having missed the first one in London I’ve now registered for the next one next Wednesday.
Having decided to get stuck into iPhone development I now have all the tools – the macbook, the development software and even an iPod Touch to do some real testing on. I have an idea for an app and found a local bunch of iPhone developers.
What I’m lacking is the time to do the development.
Despite this I’m investing a little time in seeing where the Windows Phone has got to.
Will the hardware be good enough to make people buy and use the phone?
Will it just attract hardcore xbox and Zune users?
Will I be tempted back?
I hope to get a few answers on Wednesday and report back.