WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?
An Overview of .NET and Visual Studio 2010
Creating .NET applications that use Access databases
Automating Access using .NET and COM Interop Services
Creating .NET Add-ins for Access 2010
Creating Managed Code Libraries that can be called from VBA code in an Access application.
Simply put, .NET (pronounced "dot-net") is Microsoft's current software development platform for its Windows operating system. .NET provides a unified development platform and interface for all of Microsoft's current assemblies, tools, and languages. This includes many methods for working with Access 2010 databases and the client application itself, both directly and indirectly through the use of other libraries and code. This chapter is devoted to discussing a few of the major integration points between .NET and Access 2010 and will provide some code examples about how to implement these features.
Although this chapter does cover a number of the more common features, it is far from a complete reference of the .NET integration points with Access. We recommend that you read more about any of the topics covered here, or other any other .NET- and Access-related topics, on the free MSDN Library online at
http://msdn.microsoft.com. The MSDN Library is Microsoft's definitive development handbook for any and all of its code and libraries that are open to developers. And, best of all, the online version is completely free and is only a few browser clicks away!