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Microsoft® Access® 2010 In Depth by Roger Jennings

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4. Exploring Relational Database Theory and Practice

Moving from Spreadsheets to Databases

Word processing and spreadsheet applications were the engines that drove the fledgling personal computer market. In the early PC days, WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 dominated the productivity software business. Today, most office workers use Microsoft Word and Excel on a daily basis. It’s probably a safe bet that more data is stored in Excel spreadsheets than in all the world’s databases. It’s an equally good wager that most new Access users have at least intermediate-level spreadsheet skills, and many qualify as Excel power users.

Excel 2010’s Data ribbon offers elementary database features, such as sorting, filtering, validation, and data entry forms. ...

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