Working with Databases
Did you want: Working with Databases: Access 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016
What you will do
In this project you will create a simple database with two tables, one query, one form, one report, and one data access page. Not a typical database!
You will use some of the wizards that Microsoft Access includes to help you get started. The wizards are only a starting point! They save you a lot of time when you are first learning how to create the parts of a database. You will usually want to make changes, however, to get what you really want.
The example databases are in your resource files, if you would like to open them to see them at work.
Microsoft Access Limits
There have to be limits to the number and size of many things about MS Access. The limits are fairly generous, but, of course, there are always situations that exceed any limit you care to pick! Below is a table of some of the limits you might run into.
There are more limits than these! Look in the Help files for MS Access under Getting Started > Microsoft Access Specifications.
Real World Limits
Your database may suffer from serious sluggishness long before it reaches the maximum size. The larger the database, the more important good design and good indexing become. Otherwise, the simplest action can take a long time to perform.
While there is no limit to the number of records in a table, the whole database has to fit inside 2 Gigabytes of space. How many records you can squeeze in will depend on how much data goes with each record.
When your database gets close to the maximum for any of the limits, it's time to think about switching to a more advanced database program.
As you look through the Help files, you will see references to Access projects, which sometimes have different features or methods that Access databases. An Access project is, according to the Access Help files: "An Access file that connects to a Microsoft SQL Server database and is used to create client/server applications. A project file doesn't contain any data or data-definition-based objects such as tables and views."
~~ 1 Cor. 10:31 ...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~~
Last updated: 30 Apr 2012