I love these classes! Access is tough, one of the toughest learning curves in my opinion, but definitely one of the most rewarding. It's actually transforming my life and has allowed me to remove myself from 'employee' to now 'business owner' of my own commercial construction company. I know that's crazy, but Access was that one variable to give me enough courage to think running a business doesn't have to be so difficult if all of your forms, reports, and tracking were right at your fingertips, which now they are and I keep dreaming up then designing all of the possibilities. It's addicting isn't it? Thank you for everything. You've been a huge asset and you do a wonderful job at teaching this class!
Thank You! After several attempts to find lessons in Access online I finally hit the right link! Am enjoying and understanding the program much better ... hopefully will be hired for a conference registration job. Will keep you posted. Again my thanks, Jocelyn
I purchased the beginner excel class after scoring only 33% on an excel test. Listened to your course and doubled my score within a week. I did not know how I was going to afford it because I am unemployed and no money but I did. It was worth it I am sure I can score higher each time I listen to it again. Thank you.
Hello Richard. I'm really impressed by the quality of your teachings. Until this morning, I hadn't even heard of MS Access. I had started to learn Excel so I could set up a database for an online business I want to set up eventually. When I heard that Access was the best way to go, I attempted to learn it by looking at several YouTube video tutorials. But they all left me confused and discouraged---until I came across your tutorials. You have a gift for explaining complicated subject matter in a way that is easy for us to follow and understand. I'm currently watching #9 of your MS Access 2010 for Beginners - Level 1 series. I fully intend to purchase whatever advanced course you have to guide me into developing a good solid database for my business. In every industy there are those who take so much pride in their work, and who care so much about the experience of their customers, that they end up delivering an absolutely outstanding product. You're among these people. Thanks again! Yvon Ouellette, Ontario, Canada.
You're the best! I have compared your computer teaching vs. these people or other areas of my interest of Learning Access and other apps. "Microsoft Access 2010 Bible", "CBT Nuggets", "Lynda Access Teaching", Jeff Conrad's "Microsoft Access 2010 Inside and Out"; these people went too much blah blah blah. You go straight to the lesson instead of repeating "Four scores and seven years ago ...our father brought a ..."
Richard, you basically get into the actual demo on HOW TO DO things visually that it would take about 300 pages plus to read and understand it. So I have not seen any teaching among the other other videos. Congratulations Richard! You got my back and keep up the good work. This is the real Computer Apps for Dummies that teaches NON-NON programmer or INEXPERIENCED computer users out there grasp their knowledge real quick without going through pages and page from the book. Normally our first basic lesson would have taken at least 300 pages to understand to comprehend by reading it.
It's easy, fun, and visually educational. You just opened up my mind Richard! Awesome! I can't think of any other way than to apply your knowledge to those out there who need help with their computer learning skills.
Periodically I have received an invitation from you to answer a quick survey on how I have enjoyed your videos. I believe I have answered once, but I know I have ignored others. Not because I have had no opinion, but because I felt a quick survey was an inadequate answer!
So now I am making time to respond more fully.
I have been trying to learn Access for a couple years. I have some very good books which I have studied as I can and use as reference. I have looked at some Microsoft on-line tutorials or help files. I have received from a few friends some other video tutorials. My first major problem with this project is my own time to devote to this. May life is extremely full! But nothing has helped me learn as much as your tutorials. They are, for me, the best.
Your teaching is clear, methodical, easy to listen to and generally easy to follow. And oh yes, often you make it fun! (Most people think I am kind of crazy when I say I am enjoying learning and working with Access!) As you advise, I usually listen before trying to do the examples, then go through the video again, slowing working along with you. I find this extremely helpful. If what I am doing does not seem to work as your examples do, with patience I can usually find my mistake. I was thoroughly stuck at one point in the SQL 2 Seminar and asked for help on the forum.
I am very grateful for the forum and for your tips. When I get an announcement of a forum update I try very hard to look at it, even if some of what is being discussed has no meaning for me at this point. Much IS helpful and I know as I need more information I will be able to search the site for entries about different topics.
Richard, you have been kind and generous to me (thank you, again!) but I see you being kind and generous over and over and I thank you for all of us, for making your web site a joy to visit. You are always kind and patient in your forum responses. When a while back someone questioned your teaching and the increasing costs, I cheered all who came to your defense. I had no time to respond myself then, but I was grateful others did so. You are so far from ripping anyone off! And I think the costs of your tutorials and seminars are reasonable and very up front. Thanks, too, for making your site light-hearted at times. Your generosity also is present in letting us buy the Beginner Access tutorials and then upgrade to the 2010 Beginners as they are available. I have eagerly awaited each of these and try to study them soon after a download.
I think you pace things well. Yes, I sometimes get tired of the preliminary info in the beginning of a new tutorial, but I think it is necessary, and I move through it quickly. I needed it once myself and I think it is wise to have it there. I am moving toward the completion of all that I received from you (and the continuing upgrades in 2010) and I am very grateful for it all.
My last couple months have been over-full with community demands (including two funerals, lots of guests, fall harvest, computer problems not related to Access) and I have had no time to work on the Access development for our office needs. I have found this frustrating, but what has helped me has been grabbing what time I could to keep working on your tutorials. This has kept Access fresh for me and continued my learning. Like you, I am a night-owl, so often that is the only time I can do this. Unfortunately, our community schedule begins early in the morning, so my night time Access interest and study often has to be curtailed!
If anyone were to ask me where to start in learning Access, I would certainly refer them to your sight. Your style is so enjoyable, Richard. Thank you. I know this is long, but it is truer feedback than a simple survey.
Richard, I have retired over 7 years ago and have taken your courses years before that. I have been recommending your courses even up until today. They are the best, informed and easiest courses to learn and nobody has yet to beat your prices. I was a former technical instructor and had access to many other courses offered and yours was the one I liked and recommended the most. Best wishes, Ted
Richard: My spreadsheet experience before taking your course of "Excel 2010 Beginner-Levels 1-5" is mostly a style of 'self-taught' and I wasn't aware of the many shortcut or style techniques for time saving and enhancing the look of large spreadsheets. I have a more comprehensive understanding of all the basic functions now. Your teaching style is nice and clear and concise. You make learning Excel fun! Thank you! What's next for this student? On to the Expert level!
Reply from Richard Rost:
Thanks, Karen! I'm glad you enjoyed the lessons. Yes, the Expert series is next. There are 10 levels of that right now. I'll be working on Advanced and Developer lessons for Excel this winter.
After having purchased 4 of your seminars (Work Order, Security, Accounts Payable, and Data Encryption), I had a past client come to me looking for revisions to his database that I made for him about a year ago.
This time, I totally redesigned the database using most of the skills I learned in your seminars. The biggest difference I noticed was that as problems came up in my programming which as you know no programmer can be perfect with coding a database, I was able to easily diagnose and fix the problems on my own without too much effort. I knew right where to go to find the source of each problem to fix them, all thanks to the knowledge I gained from your courses.
Thank you so much, the cost of your seminars was well worth it to me for what I got out of them.
I have gotten several emails asking for feedback on the classes I've purchased. To sum it up, the classes and seminars are nothing short of perfect. I am getting EXACTLY what I need out of them, although there is so much information that it takes me a while to assimilate it all - and keep up with my day job. I consider this a great problem to have ;-) Keep 'em coming. I'll keep learning.
I got the Security Seminar yesterday and spent ALL DAY watching it all the way through and WOW!!!!!, I feel like I am light years ahead of where I was just 24 hours ago as a programmer.
I took the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced courses in Access Database programming from UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. But, even with all of that knowledge, there have been a lot of gaps in what I know about Access and how to use it.
My personal background is 20 years in Retail and Customer Service, so I am using the concepts I am learning in the Security Seminar to develop an application that will operate a Retail Store. Users, Customers, Suppliers, Invoices, Sales Orders, Purchase Orders, and a section for receiving merchandise when it comes in, and inventorying it into stock. Doing returns from customers, etc.
Now that I've seen the entire Seminar, I'm going back through it one lesson at a time and adding new features as I go. One thing I am learning a hard lesson on is the proper spelling of variables, and object names, field names, etc..... I was getting lots of errors at first because there was just one letter missing from the object name.
I'm having great fun expanding my knowledge and this seminar covers just the right topics to propel me to the next level of a programmer.
Hi all, I must apologize for being so far behind in getting this out. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for all the help I have recieved from this site, and these amazing professionals.
I started with big ambitions, and a very loose understanding of Access. I now have a total employee management system that I have cobbled together based on (really) 2 resources. Those are this forumn and all that participate(yes questions gave me ideas and made me a little dangerous!) And Richard, 599cd.com and related access tutorials ( which gave me a whole bunch of information, and more questions, and arguably more dangerous..lol).
Richard the mark of any teacher is the ability to inspire creativity. Anyone can teach someone how to do something. If you are able make someone think, that inspires lifelong learning, and endless opportunity.
For anyone who is "on the fence" about taking these courses, I would highly encourage it. I have taken a majority of the access courses, and although I have my project working well, i fully intend to complete the series. It is with absolute certainty that I recommend this series. I have learned that there is definately a personality to Access, and these course have given me the foundation to explore that aspect and bring it a little closer to my own.
On a sidebar, I also wanted to say thanks again to all the help that Alex has been. You sir have been instrumental in getting me where I am.
And I will leave you all with this...... Now that I have the thing working, I have picked up some graphical design ideas that I will be sharing (and asking more questions) as my project evolves.
I can't thank you enough for your prompt reply (for TechHelp). I appreciated that you didn't make me feel like an idiot althought my question should have been easy enough to deduce. I spent two days searching the internet and could never find a straight answer. You saved my project and I'll be eternally grateful. P.S. Your tutorials are a valuable resource for anyone trying to learn Access. I've learned so much from you. Thanks again.
I found your site looking for some tutorials on invoicing. There is a real gap out there. Plenty of people want to show you how clever they are (check YouTube). Not many want to show you from begining to end how to build a useful datbase. If you want to learn access 599CD is the right place. There is value in starting at the begining even if the temptation is to skip the really basic stuff.
Firstly, let me say I thought your tutorial(s) were outstanding. I took your Access Seminar on imaging and it was exactly what I needed. Help files and forums were just not informative enough. In my search found many answers on what I needed to do, just not how to accomplish it in a clear, step-by-step instructional manner as you finally provided. I was struggling and frustrated for about a week and a half with trying to do what turned out to be a pretty simple procedure (using code).
To make a long story short, I work for a fraternal organization, working registration at our conventions, registering our members and printing out their credentials for the convention. We have various degrees in our organization and I was simply trying to place a logo for the differing degrees for each person depending upon their degree using option buttons. In the past we were placing little round stickers on each credential and this was a pain in the behind. I knew there was a better way to not only change the images on the printed form as needed, but to also add fields for improved statistics and started seeking the answers This was a nightmare to figure out until I stumbled across one of your videos, and the rest is history.
Thanks so much for your tutorials. I had struggled with solving my problem by investing (no exageration) no less than 50 hours, but within about an hour of viewing your tutorial on imaging, solved the riddle, and jumped around the room with my fists pumping in the air, while whooping and hollering, celebrating my success. Although it would have been embarrassing, if there had been a video of it, it would have made a great commercial for your business!
I only wish I could have found it sooner and before struggling with a 50 hour problem. I appreciated the quality of your presentation and am grateful enough that I felt you were a owed my detailed thanks and opinion.
Richard, you explain code that is better to hear and understand and beats all books - I have to see how it is done, rather then read it - you do that - thanks.
I have learnt so much - I am now able to write some code or rather replace macros on the simple things like a button on a form. Can use VBA code now rather then Macros to execute commands - thanks for that Richard
Excellent Product - Would recommend Richard Rost to anyone looking to build a Bullet proof database, especially someone who is in business serving a lot of customers. Talk to Richard first - that is my recommendation. Richard brings the older school approach (my type of teacher) to explain the truth about building a database. Highly Recommended. Great step by step coverage of the topic that is covered. Also forgot, Excellent Service.
I understand more because you talk "to" me not "at" me. I train to learn. I don't need someone throwing a lot of tech words at me to make me feel lost. You get the words in, but in a way I don't feel talked down to. I like your style.
Reply from Richard Rost:
Thank you, Patricia. I hate condescending teachers too. I had a bunch of them in college and I couldn't stand it.
I cannot wait to get home from work to watch Richard teach me some new code for some action on a form or whatever, no matter, you always learn something new from Richard - in every lesson. I cannot wait until the next recorded lesson. If you want to learn Access - then please Richard Rost is the guy. He is a excellent teacher. That is the truth - Selby
Thanks Scott... I really appreciate the feedback! Honestly, I own most of those books, and many of them are GREAT resources IF you already know what you're doing. My problem with most books is that they don't present the information in a way that helps people learn. They teach you EVERYTHING about tables, for example, before you even know what a form is. My teaching style focuses on the "walk before you run" method where I give you a little bit about this... then a little bit about that... then we go back and look at more about the "this" topic, etc.
Thanks Richard. I have been trying to learn Access and VB for quite some time now. I've been SAMSed, QUEed, BIBLEed, MISSING MANUALed, even John Smiley, Idiots and Dummies couldn't help me! Crystal Long and Allen Browne were a big initial help and this is how I found out about your courses. I only downloaded the course files a couple of hours ago and already I'm well on my way to understanding these topics - and OMG enjoying it! Thanks again, you've managed to succeed where most books fail - too much, too fast, too boring. Looking forward to more! Scott
Setting up "lookup fields" in tables (which I believe is what you're talking about) is not as good as using a combo box with data from a second table. First, you're limited if you want to add/edit/delete items (hard to do programmatically) and second, if you want to use that information again in a second table, you really can't. The method I show in Access 201/202 is the best way to do it.
Setting up relationships using queries has several benefits over using global relationships. I talk about this in DEPTH in Access 220, but basically it's easier to use queries, and unless you need cascade updates or deletes, there isn't a great NEED to use global relationships IF you name all of your fields properly.
From the classes I have viewed 101-201, I noticed that you did not create your combo box in tables--you created them in forms. And, you set your relationships up using a query. Is there a reason why? What should be the standard? Because I have always created the Combo Box in the table and then created my retionships in the Relationship Window.
Richard, Wow buddy! I found you by absolute dumb luck or fate! Your tutorials are amazing! They are so easy to follow and your voice is engaging, it keeps me locked into what you're teaching. As a computer lab teacher in a small Christian school, I can see your tutorials as a valuable learning aid to my middle school students. THANK YOU so much!
Michael Folks Computer Lab Teacher Berwyn Christian School 4720 Cherokee Street College Park, MD
599CD and Richard Rost have saved my life in that I'm building my first database for a new business I'm starting. The classes are just right in all aspects. In addition, Mr. Rost has a wonderful sense of humor that makes the class easier to learn from. The classes are worth every penny I've paid for them especially since Mr Rost has been available for me at times when I was lost since I'm using Access 2007. When my web site gets finished we will be adding a link to 599com to spread the word of this fabulous learning tool.
These are copied over from the original Testimonials page, before I had them in Blog format: I owe a lot of my computer knowledge to your programs. They have helped me especially when we were making major revisions to our website. You do an excellent job and your teaching method and courses are excellent. Besides being low-cost they are very effective tools for training new users in the use of the many computer applications.
Bob Souza, Hawaii SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) www.hawaiiscore.org I just attended my 60th class reunion. I was in charge of the data base that we have kept in various forms for many years. I upgraded it to Access after taking your classes. I received so many compliments for the great job I had done organizing the mailouts, making name tags, etc. that I wanted to share my many compliments with you, since none of this would have been possible without your training videos. Thanks again for all you do. Bea Anderson Walterville, Oregon After my book was published, I received lots of advice to "let the experts handle" my website. Fortunately, I found 599CD and haven't looked back. I bought the FrontPage courses, and received HTML as a bonus. Although I use a template as a base, I certainly enjoy the freedom and immediacy of being in control. I have 599CD to thank for being my catalyst.
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Hank Lotz I just wanted to give you some feed back. I have been wanting to learn Access for the past year but thought it was too difficult. I tried books, etc and it overwhelmed me. Then I came across 599CD and I bought Access101 & 102. To my surprise, I was astounded at how easy it was not only to learn the basics but the more advanced techniques as well. Now I am constructing my own databases not only at home but also at work, your 599cd lessons have made me a hero and also I might mentioned, earned a raise too! I am so happy I found 599cd...my fear of learning computer knowledge is NO MORE! I found your lessons to be very easy to operate and follow. It's amazing! I will continue to progress in my knowledge of computer software with 599cd. You have found a lifetime customer and I will definitely share this with all my associates! Thank you again for such fine products and your whole staff should be commended. Sincerely,
A now proficient Access programmer... John A Marcelle Yonkers, New York I am a new customer of 599CD and just want to let you know how impressed I am with your courses. Your website is everything you promised it would be and then some! Richard is so personable in his instruction and the courses are so easy. I was at the point of having to rearrange my work schedule to attend classes at our community college to learn more about my computer when i found your site. Not only is it easy to follow and learn, the cost is so low I never would have gotten this detailed instruction going to college without paying a fortune. I would recommend these courses to anyone and have to several of my friends already. If they don't take advantage of what you have to offer it will be their loss. Again, thank you so much for your great product. Your online chat is awesome-Denise is a doll and answered all my questions and resolved a minor problem I was having with Paypal immediately. You guys are the best! Will order more from you in the future as I advance along.
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