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11/30/2017 2:19:34 PM
Back in the Saddle
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Hey folks. So many of you have emailed me wondering what's going on since I haven't released any new classes in a few months. Too much to post here! But, in a nutshell, yes, I'm OK now. I've been dealing with some issues, both personal and professional, but I'm back in the saddle and recording more videos, and I'm looking forward to 2018 being a MUCH more productive year than 2017 was.

Next up will be to finish and release 3 or 4 more Access Developer lessons. I'm going to try to get at least one done per week moving forward in 2018. I had recorded and prepared a bunch of new videos and then due to a glitch ended up losing them. Again, long story. But look for more coming up soon.

After that I'm going to be revising the rest of the Office lessons since Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are all overdue for a remake.

I'm also looking for your ideas for a new ACCESS SEMINAR. So if there's something you'd like to see, post a message in the comments below. A few ideas that have been proposed include a time and billing database, the barcode seminar that I mentioned a while back, and more. So post your ideas below.

And again, thank you all for your kind emails and your words of encouragement over the past few months. I really appreciate it.

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Data Replication Comment from Adonis B @ 2/5/2018
Yes, offline usage is necessary due to the amount of queries that run within the application to access the data. Some forms-reports take longer than a minute in running all the queries before actually displaying something if all the tables are online (ODBC SQL server). Because of the number of queries on the database, user will have to work with this data locally stored, then as the users add or edit the data locally, this have to be uploaded/synchronised (in batches probably) to the ODBC tables, "cloud", and the same process repeated with all the users, so they can see the changes done by other users, when their front-ends synchronise again to the updated ODBC tables. On which lessons/seminars, do you teach to do this processes?.


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Why don't you create VIEWS in the SQL Server and have that process the data, then get access to grab the VIEWS, this should speed up the time it takes, if you have Access create the Queries it has to pull down all the data first then run the Queries.
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Developer 4 Comment from Mac W @ 2/4/2018
Waiting on Developer 4


Reply from Alex Hedley:

It's been released. See the outline.
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Ray W @ 2/3/2018
I thought Richard was back in the Saddle?


Reply from Alex Hedley:

D4 has just been released, D5 is in production.
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Data Replication Comment from Adonis B @ 1/25/2018
Hello Alex Hedley... I saw to my previous comment you answered with AccessExpert 23, but in that very lesson Richard explains at minute 2:30 onward he talked about the remote editing of data, on remote databases, for these data to then be uploaded and updated to the main/server database, you said that it required programming therefore was a subject for another class. My question, on which class you cover this topic, I purchased all the expert access courses, and even the Access Web Synch seminar, but still I want to properly learn how to do this 2 way data synchronisation from a client locally editing data, to then this be uploaded and updated. Something similar to data merge replication, if it is covered in a lesson or seminar, please point me out, as Expert23 and the WebData Sync seminar only covers basic addition of data to a server/webpage but no editing and distribution of the published data. kind regards


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Could it be hosted in the cloud and accessed that way, or do they need offline usage?
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Adonis B @ 1/16/2018
Hello Richard,... are there any lessons to refer to regarding 2 way data synchronisation, where multiple users remotely update, add/edit data from a local access file to the server, if not I would like to see a seminar on this.


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Access Expert Level 23
Remote Data Entry Database
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Access Web Data Sync Seminar
Use Access to Power your Web Site, Get Data From the Web into Access
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Jim W @ 1/14/2018
I have used excel for years but new to access. My biggest problem is understanding and applying expressions, calculations, an functions. Advice please about learning these procedures?


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Checkout the Expert Courses, there are a few on just Functions.
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Ezell Martin @ 1/14/2018
I'd like to see a seminar on how to make/convert a (in my case a FRONT-END and BACK-END) database to a website, URL and/or html database.


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Access Web Data Sync Seminar
Use Access to Power your Web Site, Get Data From the Web into Access

Create an Online Database
Using MS Access and ASP

ASP
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Ezell Martin @ 1/14/2018
I'd like to see a seminar on making FRONT-END databases which function from tables, queries and/or coding in a BACK-END database.


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Access Split Database Seminar
Set up a secure database using Windows File & Folder Security
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Ezell Martin @ 1/14/2018
I'd like to see if it's possible to perform voice operation functions sort of like making MS Access perform functions like SIRI of apple does.


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Cortana linked to Access?
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Back in the Saddle Comment from William E @ 1/13/2018
Rick
I would like to see a blog that keeps internal news right up to date.  For instance it would be nice to know what happened on 1/11/2018 and why the site was down. I'm not complaining.  It would just be nice to know the facts as they happen.  Thanks
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Brandon J @ 12/20/2017
I d like to learn some advanced charting features. For example, manipulating chart formatting and such through VBA. I use Access charts a lot and I d like to learn as much as possible about their controls and features.


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Have you taken Access Expert Level 31?

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Back in the Saddle Comment from Brad J @ 12/14/2017
Richard, welcome back and I hope you are doing well. Regarding an Access seminar. What would be very helpful would be an indepth discussion of programmatically traversing an Access database. For example, selecting a record, updating it, and then moving to the next logical record based on the current order. I noticed a number of for doing this, but I'd like to do this without user interaction. Rather, I have a VB project where I'll be using a program to do this.


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Do you know the "next logical record"
You could have events that do this, you just need to program the logic.
When you say VB project what do you mean?
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Alex Hedley @ 12/7/2017
From the Production Schedule

1. Distributing Your Application (to people who don't have Access, use Runtime)
2. Barcode & Inventory (printing and scanning barcodes, inventory control)
3. SQL Server (using Access with SQL Server)
4. Personal Finance Seminar (importing bank data, check register, budgeting, etc.)
5. Access Web Apps
6. Invoicing (a quick seminar on JUST making orders and invoices)
7. Distributing Front-End Updates (getting updates to your users easily)
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Back in the Saddle Comment from satish n @ 12/6/2017
Please Complete Asset Management Seminar


Reply from Alex Hedley:

What items did you want covered?

- Asset Management Seminar
- Student Interaction
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Brandon J @ 11/30/2017
I am all in favor of this!  It would be nice to learn how to use crosstab queries in more advanced ways and learn how to build reports completely in VBA so a crosstab query can be used as the reports record source and be updateable.
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Richard R @ 11/30/2017
Seminar idea: a solution for pivot tables and charts since they've been removed from Access 2016
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Back in the Saddle Comment from Richard R @ 11/30/2017
Seminar idea: updating user FRONT-END database files automatically on database start.
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