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Brandon Jackson 
4 months ago
I appreciate your videos. You are the one who has taught me 75% of what I know about Access. You're a great instructor and I appreciate you investing the time you do in the videos. It does not go unrecognized. I love Access and I hope to be as good as you some day!
Richard Rost
4 months ago
Thanks, Brandon. I love doing making these lessons (Access especially), and I'm glad you're enjoying them!
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Terrence Taylor 
4 months ago
I started taking courses with Richard about 6 years ago.  With an interest in Access and a very elementary understanding of how it works.  Since then I have created practical, functioning databases for my old employer, my personal business and my church.  Understanding how Access worked put me substantially ahead of the curve when I did project work.  This is a thank you to Richard and an endorsement to what he's teaching.  Lessons/databases from 6 years ago are still going strong today.  Really like the seminars too.  They are great!
Richard Rost
4 months ago
Thanks, Terrence. I really appreciate that. Yes, my Access lessons have aged surprisingly well. They really haven't made many significant changes. If you're using 2007 to 2019, they all behave pretty much the same. Minor stuff (like changing Memo to Long Text) is easy to work around.
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Chris Hull 
5 months ago
What I liked: Great explanation of so many topics. I often found myself thinking of a follow-up question that ended up being answered in the next few minutes. It was like Richard was reading my mind! Read More...
Richard Rost
5 months ago
Thanks for the survey, Chris.

I studied mind reading from 1987 to 1994. LOL.

Seriously though - I've taught this class SOOOOOO many times, I know exactly what questions are coming up as I talk about each topic. With Microsoft Access it's even worse. Haha.

Unfortunately, the old Theater doesn't have video playback options. I just build a NEW player, however, and I'm slowly migrating my courses over to it. That player allows you to change the playback speed, size, and lots of other options.

Plus, I'm working on something new that I'm tentatively calling the "Learning Assistant" that I'm going to try for new Beginner classes. It will allow you to choose what direction your training goes in. So, for example, if you want a lesson on VLOOKUP but you really don't care about it, you can move on to the next topic. However, if you LIKE it, you can continue to dig deeper into it with more options. This will allow you to take a depth-first approach on topics that interest you, and just a breadth-first approach on things you don't want to learn as much about. Like skipping around in a book. This is coming.

I thought I did a pretty comprehensive job of covering most of the commonly used functions. Sure there are a lot of really specific financial functions and such that I just glanced over, but honestly I'm not really a finance guy. I know EXCEL and programming, but I'm not super into those weird financial areas myself. I only know stuff I've done: balance a checkbook, take out a loan, mortgage a house, pay taxes, etc. When it comes to super-high-end finance, that's all out of my league.

RR
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Michael Poblet 
6 months ago
Hello,
Ive been a virtual student of Richards for several years now.  I started my journey looking to understand Access.  Before taking the classes I had never used Access and knew very little about it.  I started with the basic Beginner Access courses and slowly progressed to Expert.  The lessons progressed logically.  The lessons were easy to follow and most importantly easy to understand.  The true value of the lessons were revealed when my employer needed an updated system for collecting/gathering data.  Because of the lessons I took I was confident in helping my employer come up with a simple database using Access.  What started as a simple four table database turned into a mega 20 plus table database with countless queries, reports, and forms.  I was able to customize the database to fit the needs of my employer, making office operations substantially more efficient in multiple areas.  Ive been given several accolades for the database.  This was possible only because of Richards courses, for this I will always be grateful. Read More...
Richard Rost
6 months ago
Thank you so much for your kind words, Mike. I appreciate that!

And yes, you will save a bunch by becoming a member. Plus I'm more likely to answer TechHelp emails from members too. What's the saying? Membership has its privileges? LOL
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Simon Baynton 
6 months ago
I have over the past few years done more courses of yours than i can count and all my knowledge of access that i have obtained has been under your instruction. I would just like to say that the combination of your courses and my learning has from the perspective of the people i work with turned me into the Access go to guy if you have a problem so you are doing a very good job in producing your courses and i would not have had this reputation without your help so i would like to thank you for that .I have enjoyed all your courses and hope you will continue to do them for many years to come, particularly the more advanced seminars.
Richard Rost
6 months ago
Thanks, Simon, for your kind words. So glad to be of service!
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Adrienne Nash 
6 months ago
I love the pace of the video. He would introduce a concept in Access in the earlier levels and quickly reminding me where Form Properties was located.

You have a wonderful teaching voice! If I was physically taking a class with you as my instructor, I imagine you would have patience with my trying to understand the lesson. I prefer classroom settings than online classes, but you have certainly changed my mind!
Richard Rost
6 months ago
Thank you, Adrienne. I'm glad you enjoy what my kids call me "radio announcer" voice. :)
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Jim Byers 
6 months ago
I will take this opportunity to pass on my experiences with your courses. I've finished all the beginner lessons and found that with some exceptions I didn't learn a whole lot more than what I had already picked up just by clicking on buttons and exploring or by doing a Google search. That's not to say it was a waste of time as many times I did in fact learn something new or learnt why things were done a certain way or that there was Read More...
Richard Rost
6 months ago
Thanks, Jim. Yeah, it can sometimes be a little boring if you already know a little Access and you watch the Beginner lessons. Another reason why I need to make a crash course that covers the entire Beginner series in about an hour... which I can do if I rush through it.

There's a fine line I try to walk between not going TOO slow, but yet holding the hands of people who have no idea how to use Access. That's why they're BEGINNER courses. :)

But yes, that all changes in the Expert series. I appreciate you recognize WHY I do things the way I do. It's just from my experience from teaching Access for 26 years. I know what usually makes that lightbulb go on. LOL

Thank you for your kind words!
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Lorenti Anthony 
6 months ago
Which Courses: Access Beginner Series

What I Liked: Richard speaks clearly, is organized, and goes to great extents to sequence his instruction. He engages in multi-modal instruction to good advantage. Read More...
Richard Rost
6 months ago
Wow. Thanks for your very eloquent words. I had to post this one. You made my day with your comments.

Yes, software is in a constant state of flux. It's sometimes hard to keep up with all of the changes. I'm at a position now where I need to re-record Access Beginner 1 AGAIN because the minor changes confuse new users. Not to mention my Word, Excel, and PowerPoint classes are very old too. It's a struggle to do that and keep up with making new Developer lessons, which is where most of my business comes in.

Thanks again! It's nice for someone to recognize my "flaming passion." ;)
Lorenti Anthony
6 months ago
Mr. Rost,

This may sound like hyperbole in my description of you but it is not intended to be such. If you took the pure and unadulterated energy that you put into your computer learning projects and devoted that same energy to something like playing the violin you would impress the genius violinist Bach himself!

I wish you every success in your learning and teaching endeavors.

Tony (Retired educator)
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Juan C Rivera 
6 months ago
Video: Sync Up Remote Microsoft Access Database without Internet - MEMBERS ONLY EXTENDED CUT

What did you like: the SQL, I left a request for help on how to drop a table with SQL. You hit this right out of the ball park for me. Thank you. The way you go off and think of what else you can do to give a better user experience. I think its awesome. Read More...
Richard Rost
6 months ago
Thanks, Juan. I appreciate the nice words. I'm hoping that people enjoy my "tangents" in my videos. I've been kind of treating the TechHelp videos as like a daily video podcast, especially the Extended Cut videos. I really enjoy recording them.
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Rick Bradnam 
6 months ago
What I Liked: Very easy to follow. Your voice and speech are very good. Many tutorials have great content but the speaker is hard to understand or very monotone. Well done presentation.

What I Didn't Like: I had experience with Access but started from Beginner so a good portion of the material I already knew. This is not an issue for your site, I was just a bit bored at times. I am glad I took it though I did learn a few things. Can't wait to move up in the levels! Read More...
Richard Rost
6 months ago
Thank you for the kind words, Rick. (Awesome name, BTW).

Yes, I often go online to watch tutorials on YouTube myself. Not only do I also learn things that way on topics I don't know much about, but I admit, I do check on my competitors from time to time to see what they're doing. I've found many tutorials are full of GOOD information*, but the presenter is hard to understand, like you said. I know a lot of them don't speak English as a primary language, but that makes it difficult on the listener. I had college professors like that, and I hated their classes. They were brilliant professors, but that didn't help me learn. I try my best to be easy to understand and entertaining, while teaching you at the same time. Comes from years of experience in the classroom (and in a rock band in my early 20s. LOL)

I know what you mean about the Beginner lessons being a little boring if you have experience with Access. I've been meaning to do this for some time, but I want to put together a quick Beginner Overview lesson. This would be for people who already have some Access under their belt and want to make sure they're not MISSING anything from the Beginner lessons, but don't want to watch 15 hours of video. I can condense most of that down into about 2 hours if I run through it quickly.

Cropping the screen! I know what you mean. I used to hate having to bounce around so much. Those lessons were recorded years ago when keeping video sizes small was important. Not everyone had high-speed Internet and huge monitors. All of my new lessons are recorded in full HD. I will re-record all of those older lessons eventually, but I've got so much on my plate already keeping up.

I strongly recommend AGAINST storing documents INSIDE your database. It makes the database big, fat, and slow. I teach a technique in my Access Imaging Seminar that you can use with ANY file object. The user picks the file, Access copies it to a specific folder on the server, and stores a LINK to that file in the database. Much more efficient.

Relationships are covered in detail in my Access Expert 1 and 2 classes, and of course my Relationships Seminar which goes into MUCH more detail.

Inventory control was originally covered in my old Access 320-329 classes. I will be redoing this again soon in the new Developer series.

Splitting and Encrypting your database into an ACCDE file is covered in Access Expert 21. If your end user already has Access, that's all they need. Distributing your database with the Access Runtime to give to people who don't have Access is something I haven't covered yet, but I will be soon.

Naming conventions are important! One thing I didn't use to stress years ago that I try to follow now is also to keep all of your field and table names SINGULAR. I'm still paying that price. I've got a table on my web site (where this conversation is actually stored) called CommentsT. I've referred to it in a million pages so it won't be easy to change, and every now and then I code something and type CommentT. Drives me nuts! I built this table back in 2008 I think, and it's too ingrained to change now.

* Just remember folks, if you take information from ONE source, it's plagiarism. If you take information from multiple sources, it's RESEARCH. :) Seriously... how do you think I've learned everything I know? Books, YouTube, and Google.


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