Is Microsoft Access right for me?

Hi there

I need to program an inventory module for a manufacturing company. It must be operated in a multi user environment with authentication (e.g. passwords). I would also like to build a fool proof interface (rather than use Access Forms). It would operate via corporate intranet.

Is Access right for me or should I be using another program? Any suggestions would be helpful.

Ryan

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Access isn't great for multiple accesses due to the bandwidth it uses & the file locking approach. In many of the corporate environments I've worked in ( support & developement ), use of multi-user Access is a disciplinary offense due to the network impact.

    An easier way would be to configure a SQL instance ( eg. MySQL ) & create a website front end to it. If your not happy with web design from scratch, use a template off the internet / Frontpage / etc.

    You can easily manage security access by having a logon to your IIS instance & setting user permissions in your SQL instance.

    Hope this helps.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Access is the biggest turd Microsoft ever crapped out. The only scenario that access comes close to making sense is in a single user, desktop setting... It does not scale at all. Even in the aforementioned scenerio, Microsoft sql server 2005 express edition, or one of the light versions of MySQL make more sense.

    If I were going to do this, I write the application in asp.net with a sql server 2005 standard edition back end.

    This would allow it to scale to hundreds of users on the system at the same time. It would also let you validate your user input any way you want, making it very idiot proof for the end user.

    This would also solve your headache of installation & tech support. Since the thing you wrote is only one one or two servers & the users just use a web browser to connect using an internal ip address or machine name via a bookmark, you will not have to worry so much about the individual computers it will be 'installed' on. That's more of an internal maintenance issue if the computer can't run firefox or IE.

    Asp.net comes in 2 flavors, c# and visual basic. Most people find that visual basic is an easier beginners language, but both are equally powerful and many experienced programmers find that they like c# more. I'm indifferent on the subject, other than to say here on the east cost, there are way more c# gigs than vb.

  • 1 decade ago

    Access is not right for anyone. It is not a true database and has so many limitations that it will cause an unending headache while it is the backend to your solution.

    If I were in your situation I would use SQL Server 2005 as the database and design a web based front end using ASP.Net with C# or VB.Net, depending on your comfort levels.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No! It does not scale well, and is poor for network use, you are better off with mysql and a web interface, php is best. It is so simple to set up a web server with these, and will save a lot of problems in the future.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I hate Access. We switched over to File Pro.

    Check it out and see if will work for your company!

  • 3 years ago

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