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I created an online poll to find out what you think this blog should feature. Please feel free to leave a comment here too - especially if your favorite choice isn't listed. Thanks!
How to use SQL Azure as a back end to Access.
They should talk about the latest updates errors in Access 2010 as SP and what are the solutions or downloads.
What about best practices for creating .NET Framework 4.0 Add-ins? Are Access developers interested in .NET Add-ins including using the SharePoint Client Scripting Object model, Windows Workflow 4.0 and WPF Custom Task Panes? It would be great if MS would publish solid .NET add-in guidance. The new Access Services and the cloud are exciting opportunities; however, the client is still far superior to the web for the user interface.
Great ideas, folks! Keep 'em coming...
Don't take this the wrong way but I've often wondered: "Why Access?". I'm still very new with Office 2010 (moved from OpenOffice). My 'personal / business' use solely focusses on Word, Excel, OneNote and a small part of PowerPoint. Courtesy of my TechNet subscription I also have access to other parts of Office, amongst which Access, which I use to keep myself "in touch" with these developments. IMO TechNet is the best way to keep up with current Microsoft developments.
So although I'm not a "real" Access user I figured I'd share my opinion anyway: I often wondered "Why Access?". Now, nothing negative on my part regarding Access, please don't get me wrong, but Office provides so many different ways to store (and retrieve!) data. For example; Excel may look like an regular ("boring"?) spreadsheet, a recent office.com blog post clearly demonstrated how one could really turn a "regular" sheet into something completely different (IMO anyway).
Code snippets and stuff I see on the Net? OneNote (I'm honestly highly impressed with its search feature). Working on sound material ("mastering") and trying to keep track of frequency ranges per track to keep a global overview? (truth be told this was an excuse to use Excel. I didn't need it to do my work, but it did make my work a little easier). Heck I even made quick graphics from that; even managed to layer 'm!
And so I'm down to my, perhaps loaded, question: "Why Access?". Thus my vote goes out to "real life stories" even though that could be too much of a commercial aspect.
How to: Build a Twitter client with OAuth.
For me, as a long time Access developer, I would love, really love to get more information on how bugs are being resolved and how problems like the lack of Access reports in Office365 are being sorted out (sigh). Add to that PDFs not opening properly when stored as an attachment in Office365 and supposedly "opened" using the Access 2010 attachments control (you have to sign in again and then save the PDF and then open it at present).
Having said all that, this blog is great already.
I'd second Alan's suggestion: How are bugs being resolved?
IMHO, Access developers team is bringing more and more bugs but there is no will to fix them. Since release 2000 Access is falling down: too many bugs incl. GUI (rendering), no fixes, poor help system, incompatibilities with previous versions, lack of top-quality professional tools (especially package & deployment), etc, etc. It seems Access is following FoxPro. :-(
How about some explanation from the Microsoft Access Team concerning the fiasco with the ADO library and Windows 7 Sp1's breakling changes?
Seriously, the more that Microsoft pulls back from COM/ActiveX technology as more time passes, the more seriously all Microsoft Access developers have to question the wisdom of continuing to use Access and VBA as a serious, reliable applications development platform. There needs to be some serious and frank discussions over the future direction and future prospects for VBA, the Com/ActiveX libraries we have come to depend upon for additional functionality, and some roadmap/guidelines for how we should position ourselves, our skillsets, and our development efforts to continue to be relevant and, just as importantly, to be able to five good, sound advice to our managers and clients!
- Mark Burns, Manager, Linked.Com group: Professional Microsfot Access Developers Network (PMADN)
This is awesome! Loving all the feedback. Two more days on the poll then I'll post results.
We also need to be able to edit what we post in these blogs
(Typos to correct in my previous post: "five" = "give") :-P
Need information about Access & Source Code Control (Team Foundation Server). See empty page: office.microsoft.com/.../CH010220980.aspx.
Which functions from TF can be used in Access? How to make builds? How to get information about changes from Data & Misc object? And many many more...
How to escalate bugs in Access? How to escalate bugs in MSCCI Provider for TFS?
In Czech Republic, where I live, there's no tech-support for Access & MSCCI Provider for TFS. :-(
Been asking for this over a year now but it's still impossible to receive email notifications of when new posts appear on the blog.
I didn't see this in time to vote, but I see that you cleverly left out of the results, a big category that was commented on - bugs in Access. I'm sure you included it in some other category, but it should be it's own. Bugs are getting worse and it seems that Microsoft just doesn't care.