At this time, the Applications SIG is
focusing on the database program, MS Access (included in Microsoft Office 97 or
2000). The SIG is still in the
developmental and exploratory stage evaluating the interests and skills of
members who join the SIG. At a
beginnerís level, SIG be addressing fundamental concepts that define a
database. Such concepts like files,
tables, queries (SQLs), records, forms, reports and macros will be explained and
demonstrated in the development of a sample database.
The use of Accessís Wizard program development tool will also be
demonstrated and advantages and disadvantages of its use discussed.
When interests and skills have developed to
an appropriate level, the SIG will explore the use of the Visual Basic Language
for Access (VBA) to develop GUIs (graphic users interfaces) to automate the use
of a database once its structure has been established.
The interests of SIG members in other
programs will be periodically examined to see if there is sufficient support
within the group to expand SIG program interests.
Time will be aside at each meeting for
Q&A and Show-And-Tell in order to help and recognize efforts of those who
are developing their own databases independent of the SIG
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