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Object Naming Conventions
Finding a set of naming conventions—and sticking to it—is one of the keys to successful development in Access or any other programming language. When you’re choosing a set of naming conventions, look for three characteristics: Ease of use, Readability, Acceptance in the developer community.
The naming conventions that I use in this book were derived from the Leszynski/Reddick naming conventions that were prominent in Access versions 1.x and 2.0. These standards were adopted and used extensively by the development community and can be found in most good development books and magazine articles written in the past few years. These conventions give you an easy-to-use, consistent methodology for naming the objects in all these environments. Appendix A, “Naming Conventions,” is available for download at www.samspublishing.com and includes a summarized version of the conventions for naming objects. I’ll be using them throughout the book and highlighting certain aspects of them as they apply to each chapter.
How Do I Get Started Developing an Access Application?
Many developers believe that because Access is such a rapid application development environment, there’s absolutely no need for system analysis or design when creating an application. I couldn’t disagree more. As mentioned earlier in this chapter, Access applications are deceptively easy to create, but without proper planning, they can become a disaster.
The first step in the development process is task analysis, or considering each and every process that occurs during the user’s workday—a cumbersome but necessary task. When I started working for a large corporation as a mainframe programmer, I was required to carefully follow a task analysis checklist. I had to find out what each user of the system did to complete her daily tasks, document each procedure, determine the flow of each task to the next, relate each task of each user to her other tasks as well as to the tasks of every other user of the system, and tie each task to corporate objectives. In this day and age of rapid application development and changing technology, task analysis in the development process seems to have gone out the window. I maintain that if you don’t take the required care to complete this process at least at some level, you will have to rewrite large parts of the application.
Data Analysis and Design
After you have analyzed and documented all the tasks involved in the system, you’re ready to work on the data analysis and design phase of your application. In this phase, you must identify each piece of information needed to complete each task. You must assign these data elements to subjects, and each subject will become a separate table in your database. For example, a subject might be a client; every data element relating to that client—the name, address, phone, credit limit, and any other pertinent information—would become fields within the client table. You should determine the following for each data element:
Appropriate data type
You should also determine whether you will allow the user to update each data element and whether it’s entered or calculated; then you can figure out whether you have properly normalized your table structures.
This material orginally appeared in Alison Balter's book Mastering Microsoft Office
Access 2007 Development. Reprinted here by author's permission.
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Tables are the starting point for your application. Whether your data is stored in an Access database or you are referencing external data by using linked tables, all the other objects in your database either directly or indirectly reference your tables. To view all the tables that are contained in the open database, select Tables from the Navigation Pane drop-down. Note that you won’t see any hidden tables unless you have checked the Hidden Objects check box in the Navigation Options dialog box. If you want to view the data in a table, double-click the name of the table you want to view.
Access displays the table's data in a datasheet, which includes all the table's fields and records. Note that I have collapsed the Navigation Pane so that you get a better view of the table. You can modify many of the datasheet’s attributes and even search for and filter data from within the datasheet. If the table is related to another tables, you can also expand and collapse the subdatasheet to view data stored in child tables.
As a developer, you most often want to view the table's design, which is the blueprint or template for the table. To view a table's design, click the View icon on the home page of the ribbon while
the table is open. In Design view, you can view or modify all the field names, data types, and field and table properties. Access gives you the power and flexibility you need to customize the design of your tables.
From Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Office Access 2007 Development. Reprinted with Author's permission.
To properly maintain your data’s integrity and ease the process of working with other objects in the database, you must define relationships among the tables in your database. You accomplish this by using the Relationships window. To view the Relationships window, click to select the Database Tools tab. Then select the Relationships button in the Show/Hide group. The Relationships window appears.
In this window, you can view and maintain the relationships in the database. If you or a fellow developer has set up some relationships, but you don’t see any in the Relationships window, select the All Relationships button in the Relationships group on the Design tab to unhide any hidden tables and relationships. Many relationships have a join line between tables with a number 1 and an infinity symbol (∞). This indicates a one-to-many relationship between the tables
If you double-click the join line, the Edit Relationships dialog box opens. In this dialog box, you can specify the exact nature of the relationship between tables. The relationship between Customers and Orders, for example, is a one-to-many relationship with referential integrity enforced. This means that the user cannot add orders for customers who don’t exist. The check box to Cascade Update Related Fields should not be checked. This means that the user cannot update the CustomerID of a customer in the Customers table. Because Cascade Delete Related Records is not checked, the user cannot delete customers from the Customers table if they have corresponding orders in the Orders table.
For now, remember that you should establish relationships both conceptually and literally as early in the design process as possible. They are integral to successfully designing and implementing your application.
From Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Office Access 2007 Development. Reprinted with Author's permission.