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MS Access is a highly flexible, robust, and reliable database program. Microsoft Access is the leading relational database management system in the world. We are a Microsoft Access developer company creating database applications for your business.

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SQL Server is an enterprise relational database management system from Microsoft. We use SQL Server as the database server for data storage and data retrieval to and from Microsoft Access as well as other software applications, like ASP.NET and Azure.


Microsoft's application framework for web development produces dynamic web pages. ASP.NET provides web programmers with a platform for building dynamic web sites, web applications (web apps), and web services that require a web solution.

Microsoft Azure

MS Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing service. It is used for development, testing and deployment as well as managing software applications through a global network data centers managed by Microsoft. Azure now features SQL Server called Azure SQL.

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The Best Microsoft Access Database Solutions owner, consultant, and principal programmer is Alison Balter - a recognized expert Microsoft Access consultant. Alison is the author of 15 Microsoft Access training books and videos. She is a frequent guest speaker at MS Access conferences and has developed hundreds of applications for businesses of all types.

We know your business data is important; we listen to your concerns, ask questions, and gather information from all stake holders. We discuss your needs and requirements for your database. We find out what you want, why you need various features so we can obtain as much information as possible. Once we have the information we need, we work with you to design the proper database architecture, plus the dashboards, the questions (queries), forms, and reports you need for an excellent database system.

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Your data is important to your business and you need both to enter and retrieve data rapidly. The data stored in your company's database must be clean, secure, and allow for maximum usage. Our Microsoft Access developer team will create your Microsoft Access database for optimum efficiency with all the features you need. After we program your MS Access and SQL Server database you will have the capacity to manipulate your data so you get the information you need for every day activities and for making critical business decisions.

We also create websites designed for speed to display your data accurately, using ASP.NET technology. Fast, secure, and robust, our ASP.NET web sites and web applications give you true business tool for finding and displaying information dynamically on the web.

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Microsoft Access front-end and SQL Server back-end database

Access Forms Development

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ASP.NET website with SQL Server back-end database

Corporate Reports

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Excluding Fields from the Output

At times, you need to include a column in your query that you don’t want displayed in the query output; this is often the case with columns used solely for criteria. Figure 4.30 shows an example. If you run this query, you get the total, average, count, and maximum sales grouped by both country and order date. However, you want to group only by country and use the order date only as criteria. Therefore, you need to set the Total row of the query to Where, as shown in Figure 4.31. The column used in Where has been excluded from the query result. You can easily determine this by noting that the check box in the Show row of the Order Date column is unchecked.

Understanding Nulls and Query Results

Null values in your table’s fields can noticeably affect query results. A Null value is different from a zero or a zero-length string, which indicates that the data doesn’t exist for a particular field; a field contains a Null value when no value has yet been stored in the field. (As discussed in Chapter 2, you enter a zero-length string in a field by typing two quotation marks.)

Null values can affect the results of multitable queries, queries including aggregate functions (Totals queries), and queries with calculations. Null values can also affect the result of aggregate queries. For example, if you perform a count on a field containing Null values, the Access Database Engine includes in the count only records having non-Null values in that field. If you want to get an accurate count, it’s best to perform the count on a primary key field or some other field that can’t have Null values.

Probably the most insidious problem with Nulls happens when you include them in calculations. Including a Null value in a calculation containing a numeric operator (+, -, /, *, and so on) results in a Null value. In Figure 4.32, for example, notice that the query includes a calculation that adds the values in the Parts and Labor fields. These fields have been set to have no default value and, therefore, contain Nulls unless something has been explicitly entered into them. Running the query gives you the results shown in Figure 4.33. Notice that all the records having Nulls in either the Parts or Labor fields contain a Null in the result.

The solution to this problem is constructing an expression that converts the Null values to zero. The expression looks like this:

TotalCost: NZ([Parts])+NZ([Labor])

The NZ() function determines whether the Parts field contains a Null value. If the Parts field contains a Null value, the expression converts it to a zero and includes it in the calculation; otherwise, the expression uses the field’s value in the calculation. The same expression is used to evaluate the Labor field. The result of the modified query is shown in Figure 4.34.


Nulls really cause trouble when the results of one query containing Nulls are used in another query; a snowball effect occurs. You can easily miss the problem and output reports with inaccurate results. Using the NZ() function eliminates this kind of problem. You can use the NZ() function to replace the Null values with zeros or zerolength strings. Be careful when doing this, though, because this function might affect other parts of your query that use this value for another calculation. Also, be sure to use any function in a query on the top level of the query tree only because functions at lower levels might hinder query performance. A query tree refers to the fact that a query can be based on other queries. Placing the criteria at the top of the query tree means that, if queries are based on other queries, the criteria should be placed in the highest-level queries.

This material orginally appeared in Alison Balter's book Mastering Microsoft Office Access 2007 Development. Reprinted here by author's permission.

When you need a Microsoft Access programmer for your Fort Lauderdale FL business, phone call MS Access Solutions at (323) 285-0939. We have over 25 years experience in Microsoft Access programmer solutions. We create Access database applications for all sectors, consisting of hospitals, government companies, the U.S. military, universities, agriculture, workers services, and insurance provider. We can take care of the most advanced as well as complicated Access and also SQL Server database programming for your business as well as smaller projects, like fixing damaged Access database forms, MS Access reports, Access macros, and VBA code.

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