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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.
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.
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Selecting the Appropriate Field Type for Your Data
The data type you select for each field can greatly affect the performance and functionality of your application. Several factors can influence your choice of data type for each field in your table:
The type of data that’s stored in the field
Whether the field’s contents need to be included in calculations
Whether you need to sort the data in the field
The way you want to sort the data in the field
How important storage space is to you
The type of data you need to store in a field has the biggest influence on which data type you select. For example, if you need to store numbers beginning with leading zeros, you can’t select a Number field because Access ignores leading zeros entered into a Number field. This rule affects data such as ZIP codes (some begin with leading zeros) and department codes.
If the contents of a field need to be included in calculations, you must select a Number or Currency data type. You can’t perform calculations on the contents of fields defined with the other data types. The only exception to this rule is the Date field, which can be included in date/time calculations.
You also must consider whether you will sort or index the data in a field. You cannot sort by OLE, Attachment, and Hyperlink fields, so don’t select these field types if you must sort or index the data in the field. Furthermore, you must think about the way you want to sort the data. For example, in a Text field, Access would sort a set of numbers in the order of their left most character, then the second character from the left, and so on (that is, 1, 10, 100, 2, 20, 200) because Access sorts data in the Text field in a standard ASCII sequence. On the other hand, Access would sort the numbers in a Number or Currency field in ascending value order (that is, 1, 2, 10, 20, 100, 200). You might think you would never want data sorted in a standard ASCII sequence, but sometimes it makes sense to sort certain information, such as department codes, in this fashion. Access 2007 enables you to sort or group based on a Memo field, but it performs the sorting or grouping based only on the first 255 characters. Finally, you should consider how important disk space is to you. Each field type takes up a different amount of storage space on your hard disk, which could be a factor when you’re selecting a data type for a field.
Ten field types are available in Access: Text, Memo, Number, Date/Time, Currency, AutoNumber, Yes/No, OLE Object, Attachment, and Hyperlink. Table 2.1 summarizes the appropriate uses for each field type and the amount of storage space each type needs.
The most difficult part of selecting a field type is in knowing which type is best in each situation. The following detailed descriptions of each field type and when you should use them should help you with this process.
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 Los Angeles CA 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.