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Microsoft Access

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.

SQL Server

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.

We Are Your Microsoft Access Database Experts

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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Microsoft Applications For You

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.

Example Projects

Corporate Database

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

Access Forms Development

Access data entry form connecting to SQL Server back-end database

Accounting Company

ASP.NET website with SQL Server back-end database

Corporate Reports

MS Access Report created with SQL Server database

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Best Microsoft Access database developer services in Pittsburgh PA from MS Access Solutions

Sheldon Bloch, Oil and Gas Company

Alison from MS Access Solutions has provided both training and mentoring services to us over the past several years. Our developers use Alison Balter's books on programming with Microsoft Access as a desk reference. They have provided our staff members with much-needed training in Visual Basic, client/server development, SQL Server, and Microsoft Access. This has helped us to ensure that our employees can properly keep up with the ever-changing technologies. MS Access Solutions has also provided our staff with mentoring on an as-needed basis, providing expertise that helped our in-house programmers to overcome various hurdles. More Reviews
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Lisa Dosch, Motion Picture Editors Guild - Local 700

Alison Balter at MS Access Solutions developed the application that helps us to properly service all of our members. This program handles billing, payments, tracking of jobs worked, available list, and other important data about our members. The system automates many tasks that were previously performed manually, allowing our employees to more cost-effectively use their time. This client/server system is used by employees in our Pittsburgh PA and New York offices. MS Access Solutions and their staff worked with us to develop the necessary specifications and design documents, and then programmed, tested, and implemented the application throughout our organization. More Reviews

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Improving Performance and Reusability by Basing Reports on Stored Queries or Embedded SQL Statements

Basing your Access reports on stored queries offers you two major benefits:

• The query underlying the report can be used by other forms and reports.

• Sophisticated calculations need to be built only once; they don’t need to be recreated for each report (or form).

With earlier versions of Access, reports based on stored queries opened faster than reports based on embedded SQL statements. The reason is that, when you build and save a query, Access compiles and creates a query plan. This query plan is a plan of execution that’s based on the amount of data in the query’s tables as well as all the indexes available in each table. In earlier versions of Access, if you ran a report based on an embedded SQL statement, the query was compiled, and the query plan was built at runtime, slowing the query’s execution. With Access 2002, Access 2003, and Access 2007, query plans are built for embedded SQL statements when the form or report is saved. Query plans are stored with the associated form or report.

So what are the benefits of basing a report on a stored query instead of an embedded SQL statement? Often, you want to build several reports and forms all based on the same information. An embedded SQL statement can’t be shared by multiple database objects. At the very least, you must copy the embedded SQL statement for each form and report you build. Basing reports and forms on stored queries eliminates this problem. You build the query once and modify it once if changes need to be made to it. Many forms and reports can all use the same query (including its criteria, expressions, and so on).

Reports often contain complex expressions. If a particular expression is used in only one report, nothing is lost by building the expression into the embedded SQL statement. On the other hand, many complex expressions are used in multiple reports and forms. By building these expressions into queries on which the reports and forms are based, you have to create the expression only one time.

Although you can see that basing reports on stored queries offers several benefits, it has its downside as well. If your database contains numerous reports, the database container becomes cluttered with a large number of queries that underlie those reports. Furthermore, queries and the expressions within them are often very specific to a particular report. If that is the case, you should opt for embedded SQL statements rather than stored queries.

Adding Sorting or Grouping

Often, you want to add sorting or grouping to a report. To do so, follow these four steps:

1. Click the Group and Sort tool, found in the Grouping & Totals group on the Design tab. The Group, Sort, and Total window appears.

2. Click the Add a Group tool within the Group, Sort, and Total window. All the fields found on the report appear in a list box.

3. Select a field in the list.

4. Click the More button to view additional grouping options. They include whether you want to sort from smallest to largest or largest to smallest; whether you want to group by the entire value or by a portion of it; whether you want totals for the grouping level; whether you want a header section, a footer section, or both; and finally how you want the data grouped on a page.

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 Pittsburgh PA 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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