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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.

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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.

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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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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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 Roanoke VA 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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Determining When You Should Use Macros and When You Shouldn’t

Macros aren’t always the best tools for creating code that controls industrial-strength applications because they’re limited in some functionality. Access macros are limited in the following ways:

• You can’t create user-defined functions by using macros.

• Access macros don’t allow you to pass parameters.

• Access macros provide no method of processing table records one at a time.

• When using Access macros, you can’t use object linking and embedding automation to communicate with other applications.

• Debugging Access macros is more difficult than debugging VBA code.

• Transaction processing can’t be done with Access macros.

• You can’t call Windows API functions by using Access macros.

• Access macros don’t allow you to create database objects at runtime.

Converting a Macro to VBA Code

Sometimes you will create a macro, later to discover that you want to convert it to VBA code. Fortunately, Access 2007 comes to the rescue. You can easily convert an Access macro to VBA code; after the macro has been converted to VBA code, the code can be modified just like any VBA module. Follow these six steps to convert an Access macro to VBA code:

1. Open the macro you want to convert in Design view.

2. Click the Microsoft Office Access button and select Save As, Save Object As.

3. Click the As drop-down and select Module.

4. Click OK; this opens the Convert Macro dialog box.

5. Indicate whether you want to add error handling and comments to the generated code; then click Convert.

6. After you get an indication that the conversion is finished, click OK. Access places you in the Visual Basic Editor (VBE).

7. The converted macro appears under the list of modules with Converted Macro: followed by the name of the macro. Click Design to view the results of the conversion.


When you convert a macro to a Visual Basic module, the original macro remains untouched. Furthermore, all the objects in your application will still call the macro. To effectively use the macro conversion options, you must find all the places where the macro was called and replace the macro references with calls to the VBA function.

Creating an AutoExec Macro

With Access 2007, you can use either an AutoExec macro or Startup options to determine what occurs when a database is opened. Using an AutoExec macro to launch the processing of your application is certainly a viable option.

Creating an AutoExec macro is quite simple; it’s just a normal macro saved with the name AutoExec. An AutoExec macro usually performs tasks such as hiding or minimizing the Navigation Pane and opening a Startup form or switchboard. The macro shown in Figure 7.28 hides the Navigation Pane, displays a welcome message, and opens the frmClients form.


When you’re opening your own database to make changes or additions to the application, you probably won’t want the AutoExec macro to execute. To prevent it from executing, hold down your Shift key as you open the database.

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 Roanoke VA 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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