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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.

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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Determining Which Control Properties Are Available and Why You Should Use Them

Available control properties vary quite a bit, depending on the type of control that’s been selected. The more common properties are covered in the following sections; individual properties are covered throughout the book as they apply to a specific topic.

Format Properties of a Control

The Format properties of a control affect the appearance of the control. They include the following:

• Format—Determines how the data in the control is displayed. A control’s format is automatically inherited from its underlying data source. This property is used in three situations:

1. When the Format property is not set for the underlying field

2. When you want to override the existing Format setting for the field

3. When you want to apply a format to an unbound control

You can select from a multitude of predefined values for a control’s format, or you can create a custom format. I often modify this property at runtime to vary the format of a control depending on a certain condition. For example, the format for a Visa card number is different from the format for an ATM card number.

• Decimal Places—Specifies how many decimal places you want to appear in the control. This property is used with the Format property to determine the control’s appearance.

• Visible—Indicates whether a control is visible. This property can be toggled at runtime, depending on specific circumstances. For example, a question on the form might apply only to records in which the gender is set to Female; if the gender is set to Male, the question shouldn’t be visible.

• Show Date Picker—Determines whether Access displays the Date Picker for date fields.

• Left, Top, Width, Height—Enable you to set the control’s position and size.

• Back Style, Back Color—You can set the Back Style property to Normal or Transparent, as well as to numerous other settings. When it is set to Transparent, the form’s background color shows through the control. This is often the preferred setting for an option group. The control’s Back Color property specifies the back- ground color (as opposed to text color) for the control.

• Border Style, Border Color, Border Width—Affect the look, color, and thickness of a control’s border. The border style options are Transparent, Solid, Dashes, Short Dashes, Dots, Sparse Dots, Dash Dot, and Dash Dot Dot. The Border Color property specifies the color of the border; you can select from a variety of colors. The Border Width property can be set to one of several point sizes.

• Special Effect—Adds 3D effects to a control. The options for this property are Flat, Raised, Sunken, Etched, Shadowed, and Chiseled. Each of these effects gives the control a different look.

• Scroll Bars—Determines whether scrollbars appear when the data in the control doesn’t fit within the control’s size. The options are None and Vertical. I often set the Scroll Bars property to Vertical when the control is used to display data from a Memo field. The scrollbar makes it easier for the user to work with a potentially large volume of data in the Memo field.

• Fore Color, Font Name, Font Size, Font Weight, Font Italic, Font Underline— Control the appearance of the text in a control. As their names imply, these properties let you select the color, font, size, and thickness of the text and determine whether the text is italicized or underlined. These properties can be modified in response to a runtime event, such as modifying a control’s text color if the value in that control exceeds a certain amount. The Font Weight selections generally exceed what is actually available for a particular font and printer; normally, you have a choice of only Regular and Bold in whatever value you select for this property.

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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