Re: MS Access troop data...
Rex Goode (rexg@IMS.COM)
Wed, 16 Feb 1994 10:14:38 PST
> Norman (and others interested in developing Windows-based Scouting
> software, which is why the post to the list and not just back to Norman):
> Let me strongly suggest the use of Visual Basic 3.0 for Windows rather
> than the Access ADK. For one thing, VB is not simply a run-time for
> Access. It lacks a few things that Access has (you have to figure out
> some dodges to make some controls data-aware), but it's a heck of a
> lot cheaper than the ADK, has an Access 1.1 engine, and (like the ADK)
> you can distribute your apps royalty-free. (not only all of the above,
> but you also have a Basic-language programming environment for Windows,
> not just a database language.)
> Also (let's get real, here!) the Standard Edition of VB 3.0 is about
> $129; the ADK is still running over $300 last time I looked. :)
> I've been working on an OA Chapter Database system in VB 3.0 for some
> time, and while it's nothing I'd distribute, it works for me. It's
> a lot handier than waiting for Access to load....
Well, money being what it is, I'm going to have to stick with Access.
A client bought it for me a few months ago and I didn't have to spent
a red cent. I won't buy the ADK and my program would only be of help
to people with Access. Since I wasn't thinking of doing it as a
commercial (money-making) endeavor, I would offer it free (I think)
to anyone who requests it.
BTW, Access does come with a BASIC language. My client requested an
old BASIC program of theirs converted to Access. I merely redid the
screens and kept the calcs in BASIC, which easily converted to Access
For the SCOUTS-L people, before I go ahead. I'd be interested in
knowing how many would be able to run an Access Database. Or, if
someone has the ADK and would be willing to take what I create and
produce something distributable to all...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City