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Old 05-26-2007, 02:28 PM
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Don't know if this is the right section...

however is it possible to customize Access 2003 using the free version of Visual Studio 2005?
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Yes, should be. There are no restrictions that would prevent it as far as I know. It might not come with all the standard templates and wizards, but they are not very important, really, unless you are using Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO).

However, I am personally not very good with Access, I'm afraid. I could try to point you to some resources, but for starters are you looking to make an add-in for Access or do you want to control (automate) it from another executable?
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Don't know. Someone wants this done, I'm awaiting details on what they want done to it.
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Ok, let us know...

If this is a 'Task' to be accomplished, then my opinion is that you should stick to whatever environment in which you are most comfortable. Access is easiest to control via VBA and/or Visual Basic 6.0 (if you are comfortable in that). Using .NET is very doable, and the express versions don't have any particular limitations in this regard that I know of, but starting brand-new with .NET will definately have a learning curve.

By the way, I'm not sure if the express .NET versions are licensed for commercial applications. You might want to read the details on the download site and/or read the EULA that comes with it.

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I'm not brand new to .NET.

I just didn't know if I was able to do this with the Visual Basic Express. I got a good mark in my visual basic class in college. We never went in to doing things like customizing applications like Word, Access, etc. That's the area I'm not knowledgable in.

I also am getting the Professional version of Visual Studio 2005 .NET in a few weeks through my school. So I'm sure it should be available in that.

If you know of any resources in customizing these applications, please link me.
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Ok, I think I got the picture...

Take a look at the FAQ at the top if this forum, in particular, have a read of the Automating Office Programs with VB.NET tutorial. It uses Excel as an example, but the principles are pretty much the same for automating Excel, Word or Access. (Outlook can be a little different because it is a single-instance application.)

The FAQ also has listings for pretty good resources on getting started with Word, Excel and Outlook using .NET. Unfortunately, I don't really know a good resource for Access.

Attempting a Google search for "Microsoft Access .NET" yields the following:

http://www.google.com/search?q=Micro...e=utf8&oe=utf8

And it includes a book listing:

http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/books/6370.aspx

Amazon would likely have other books available, I would imagine.

That's about all I can think of for now. I'm sorry that I'm not real strong with Access, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of resources out there for Access and .NET either. If you find anything that looks good, could you let me know and I'll add it to the FAQ?

Thansk stuffradio, and I hope this helps...

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Ok, I got a response from him... it's not what I thought it was. He is wanting me to make an application which connects to an access database, and customize it that way.

Thanks for the responses anyways
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Ah, as in using ADO or ADO.NET? Now that probably makes more sense.

Good luck with it, let us know if we can help further...
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