Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is also known to many as Microsoft Office Access and has been a preferred database management system of many developers since it was originally released as Microsoft Access version 1.0 on November 13th of 1992.

Originally intended to be a stand-alone database storage system, Microsoft Access has proven to be one of the most popular platforms for use as a ‘front-end’ for other software products that can be attached as the ‘back-end’ tables, including pervasive web software tools that include Microsoft SQL Server, as well as numerous Oracle and Sybase utilities.

One of the reasons Microsoft Access has maintained its considerable appeal for such a long period of time is the simple fact that multiple backend sources can be used by a single Microsoft Access Jet Database (in either accdb or mdb formats).

Many developers also associate applications including Visual Basic, ASP.NET, or Visual Studio .NET with the Microsoft Access database format for tables and queries for simpler procedures. However, Microsoft Access is robust enough to also be integrated as part of a more complex solution where technologies like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and ActiveX Controls are put to use with Access as the core of the overall data architecture.

Using Microsoft Access, NationalNet hosting clients can easily create tables, queries, forms and reports, or connect them all together with simple macros. There are many other software alternatives to Access, but most owe some level of thanks to what many consider as the seminal database system produced for mass consumption by developers seeking greater data control and reliable reporting.