As a programmer, of course I have tried various programming tools, and I finally chose Access as my mainstay tool.
I have produced many applications using Access, both for my office needs, client requests, and applications that I sell freely on the Internet as shareware or freemium software. I’m proud to be able to make my dream app come true with Access.
But many people also rate Access poorly, and I understand their assessment. Here I try to explain why I still choose Access, by answering people’s objections to Access.
- Access only runs on Windows operating systems.
So what? Windows is the most widely used operating system, so it doesn’t matter if we make Windows-based applications.
- Access applications require Access software to run.
Yes, but you can use the free Access Runtime if you don’t want to buy Access. We can even provide 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Access applications at once.
- Access app can’t go online.
Wrong! An online application does not have to be a web application. Access applications can use the Internet to access data that is on a server somewhere, and can even take advantage of a MySQL or SQL Server database located on the Internet. So, Access applications can still be online via the Internet, can be run anywhere and anytime.
- The Access application cannot be run on a mobile phone.
Yes. Access applications are used for work, where they need large screen space and display large amounts of data at once. How do you work with mobile phones? You certainly need a laptop or desktop more.
- Access is vulnerable in security.
Access applications are used in our own environment, not exposed to the public environment. Of course this is more secure than web applications that can be accessed by anyone in the world. In addition, this security issue is very relative. What database system do you compare it to? Does your database require a very high level of security?
- Access can only handle small databases.
Access database files are limited to 2 GB per file, is your database very large? If so, you can use a database server system such as SQL Server and the application still uses Access.
- Access applications are easily corrupted.
Easy! Replace the application again with a good one, after all the data is not stored in the application file.
From here, what are your objections to using Access?
With Access, we can actually enjoy the convenience of making applications, so we can work faster to produce the applications we need. Access applications are also very easy to modify and develop, adapting to changes that are always happening.
Another thing that we can enjoy is that the Access application is very feature-rich, typical of Microsoft products that are very familiar among users.
That’s the reason why I chose Access as a tool in app creation. Of course this is debatable, especially for those who don’t know and use Access. If you want to see examples of applications made with Access, please browse the applications I made at Software.web.id.
Hopefully this can calm the hearts of those of you who have chosen Access and provide enlightenment for those who are still hesitant to use Access. Cheers!