Book Reviews

RibbonX, Customizing the Office 2007 Ribbon
by Robert Martin, Ken Puls, and Teresa Hennig
If you are ready to work with Microsoft Office 2007, and make it your own, the book “RibbonX, Customizing the Office 2007 Ribbon” is the book for you. I started out with no XML knowledge, and no experience in customizing the new Office 2007 Ribbon, and within a very short time I had created my very first customized Ribbon. The book goes into some XML and VBA basics and is comfortable reading for a true beginner as well as those who may have more experience. In this past year, which I have been working with Office 2007, I have been intimidated by the thought of venturing into Ribbon territory. After reading this book, I no longer fear the Ribbon. In fact, I embrace the opportunities that are awaiting my use of it.

So, I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to be able to customize their own Office 2007 experience, or the experience of the users of their creation. You won’t want to be without it.

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Microsoft Access 2007 Inside Out

by John Viescas and Jeff Conrad

I am a Super Moderator on an Access forum and I see questions about Access and Access 2007 all of the time. This book is a fantastic resource for someone wanting to find out about Access 2007 and how to use it. However, it is more than that! There are excellent reference materials within the book that would make it a “keeper” for anyone working with Microsoft Access, regardless of version.

There are plenty of examples and screenshots, making it one of the easier reference books on Access to understand.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a better “Access” experience.

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Access 2007 VBA Programmer’s Reference (Programmer to Programmer)

by Teresa Hennig, Rob Cooper, Geoffrey L. Griffith,  Armen Stein

Access 2007 VBA is a great book for experienced and novice programmers alike. It is thoroughly detailed and yet covers the VBA basics at the beginning. What I like about this book is that it covers details that other books seem to always miss. This would include Microsoft Office integration. Or, in other words, the code that lets you work with other Office applications like manipulating Excel from Access or Word from Access. It also goes into working with Outlook and even SharePoint, which are two of the hardest to find information on when working with Access VBA. I am finding this book to be a great addition to my library and I believe you will too.
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Grover Park George On Access

By George Hepworth

This is a great book for those who have no Access, or database, experience. George walks you through all of the things that are good to understand if you want to be successful with using Access.

I have had the pleasure of working with George in the business world, so I know that he actually puts what he teaches into practice. So, if you are looking for a book that isn’t hard to read, goes through a good example of building a database, and tries to ground you in the fundamentals, this book is for you.

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