MS access -where to from here?

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ntambomvu

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hello all,
i am writing some programs for my small business and it has come to my attention that ms access may have reached its "sell by" date.
i am an old guy7 and I really dont want to learn another language - but i guess that this will be inevatable.
can someone suggest suggest a newer language that is easy and can be used for simple programs like datatables, lookups, print reports,
invoicing and storing production jobcards ect ?
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Have you looked into a newer version of Access?

You did not stated what version you are using?
 

ntambomvu

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Have you looked into a newer version of Access?

You did not stated what version you are using?
I am using the version that come with office 365 - so i think that it is quite up to date?
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Then what do you mean by the "ms access may have reached its "sell by" date. "?
 

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Then what do you mean by the "ms access may have reached its "sell by" date. "?
Judging by the last comment, I am thinking that the OP meant no-one uses Access for database management any more.

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ntambomvu

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regarding the "sell by date " if access is no longer supported by MS then what program must non computer nerds like myself learn ? I have read a lot about my sql and would like to know does it also have a user friendly programming interface such as VBA ? I have a long history of dos based programming having started on basic still on the original IBM and Columbia floppy disc systems. then I moved to dBase 4.2 because it had so many
advantages over basic ,qbasic and GWbasic. now my old dos programs wont work on windos 10 so i decided that I need to move up a rung and am learning access VBA - but it seems that this is near end of life. So where to now?
 
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SQL itself does not have a gui. But you may find various tools that does offer a gui and syntax guidance. As you must have realized, many organizations have moved from client server to web based applications that can be accesses by users using just a browser. The benefits are a slim client requirment, and no need to go desk to desk to do installs of the application. So PHP is a server based language that manipulates HTML. and also uses SQL as it's relational database language.
 

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Thank you for your interesting reply and remarks. please do not think that i am being critical-- I am not critisizing or knocking what is currently going on. the world moves forward and that is a fact of life. but it
all sounds complicated to me ( and probably also to other octonogerians). all I am needing is a program that will allow me to do simple things on my 3 computer office network. things like keeping track of jobcards and entering stores stock items. things like tracking customer addresses etc. I realize that nowadays companies require much more functionality - but you know- there are still many small businesses that do not use all this modern stuff. I started programming on a sinclair z81 in about 1984. it allowed me to do the complicated formula calculations that i needed and i was content with that. Now it looks as if i have to learn to drive a space rocket when all I need is a donkey cart!! . but nevertheless many thanks for your response and I will keep looking !!
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As far as I know, Microsoft Access is alive and well. It may not be part of the subscription online, Access still provided with the latest Office suite (2019) and from what I know one of the best desktop app. I would suggest staying with Access until MS decides to get rid of it (which I don't think it will happen anytime soon)
 
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