List SQL Server Foreign Keys

SQL Server provides system views to display meta data like Tables, Columns and Constraints. The following View or Stored Procedure brings together some of these system views to show your FK contraints. Note the terminology – The referenced table and column as the “parent” in the relationship while the “child” is termed the Parent as… Read More »

Access Form Control Default Properties

To change the default properties for controls in forms and reports using VBA you can use the code below. For example, if you decide to change the default font or font size in your application, rather than manually opening each form and changing the defaults you can loop throught the AllForms collection, open each form… Read More »

Access Bugs

Historically, Microsoft have introduced a significant bug in an Office release about once a year. Lately it has been more often. I think that we can all accept that bugs will happen. The main issue here is communication. Microsoft have never been good at communication. Never will be. It’s not in their nature.To start, they… Read More »

Excel vs Access

The Advantages of a Relational Database Application over Spreadsheets Why should I use Access instead of Excel to run my business? One of your major goals in management is to create systems that allow you to step away from micro managing while knowing that your business is run the way you want it to be… Read More »

Xero API – Invoices

I’m currently working on an interface between an Application built using MS Access and the Xero Accounting application using Xero’s API. It’s a seriously large application not some dinky little Access app. Xero are moving to oAuth 2.0 authentication. The deprecation of oAuth 1.0, which used Open-SSL for authentication, has presented some challenges. With 2.0… Read More »

Managing Application Updates

Test and Release Each client has a person responsible for testing and then releasing new versions – The Client’s Project (or Application) Manager. This is important as it ensures that – a) The Client has the opportunity to test in their environment for critical use cases before THEY release b) They share responsibility for any… Read More »

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Table Types

To my way of thinking, there are two types of tables. Entity Tables and Transaction Tables. It is important to understand the difference. Entity Tables Describe an entity and its attributes. Customers are entities, Products are entities. Entity table records are mutable. That is to say, they can be edited. You can edit an entity’s… Read More »


A relational database allows you to ‘normalise’ your data. Normalising data means that you only have to store repeated information in one place. For example, if you are storing invoice data then each invoice for the same Customer does not need to store the address of the customer, this is held in a Customer table… Read More »