Teaching with Access
March 15, 2021

Teaching with Access

Balázs Kiss | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Access

We use Microsoft Access in some of our projects, and for educational purposes mainly. The graphical interface seems to help students understand RDBMS concepts a bit easier, and also allows quick database design. This is a nice tool for smaller projects and bigger products as well - being able to download it from the cloud and part of Office 365 makes it an excellent candidate for "first database".
  • Graphical interface makes design easier.
  • Good introduction for database design concepts.
  • GUI allows less room for errors.
  • Concurrent users accessing a database makes it really slow.
  • Requires Windows, and Office.
  • Lot of our training required Access as part of our toolkit for teaching, where companies use Windows.
  • We were able to do courses for non-programmers with it about databases.
Being a similar "Windows application" it's easier to start to use as part of Office. Also, the GUI capabilities are much more advanced than other high-performance databases.

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For educational purposes, creating and maintaining an Access database can be a good introduction for new learners. The GUI allows to visualize RDBMS concepts like table, connections, queries. Non-programmer personnel can understand how this math model works without writing SQL, but also allows a smooth transition from WYSIWYG to SQL-based commands.

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