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Microsoft Access day three

MS Access uses “objects" to help the user list and organize information, as well as prepare specially designed reports. When you create a database, Access offers you Tables, Queries, Forms, Reports, Macros, and Modules. Databases in Access are composed of many objects but the following are the major objects.
  • Tables
  • Queries
  • Forms
  •  Reports
Together, these objects allow you to enter, store, analyze, and compile your data. Here is a summary of the major objects in an Access database.

Table : 
Table is an object that is used to define and store data. When you create a new table, Access asks you to define fields which is also known as column headings.
  •  Each field must have a unique name, and data type.
  • Tables contain fields or columns that store different kinds of data, such as a name or an address, and records or rows that collect all the information about a particular instance of the subject, such as all the information about a customer or employee etc.
  • You can define a primary key, one or more fields that have a unique value for each record, and one or more indexes on each table to help retrieve your data more quickly.
Query  : 
An object that provides a custom view of data from one or more tables. Queries are a way of searching for and compiling data from one or more tables.
  • Running a query is like asking a detailed question of your database.
  • When you build a query in Access, you are defining specific search conditions to find exactly the data you want.
  • In Access, you can use the graphical query by example facility or you can write Structured Query Language (SQL) statements to create your queries.
  • You can define queries to Select, Update, Insert, or Delete data.
  • You can also define queries that create new tables from data in one or more existing tables.
Form :
Form is an object in a desktop database designed primarily for data input or display or for control of application execution. You use forms to customize the presentation of data that your application extracts from queries or tables.
  • Forms are used for entering, modifying, and viewing records.
  • The reason forms are used so often is that they are an easy way to guide people toward entering data correctly.
  • When you enter information into a form in Access, the data goes exactly where the database designer wants it to go in one or more related tables.
Report : 
Report is an object in desktop databases designed for formatting, calculating, printing, and summarizing selected data.
  • You can view a report on your screen before you print it.
  • If forms are for input purposes, then reports are for output.
  • Anything you plan to print deserves a report, whether it is a list of names and addresses, a financial summary for a period, or a set of mailing labels.
  • Reports are useful because they allow you to present components of your database in an easy-to-read format.
  • You can even customize a report's appearance to make it visually appealing.
  • Access offers you the ability to create a report from any table or query.

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