Access Coders: Providing insite into the the process of developing a custom business database.
Business Database Development: Microsoft SQL Server ASP.Net Microsoft Access
A business database is a collection of data along with the entire collection of user screen forms, reports and all the computer program code used to manage the information. The entire collection is also often referred to as an “application”.
Smaller applications are usually just fine with everything in just one database. That is, all the data, along with screen forms, reports, queries and program code contained in just one application or program. Microsoft Access is just one example of software that will handle many small business needs with just one such application.
But in the case of larger business needs, it’s common to split the application into two separate parts. One part for the screen forms, queries and program code, typically referred to as a "front-end". And a separate part just for the data, typically referred to as a "back-end".
The advantages of separating a database into two parts, front-end and back-end:
It's easier to make changes to the front-end while leaving the back-end data alone.
The front-end can be developed with lower cost software and operate on lower cost computers.
While the back-end can be developed with high-performance software and operate from one location on a high-performance computer.
Security is usually better and easier to manage with better back-end databases.
A Client-Server method is attainable, where several low cost computers can tap into the power and speed of a single high-performance computer.
Common front-end choices are Microsoft Access and website pages developed with Visual Studio.
Common back-end choices are Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server Express (which is free), Oracle, MySQL and many others.
Your database developer needs a clear understanding of your requirements and your business processes. A thorough requirements analysis
will lead to a thorough and detailed understanding of your business needs and will enable your developer to translate the needs to an understandable plan.
The plan can then be reviewed and accepted by the decision makers in your business.
Good design is needed to deliver effective and user-friendly software.
This could be a brief period of an hour or two for simple needs.
Or it could more complex, with full data structures, program flow and expected results.
Good design will take time but the overall time of design and construction is usually less, if the design is thorough.
The Construction Phase is the programming phase. During this phase, the products specified in the design specifications are developed and tested.
The database is populated with test data, and any new hardware configurations are tested.
Finally, the system is tested as a whole, and preparations are made for client acceptance testing
Selecting the right database developer:
Contact an Access Programmer San Diego
where you’ll find a well-qualified SQL Server and Microsoft Access programmer
with the coding skills and business experience to develop a database to suit your needs.