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Access is my personal specialty. Have questions? Comments? Want to discuss how to do something? Post it here. Also, I get a LOT of questions sent to me in Email from people around the world. I'll post the interesting ones in here. Feel free to comment on them.

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Read MySql by Martin G @ 2/23/2018
How to connect and upload tables with MySql

Reply from Alex Hedley:

There aren't any courses on the site for MySQL.
Does it have to be MySQL, are the tables already there and you want to show them in Access as the FE?
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Read MS SQL vs MS SQL Express vs MySQL by Mubeezi M @ 11/4/2014
Thank you Alex! Now i have an idea where to start
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Read MS SQL vs MS SQL Express vs MySQL by Mubeezi M @ 10/20/2014
Hi Rick,
I have a customer who cant afford SQL server. i was thinking of using MySQL as the backend with Access as the front end. Do you have an experience with this?
The other option is to use the SQL Express edition. Its free but i am not sure what kind of limitations i may encounter.
I will appreciate your advice

Reply from Alexander Hedley:

Hi Micah, You can connect to MySQL using a DSN and ODBC connector, just choose the MySQL one, in the same way you would a MS SQL Server.
The MS SQL Express Edition has its limitations like file size (I think it's 10 GB)
Only uses 1GB of RAM
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Read How to Migrate Access to MySQL by Gordon Fitch @ 11/24/2013
Do you have a course or seminar that explains how to migrate an access 2010 database to MySQL and what changes need to be made to access tables in order to get them to migrate properly. Thanks

Reply from Richard Rost:

No, sorry. I will be covering SQL SERVER in the near future, but there hasn't been a lot of demand for MySQL. If you're interested in learning it, you can vote for it on the Waiting List.
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Read Access/ASP vs PHP/MySQL by Richard Rost @ 5/18/2009
Bruce, I personally prefer Access and ASP because I have been an Access/VB developer since the early 90s, and both Access and ASP are based heavily on VISUAL BASIC and Access also has the benefit of being a great solution for desktop and small-LAN databases too.

PHP/MySQL are also very popular. PHP is based heavily on the C/C++ programming language (which I used to program in YEARS ago, but haven't done much with since the early 90s). PHP/MySQL is a FREE solution, since both are open source and don't cost you a dime. If you have any C++ experience, then PHP might be the way for you to go. There are many sites using PHP.

Personally, I like ASP. With the new ASP.NET extensions (which I have yet to cover in my classes) there is a whole lot of power and potential for your web sites. I wouldn't use an ACCESS database for a LARGE site, because there are some security and performance issues, however you can use Access to design your site and get it up and running, and then when your traffic starts to get heavy, it's REAL easy to upgrade to a professional-level database, such as SQL Server, Oracle, or YES, even MySQL.

The back-end database doesn't really matter. They all work about the same. The FRONT-END (language) is where you'll be spending your time. And for me, it's ASP because of my familiarity with Visual Basic... but you can do pretty much the same "stuff" with PHP.
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Read Access/ASP vs PHP/MySQL by Bruce William Taylor @ 5/13/2009
I'm sure my question makes it obvious that I am a novice, but...

I'm very interested in Access, and web based databases, in general. I have some very limited experience with PHP/MySQL.

My question is... is Access and ASP fading away, or is it here to stay for the forseeable future? The interest on the forum and your investment in training materials indicates that it is still a major force. Could you clarify this issue for me? What would determine whether one pursued one over the other, or is this even an issue?

My eventual goal is to freelance, creating small-scale custom web databases. What would you advise?

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