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JamesJoey
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Posted - 05/08/2013 :  13:22:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm currently using Access 2010.
I want to give sql server a try but OI have no idea where to start.
So far I've downloaded and installed:
sql server express which 0nly has the database engine. So far with that I see no interface to create forms or anything, only a configuration and an import/export tool.
So I downloaded and installed one of the others but not sure which one. I got this from this site:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/editions/2012-editions/express.aspx

I have no idea where to begin and what I need to download.

Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.

James

James K
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Posted - 05/08/2013 :  13:26:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Download Express with Tools or Express with Advanced Services. Either will give you SQL Server Management Studio, which is the IDE that you would use to interact with SQL Server.

You can use SQL Server as the back end with access by "upsizing" http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/move-access-data-to-a-sql-server-database-by-using-the-upsizing-wizard-HA010275537.aspx

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russell
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Posted - 05/08/2013 :  14:06:11  Show Profile  Visit russell's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Also, SQL Server is not a tool to create forms, or any sort of UI, as you can in Access. You can continue to use Access for the front end if you want, but eventually you'll probably want to move on to something better suited, like Visual Studio.
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JamesJoey
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Posted - 05/08/2013 :  14:25:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was just about to ask that.
So, sql server is simply for the data and the UI needs to be created through access or visual studio?
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russell
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Posted - 05/08/2013 :  15:32:34  Show Profile  Visit russell's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Right. Or any other front end tool/language.
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