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Old 05-17-2017, 09:30 AM
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You may want to try SQL Server Express edition and Visual Studio Community; they are both free to download and use. I think they are far superior to MS Access.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-...itions-express

https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/visual-studio-express/

Especially if you would like to use R / Phyton, Microsoft provides Visual Studio tools for these 2 programming languages.

https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/rtvs/

https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/python/
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To the OP:
Sometimes one inherits a process so badly flawed that it becomes necessary to start over. Begin by figuring out what input is needed, what gets done to it, and what the resulting report needs to show. You may want to do this on your own, and present the result as a done deal, or (depending on your own situation) you might want to talk to your boss about why this needs to be done.
Either way, good luck!
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That happened to me. I learned SQL first. The software manual was a surprisingly good learning tool - I suppose it helped that I knew a variety of languages already. When my employer got Access, it was very easy to transition - and I could edit the Access-generated code if it made sense to do so.

I never used Access forms, though.
if your lazy like me the easiest way is to link to tables in SQL from access then create via query design view, then paste the SQL into a pass through and change to TSQL with find and replace. Very little typing needed.

access is the best front end tool, easy to program, and little typing needed.
You just have to be smart about its limits.
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