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Visual Studio .NET, and VB6 Professionals
Thanks for joining me in September at the User Group. It was fun to see old and new faces after so many
years. Will have to do that again next year!
The day after the user group meeting was September 11th,
and I was able to visit the World Trade Center site on the
11th anniversary of the tragedy (pictures).
I was also able to meet with some friends and colleagues in
the area that was recently flooded by hurricane Sandy.
Our sympathies go to everyone in the northeast impacted by
the recent weather. Many buildings
sustained damage and some remain closed. We hope for a speedy
recovery but also want to remind everyone about the need for a
solid disaster recovery plan which we discuss below.
Being in the
Washington DC area and battleground state of Virginia, the
elections were quite a spectacle. Microsoft hosted an event with Virginia
senate candidates Allen and Kaine speaking consecutively (not
debating) the day the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care
Act. I was standing next to Governor Allen as the news was
announced. One can debate all the pros and cons around that issue,
but for FMS, we received an unexpected health insurance
premium refund from it. More info in my
blog about it.
Supporting International Entrepreneurship
On a less controversial level, I participated for the
second year in the State Department's
New Beginnings program. It welcomed 30 young entrepreneurs on a
tour of the US to learn about building their businesses and
our culture. They
held a reception in the diplomatic rooms at the top of the
State Department. I was surprised to find myself alone with
one of two original copies of the Treaty of Paris that ended
the Revolutionary War (pictures).
If you're an entrepreneur interested in applying, learn more
here and apply at your country's US Embassy.
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Advanced Data Analysis with Total Access
Access Statistics is the most popular and powerful data
analysis tool for Microsoft Access. Easily extend the power of
Microsoft Access queries to perform advanced calculations
using our add-in. All the results are in Access tables (or
update your tables).
We recently published a page that describes in detail how
Simple, Multiple and Polynomial Regressions with Total
Access Statistics. This is in addition to other pages on:
free trial. In addition to the add-in, Total Access Statistics also
includes a royalty-free runtime library so you can invoke the data
analysis with VBA.
Recovery and Business Continuity
With the recent weather disruptions, we've worked with clients dealing with disaster
recovery and business continuity issues. If you haven't
already, please read our paper:
Creating a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan for Microsoft
Access Database Applications, then do something with it!
We've helped organizations host their applications remotely
and continue running even when no one could get to their
Verizon's 911 Emergency Call Center Failure
our summer Derecho, Verizon's emergency 911 service center for
Northern Virginia failed when electricity was cut off. It was
a huge problem as people who tried to call 911 for help could
not reach an operator. The community was notified to call
local numbers which was a mess since people lost electricity,
internet connections, etc.
As part of Luke Chung's involvement on the Fairfax County IT Policy
Advisory Committee, during a Disaster Recovery review, we learned that
it was human error. Verizon has two generators to
power their 911 center but it took over a day for the
technicians to realize they needed to flip a switch to send
the generator's power to the phone system. It turns out that
the lights were on
(they were powered by the other generator), so the technicians
thought there was equipment failure and didn't
think electricity was the problem. So even a well-designed,
redundant backup system collapses if people aren't properly
trained to implement the procedures. Fortunately, no one was
hurt because of this, but it could have been awful.
Make sure you test your disaster recovery and business
Total Access Analyzer Product Review
Total Access Analyzer remains the most popular Microsoft
Access add-in of all time. Total Access Analyzer provides
comprehensive documentation of your databases so you can
better understand how it works. More importantly, it performs
advanced analytics on the documentation to pinpoint errors,
inconsistencies, performance opportunities, and suggestions
for improving your design and VBA coding.
Professional developer, Geoff Hollander, wrote about his
experiences with Total Access Analyzer and how it helped him.
"Total Access Analyzer is a solid product that any Access
developer should have in their toolbox; and one that will pay
for itself in short order."
Fix to Fix their Common Control Library Update
On August 14, 2012, Microsoft released a security update
for Microsoft Office that included an update to the Windows
Common Control MSCOMCTL.OCX. We previously wrote about how
that control caused existing applications to crash if they
used the Treeview and ListBox controls.
We wrote an article about the issue in
Fixing the Microsoft Windows Common Control Library
(MSCOMCTL.OCX) Security Update. Microsoft has since
released a program you can download and run to fix the
security update they applied (KB
Leveraging Technology to Enhance Teaching for the 21st Century
For several years, Luke Chung serves on a business advisory
board to the Superintendent of Fairfax County's Public
Schools. FCPS is creating an academy to evaluate how new
technology and teaching styles can improve teaching at the
same or reduced costs. Luke wrote this
blog to discuss his excitement, vision, and concerns for
education, taking into account these trends:
Overall, we hope they'll teach 21st century skills, and not
20th century skills better.
- Facts are Available Instantaneously, Everywhere
- Science is Multi-Disciplinary
- Babel Towers are Crashing
- Non-STEM Subjects are Important
- Online Teaching is Good and Getting Better
- Teachers are Evolving into Coaches
- We Cannot Predict Future Careers; We Need to Teach the
Tools to Achieve Success
for Microsoft Access, SQL Server, and Visual Studio Developers
written a new paper entitled:
Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch for Microsoft
Access, SQL Server, and Visual Studio .NET Database Developers
This paper helps Microsoft Access developers better understand
the issues around this technology, its benefits and
limitations. We've found it to be an important addition to the Visual
Studio family. This platform makes it far more efficient to create
basic database applications with Microsoft SQL Server for the web.
The next version of LightSwitch with Visual Studio 2012
includes support for HTML5 which eliminates the need for users
to install Silverlight which means you can support mobile
devices and tablets that don't support Silverlight. The second
preview version is available now.
Our Professional Solutions Group has created several
custom LightSwitch applications recently to the delight of our clients.
Learn more and
contact us to learn how our team can help you.
FMS would like to thank all the veterans for the sacrifices
they and their families' have made. By coincidence on Veterans
Day, we received our first contract with the Veterans
Administration for a Microsoft Access project!
Thank you for your continued support!
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