For Microsoft Access, SQL Server,
Visual Studio .NET, and VB6 Professionals
I'm back from my first Microsoft MVP Summit meeting at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. Though we've had three
Microsoft Access MVP members on our staff over the years, this was my first year as an MVP. It was nice meeting members of the
MVP community including many I've known for years electronically. We were also able to meet the Microsoft
managers and team members of the Access, Office, LightSwitch, and small business teams. The
sessions were under NDA, but it's clear that there are lots of activities moving forward with Office 2013, the cloud, and
support for users on multiple platforms. Here's my
blog about the event.
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Luke Chung Speaking at Portland Access User Group Conference
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
FMS President Luke Chung is once again of the featured
speakers at this annual Microsoft Access conference
hosted by the Portland Access User Group. This will
be his third year speaking at this wonderful event.
Enjoy an amazing, rustic getaway to a beautiful
state park with fellow Microsoft Access enthusiasts.
Book early so you can stay at the limited number of
cabins available at the conference center. The
conference fees are amazing low and includes meals.
Luke will participate in various talks on
Microsoft Access development, running a business,
and creating solutions using
Visual Studio LightSwitch. He'll also be staying at the site
during the entire conference, so you'll have plenty
of opportunity to meet him formally and informally.
For more information, visit the
Total Visual CodeTools 2010 Update
Total Visual CodeTools is an add-in to your
Office/Access/VBA and VB6 integrated development environment
(IDE) that helps you write, clean-up and deliver better
solutions. Available from the IDE menu or a toolbar, a variety
of tools help to increase your efficiency and consistency when
writing code and taking over someone else’s work.
An update of
Total Visual CodeTools 2010 was released with support for
Microsoft Office/Access 2010, 2007, 2003 and Visual Basic 6.0.
Several enhancements were made to improve the New Procedure
Builder, VBE color scheme builder, icons for the toolbars,
setup program and IDE integration, etc. Here are the details
enhancements. Registered customers should have received email
notification with download instructions of the update.
Total Visual CodeTools features
Code Builders to create new procedures, properties, ADO
and DAO recordsets, message boxes, select case statements;
convert SQL strings, copy control event procedures, use the
Format and DateDiff functions, comment blocks of text, etc.
Cleanup Existing Module Code by adding Option Explicit,
standardizing formatting, adding error handling to
procedures that lack it, rename variable names to your
Deliver Modules with Line Numbers plus obfuscation
Find Unused Variables to pinpoint unnecessary code
Macro Recorder for playing back keystrokes while editing
If you're not familiar with Total Visual CodeTools, download the
free trial and use it to analyze your data.
We've updated our
on Union Queries in Microsoft Access and SQL Server.
We better explain Union Queries and creating artificial
blank rows. This paper is part of our
Access Query Help Center where you can find additional
papers on queries and data analysis tips and tricks.
Access Statistics is the most popular and powerful data
analysis tool for Microsoft Access. An update was released for
versions 14.0, 12.8 and 11.8 for Access 2010, 2007 and 2003
The update includes these enhancements:
- Significant performance improvements when processing
large numbers of records
- While analyzing records, a new status form appears with
an option to cancel the process
- Setup program offers machine or current user
For additional information on the update, visit the
Total Access Statistics Update page. Existing customers
should have received email notifications to download the
If you're not familiar with Total Access Statistics, download the
free trial and use it to analyze your data.
Visualizer Version 5 Ships
The FMS Advanced Systems Group has
released a new version of our Sentinel Visualizer program. Sentinel
Visualizer is our commercial, off-the-shelf product that lets you find
hidden relationships among people, places, and events. It brings the
power of data visualization, link analysis, geospatial, timeline, Social
Network Analysis (SNA) to your data.
adds many new features:
- A new Reader version lets you freely share your analysis with others.
- Concurrent licenses allow you to share licenses across
- High resolution printing of network diagrams
3D visualization and navigation
- Significant filtering and performance enhancements
Here's the complete list of Version 5.0 Enhancements.
Sentinel Visualizer is written in Visual Studio .NET and SQL Server.
Our Blog has Moved to WordPress
We’ve migrated our blog to WordPress from our previous BlogEngine.NET
platform. We hope you like it.
WordPress has become the most common Blogging format, so we’re happy to
simplify the process for people to participate in our blog with their existing
WordPress login. We also gain considerably more options for designing the layout
of our blog.
We could have started our new blog from scratch but since our existing blog
existed for many years, we wanted to migrate it with all the comments from our
BlogEngine.NET host to WordPress. That turned out to be a challenge that
required learning the idiosyncrasies of BlogEngine and WordPress. With the help
of Microsoft Access, we created a table with the terms that needed to be
translated, read the XML file from BlogEngine, then created a new XML file that
WordPress would import.
For details of how we did it, visit:
Migrating BlogEngine.NET Posts to WordPress with Translations Using Microsoft
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