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RE: Large databases and MS Access

From: Goulet, Dick <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 06:53:54 -0800
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    Access is that large thorn in my side that I'd like to make an endangered species or better yet extinct!!!  

Dick Goulet
Senior Oracle DBA
Oracle Certified 8i DBA

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Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2003 10:19 AM To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L


MS Access has been very, very good to me. In other words, I've made much more than a pocketful of change working with it. True an Access 'DBA' doesn't have to worry about tablespaces, extents, etc., like an Oracle DBA but there are a many things in common such as relationships, table design, and indexing. Also your Access 'DBA' is usually the developer of the SQL, modules, forms and reports. In some small businesses, the Access 'DBA' is also the SA. In many cases, an Access professional knows a whole lot more about databases than someone who is only a DBA.

I've built Access databases, including equipment and training, used to run small companies for much less than the cost of one Oracle license alone. I've also quickly built Access databases for large companies where the database shop would say things like "Disapproved. Please resubmit in 90 days for final disapproval."

It's a matter of the right tool for the job. A sledgehammer is an inferior tool compared to a hammer for driving in a nail.

BTW: Compress has nothing to do with tuning. Think of Access as having autoextending datafiles set. Compressing is similar to ALTER DATABASE DATAFILE RESIZE to slim things down. If anything, frequent compressing shows a need to do some tuning as inefficient SQL can cause was Access people call 'bloat'.

Jerry Whittle

ASIFICS DBA NCI Information Systems Inc.


        -----Original Message-----

        From: Mark Richard []

        I have a friend her calls herself an Access DBA. I just smile politely and

        say nothing. Apparantly you can back them up using Windows Explorer (or

        the DOS copy command) and there is a "Compress" option in Access for

        tuning... she runs that one each week. I just wish Oracle could simplify

        their tuning to a single menu option! :-)

        On the plus side I feel safe in the knowledge that if a company ever looked

        at "Access DBA" on a resume and didn't laugh then I'm probably not

        interested in working there anyway.


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