Re: Recommend an Application Development/Report Writing Tool?

From: Frank van Bortel <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 20:51:47 +0200
Message-ID: <db3ngp$68v$>

Tim Marshall wrote:
> HI everyone.
> I'm an experienced Access developer who appreciates the many wonderful
> abilities that Access has as a front end development tool on an Oracle
> database. I do a lot of work using DAO objects and pass through queries
> (ie, SQL using proper Oracle, not Jet, syntax). However, one of
> Access's faults is that it is not very portable. Some might say VB is
> an alternative, but it's not - it doesn't have the nice bells and
> whistles the Access report writer has, for example and I've tried using
> it once against my Oracle Db a few years ago and it was nightmarish.
> I'm looking for something that will let me easily connect to my data and
> use subforms/subreports, the ability to bind data to forms/reports and
> will allow me to escape the "enslavement" of having to run around to
> different installs and making sure a proper ODBC DSN is set up. Add to
> that something that doesn't rely on users having to have a licensed copy
> of Access to run my apps. Hopefully such a tool would also have an
> active developers' forum such as a usenet group, mailing list, etc.
> My background is I'm a manager who runs a computerized maintenance
> management system (a very poorly done one, in my opinion, but one I am
> stuck with) and I need to be able to supply my users with reports and
> some data manipulation ability.
> Thanks very much in advance for any suggestions.

As the world gears toward webbased system, I'd take a serious (that is: two day) look at HTMLDB.

Frank van Bortel
Received on Wed Jul 13 2005 - 20:51:47 CEST

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