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Chapter 3: Using Access with SharePoint
Chapter 3: Using Access with
SharePoint
In This Chapter
Understanding SharePoint
Getting data from a SharePoint list
Creating a Custom Web App
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years, you’re
probably aware of the Internet — the all-encompassing network of
information at your fingertips. The popularity of the Internet has soared more
than anyone can imagine. Twenty years ago, did you think that parents and
grandparents would ever need a reason to have computers in their houses?
This change is due mainly to the convenience of e-mail and social networking
sites like Facebook and Twitter — and let’s not leave out shopping!
But what does the Internet mean to Microsoft Access? Until recently,
it hasn’t meant too much to Access users. With SharePoint, however,
Microsoft built — and continues to enhance — a wonderful collaborative
tool for sharing information with users around the world. Access takes
advantage of this information in some interesting, yet limited, ways. In this
chapter, we explore using this information from Access, as well as creating a
rich user interface for use on a SharePoint site.
What Is SharePoint?
According to Microsoft, SharePoint — the short name for Microsoft Office
SharePoint Server — is “an integrated suite of server capabilities that can help
improve organizational effectiveness by providing comprehensive content
management and enterprise search, accelerating shared business processes,
and facilitating information-sharing across boundaries for better business
insight. Additionally, this collaboration and content management server
provides IT professionals and developers with the platform and tools they need
for server administration, application extensibility, and interoperability.”
Huh? Basically, SharePoint is another product from Microsoft that some IT
person must set up and administer so that its users can access information
stored on that server. SharePoint allows you to set up lists of contacts and
other information, create calendars, share documents, and have discussions
on a message-board–style interface. SharePoint is Microsoft’s vision for
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