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MS Access Sites

Access Freak

"This website will primarily deal with an introduction to new features added in Microsoft® Access 2007 and a comparison between Microsoft® Access 2003 versus the new 2007 version."

Office Dev Center

Office 2013 and later

"Find how-to content, sample code, SDK and API documentation, VBA references, training, and technical articles for developing solutions and customizing Access."

Access Junkie

" This site focuses on Access 2013, Access 2010, and Access 2007 information"


Microsoft Access Developers

Software Contractors' GuildSM


Software Tools and Utilities

Database Repair Service for Microsoft® Access

PK Solutions
Data Recovery Services for Access Databases

Microsoft Access Database Repair (Europe/Worldwide)
"Our Recovery Team are dedicated to providing you with a fully comprehensive and secure Data Recovery Service."

4TOPS (Europe/Worldwide)
Utilities to integrate Access with Excel and Word.


Determining Access Version

Note: Windows Update will normally automatically update Office.
Downloads for Office 2010, 2007, 2003, XP/2002 and 2000. This includes the various Service Releases (SR) and Service Packs (SP) that have fixes to the software.  You can determine what level you are running by starting Access, then clicking Help, About. Here are examples:

Access Help About

Access 97 SR-2 Build

Access 2000 SP-3 Build

Access 2003 SP-2 Build

About Access 2007

Access 2010 Version Information

Microsoft Sites

The Microsoft Office Blog (Access)

Microsoft Office Download Center

Microsoft Help and Support

What Is the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) and How Can Access 2000 Users Use It for Problem Solving and How To Solutions?

Microsoft Knowledgebase Advanced Search

Microsoft® Windows 10 Help

Microsoft® Access 2010, 2013 and later Development

Microsoft® Office Developer Center

Microsoft® Security Central



Software Engineering and Development

Software Metrics
"Function point analysis, counting training, software metrics, estimating software projects, examples, case studies."

R.S. Pressman & Associates, Inc.
"Since our founding in 1981, R.S. Pressman & Associates, Inc. has provided services and products that help you to improve your software engineering practices."

Software QA/Test Resource Center
Developing software is about success - and too often - failure. This site is an excellent resource for developers. If you've read any of the books by Microsoft gurus Jim McCarthy or Steve McConnell, you will know that software ships when QA says it can ship.


The Profession

ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

ACM homepage

IEEE Computer Society homepage



The Internet

Broadband Forum
"Broadband Forum, a non-profit industry organization, is focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband networks."



Online Publications


D-Lib Magazine


Data Quality

"“It is clear to me that data is becoming the key asset of our times. Yet most data is in pretty bad shape, most companies are not very good at putting their data to work and their organizations are singularly ill-suited for data. Solving these problems is the management challenge of the 21st century.”

Thomas C. Redman Ph.D.  "the Data Doc"

A Selection of Tom's Most Influential Works