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About the speaker
Adam Cogan is a Microsoft
Regional Director, and Chief Architect at SSW. Adam has been developing custom solutions
for businesses across a range of industries such as Government, banking, insurance
and manufacturing since 1990 for clients such as Microsoft, Quicken, and the Fisheries
Research and Development Corporation. His wealth of experience in the industry and
unsurpassed technical knowledge will ensure attendees get the most out of these
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The Goal: To convert an Access application to .NET Windows Forms and Reporting
Services powered by a SQL Server database.
The entire process of converting from Access to an enterprise level solution will
be covered in two days, using a modified version of Northwind as an example. The
attendees will approach the task as a real world problem where the entire project
will be migrated in four steps (releases). Each step will be a logical extension
of the last, allowing developers to stop their own development at a step where they
will still have a functioning system, even though it may not necessarily be the
1A: Making a Plan (2.5 hours)
- About Presenters
- Development Methodology - Extreme Programming (XP)
- Tool 1: Short Releases
- Tool 2: Microsoft Word
- Tool 3: Unit Testing
1B: Converting Access 97 to Access 2003 (1 hour)
- Hands-on lab - Creating a release plan
- Converting to Access 2003
- Why would you upgrade?
- The issues
- Uncompiled mdbs
- Unused code blocks
- Using referenced .mdbs and .mdes
- Library mdes
- Demo - Using tools to find issues
- FMS Total Access Analyzer
Lunch (1 hour)
2: Upsizing to SQL Server (3 hours)
- To Move or Not To Move?
- Current Problems in Access
- Corrupt data
- Database users
- Downtime during backups
- Missing records
- What's new and different in SQL Server?
- Working with data
- Scalability and performance
- ssw Upsizing PRO!
- Microsoft Upsizing Wizard
- ssw Performance Pro!
- ssw SQL Deploy
- ssw SQL Auditor
- Hands-on lab - Migrating Northwind from Access 2003 to SQL Server 2000
1: From Access to SQL Server Reporting Services (3 hours)
- History of reporting
- Report life cycle
- Installing Reporting Services
- Building a report in Visual Studio .NET
- Report on any data source
- Deploying reports
- Hands-on Lab - migrating 4 Northwind reports from Access into Reporting Services
Lunch (1 hour)
2: From Access Forms to Windows Forms .NET (3 hours)
- Current Problems with Access
- Office upgrades
- Corrupt databases
- Slow forms
- Large applications
- What's new and different in .NET?
- Form design
- Form inheritance
- Application design
- Visual Studio .NET
- Programming - VBA vs VB.NET
- Creating the Northwind Main Form in .NET
- Creating the Northwind Orders Form in .NET
- Orders form - the correct way
- Northwind Orders - Converting to .NET the easy way!
- Hands-on lab - Migrating Northwind forms to .NET
Detailed Session Descriptions:
Learn how to target the areas of the systems that should be converted to achieve
the best result. How should development of this type of project happen? How should
a project be managed? What methodologies are in place?
Upgrading an Access 97 database to Access 2003. What are the issues? With a demonstration
using a modified version of the Northwind database.
Upsize an Access 2003 database to SQL Server. A modified version of Northwind
will be used as an example and the backend will be moved over to SQL Server, correcting
a number of known issues concerning the data itself as well the database schema.
The advantages of moving Access reports into Microsoft's new SQL Server Reporting
Services will be described, along with the process for importing four of the key
reports from Northwind. Issues related to importing will be handled to produce identical
reports. The reports will then be deployed to a report server to demonstrate the
power of online reports using Reporting Services.
Access Forms will be transformed into Windows Forms .NET in order to provide
a more scalable and distributable application. The known issues during migration
will be highlighted and the power of .NET will be leveraged to improve the interface
Having moved to a Windows Forms .NET environment you will be shown how to make the
application more accessible. Web services will be used so that the client does not
need to be within an intranet to access the corporate database.
Did you know that if you are unable to attend any of the above sessions, you can
still grab all of the course materials?
New York, NY: Microsoft NY-NJ-CT
London, UK: QA St. James
House, 10 Roseberry Ave, Holborn London EC1R 4TF
- Windows XP + SP2
- Access 97 + SP2
- Access 2003 + SP1
- SQL Server 2000 + SP3
- SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services + SP1
- Visual Studio 2003
- Visual Studio 2005 Beta
- If you want this on your PC, you will require 1GB of RAM for Virtual PC.
- Detailed Whitepapers will be provided
- Cost of the course is $535.00 AUS
- For Bookings simply click on the city of choice or for further information contact
If you aren't able to make it to this seminar we have the complete set of course
material used by the trainer, Adam Cogan, and the students.
For only $299.00US you receive:
- Step-by-step hands-on lab exercises for each part of the course. These are very
practical and easy to follow. You will be able to go through these even if you have
not attended the course
- The full set of 3 Microsoft-approved how to migrate whitepapers which complement
the hands-on lab exercises and include straightforward steps with lots of screen
- The full set of 3 Microsoft-approved whats new and different whitepapers, which
cover the key differences between Access and SQL Server, Reporting Services, and
- The full set of PowerPoint slides used by the trainer
- Other course materials used throughout the seminar, such as code samples and sample
- Access to regular updates of the course content as we make improvements and updates
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