Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft Access programming’

Free Microsoft Access Course

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Came across an online Microsoft Access course which is being run in October.  It is a free university standard introductory database course available from Stanford University.

Stanford Computer Science courses are joining Stanford University’s “bold experiment in distributed education” by presenting  Professor Jennifer Widom’s Introduction to Databases. http://db-class.com/

The Microsoft Access course runs from October 10 through December 12, 2011. During the course, the instructor will be available online.

Microsoft Access function to calculate an end date for employee leave

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

This is a generic function you can use to calculate the end date for employee leave given a start date and a number of days.  It allows you to calculate the end date taking into account holidays and weekends.
First set up a table to store holiday dates.  We called it tblHoliday and it had a field HolidayDate.  You might also want to add fields for the name of the holiday and a primary key (although the date is a unique field).
Next add a form with three text boxes (txtStartDate, txtEndDate, txtNoOfDays) and a button (btnCalc).  The code for the form is as follows.

Private Sub btnCalc_Click()
Dim dteCalcEndDate As Date                                      ‘ Date to be calculated

dteCalcEndDate = funCalcEndDate(Me.txtStartDate, Me.txtNoOfDays) ‘ Pass the start and number of days
Me.txtEndDate = dteCalcEndDate                                  ‘ Put the end date on the form

End Sub

Function funCalcEndDate(dteStart As Date, lngNoOfDays As Long) As Date
Dim dteTest As Date                                             ‘ Date to be tested
Dim intCounter As Integer                                       ‘ Count the number of days

dteTest = dteStart                                              ‘ Set it to the start date
intCounter = 0                                                  ‘ Count the number of valid days

Do While intCounter < lngNoOfDays                               ‘ Loop until you have found valid days
If Weekday(dteTest) > 1 And Weekday(dteTest) < 7 Then       ‘ 1 = Sun, 7 = Sat
‘ Test if a holiday is found in the holiday table
If IsNull(DLookup(“HolidayDate”, “tblHoliday”, “HolidayDate=#” & Format(dteTest, “mm/dd/yyyy”) & “#”)) Then
intCounter = intCounter + 1                         ‘ This is a valid date
funCalcEndDate = dteTest                            ‘ Update the function
End If
End If

dteTest = DateAdd(“d”, 1, dteTest)                          ‘ Select the next day
Loop

End Function

The key things in the code are the use of weekday.  In Microsoft Access, weekday is 1 to 7 starting on Sunday.  Sunday is 1 and Saturday is 7.  The other check is to the dLookUp to see if the date being tested exists in tblHoliday.  If it doesn’t it returns a null.

This function was originally created to check that the start and end dates corresponded to the number of leave days for staff.  You could use it for any calculation of days.  For example in a project if a task starts on a certain date, and takes so many days, when does it end?  In a purchasing system, when is a delivery due given a certain order day and leadtime for delivery.

More Microsoft Access Button Tricks

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

We already showed Microsoft Access programmers to use images behind buttons in a previous post.  Here is another trick for button.

You can use an image or label for a button.  This technique gives you the ability to give a “pushed in” appearance to Microsoft Access buttons.

The following example shows two labels.  It is simpler than showing two images.  When you click the left hand button (which is actually a label) it appears sunken and the caption is changed to “On”.  It will look like the right hand image.

Microsoft Access button using a label

Using a label for a sunken or raised effect

As a Microsoft Access programmer, this is not complex.  I will not cover the code to make the button do what you want, but only the code to show how to change the appearance.

Private Sub lblButton_Click()

If Me.lblButton.Caption = “Off” Then    ‘ Turning it on
With Me!lblButton
.Caption = “On”                   ‘ Change the caption
.SpecialEffect = 2                ‘ Make it sunken
End With
Else
With Me.lblButton                   ‘ Turning it off
.Caption = “Off”                  ‘ Change the caption
.SpecialEffect = 1                ‘ Make it raised
End With
End If

End Sub

You are using the label’s caption to decide what code to run.  If the caption is currently “Off” you are obviously trying to turn it on.  If it is not “Off” it must be on so you are turning it off.  The SpecialEffect is 1 for raised and 2 for sunken.

An Access programmer can add code into the “if” statement.  For example it may be to display a part of the form or hide it.  In the “On” part of the if statement you might add something like

Me.subDetails.Visible = True

In the  “Off” part you add

Me.subDetails.Visible = False

Screen design and appearance can make a lot of difference in the acceptance a programmer receives when a new application is presented.  Simple things like the way buttons appear and work can be the difference between acceptance and rejection.  If you are doing Microsoft Access programming, take the time to add the finishing touches.