Microsoft Access: The Database Software That Won’t Die

What lessons can we learn from old code that becomes unkillable?

Matthew MacDonald
Oct 30, 2019 · 8 min read
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How popular is Access (really)

Access squeezes into the top ten in the DB-Engines ranking, alongside many more capable databases

How to attempt to kill a program (and fail)

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Lessons from Access and its enduring life

1. The power user gap

2. True power is empowering someone else

3. Never overestimate “it just works”

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Hack. Code. Think. Stories about science, tech, and programming.

Matthew MacDonald

Written by

Teacher, coder, long-ago Microsoft MVP. Author of heavy books. Join Young Coder for a creative take on science and technology. Queries: matthew@prosetech.com

Young Coder

Hack. Code. Think. Stories about science, tech, and programming.

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