Latest developments …

I took a little break from writing after getting the last batch of articles online and promptly came down with the flu which put me out of action for another few days.  Then I decided to catch up with some ASP.NET study but I’m realizing now that my daily...

The Value of Choice

... It seems that more and more people in this society are unwilling to accept this responsibility or understand the concepts of free will and choice ... The freedom to make the wrong choices is vital to a person’s actual ability to make the right ones. This is...

Almost there …

I’m managing to get my fingers to keep working despite the latest cold snaps and have finished the first draft of “Programming Microsoft Access”, the series on Visual Basic for Applications that I’ve been working on for the last couple weeks.  Now I’m going through the chapters and revising...

Living in Outlook

In my last post, I included the outline for the series on Access VBA that I’m writing.  Of course, an outline is just that – a rough summary of what the finished project should look like.  It can’t be carved in stone. So while I’m working on the chapters for decision loops,...

A few thoughts at 3 a.m.

I’m plowing my way through writing the next chapter of the Microsoft Access for Beginners series and have the insomnia to show for it.  This chapter, an introduction to Visual Basic for Applications, is one I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and should have done a long time...

PDFCreator

PDFCreator is an free tool from PDFForge.org for creating PDF files from Windows applications. The installation adds a printer to windows which accepts the output from Word and other programs and outputs PDF files. It has a great autosave feature which will automatically save the files to the folder...

Understanding SQL

I’m trying to add some new articles to the site and finish out the Microsoft Access for Beginners series while gradually writing about more advanced topics. Microsoft Access is fun but it takes more than Access to make a programmer. One good example is Structured Query Language (SQL), the...

Just had to step out for awhile …

There was a bit of an oversight while transferring the site to a new hosting service and the blog went away for awhile but it’s back now and hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up a little more than I did before. As I said, Drewslair.com was transferred...

Design Abstractions

While new technologies ... might make things easier for the average professional, they will never replace a solid understanding of the technologies they are built on top of....