In my early days as a developer, and soon after dBase became irrelevant, Microsoft Access was my primary tool of trade. It offered a relatively easy database and tools for creating forms and reports fast. Developers like me took advantage of it and an untold number of apps were developed, some of them still in use.
Then came the internet and Access wasn’t ready for the job. Yes, you could build web apps on Access but it was slow for large data sets, took too much server resources, didn’t perform well in multi-user environments, was not secure and just didn’t meet the requirements of web apps. MySQL gradually became the database of choice for most web developers.
Now Access 2010 is released, but it is still beating a drum that is different from what mainstream Access developers want to hear. Sure, you can make apps for SharePoint, but how many people are building apps exclusively for SharePoint?
Online databases are now all the rage and Access simply isn’t one. Our Caspio online database has most functionality available in Access but it lets users build highly scalable, multi-user web forms, reports and apps that can be deployed to any website, including SharePoint. On top of that, no programming is required.
Microsoft’s lack of interest in making Access more suitable for the web is understandable. It suffers from conflict of interests. By making Access better for the web, it would compete too much with Microsoft’s more profitable SQL Server. Microsoft online database strategy is SQL Azure and they are working hard to bring developers to it. Microsoft wants Access developers forget about Access and get going with Azure. However, SQL Azure is too complex and too expensive for the market that Access was serving.
Such an iconic application is stagnating without a clear direction for the future. Now that Microsoft Access 2010 is out it appears that the days of Access are over.
Access users of the world! Do not lament. Online databases are ready to serve you in such ways that Access was never able to. Caspio is certainly setup to help Access developers migrate their old apps to the web and build new ones fast and with confidence that their skills, experiences and knowledge are completely transferable to the Caspio platform.
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