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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 11:37 AM   #2
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I haven't looked at Access for a long time, but I'd say Bento is a closer match to MS Access. They were both designed more as personal database programs. While you can easily use Filemaker to create small personal database projects (I do all the time), it's really a much more robust, enterprise level tool.
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 11:40 AM   #3
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Yes, it's like Microsoft Access in that they are both database creation tools. FileMaker Pro is supposed to be easier to use than Access, I find them about the same (but I know MS and VBA inside out). FileMaker is cross platform and can publish to the web; Access is NOT cross platform, and (last version I used) could not publish to the web as FIleMaker can. On the Windows platform, if you are a developer, Access is more powerful.
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 11:43 AM   #4
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Ok thanks. The reason I asked was because of this article.

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I haven't looked at Access for a long time, but I'd say Bento is a closer match to MS Access. They were both designed more as personal database programs. While you can easily use Filemaker to create small personal database projects (I do all the time), it's really a much more robust, enterprise level tool.
I've seen Access used in many, MANY enterprise deployments successfully. I've heard FIleMaker Pro (not Server) allows 250 connections and Access allows 256, so I'd say they are on par.
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Ya Access is used heavily in business. That is why it hasn't gone not matter Microsoft attempts at discontinuing it. I used to develop on it.
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Ya Access is used heavily in business. That is why it hasn't gone not matter Microsoft attempts at discontinuing it. I used to develop on it.
I used to develop for it too...
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I've seen Access used in many, MANY enterprise deployments successfully. I've heard FIleMaker Pro (not Server) allows 250 connections and Access allows 256, so I'd say they are on par.
Sorry, my regular brain is in the shop. I was meaning FM Pro Server when I said that. To me, if it isn't in a server room, it ain't enterprise.
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Sorry, my regular brain is in the shop. I was meaning FM Pro Server when I said that. To me, if it isn't in a server room, it ain't enterprise.
Yup, Access is alive and well in many server rooms too... just look at what is done on an enterprise level with Access and Sharepoint. I know at least 2 major companies with tens of billions of assets who rely on MS Access at an enterprise level.

Of course, Access is scalable to MS SQL Server as well.
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yup, access is alive and well in many server rooms too... Just look at what is done on an enterprise level with access and sharepoint. I know at least 2 major companies with tens of billions of assets who rely on ms access at an enterprise level.

Of course, access is scalable to ms sql server as well.
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