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A Farewell to Access

Today, I used Microsoft Access for what I sincerely hope will be my last time.I had been using it on a quarterly basis, as part of perfoming a reporting process for a company in my area. The process - which was created far before I got involved - went something like this:

Get the backup tape from the SCO OpenSewer/Advanced PICK machineRestore the tape on the Linux/PICK D3 machineDo a bunch of mucking about on that machine to create ODBC-accessible SQL viewsUse Excel to pull data off via ODBCMuck around with the data in ExcelFeed parts of the data through Access, with a bunch of macrosMuck around with the data in Excel some morePrint out lots of results.Anyway, the company recently got sold, so the SCO box, and everything associated with it, no longer matters.

On the down side, I'll have a little less work and pay as a result of this. On the up side, the work I'm losing involved technologies I'm really not a fan of, like SCO and PICK and Access.

Of course, I've been…