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  1. #1
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    Question Unanswered: VB, Delphi, or ?

    I have written several intermediate level database applications in MS Access. I want to freely distribute them to fellow church members for their use. However I don't want to force them to purchase Access and I can't afford the ODE.

    I am limited in funds and available time to write these apps so I am looking for a RAD tool, relatively inexpensive or free. So my questions are:

    VB, Delphi (learning curve?), or ?
    Which Delphi release roughly corresponds with VB6 Pro?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
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    If your application is in Access now then it should stay there. (I say that being thoroughly conversant in all the tools you name ... voice of experience here. )

    Perhaps your fellow church members could contribute to the ODE cost? (I do not mean to sound the slightest bit condescending.)
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    How complex are these access applications - do you they use forms and reporting ? Are you looking to keep access for the backend and vb/delphi for front-end development ? How much time do you have ?

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    Originally posted by rnealejr
    How complex are these access applications - do you they use forms and reporting ? Are you looking to keep access for the backend and vb/delphi for front-end development ? How much time do you have ?
    They use many forms. 1>M>M relationships. Extensive reporting. All the things Access makes easy. I would prefer a db as least as robust and easy as JET. Simplicity is paramount for me as I write and maintain these apps in my spare time.

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    This is really based on your time constraints. If you have to move then I would use vb/Data Report Designer /access(or msde). Just know that this will be a time consuming process.

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    Originally posted by rnealejr
    This is really based on your time constraints. If you have to move then I would use vb/Data Report Designer /access(or msde). Just know that this will be a time consuming process.
    I am unfamiliar with Data Report Designer. Is this included with VB?
    -Thanks

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    Yes - go to Project -> Add Data Report.

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    Originally posted by rnealejr
    Yes - go to Project -> Add Data Report.
    -Thanks

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