Convert MS Access to Visual Basic
PCA has years of experience successfully helping our Clients determine the best,
most cost-efficient path from MS Access to Visual Basic Business Applications over
Microsoft Access is a great software package for developing interfaces to data,
and providing End Users with comprehensive tools to manipulate and analyze business
data. Applications built in MS Access are very flexible and can be easily modified
as business requirements and processes change. There are business situations however,
when a custom Visual Basic application is far better suited. The primary considerations
for determining if and when to migrate your MS Access application to a Visual Basic
- Stability of the Business Application
- Number of End Users (a small group vs. Enterprise-wide deployment)
- Application Performance and Usability
Business Application Stability
If your business application requirements are still a moving target, it's best to
stay in MS Access until you've nailed down the 1.0 feature/function set. It doesn't
make sense to start construction of your business application before you complete
the design phase.
Scope of Deployment
MS Access applications depend on a number of MS Access program files and runtime
libraries to function. An application written in Visual Basic is a complete standalone
product, with no dependencies that drive IT Support costs. Developing in Visual
Basic can be a bit more time-consuming than in MS Access, since MS Access provides
a lot of standard templates and objects. However, Visual Basic is a far better solution
when the end software is intended for mass deployment or commercial release.
Performance and Usability
Because VB applications are compiled into a single executable, they tend to perform
much faster than MS Access applications, which are continually interfacing with
and interpreting external application components. Going the VB route makes a lot
of sense if application performance is a primary consideration. In addition, Visual
Basic application Interfaces can be designed to Look and Feel just like local MS
Office applications, which can be a big benefit for complex applications when Training
Costs are an issue.
Ready to Upgrade from MS Access to Visual Basic?
PCA specializes in both MS Access and Visual Basic, and we pride ourselves on being
able to identify and implement the most appropriate technology for your specific
situation. We can convert your MS Access to Visual Basic and/or MS SQL Server.
If you've developed a prototype application using MS Access, or have a decent working
program in MS Access that simply requires improved speed, improved User Interface,
and/or broader End User deployment with fewer IT Support hassles, we can upgrade
your application to the more powerful Visual Basic language. PCA can successfully
convert your MS Access to VB!