First off, I want to say that I believe Access has one of the most helpful communities ever. I have often wondered why that is, and my own take on this is that most Access developers do not start out as full time developers. They start out as users, who become power users, who become actual developers who then become professional developers. They started out as users, and fell in love with the empowerment that Access can provide both for a developer, but also for the end-user and the business.
This means that a lot of those professional developers out there, they still remember what it was like the first time they tried to get the syntax right for using dates in a Dlookup function. They remember that feeling when searching the net and finding that priceless bit of help 100% free of charge, and now they are in a position to pay-it back.
Search for it!
If you get stuck on a access problem, don’t despair. Odds are that someone else has had the same problem before, so just start googling! I have found that if I include the keywords “Access” and “VBA” the odds of getting a useable link in the top 3 results are very good.
Great online forums
There are plenty of great online forums with million (yes) pages of information on access. If you have searched for it and not been able to find the result you need, or the problem is too complex, well then you can try asking for help. Remember, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, its a sign of somebody who wants to learn, who will not settle for what he knows, but strives to become better, to improve the quality and functionality of his (or her) work.
Before you start posting questions though, try taking a look at this link:
Following some of the advice there, before posting your own question might either solve your question, or at the very least lead to an improved question, which again leads to an improved answer. Asking questions in a forum is not the same as asking questions face-to-face. Its important to show those site/access experts that you are serious about your question. If you spent 2 minutes jotting down a question with little details, and possibly plenty of spelling errors, odds are that the expert will skip over your question and move on to a more dedicated/detailed question.
These are some of the forums I personally have enjoyed using, and you can find many questions asked by me (yes I ask questions too), as well as even more answered by me.
This site also has a great insights section where experts have submitted some really useful and detailed articles. This is where I truly started my online identity, and this site has some great and truly dedicated experts.
This site has over 2.000.000 posts to date, and several Access MVP’s troll around in here. Not to forget either, yours truly visit this site quite often as well.
Wait, there is more!…
Several of the Access MVP’s also run their own site, with extra bits of goodies for free. Here are a few of the links I have used in my time. They are listed in no particular order, but are all worth a visit.
Crystal runs a site with a alot of intro material on Access, explained very nicely and thoroughly in video tutorials.
Mark Davis aka CyberCow
Mark is a very active (17.000 posts) contributor at UtterAccess and also has his own site. He is also the person who has supplied me with music for my treeview part 4 video (and hopefully more to come). He has alot of demo tools freely available. Give it a look.
Sites of interest: