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Hi lalitadatta

What Tom writes below are very good points. I can understand that it may be a bit too much detail but it is valuable information for the school involved. It really puzzles me why schools teach concepts based on MS with a lock in policy while there is so much better software available for free as in freedom and price, running on almost every operating system and being implemented on large scale in a professional environment. In short: Software you want students to work with.

In my opinion you would do the school, the parents and not at least the students a favour by handing over this mail to the school/teacher involved.

Having said that, my daughter is using OpenOffice and LibreOffice for 9 years now. She is starting with her master and never used MS Office - despite all efforts of the schools and universities to force her into MS Office - for example by mandating MS Word style sheets for a thesis.

The school/teacher is welcome on this list or personal if questions arise and I really hope you hand this over though it does not answer your question directly.

Concerning hardware in addition to what is said by others: Don't expect miracles from the T100 but it should be able to do the job. Lack of internal memory will force your daughter in time to move larger files to a usb-disk or stick - i.e. movies in paticular. There are also models with more memory, 64GB. You may want to (let someone) remove all unneeded pre-installed software you get for "free" since this will free memory and increases performance.

Best regards, Wiebe

On 29-01-15 16:18, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Sorry to say that Access is not compatible with almost any other
database program.  Even down to the sql language under the surface of
the Queries it is different from all the rest.

Access is also very restricted in what it can do and how it can be
used - for example it only supports single user input at a time rather
than being able to handle multiple users.  Some of it's restrictions
can be by-passed if you dig deep enough but it's probably better to
use something that is designed to be "the right tool for the job"
rather than to twist Access outside of it's comfort-zone.  If she
learns how to use Access that way then she will be amazed how easy it
is to use any of the others later in life.

However it is still good to learn.  There are key concepts and
generalities that are the same or very similar.  Those concepts are
often difficult for people to grasp.  It's possibly easier to
understand some of it if you have watched "The Matrix".

The main problem would be with trying to use any example files she is
given or that she builds on Access.

It might be possible for her to use Base to do some of her exercises
but most of it will take some initiative to adapt what they ask for in
order to fit.

For example Base is best when used with an external back-end but for
the exercises she will probably be better off using the internal
back-end.  Anything teaching about Access probably wont mention
back-end vs front-end at all - which is one reason why it might be
handy to have watched "The Matrix" (but only to get the rough idea of
what it's about rather than needing to watch toooo closely - mostly
the bit about the cat and the spoon).

Regards from
Tom :)

On 29 January 2015 at 13:45, lalitadatta <> wrote:
My daughter's in need of Microsoft access for her homework - she's studying
technology at high school, and she needs Access for coding.  Anyone knows if
liber office should do the job?
Thanks in advance.

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