I thought about asking a question regarding triggers in MS Access but wasn't sure if that belonged here or not.

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I believe MS Access is on-topic as long as it is not about using the UI of Access. If you have a question about designing a DB in Access that would be fine.

I remember in college (I sound so old) that the first week or two of my first db class were taught using Access to get some of the basic concepts down before we dived into MySQL.

Besides dba.stackexchange.com is for all databases, not just the big three. There are some small businesses/projects that depend on MS Access.

I think the key is that its DBA.stackexchange - is there such a thing as an MS Access DBA? – ScottCher Jan 4 '11 at 21:20
I believe so, there are small companies that rely on MS Access for their client database and product info and whoever admins that data is their DBA. Granted I believe most people on the *.stackexchange.com network don't think much of that, but it still exists) – Patrick Jan 4 '11 at 21:57
Agree with the others. Access is a DB system and demands managing. Think network access, access control, replication, fallback, migrations etc.. even it's file based. – Sebastian Roth Jan 5 '11 at 10:59
/@Sebastian: Fair enough. – ScottCher Jan 6 '11 at 15:47
I think the key around here is not to get hung up on the word DBA – xenoterracide Jan 21 '11 at 18:08


Microsoft Office Access, previously known as Microsoft Access, is a pseudo-relational database management system from Microsoft that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools.

Source: Wikipedia

Just think about it, it has tables, triggers, views, etc. and you can use SQL on it. Sure, it's not a full-fledged, powerful DBMS, but as long as the questions are related to those database elements, of course it is on-topic.


on-topic. Just like a VBA question isn't really off-topic on SO. Just because we don't encourage the thought of Access as a "real" db it doesn't mean that it isn't valid in some limited areas.


I think they are on-topic. Here are two questions I asked on SO that now, I would ask here. I don't think they would have been on-topic for SU as @bigown suggests.

Help with Query design in MS-Access

How to make a drop down list (list box)in an MS Acess Query with values from two different tables.


Even though putting the words Access and database together makes me want to puke I'd have to agree that it's on topic. If nothing else maybe we can help a few people with the step up to a real database platform. :)


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