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Build a new better Access

Imagine a client side, pure javascript, SPA web application that displays windowed, data bound forms that talk to SQL Server. These forms are modeled with all of the well though out capabilities of Access forms (same subforms, datasheets, subdatasheets, controls, events, and properties). The development environment is Access-like but Javascript has replaced VBA. SSRS and PowerBI render the reports. SQL Server is the database and the web server, delivering the application through a web port, manages the session/connections, and maintains data. The product comes with SQL Server. Not bound to the cloud, but bound to SQL Server.

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  • Frank Rotolo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Well its been what, 3 or 4 (DAP, SP/Online, AWA...) failed attempts at providing a web-enabled version of Access. Is there any roadmap, or should we migrate to .NET?

  • Liz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Will Access work with Sharepoint Online- we are moving to O365 and not sure if this will be supported in the future?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    SUCKS! Microsoft typically across all platforms relies on its "community" to answer questions. It's no wonder a lot of people prefer MAC!

  • mdk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Well, you'd actually solve my deployment issues if Access for the Mac were released so that 20% of my users didn't have to use terminal services.

    But in the long term, hopefully a goal is to have the Access model of forms rendering in web browsers with Javascript. And not bound to SharePoint, but distributed with SQL Server.

    For an interesting side see databound javascript based controls by: https://www.smartclient.com/smartclient/showcase/?id=Welcome

    And/or maybe someday PowerApps, could have rich forms with subforms etc. and a real language. But right now that environment can't even edit a datasheet - something that Access had in 1.0 when distributed on 3.5" disks back in the day.

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