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Development Tools (Perl and Access VBA Cross Reference Guide)

By Mike Prestwood

Perl versus Access VBA: A side by side comparison between Perl and Access VBA.

Tool Basics

Developer environment basics such as common file extensions, common keyboard shortcuts, etc.

Development Tools

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Languages Focus

Primary development tool(s) used to develop and debug code.


Many developers just use a text editor but you have to be careful when developing on Windows and deploying to Unix/Linix. Some Windows text editors including Notepad, and Microsoft Expression Web save text files in UTF-8 which is not compatible with Unix/Linux.

There are many Perl editors available including ActivePerl Pro Studio, and the free Perl Express. I usually use Perl Express.

Quick Start: Install Perl to IIS or Apache, install Perl Express then configure to use Perl, then install MySQL. For IIS 7, you will likely have to configure Hangler Mappings and add %s %s.

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Access VBA: 

Microsoft Office Access is the primary tool and does include pretty good debugging features, some limited OOP features such as designing a class and instantiating an object, and, best of all, MS still has developers working on MS Access (as opposed to Corel Paradox).

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