For year now I have seen people going apoplectic over the mere mention of Microsoft Access. An example I stumbled on recently is :
Even his commenters are “Access Haters”.
This guy’s site says he does ColdFusion, Java, JSP, PHP, Database Development and Design in MySQL, SQL Server, DB2 and Oracle. This seems to be a standard resume of your typical Access hater. I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with me that I don’t HATE Oracle and DB2 with a burning passion. Obvously a character flaw on my part.
Oh yes – maybe it’s because the database technology I choose (which is not intended to compete with any of the products he lists) keeps showing up in the way of his large-scale solutions. The fact that Access is promoted as an end-user product (which it REALLY isn’t IMHO) probably continues to lower the bar for the value of all database solutions people like him would like to promote.
In fact I think he might be a victim, as all Access devs are as well, of Microsoft’s failure to come up with a message that promotes and explains the value-prop of those who are capable of doing SERIOUS development in Access. They are all too often doing serious solutions that deserve professional-level compensation. But as long as the product is being promoted to End-Users this can never happen and this drags the whole market for “Departmental” applications and databases in general down with it. I am VERY pleased with the capability of Access itself contrary to this guy’s opinion. His beef is more with the market-image of Access and how it affects his offerings by association.
In the end it is the curse of all Access devs to accept that there are people out there who HATE you and there are others who don’t take you seriously while they insist that you solve their problems for inadequate compensation anyway.
I think Access devs have a right to be angry too and I don’t think it’s the program’s fault.