Reasons Not to Use Access

By Deane Barker on November 27, 2003

Nine Reasons NOT To Use MS Access To Power A DB-Driven Website: This guy makes a lot of valid points, but he misses the biggest reason people are going to still use Access: it usually doesn’t cost anything extra. For someone with a simple site, they’re more interested in limiting their costs. SQL Server accounts can add up.

On one hand, everyone keeps asking me to compare MS Access to SQL Server. On the other hand, scores of people are sending me feedback asking me to help fix MS Access databases that have been corrupted or that used to work but don’t work anymore. The answer to both questions that I usually respond with is…If you care about your data, don’t use MS Access…

File this under “In a Perfect World…”