Archive Collection: Tools

I'm on vacation (shh...don't tell anyone)! I'll be back soon, but until then enjoy today's curated collection of articles from the archive. Today's topic: Tools.

Archive Collection: Tools

I've been writing a daily article here since September 1, 2020; that's over 800 articles.  I haven't missed a day yet, and that includes Christmas and Easter.  Well, I'm taking my first family vacation since I started writing this blog.  Our only other family vacation (which predates the blog) was a National Lampoon's-style disaster.  I hope this one is going better.

I'm writing this in the present tense, but I'm writing it for future publication with links to past articles.  Let's hope the time-space continuum holds up.

In any case, as the slacker Firstie says to the Stony Lonesome Gate guard twenty minutes before Taps, let me get to the Point.  I've got a daily publishing streak to keep up.  But I don't want to be writing and publishing articles on vacation.  And I still want to provide you with something of value to read each day.  So I settled on creating a series of curated article lists that I think you'll find beneficial.

I'm hoping at least some of these articles are ones you haven't read before.  And if you're so obsessed with me that you have read all my articles, I'm hoping that they'll keep you busy enough that you don't come looking for me and my family 😳.  



My Favorite Things
Here is a list of my favorite utilities, add-ins, OCX controls, and applications that I use when developing Microsoft Access applications.
vbWatchdog v4 Released
Version 4 of vbWatchdog just got released. If you don’t already own a license for it, you should. And if you do, you should upgrade before August 31, 2022.
Everything You Need to Find Files
Or, should I say, You Need *Everything* to Find Files.
Access Database Right-Click Context Menu Creator
Wouldn’t it be great to right-click an Access file to compact or decompile it? With Daniel Pineault’s awesome tool, you can!
Writing and reading regular expressions is like speaking a foreign language. Think of like Google Translate for regexes.
AccessUI - Data Source Manager
Tired of dealing with the limitations and poor UI of Access’s built-in linked table manager? Try this FREE improved version from Kevin Bell.
Keybase: A Simple and Secure Way to Communicate
Whenever I need to share sensitive information with my team--such as passwords or private keys--I use Keybase for peace of mind.
Rainbow CSV
If you work with delimited text files of any kind, you need to be using this VS Code extension.
Using FreeMind as a Schema Development Tool
In the early stages of planning a database design, I prefer a tool that lets me capture my thoughts as they flow without getting in the way. FreeMind is that tool.

All original code samples by Mike Wolfe are licensed under CC BY 4.0