Access Day 2024: The Access Developer's Guide to Version Control

A list of resources and further reading for my 2024 Access Day presentation on version control with Microsoft Access.

Access Day 2024: The Access Developer's Guide to Version Control

Slide Deck

Check back soon for a PDF copy of the slide deck.


Sorry, no video recording this time.  You had to attend Access Day in person to see this one.

Getting Started

  1. Install Adam Waller's Version Control Add-in (step-by-step guide)
  2. Install TortoiseHg (step-by-step guide)
  3. Making your first commit (step-by-step guide)

Further Reading

Getting Started

What’s the Purpose of an Access Version Control Add-in?
Access version control add-ins are not a replacement for Git, Subversion, or Mercurial.
Installing the Access Version Control Add-in: Step-by-Step
Looking to try version control with Microsoft Access? Start here by installing Adam Waller’s free and open-source Version Control Addin for MS Access.
Installing TortoiseHg: Step-by-Step
Step-by-step instructions for installing my preferred distributed version control system (DVCS) for Access developers looking to get started with version control.
Access Version Control: A Quick Start Guide
With this step-by-step guide, you’ll be using version control with Access in under 20 minutes.

High-Level Overview

Top 10 Reasons to Use Version Control With Access
Using version control is the most impactful change you can make to improve the quality of your Microsoft Access applications. Here is a quick list of just some of the benefits you gain using version control.
Access Version Control: My Philosophy
These rules are intended as a guiding philosophy. If I’m getting closer to meeting this vision, I know I’m moving in the right direction.
Reducing Lost Code Recovery Time
How do you reduce your recovery time when you’ve lost a bunch of code you just wrote? To misquote Bart Simpson, “Version control, my man.”
Peace of Mind from Version Control
“Do you want to save your changes?” No, not if I just added temporary debugging code. But, Yes, if I also added production code. What to do?
Learn to Love Text-Based Version Control with “Highlights for Children”
Why use text-based version control for visual objects like forms and reports? I’ll tell you why, but first, find all the differences between these two pictures...
Git vs. Mercurial in 2024
This classic article from fifteen years ago contains one of the most impressively specific (and accurate) technology predictions I’ve ever read.

The Whole Shebang

The link below takes you to my "Version Control" tag page, which has a collection of 37 posts (as of publication).

Version Control - No Longer Set
Advanced techniques and unique perspectives from a guy who pushes the limits of Microsoft Access software development. Warning: may contain strong opinions.

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