I am seriously old school. I still own a laptop that runs Windows XP and using the Student/Teacher edition of MS Office 2003. I have no MS Access included in the software bundle.
And here I am at the CONNECT Center taking a (free) MS Access class that is version 2010 and using a Windows 7-powered desktop computer at a very clean and quiet computer lab classroom. It’s a 4-day class (until Thursday) and today is the last day. There are a few functions in Access that are similar to Excel, but otherwise different. I thought that learning Access would give me a head start in to learning the more “hardcore” database systems, such as mySQL and Oracle1. If learning a database system could be this easy, I’m beginning to wonder why I couldn’t even immerse myself in to gaining some general knowledge of mySQL and how to handle/manipulate mySQL databases.
Our class just ended and received our certification of completion. I think it’s safe to say that I am fully proficient with MS Office (2010). But with the new version of MS Office that recently came out I may have to get myself upgraded again. Hopefully there aren’t too many changes.
Next week, I start my volunteering duties for ProMatch. For instance, being a computer support rep at the CONNECT center’s computer labs. I haven’t been a support rep for over 10 years already. Last time I’ve done that was back in college. I even planned on doing volunteer work at Washington Hospital, but with the distance and everything, looks like I wouldn’t have to.
Ending my latest blog entry here. I’m just writing this while waiting for the instructor to save some practice files in my flash drive.
On the sidenote...
- most especially mySQL [↩]