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Old March 25th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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Don't laugh...

Has anyone ever created a forum/community/discussion group using Access?

I am working on a project and want to include a forum for users to communicate with in the db itself. I have some ideas how I might start, but thought I should ask and see if anyone has tried it and how they did it - no point re-inventing the wheel.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated, and my feelings won't be hurt if you all call me crazy names for thinking of such a ridiculous thing.


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Kevin

 
Old March 26th, 2007, 07:15 AM
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You could probably do this, but SharePoint is a better solution. Too much dynamic coding here. VB.NET is also better.

Put a link to the forum in the database and then use SharePoint discussions, that is the solution.

If you insist on using Access, what are your thoughts?

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Hi, Thanks for the response.

After you mentioned SharePoint, I checked it out. Does it have to be "online". My users will be confined to using it in-house on the existing network, and I was hoping for something a little more plug and play.

That's where my idea of mimicking a discussion group in Access comes in. A discussion group is essentially just "Categories", "Users", "Topics", and the "Conversations/content", so I was thinking about starting with that and building up on it.

It does not need smileys and stuff, just a simple conduit for information. It is part of a drive to reduce the use of email in the company.

Any thoughts...

 
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SharePoint is totally the way to go then. Not difficult to administer, comes free with most Server flavors, and all you need is a content database on a SQL Server. Just put it on your intranet.

Have the users create web sites for specific groups or projects, and then have them carry on discussions there. Better still, give them MSN messenger and let them communicate that way as well.

HTH

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Great news,
I will have to investigate SharePoint further I guess, before I get to involved.

Thanks again,
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Microsoft has been very slow to define the product and it letting hte market do that, but it has exactly the features you need, and it is very robust. Good luck with that.

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