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Old December 17th, 2009, 04:08 PM posted to microsoft.public.access.tablesdbdesign
mary
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Default Food Pantry Database

I am setting up a db to track the clients that access our pantry. At the end
of the month we produce a report showing non duplicated and duplicated
counts. We offer multiple services, food, clothes, furniture,
salon/barbershop, benevolence funds, parenting classes, thanksgiving
assistance, christmas assistance. I want to track how often they use our
services, zip codes using our service, services provided to a family,
children served from a particular school, and a who recieves what service.
Question: What tables and fields do you suggest as I start my database, or do
you know where a free template I should start with?
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Old December 17th, 2009, 05:06 PM posted to microsoft.public.access.tablesdbdesign
Duane Hookom
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Default Food Pantry Database

Thanks for the good work that you do. Your question is quite broad. If I were
you, I would focus on a small part of the application and then expand as
needed. You might want to read Michael Hernandez's excellent "Database Design
for Mere Mortals, Second Edition"
http://www.viescas.com/Info/books.htm#Database%20Design

You have a lot of questions to answer about your services and clients and
the granularity of the information. Do you need to record only pounds of food
provided or information about each type of food (veggies, baked, fruit,...)?
Do you need to store based on a "household" or do you need information on
each member of the household?

I suggest you begin with some reading. Also, make sure you identify and use
a good naming convention. Check out
http://www.mvps.org/access/tencommandments.htm.

Then come back here with specific questions and ask for our input. If you
haven't had much experience with databases and/or programming, maybe you can
get some student help from UNC Greensboro or other local school.

--
Duane Hookom
Microsoft Access MVP


"Mary" wrote:

I am setting up a db to track the clients that access our pantry. At the end
of the month we produce a report showing non duplicated and duplicated
counts. We offer multiple services, food, clothes, furniture,
salon/barbershop, benevolence funds, parenting classes, thanksgiving
assistance, christmas assistance. I want to track how often they use our
services, zip codes using our service, services provided to a family,
children served from a particular school, and a who recieves what service.
Question: What tables and fields do you suggest as I start my database, or do
you know where a free template I should start with?
--
Positive Direction for Youth & Families, Inc. (www.pdfyinc.com)

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Old December 18th, 2009, 12:52 PM posted to microsoft.public.access.tablesdbdesign
Fred
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Default Food Pantry Database

Of course Duane's is the good overall answer. But in parallel with that, you
might think the questions in his second paragraph and about what "entities"
you want to databases (e.g. people? families? services? instances of
services being provided?) and what you mean by a "count". And then repost
with some of the answers and the I think we could help get you specifically
started.


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Old December 18th, 2009, 02:19 PM posted to microsoft.public.access.tablesdbdesign
Roger Carlson
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Default Food Pantry Database

To follow up on Duane's suggestion of reading up on database design, I have
a Tutorial Page that explains what "normalization" is, why it's so
important, and steps you through the process. There are also links to other
normalization FAQs and tutorials at the bottom of the page. You can find it
he http://www.rogersaccesslibrary.com/f...ts.asp?TID=238

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"Duane Hookom" wrote in message
news
Thanks for the good work that you do. Your question is quite broad. If I
were
you, I would focus on a small part of the application and then expand as
needed. You might want to read Michael Hernandez's excellent "Database
Design
for Mere Mortals, Second Edition"
http://www.viescas.com/Info/books.htm#Database%20Design

You have a lot of questions to answer about your services and clients and
the granularity of the information. Do you need to record only pounds of
food
provided or information about each type of food (veggies, baked,
fruit,...)?
Do you need to store based on a "household" or do you need information on
each member of the household?

I suggest you begin with some reading. Also, make sure you identify and
use
a good naming convention. Check out
http://www.mvps.org/access/tencommandments.htm.

Then come back here with specific questions and ask for our input. If you
haven't had much experience with databases and/or programming, maybe you
can
get some student help from UNC Greensboro or other local school.

--
Duane Hookom
Microsoft Access MVP


"Mary" wrote:

I am setting up a db to track the clients that access our pantry. At the
end
of the month we produce a report showing non duplicated and duplicated
counts. We offer multiple services, food, clothes, furniture,
salon/barbershop, benevolence funds, parenting classes, thanksgiving
assistance, christmas assistance. I want to track how often they use our
services, zip codes using our service, services provided to a family,
children served from a particular school, and a who recieves what
service.
Question: What tables and fields do you suggest as I start my database,
or do
you know where a free template I should start with?
--
Positive Direction for Youth & Families, Inc. (www.pdfyinc.com)



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Old March 8th, 2010, 02:13 AM posted to microsoft.public.access.tablesdbdesign
mary
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Default Food Pantry Database

Thanks for the help. I will get back to you with some more specific questions. It took me a year to find the place where I asked this question!



Roger Carlson wrote:

To follow up on Duane's suggestion of reading up on database design, I havea
18-Dec-09

To follow up on Duane's suggestion of reading up on database design, I have
a Tutorial Page that explains what "normalization" is, why it is so
important, and steps you through the process. There are also links to other
normalization FAQs and tutorials at the bottom of the page. You can find it
he http://www.rogersaccesslibrary.com/f...ts.asp?TID=238

--
--Roger Carlson
MS Access MVP
Access Database Samples: www.rogersaccesslibrary.com
Want answers to your Access questions in your Email?
Free subscription:
http://peach.ease.lsoft.com/scripts/...UBED1=ACCESS-L

Previous Posts In This Thread:

On Thursday, December 17, 2009 11:08 AM
Mary wrote:

Food Pantry Database
I am setting up a db to track the clients that access our pantry. At the end
of the month we produce a report showing non duplicated and duplicated
counts. We offer multiple services, food, clothes, furniture,
salon/barbershop, benevolence funds, parenting classes, thanksgiving
assistance, christmas assistance. I want to track how often they use our
services, zip codes using our service, services provided to a family,
children served from a particular school, and a who recieves what service.
Question: What tables and fields do you suggest as I start my database, or do
you know where a free template I should start with?
--
Positive Direction for Youth & Families, Inc. (www.pdfyinc.com)

On Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:06 PM
Duane Hookom wrote:

Thanks for the good work that you do. Your question is quite broad.
Thanks for the good work that you do. Your question is quite broad. If I were
you, I would focus on a small part of the application and then expand as
needed. You might want to read Michael Hernandez's excellent "Database Design
for Mere Mortals, Second Edition"
http://www.viescas.com/Info/books.htm#Database%20Design

You have a lot of questions to answer about your services and clients and
the granularity of the information. Do you need to record only pounds of food
provided or information about each type of food (veggies, baked, fruit,...)?
Do you need to store based on a "household" or do you need information on
each member of the household?

I suggest you begin with some reading. Also, make sure you identify and use
a good naming convention. Check out
http://www.mvps.org/access/tencommandments.htm.

Then come back here with specific questions and ask for our input. If you
have not had much experience with databases and/or programming, maybe you can
get some student help from UNC Greensboro or other local school.

--
Duane Hookom
Microsoft Access MVP


"Mary" wrote:

On Friday, December 18, 2009 7:52 AM
Fred wrote:

Of course Duane's is the good overall answer.
Of course Duane's is the good overall answer. But in parallel with that, you
might think the questions in his second paragraph and about what "entities"
you want to databases (e.g. people? families? services? instances of
services being provided?) and what you mean by a "count". And then repost
with some of the answers and the I think we could help get you specifically
started.

On Friday, December 18, 2009 9:19 AM
Roger Carlson wrote:

To follow up on Duane's suggestion of reading up on database design, I havea
To follow up on Duane's suggestion of reading up on database design, I have
a Tutorial Page that explains what "normalization" is, why it is so
important, and steps you through the process. There are also links to other
normalization FAQs and tutorials at the bottom of the page. You can find it
he http://www.rogersaccesslibrary.com/f...ts.asp?TID=238

--
--Roger Carlson
MS Access MVP
Access Database Samples: www.rogersaccesslibrary.com
Want answers to your Access questions in your Email?
Free subscription:
http://peach.ease.lsoft.com/scripts/...UBED1=ACCESS-L


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