Is there any robust documentation on Access 2013 Custom Web Apps? Specifically, macro definitions with examples, system examples (beyond Microsoft's issues example), effective approaches to structuring Access 2013 Custom Web applications, integration with other applications using the same database, etc.?
The Microsoft documentation looks promising but falls short. The Access 2013 custom web app reference
looks good when you open it but as you drill in you often find short answers without examples or in many cases template text that has not been filled in. For example, in the entry on Operators
is simply a template without any content, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/dn142400.aspx.
I have been working with Access 2013 Custom Web Apps for two months and continually hit the wall over basic functions or UI questions that I have to resolve by trial and error because they are not documented effectively. At the same time I am hesitant to abandon it for several reasons
- the SQL Azure database schema that is created is quite impressive, with changes in validations and relationships managed magically (assuming you start with a reasonable design),
- the needed application functionality 95% of what is needed (albeit, limited in terms of UI controls), and
- it would be easy for anyone to maintain.
Note, I am not using any corresponding Access 2013 desktop database for my application so do not need any resources to the Access 2013 desktop development practices unless these are the same as or specifically address Access 2013 Custom Web App applications.
Also, I am not currently looking for other tools/technologies.