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Should I use a lookup table or select query?

Posted on 2008-06-19
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Hello Experts,

I have a basic Access/dbase question i think.....

When buliding forms for end users should I use lookup tables for the dropdown or Select queries for the dropdowns.  At first I was building using lookup tables but realized if you modify the lkup table it affects all records.  Which leads me to believe I shoud use a select query that extrapulates from a table the data i need.  That way modificatios only effect future records and i could make certain selctions active and in-active...... does this sound correct?

Thanks
terry
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Thats how I do it; it cuts down on maintenance and possibly forgetting to update the table also.
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Lookup tables are generally a bad idea for various reasons.
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Thanks for the confirmation.
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