These are some great resources for .NET, SQL Server, Access and VB developers. If you have a favorite site, please let us know.

Don't forget to check out SSW Rules (on pretty much everything...)

User Groups

Australian SQL Server User Group

Free Technical SQL Training every month.

  • Canberra = 2nd Tue
  • Adelaide = 2nd Thu
  • Melbourne = 3rd Tue
  • Perth = 3rd Wed
  • Sydney = 4th Tue
  • Brisbane = 4th Thu

The Australian Developers .NETwork (Melbourne)

A professional association for people working in the Microsoft.NET development environment. We are a self-help group dedicated to sharing with each other our development experiences.

Queensland MSDN User Group

Established in September 1998 for the exchange of information of interest to professional software developers working primarily with Microsoft Windows based systems.

Queensland SQL Server User Group

The Queensland SQL Server User Group was established in February 2004 and consists of professional users of Microsoft SQL Server dedicated to sharing knowledge with each other.

Maryland Access/Visual Basic Users Group

Based in Maryland's, MAVBUG's mission is to provide a forum for Microsoft Access and Visual Basic users and developers to meet regularly and become better acquainted with each other, learn from each other, and discover useful products and valuable techniques

New York City .NET Developers Group

The definitive community for .NET Developers in the New York City Metropolitan area.

Sydney eXtreme Programming Activity Club (SyXPAC)

SyXPAC is a Sydney based club for people interested in eXtreme Programming.

United Kingdom VB User Groups

VBUG is a membership organization that supplies high quality information, services and products to software developers


Google Groups - Microsoft Newsgroups

Google Groups and the Microsoft newsgroups are the best source for up-to-the-minute .NET information. They are also a great place to get answers to your .NET questions.

Microsoft's .NET Community web site. Your first stop for .NET info.

Another great .NET site.

Great source for VB and .NET especially!

A good site for information about ASP.NET and also classic ASP.

An index of .NET resources.

ASP Experts

>A good site for information about ASP.NET and also classic ASP.

ASP Wire

A good site for information about ASP.NET and also classic ASP. ASPWire covers everything from new product announcements to product reviews, press articles, books, seminars and ASP website announcements.


There are almost 2000 documents and tools about everything Microsoft related. It's all free for download.


.NET Tips, tricks and tools.

Capital Area .NET users Group

This will give you access to all of the content on this growing site!

Proud to be the first .NET User Group in Pakistan! The .NET Developers community (PakSpirit) is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting and understanding the world's most popular software development framework.

SQL Server


A great site for SQL Standards and other cool stuff by Steve Jones. Steve regularly gets published by SQL Server Central and likes giving away knowledge.

A free, independent portal devoted to the administration and development of enterprise database management systems such as Oracle, DB2, and SQL Server. Contains thousands of hand-picked articles from around the Web, original technical and career tips, live chat sessions with industry leaders, daily news, and much more.

A community of 39138 DBAs, developers and SQL Server users. It is a central location for information about SQL Server and related technologies with a focus on original content and real work experiences of the authors as well as in response to questions from the readers.

Professional Association for SQL Server

Based in Chicago, PASS provides SQL Server professionals around the world with resources and knowledge. Also organizers of PASS 2000 North America SQL Server Users' Conference & Expo.

This allows you to compare the differences in structure of Microsoft SQL 7 and MSDE databases, using a graphical interface.

Microsoft SQL Server

Provides guidelines to build, deploy, administer, optimize, replicate, troubleshoot, and manage SQL Server.

Windows 2000 Magazine

Subscribe to a magazine that offers practical information for people who make their living deploying and maintaining Windows NT

Vyas Kondreddi's Home

Includes a SQL Server Replication FAQ, and several other useful SQL Server tips


Contains SQL Server Articles, FAQ, Scripts, Tips and FREE Test Exams. Written by Alexander Chigrik.

SQL Server Support

Projects, Consulting, Support and Emergency services



If you don't find the help you need at any of these sites, try posting your question to the Microsoft Access newsgroup,

AAD Consulting

Source for Free MS Access Databases, Add-Ins and Wizards

Peter's Software is Peter De Baets of Santa Monica, California and Manish Jha of Jersey City, New Jersey. They've been developing applications for a number of years for a wide variety of industries, but found that they like to develop applications that help us develop applications.


Visible Pty Ltd is an Australian company providing IT consulting services in the areas of Databasewarehousing, Database development, Enterprise design and development, Data Mining, and GIS.

The Access Developer's Handbook is the bible for all Access and VBA developers. You are not a professional Access developer if you do not have this book.

Name Field Parser

Provides a tool to parse poorly structured Access name fields.

Allen Browne's Tips for MS-Access users

An Aussie site and to think I thought that they hadn't yet got computers over there in Perth!

The Access Web

Contains links to cool code samples and FAQs for Access Developers


HALLoGRAM is a programming resource with 3rd party add-ons for developers creating custom applications in Visual FoxPro, Access, Delphi, Visual Basic, and more.


GR-FX... Microsoft Access, Technical Software, Data Mining Specialists. GR-FX Pty Limited is a consulting firm that concentrates on Microsoft Access/Office product Design, Development and Support.

Able - Consulting

Some more VB, Microsoft Access and ASP links

A few good downloads on their resources section.

ACG Soft

Products, free files and tips for the casual user to the advanced developer.

Roger's Access Library

Free sample library written in Access 97 and 2000.

Jamie's Software

Microsoft Access Software and Utilities.

Database Solutions & Downloads for Microsoft Access

Database Solutions for Microsoft Access. Database design and implementation articles, tips, tricks, code samples, Access FAQ's and downloadable database and data model samples and examples.

GI Business and Database Solutions

Provide data management solutions to clients, and provide useful free database samples. They also do custom database work and tailor software to fit your data management needs.

Remote Course

RemoteCourse's high quality online Access course help you to achieve your training goals conveniently at the pace and place of your choice.

Microsoft Office

PowerLan Office Converter

How can Office Converter help me upgrade my Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Project, Visual Basic Project, migrate Lotus 123 to Microsoft Excel, upgrade from Microsoft Access to SQL or prepare for the .NET framework?

Whitesmoke -sentence processing

Whitesmoke is unique software which enables you to upgrade words in sentences according to the individuals style and intention, without changing the original meaning.


OzGrid Business Applications for Microsoft Excel Development

A comprehensive set of tutorials, links, downloadable samples plus a chat room and message board for developers at all levels of experience.

Visual Basic Resource

This site contains lots of tips, tricks, code, macros, formulas and information on the use of Excel and VBA for Excel in general.

Visual Basic Wire

This site contains of information on tools developed in VB as well as articles on a wide range of topics.

Outlook Exchange Links

Slip Stick Systems

Outlook & Exchange Solutions Center.

Heaps of Microsoft Exchange resources.

Microsoft Outlook Spam Blocker SDK

A collection of VBA procedures that run in Outlook to filter spam based on multiple criteria - configurable by filter values and criteria types

Outlook Exchange

Articles and news for Microsoft Outlook Exchange.

Sperry Software

Great Add-Ins for Microsoft Outlook.


Specializes in Microsoft Outlook addins.