Coworker: I need to get data out of this system built on top of an Access database, what’s the best way to do it?
Me: Open the Access database and do a dump.
Coworker: We can’t do that. It’s a regulated system and is locked down beyond what anyone but the creators would be able to undo.
I was skeptical, so I asked her to ask Joe, a seasoned Access warrior and see what he could do if it.
Me: Were you able to get it?
Me: Was it hard?
Joe: Two mouse clicks.
I sometimes don’t know how we’d get our jobs done if our predecessors had known what they were doing.