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    Tuckejam is offline Competent Performer
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    Lookups Vs. Relationships

    I was told that using Lookup fields in tables is not a good Idea or proper database setup/Management.
    already having had problems using the Lookups in tables I want to understand more how not to use lookups in with related fields in tables


    So How do I set up the relation in the tables

    If i have a list of accounts in a table, every account has AccountID and AccountName



    and in my table of transactions, every transaction has an Account name, so is that linked field AccountID and that field is just a data type number, Long Integer?

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    Lookups are good.
    You only need the relationship for ownership, like Client table owns Expenses, payments.

    or shopping cart: tOrder table has relation to tOrderDetails (all the purchases)
    it does NOT need relation to tProducts. The product is added (as lookup) to the tOrderDetails ,to add the ProdNum & Price.

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    Tuckejam is offline Competent Performer
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    Oh I don't have anything that complicated

    I just have people (chapters) paying dues in

    and then making payments out for storage, fuel reimbursements, venue fees for meetings, etc.

    want to be able to track how much is spent for different categories, and track dues payed in by chapters.

    Sometimes we will Loan a chapter money, then will need to track the payments back in.

    But I think/Hope I can do this all with one table of transactions, then i should be able to get any information I need using query's

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    tClients tbl(master)

    tPayments tbl (child)
    PayID (autonum)
    ClientID (long)
    PayDate
    AmtPd
    PayItem (storage,fuel,venue fee)
    PaidBy (check,cash,CC)
    etc...

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