Creating a Database in FileMaker: Visual QuickProject Guide

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The problem: Your boss has demanded a database, and you don't know how to create one. It doesn't matter that it's just a simple one (for tracking invoices, inventory, and contacts), or that flexible, powerful software (FileMaker Pro 7) has already been purchased. If you've never created a database before, the task can be daunting. The solution: This low-priced, compact guide! Recognizing that you don't necessarily want or need to know about every FileMaker Pro 7 feature, this focused, four-color volume ...

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Overview

The problem: Your boss has demanded a database, and you don't know how to create one. It doesn't matter that it's just a simple one (for tracking invoices, inventory, and contacts), or that flexible, powerful software (FileMaker Pro 7) has already been purchased. If you've never created a database before, the task can be daunting. The solution: This low-priced, compact guide! Recognizing that you don't necessarily want or need to know about every FileMaker Pro 7 feature, this focused, four-color volume demonstrates the quickest route to creating a functional, organized database-nothing more and certainly nothing less. Using large color illustrations and a minimum of verbiage, it provides the basics you need to get going without bogging you down with detailed explanations of all of FileMaker's intricacies. It also serves as the perfect jumping-off point for more extensive database exploration-for example, through FileMaker Pro 7: Visual QuickStart Guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321321213
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2005
  • Series: Visual QuickProject Guide Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Steve Schwartz has written hundreds of computer-related reviews and articles for magazines such as Macworld and PCWorld, in addition to more than 50 books, including Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide. He was a founding editor of Software Digest, the business applications editor of MACazine, and technical services director for Funk Software. Steve holds a doctorate in psychology and lives with his pets in the fictional town of Lizard Spit, Arizona. He can be reached via his official Web site: www.siliconwasteland.com.

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Table of Contents

1 About databases 1
2 Defining fields 9
3 Creating the data entry layout 25
4 Creating the global settings layout 47
5 Creating the blank forms layout 59
6 Creating the monthly totals report 67
7 Creating the destination report 83
8 Adding buttons, scripts, and value lists 91
9 Using the database 121
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