Filemaker Pro 4.0: A Developer's Guide

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FileMaker Pro is a cross-platform relational database management system that operates on PCs rather than huge mainframe systems, making it accessible to small firms and single developers amongst which it has a loyal band of users. FileMaker Pro 4.0 represents a major step forward by allowing database developers to display and capture information on the world wide web and integrate it with their databases. It includes an integrated web publishing tool and allows customization of web sites via Claris HomePage 3.0 -...
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Overview

FileMaker Pro is a cross-platform relational database management system that operates on PCs rather than huge mainframe systems, making it accessible to small firms and single developers amongst which it has a loyal band of users. FileMaker Pro 4.0 represents a major step forward by allowing database developers to display and capture information on the world wide web and integrate it with their databases. It includes an integrated web publishing tool and allows customization of web sites via Claris HomePage 3.0 - a popular web page creation tool. FMP3.0 offered end-users and developers alike a unique and friendly user interface with which to build sophisticated applications. FMP4.0 enables them to take a further leap forward and connect their databases to the world via the Internet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201360691
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 5/15/1999
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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PREFACE:

This book has been completely revised to provide detailed coverage of the latest release of FileMaker Pro, versions 4.0 and 4.1 which is a fully relational database management system available for the Apple Macintosh and the Windows 95 and Windows 98 operating system for PCIs.

This book begins with an introduction to the basic concepts and ideas behind relational theory. It progresses to consider the issues involved in building a successful relational database. The emphasis here is on data modelling and how to ensure that the database model that you use is the most appropriate for your requirements.

The second part of this book is a comprehensive description of the features of FileMaker Pro 4.0 and 4.1. It focuses on a range of issues that developers and experienced users alike may encounter and highlights the ways in which FileMaker Pro 4.x provides a number of different approaches to solving problems that may arise.

The book is best read while working with FileMaker Pro 4.x so that you can try out some of the ideas and examples included on the accompanying CD-ROM and see the results for yourself. I have done my best to ensure that all examples work, but if you do come across any problems, please contact the publisher.

When you have read this book, you will be able to develop successful FileMaker Pro 4.x databases and be familiar enough with the software to be able to discover four yourself what is not explicitly included in the text. As your knowledge and experience grow, you may continue to use the book as a reference source on particular topics. What is important is that I have not attempted to describe every single command exhaustively,nor every method of manipulating data in FileMaker Pro. DonIt forget that FileMaker Pro offers a rich and rewarding development environment and there is always more than one route to solve any given problem.



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Table of Contents

Preface
How this book is organized
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 Database Systems: Design and Management 1
1 Introduction to Database Management 3
2 Parts and Functions of a Database Management System 11
3 Successful Database Design 25
4 An Example of an Employee and Projects Database Design and Analysis 39
5 The Relational Model 47
Pt. 2 FileMaker Pro 4.1 Examined 63
6 FileMaker Pro 4.1: A New Feature Overview 65
7 Defining Fields 73
8 Defining Calculations 93
9 Relating Files 115
10 Working with Layouts 145
11 Navigating FileMaker Pro 4.1 173
12 ScriptMaker 193
13 Importing and Exporting Data 225
14 Object Linking and Embedding 259
15 FileMaker Pro and Networking 277
16 FileMaker Pro and AppleScript 295
17 FileMaker Pro and Windows 95/98 317
18 FileMaker Pro and the World Wide Web 327
19 FileMaker Pro and HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 341
20 FileMaker Pro Forms and The Claris Dynamic Markup Language (CDML) 359
21 Binding FileMaker Pro Files 393
22 External Functions and APIs 407
23 FileMaker Pro and Java 417
Function Appendix 437
Undocumented Features Appendix 451
CDML Tag Reference Appendix 453
FileMaker Pro and Year 2000 Compliance Appendix 457
Glossary 461
Index 469
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Preface

PREFACE:

This book has been completely revised to provide detailed coverage of the latest release of FileMaker Pro, versions 4.0 and 4.1 which is a fully relational database management system available for the Apple Macintosh and the Windows 95 and Windows 98 operating system for PCIs.

This book begins with an introduction to the basic concepts and ideas behind relational theory. It progresses to consider the issues involved in building a successful relational database. The emphasis here is on data modelling and how to ensure that the database model that you use is the most appropriate for your requirements.

The second part of this book is a comprehensive description of the features of FileMaker Pro 4.0 and 4.1. It focuses on a range of issues that developers and experienced users alike may encounter and highlights the ways in which FileMaker Pro 4.x provides a number of different approaches to solving problems that may arise.

The book is best read while working with FileMaker Pro 4.x so that you can try out some of the ideas and examples included on the accompanying CD-ROM and see the results for yourself. I have done my best to ensure that all examples work, but if you do come across any problems, please contact the publisher.

When you have read this book, you will be able to develop successful FileMaker Pro 4.x databases and be familiar enough with the software to be able to discover four yourself what is not explicitly included in the text. As your knowledge and experience grow, you may continue to use the book as a reference source on particular topics. What is important is that I have not attempted to describe every single commandexhaustively,nor every method of manipulating data in FileMaker Pro. DonIt forget that FileMaker Pro offers a rich and rewarding development environment and there is always more than one route to solve any given problem.



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