FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual

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FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual is the clear, thorough and accessible guide to the latest version of this popular desktop database program. FileMaker Pro lets you do almost anything with the information you give it. You can print corporate reports, plan your retirement, or run a small country — if you know what you're doing. This book helps non-technical folks like you get in, get your database built, and get the results you need. Pronto.

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Overview

FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual is the clear, thorough and accessible guide to the latest version of this popular desktop database program. FileMaker Pro lets you do almost anything with the information you give it. You can print corporate reports, plan your retirement, or run a small country — if you know what you're doing. This book helps non-technical folks like you get in, get your database built, and get the results you need. Pronto.

The new edition gives novices and experienced users the scoop on versions 8.5 and 9. It offers complete coverage of timesaving new features such as the Quick Start screen that lets you open or a create a database in a snap, the handy "save to" buttons for making Excel documents or PDFs, the multiple level Undo and Redo commands let you step backwards through your typing tasks, and much more. With FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual, you can:

  • Get your first database running in minutes and perform basic tasks right away.
  • Catalog people, processes and things with streamlined data entry and sorting tools.
  • Learn to use layout tools to organize the appearance of your database.
  • Use your data to generate reports, correspondence and other documents with ease.
  • Create, connect, and manage multiple tables and set up complex relationships that show you just the data you need.
  • Crunch numbers, search text, or pin down dates and times with dozens of built-in formulas.
  • Automate repetitive tasks with FileMaker Pro 9's easy-to-learn scripting language.
  • Protect your database with passwords and set up privileges to determine what others can do once they gain entry.
  • Outfit your database for the Web and import and export data to other formats.
Each chapter in the book contains "living examples" — downloadable tutorials that help you learn how to build a database by actually doing it. You also get plenty of sound, objective advice that lets you know which features are really useful, and which ones you'll barely touch. To make the most of FileMaker Pro 9, you need the book that should have been in the box.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596514136
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Coffey has been helping people solve problems with FileMaker Pro for over 10 years. He is a partner at Six Fried Rice (http://sixfriedrice.com/), a FileMaker Pro consulting and training firm based in Phoenix, Arizona. Six Fried Rice brings the power and simplicity of FileMaker Pro to individuals, workgroups, enterprise, and the web through world-class training, expert advice, and custom development. He lives in downtown Phoenix with his wife of 14 years and his two daughters, Isabel (9) and Sophia (5). If you're a FileMaker fan, you can reach Geoff any time at geoff@sixfriedrice.com.

Susan Prosser is a reformed journalist who's stopped trying to bring information to the people and now helps them manage the data they already have. Susan has developed FileMaker databases for 12 years, but returns to her roots by training and writing curriculum for other developers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Introduction to FileMaker Pro

Chapter 1: Your First Database

Chapter 2: Organizing and Editing Records

Chapter 3: Building a New Database

Part II: Layout Basics

Chapter 4: Layout Basics

Chapter 5: Creating Layouts

Chapter 6: Advanced Layouts and Reports

Part III: Multiple Tables and Relationships

Chapter 7: Multiple Tables and Relationships

Chapter 8: Advanced Relationship Techniques

Part IV: Introduction to Calculations

Chapter 9: Introduction to Calculations

Chapter 10: Calculations and Data Types

Chapter 11: Advanced Calculations

Chapter 12: Extending Calculations

Part V: Scripting

Chapter 13: Scripting Basics

Chapter 14: Script Steps

Chapter 15: Advanced Scripting

Part VI: Security and Integration

Chapter 16: Security

Chapter 17: Sharing Data with Other Systems

Chapter 18: Sharing Your Database

Chapter 19: Developer Utilities

Part VII: Appendixes

Appendix A: Getting Help

Appendix B: Filemaker Error Codes

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