Filemaker Pro

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Refocused and completely rewritten with the needs of business users and FileMaker Pro developers in mind, FileMaker Pro 9 Bible shows you how to design an industrial-strength database, make it intuitive, and automate it with scripts and programming. From the fundamentals to data modeling to writing no-fail code, you'll find the clear, step-by-step procedures, solid techniques, and detailed explanations you need to master this powerful software and build the right solutions for ...

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Overview

Refocused and completely rewritten with the needs of business users and FileMaker Pro developers in mind, FileMaker Pro 9 Bible shows you how to design an industrial-strength database, make it intuitive, and automate it with scripts and programming. From the fundamentals to data modeling to writing no-fail code, you'll find the clear, step-by-step procedures, solid techniques, and detailed explanations you need to master this powerful software and build the right solutions for your needs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470177433
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/24/2008
  • Series: Bible Series , #461
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Cologon is a FileMaker Pro consultant, a member of the FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA), and a widely known and respected FileMaker Pro developer and solutions provider. Ray is the recipient of an Award for Leadership and Technical Excellence in FileMaker Pro from FileMaker, Inc.

Dennis R. Cohen is a computer industry writer, technical reviewer, and coauthor of fifteen books. He has been involved in the industry for almost thirty years and was a senior software engineer at Claris Corp. (now FileMaker, Inc.).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Part I: The Fundamentals.

Chapter 1: Databases: The What, Why, and How.

Chapter 2: Putting FileMaker Pro in Perspective.

Chapter 3: Getting Acquainted with FileMaker.

Chapter 4: What’s New in FileMaker 9.

Part II: Introduction to Database Design.

Chapter 5: Creating a Database.

Chapter 6: The Interface: Layout Mode.

Chapter 7: The Structure: The Manage Database Dialog.

Chapter 8: The Processes: ScriptMaker.

Part III: Beyond the Basics.

Chapter 9: The FileMaker Power User.

Chapter 10: Building Advanced Interfaces.

Chapter 11: Data Modeling in FileMaker.

Chapter 12: Calculation Wizardry.

Chapter 13: Scripting in Depth.

Part IV: Integrity and Security.

Chapter 14: In Control with FileMaker Security.

Chapter 15: Maintaining Referential Integrity.

Chapter 16: Making FileMaker Systems Fail-Safe.

Chapter 17: Maintaining and Restoring Data.

Part V: Raising the Bar.

Chapter 18: FileMaker Pro Advanced Features.

Chapter 19: Efficient Code, Efficient Solutions.

Chapter 20: Extending FileMaker’s Capabilities.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Expanding Your Knowledge with Additional Resources.

Appendix C: About the Web Site.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    Model of Clarity and Insight

    Of the dozen or so FileMaker books I own, this is by far the best organized and most useful. It provides the widest coverage of topics from introductory material to advanced developer techniques. The first half is essential reading for all beginners full of great explanations that don't just re-state what's in the manual/help. Very clear and easy to read. In later chapters I found loads of new information (I have used FileMaker for 8 years). Clear and detailed and the best way to learn the program inside out. This book is outstanding and easily the best I've seen in the Bible series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    As convoluted as Filemaker itself

    I have used Filemaker and Filemaker manuals for many years and find this attempt disorganized, with related topics and information scattered throughout the book. If you don't use and follow their example database it is very difficult to follow the information they present. I have used various manuals in the 'bible' series for many years to good advantage, and find that this work is poor by comparison.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    Extremely well written and well researched, the FileMaker Pro 9 Bible is an excellent book, and Ray Cologon is an excellent writer. His depth of understanding, both of the product and of the greater database world in general, is awe-inspiring. The FileMaker Pro 9 Bible really does have something for everyone. It covers the topic of FileMaker Pro in a very comprehensive manner that is suitable both for database beginners as well as for seasoned FileMaker veterans. Ray begins with an overview of what makes up a database, independent of the FileMaker paradigm itself. He then moves on to discuss how FileMaker fits into the database world, and then goes into detail on each aspect of the product. And he does it all with a deft touch that never confuses or intimidates the reader. Whether you consider yourself a FileMaker Pro developer or merely use it as a tool to organize your information, this book is the essential reference for FileMaker Pro.

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