Special Edition Using FileMaker Pro 5 (Windows and MacIntosh)

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Special Edition Using FileMaker Pro focuses on experienced developers who are looking for expert advice. The book provides you with in-depth techniques and helps you solve real-life problems. The book assumes a basic knowledge of FileMaker, but no knowledge of relational database theory or planning and designing a relational database. Topics covered include (all topics are taught with hands-on usage of FileMaker Pro): Understanding, planning and designing a relational database; maintaining the database; crafting ...

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Overview

Special Edition Using FileMaker Pro focuses on experienced developers who are looking for expert advice. The book provides you with in-depth techniques and helps you solve real-life problems. The book assumes a basic knowledge of FileMaker, but no knowledge of relational database theory or planning and designing a relational database. Topics covered include (all topics are taught with hands-on usage of FileMaker Pro): Understanding, planning and designing a relational database; maintaining the database; crafting a user interface; putting your database on the Web; and reporting.

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A FileMaker Pro trainer and another techie explain the benefits of going relational to intermediate to advanced-level developers considering Filemaker Pro 5, FileMaker Developer 5, FileMaker Pro 5 Unlimited, and FileMaker Server 5. With case studies, highlighted tips and caveats, they cover such topics as planning the database from a client's point of view, keeping good data from going bad, "webifying" the database, and scripting. The companion Windows- and Macintosh-compatible CD accesses text sample files and code. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789722010
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 9/21/2000
  • Series: Special Edition Using Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Pages: 551
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Rich Coulombre is Director of FileMaker Pro Services and co-owner of a database design, development, and training organization specializing in FileMaker Pro whose clients include: Apple, FileMaker, Bell Atlantic, Raytheon, Harvard, and MIT. He has taught literally thousands of people how to develop databases using the FileMaker Pro, and is an award-winning trainer.Jonathan Price designs online information systems and consults with teams at companies such as Apple, Canon, Claris, FileMaker, Epson, GO, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Nikon, Ricoh and others.Jonathan and Rich wrote the two bestselling FileMaker 2 books for Addison Wesley, both of which are still being used by FileMaker managers as assigned reading for new company hires. Jonathan and Rich are often asked at conferences and via email when their next book will be released.

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Table of Contents

I Planning
1 Planning 21
2 Articulating Your Plans as They Evolve 33
3 Specifying Your Fields 55
4 Case Studies in Planning 83
II Building
5 Building Your Files 107
6 Maintaining Referential Integrity 133
7 Keeping Your Data in Good Shape 173
8 Crafting the User Interface 213
9 "Webifying" Your Database 249
10 Hot Calculations 273
11 Reporting 341
12 Dumb Portal Tricks 395
13 The Joys of Self-Joins and Other Interesting Relationships 421
III Scripting
14 Scripting 443
15 Troubleshooting a Script 481
IV Reaching Out
16 Integrating FileMaker, Expanding its Reach 497
17 FileMaker Pro Multiuser Design and Deployment Considerations 519
Index 533
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    What a great book!

    This book goes way beyond the manual. It shows how to build powerful and elegant systems in FileMaker Pro 5 from start to finish, and does so in a very readable and understandable manner. The CD contains dozens of valuable sample files and includes a amazing invoicing system. The title really should be 'The Zen of FileMaker Pro 5'! This book is a 5 star plus, and a must for all users of FileMaker Pro.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2000

    Special Edition Using FileMaker Pro 5 (Windows and MacIntosh)

    The great thing about this book is its approach. Before the book even gets into 'this is how you should define a number field' or 'this is what's up with calculated validations' there are two whole chapters devoted entirely to planning your database system before you click one mouse button or hit one key on the keyboard. You are shown by a seasoned developer who has already made many mistakes and learned from them how to estimate what your database system will need (and what it doesn't), how long it will take, even how much it might cost. And it covers the all important issue of how to interview your client (or your boss) and get, in layman's terms, the vital bits of information you'll need to turn these users' hopes and dreams into a powerful, dynamic database system. Other topics that are especially useful are plenty of great portal techniques, how to keep your data healthy, and effective user interface design. I have to admit, I had been anticipating this book for a long time and was slightly disappointed that some of the very advanced topics that I've been looking for help and guidance with were not covered that much (or at all) such as the use of plugins, advanced ODBC connectivity, advanced Web development, or Applescript/Active X automation. Thus only four stars. But these are relatively minor issues and specific only to an advanced developer like me. The CD-ROM has tons of great technique files on it, too! If you had to get only one FileMaker book right now, this is the one you should get.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    Special Edition Using FileMaker Pro 5 (Windows and MacIntosh)

    Special Edition: Using FileMaker Pro 5 by Que does go beyond the user manual included with the FileMaker Pro application in many respects (the templates and files on the CD-ROM are OK) but it still spends a great deal of time talking about the basic capabilities and features of the FileMaker Pro application itself (over a hundred pages alone are spent on defining and working with fields) instead of what you can build with the FileMaker application in the real world. This type of basic instruction, while important to beginners, is a waste of paper for intermediate to advanced developers which is its target audience. While recent and timely, this book is quite light is some important areas of useful, 21st century FileMaker database development such as cross platform development, the use and integration of FileMaker plugins, remote database synchronization, external automation of FileMaker, and the real-world integration of FileMaker Pro with external applications such as the Microsoft Office 2000 Suite. And only 20 pages on Web-enabling databases?! Come on! It would also be nice to see a discussion of synchronizing FileMaker with wireless and handheld devices. Also, standards like ODBC, JDBC, and XML are touched on almost as an afterthought - guys, discussing how FileMaker is viable with these international standard technologies is the only way all the IT folks out there will stop considering FileMaker 'that little Mac database.' Sorry, I *LOVE* FileMaker, but this is yet another example of a FileMaker book written by a developer with little experience outside of the FileMaker 'box.' This is *NOT* the complete reference you've been looking for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2000

    Fantastic templates

    This book makes using Filemaker Pro a breeze. The examples are easy to follow and the CD that comes with the book is loaded with templates great for a developer or anyone else. I have 4 Filemaker books and this one is by far the best.

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