Sams Teach Yourself FileMaker in 24 Hours provides a step-by-step introduction to using FileMaker from its out-of-the-box templates to totally customized database solutions on the desktop, LANs, and the Internet.
The book proceeds to help beginners understand how they can tweak and modify templates to make them fit their needs more precisely, and it provides them with the steps they need to create a working database.
It also provides examples calculations and scripts, and it can aid Web designers in moving to the next level of Web development, from building Web pages to designing sites that are dynamic and database-driven.
About the Author
Jesse Feiler is the author of a number of books on Mac OS X, FileMaker, the Web-based enterprise, the Y2K problem, and home offices. His books on OpenDoc, Cyberdog, Apple Guide, and Rhapsody are now collector's items.
A member of the FileMaker Solutions Alliance, he regularly consults on FileMaker and develops FileMaker solutions for small business, non-profits, art, retail point-of-sale, publishing, marketing, and other markets. He has specialized in "rehabs"-updates to existing FileMaker solutions including FileMaker 7 conversions.
He has worked as a developer and manager for companies such as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (monetary policy and bank supervision), Prodigy (early Web browser), Apple (information systems), New York State Department of Health (rabies and lead poisoning), The Johnson Company (office management), and Young & Rubicam (media planning and new product development).
His interests in new forms of technical training have led him to MediaSchool (http://www.mediaschool.com), for which he has authored several Mac OS X courses available over the Internet, as well as to Geek Cruises' Mac Mania cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean. He is also the first author of a technical book to be published both on paper and as an e-book.
Active in the community, he is past president of the Mid-Hudson Library System, Chair of the Philmont Comprehensive Plan Board, founder of the Philmont Main Street Committee, and treasurer of the HB Playwrights Foundation. He is a regular on public radio WAMC's Roundtable program.
The picture of an author sitting alone in a room day after day may be true for some authors and some types of books, but it's not true for this author or for technical books in general. Many people have provided invaluable assistance to the creation of this book.
First and foremost, the FileMaker team has worked for more than twenty years to combine the power of personal computing and database technology with an unequalled interface both for developer and user. Their choices have consistently struck the right balance between complexity and ease-of-use.
As always, Carole McClendon at Waterside Productions has nurtured this project into being (and completion).
At Sams, Betsy Brown first brought this book into being. As it was being written, technical editor Jim Kirkpatrick provided excellent feedback to help make the book as accurate and complete as possible. Under the excellent guidance of development editor Scott Meyers, they, the project editor (Matt Purcell), the proofreader (Elizabeth Scott), the copy editor (Geneil Breeze), and indexer (Chris Barrick) did a great job in shaping the book.
Table of Contents
I: GETTING STARTED WITH FILEMAKER—USING THE TEMPLATES.
Hour 1: Introducing FileMaker.
A Brief History of FileMaker. The FileMaker Market. How FileMaker Works: Overview. Talking About FileMaker: A Guide to Terminology. Talking About FileMaker: The Product Line. Introducing the FileMaker Templates. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 2: Using FileMaker and Its Basic Templates.
Exploring the FileMaker Interface. Using the Status Area and FileMaker Modes. Using Basic FileMaker Menus. Working with FileMaker Windows. Working with FileMaker Views. FileMaker Preferences. FileMaker Toolbars. Entering Data. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 3: Finding and Sorting Data.
Overview of Finding Data. Creating Find Requests. Omitting Data. Sorting Data. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 4: Introducing Layouts.
About Layouts. Using the Layout Status Area. How to Add and Format Fields. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 5: Printing Data.
About Printing. Print a Layout. Print Wide and Tall Layouts. Prepare Layouts for Printing: Margins and Sliding. Printing Information About the Database. Printing Envelopes and Labels. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
II: MODIFYING TEMPLATES AND DATABASES.
Hour 6: Validating and Auto-Entering Data.
About Validation. Setting Auto-Entry Options. Setting Validation Options. Replacing Field Values. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 7: Working with Calculations, Formulas, Functions, and Repeating Fields.
About Calculations, Formulas, and Functions. Calculations in Use: The Expense Report Template. Setting Calculation Storage. Working with Repeating Fields. Creating a Calculation. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 8: More on Calculations and Functions.
Overview of Functions. Logical Functions. Calculations in the Time Cards Template. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 9: Working with Scripts.
About Scripts. Using ScriptMaker. Open ScriptMaker. Create a New Script. Look at a Simple Script. Script Step Categories. Script Steps and the Web. Use Comments in a Complex Script. Attaching Scripts to Layout Elements. Handling Errors in Scripts. Running Scripts Automatically When Files Are Opened or Closed. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 10: More on Working with Scripts.
Writing a Find Script. Implementing the Cancel Button with an If Script Step. Specifying Find Requests. Debugging Scripts. Sharing Scripts. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 11: Importing and Exporting Data.
About Data Sharing. File Formats. Importing Data into FileMaker. Replacing and Updating Data with Match Fields. Converting Excel Spreadsheets to FileMaker Databases. Exporting Data from FileMaker. Importing from a Folder. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 12: Working with ODBC and JDBC.
What Is ODBC? Very Basic SQL. The FileMaker ODBC Example. Setting Up a Data Source on Windows. Setting Up a Data Source on Mac OS X. Importing Data from a Data Source with FileMaker. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
III: CREATING FILEMAKER SOLUTIONS.
Hour 13: Creating a FileMaker Database.
Database Programming. Creating a Database. Working with Field Types and Repeating Fields. Exploring the Define Database Dialog. Value Lists. File Options. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 14: Working with Relationships.
Introducing the Relational Model. Normalizing a Database. Add Tables to a Database. Create Relationships. Relationships to Aliased Tables. Using File References. Using Self-Joins. Working with Contexts. Using Lookup and LookupNext Functions. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 15: More About Layouts.
Using Default FileMaker Layouts. Using FileMaker to Create Customized Layouts. Other Layout Settings. Using Related Fields in Layouts. Using Portals for Relationships. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 16: Advanced FileMaker Scripting: Design Issues, Script Parameters, and Working with Related Records.
Designing Scripts for FileMaker Solutions and Vice Versa. Using Scripts to Manage Related Records. Using Script Parameters to Add Related Records. Importing Scripts. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 17: Working with Summaries and Layout Parts.
Preparing the Parties Database for Reporting. Creating a Report with the FileMaker Assistant. Looking at the Report Parts. Examining the Script. Modifying the Layout. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 18: Securing Your Solutions and Databases.
About Security. Overview of FileMaker Security. Defining Accounts. Defining Privileges. Defining Extended Privileges. Turning Security On. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 19: Finishing Up: Help, Testing, and Keeping Things Running.
Providing Help and Assistance. Testing FileMaker Solutions. Keeping Things Running. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 20: Creating Solutions with @AHEADS = FileMaker Developer. Database Design Report. Using Developer Utilities to Create Standalone Solutions. File Maintenance. Custom Functions. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
IV: SHARING FILEMAKER SOLUTIONS.
Hour 21: Sharing Databases with @AHEADS = FileMaker Pro. About FileMaker Networking. Adjust Your Firewall. Set Up Sharing with FileMaker Pro. Connecting to a Shared FileMaker Database. Locking Databases (Shared Database Etiquette). Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 22: Using FileMaker on the Web or an Intranet: Instant Web Publishing.
About Instant Web Publishing. Using the Instant Web Publishing Interface. Publishing a Database Using Instant Web Publishing. Designing for Instant Web Publishing. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.
Hour 23: Using FileMaker and
Hour 24: Using FileMaker,
Appendix A: Converting from Previous Versions of FileMaker.
Getting Started with Conversion. Remove Calculations for Relationships. Replace Finds with Nonequal Relationships and Self-Joins. Use Row Numbers in Portals. Sort Portals. Use Timestamp Fields. Use
Appendix B: FileMaker Functions.
Aggregate Functions. Date Functions. Design Functions. Financial Functions. Get Functions. Logical Functions. Number Functions. Repeating Functions. Summary Functions. Text Functions. Text Formatting Functions. Time Functions. Timestamp Functions. Trigonometric Functions.
Appendix C: FileMaker Script Steps.
Control Script Steps. Navigation Script Steps. Editing Script Steps. Fields Script Steps. Records. Found Sets. Windows. Files. Accounts. Spelling. Open Menu Items. Miscellaneous.
Appendix D: Using FileMaker Server.
FileMaker Server. FileMaker Server Advanced.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is as bad as the training cd by VTC I lost my money on the training cd and the book. Mr Feiler might be a 'guru' but teaching is another thing..... the VTC training CD jumps from unfinished examples......(yes you read my mind)to more unfinished examples
This is a concise explaination of Filemaker 7, from a moderate beginner's view to a moderately advanced programmer's view. However, I still find Filemaker 7 frustrating in many ways, though this book does its best. It adequately covers basic database design, relational database design, the nuances of Filemaker (like repeating fields), calculated fields, form and report design and script development. Plus it covers some of the templates that come with Filemaker and explains some of the logic. This book is a good value.