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Advanced FileMaker Pro 5.5: Techinques for Developers with CDR (Wordware FileMaker Library) Paperback – April 25, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Wordware FileMaker Library
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc. (April 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556228597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556228599
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,758,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Moyer and Bob Bowers are among the leading FileMaker consultants in the United States. Chris Moyer Consulting was founded in Chicago in 1995 and has offices in Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco. The company primarily serves government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in the United States. Chris Moyer and Bob Bowers are coauthors of the "Ask Advisor" column for FileMaker Advisor magazine, where they also act as technical and contributing editors.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ilyse Kazar on May 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Don't expect Moyer and Bowers to coddle you -- instead you will be presented with some challenging advanced material that will stretch your FileMaker chops.
Especially noteworthy is the excellent and in-depth chapter on Secure Login Systems (and sample files). This "how-to" will really help developers understand the benefits, as well as some of the potential pitfalls, of using a global log-in scheme, and there was a real need in the FMP community for professional-quality, advanced information on the topic (as well as for info on other topics that are covered).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mindtpi on December 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are a developer or just a keen user who is looking at enhancing what they can do with FileMaker this is the book for you. There aren't many books of this type for FileMaker but luckily this is a really good one. A little short (at 350 pages) the first 120 pages are on relational basics and design that are applicable to any database. Some may skip these chapters but they contain a wealth of information that helps you understand the fundamental structure of your database and how to improve it.
Following chapters go over audit trail, creating a secure login system, advanced use of portals (e.g., using a portal as a selection list and "type-ahead" finds) and rollbacks.The chapter on enhancing your reports with "bucket reports", i.e., subsummary reports that run horizontally across the page instead of down, was particularly useful. Other chapters cover recursive data structures and complex calculations.
If you are not fairly literate with FileMaker you may struggle with some of the concepts as the book assumes you already have reasonable knowledge and pretty much jumps straight in. However, even if you have problems following the text the CD that comes with the book includes the databases so you can pull these apart to see how they work.
While FileMaker is easy to use for most things, there are some higher level functions that developer need that aren't necessarily straight forward to implement - even if you only get a couple of tips from this book it is worth the purchase as many of the examples covered here simply aren't easily available elsewhere
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have used Filemaker for a long time for a number of tasks, but this book allowed me to understand the real range of FileMaker Pro. This is a true development tool. The examples are complex and detailed but still understandable. This is a great book, I really recommend it for advanced FileMaker users (this is not a beginner's book).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Alderete on August 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are using FileMaker 7, you will probably regret buying this book. If you are not planning on moving to FM7 any time soon, it's a good investment.

This book deserved 4 (or maybe 5) stars before FileMaker 7 was released. But so much of the material here is how to do advanced things that FileMaker 6 and earlier versions made fairly difficult, and that FileMaker 7 makes much easier, and sometimes trivial. That makes this book hard to recommend today.

There's still good material, including possibly the best description of the "relational" part of relational databases available in the FileMaker canon. FileMaker 7 is more complete in the relational area, making understanding of this topic more important than ever.

I *do* very much hope that the authors will release a 2nd edition covering FileMaker 7, and will definitely buy it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Morrison on December 4, 2002
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My only complaint about this book would be that I wished it would have been about 10 times as long. The material covered was priceless. I've been developing in FileMaker for several years now and reading this book is like spending an afternoon learning the secrets of someone who's been developing for 10 years...maybe more. These are sound, well thought out concepts that deal with real-world needs. I only hope this is a volume II or III or IV, etc.
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