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FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Geoff Coffey , Susan Prosser
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Used by millions worldwide, FileMaker Pro is an award-winning database program for managing people, projects, images, assets, and other information. It's easy to use and totally customizable--so long as you know what you're doing. But FileMaker Pro doesn't come with a printed manual, so FileMaker Pro: The Missing Manual is the authoritative, jargon-free book that should have been in the box.

FileMaker Pro: The Missing Manual approaches FileMaker the way FileMaker approaches you: it's user-friendly and seemingly straightforward enough, but it offers plenty of substance worthy of deeper exploration. Packed with practical information as well as countless expert tips and invaluable guidance, it's an in-depth guide to designing and building useful databases with the powerful and pliable FileMaker Pro.

Covering FileMaker for both Windows and Macintosh, FileMaker Pro: The Missing Manual is ideal for small business users, home users, school teachers, developers--anyone who wants to organize information efficiently and effectively. Whether you want to run a business, publish a shopping cart on the Web, plan a wedding, manage a student information system at your school, or program databases for clients, this book delivers.

Author Geoff Coffey has many years of experience using FileMaker Pro (he was, in fact, an early beta tester for the product). Author Susan Prosser is a FileMaker Certified Developer who trains other developers. Together, Coffey and Prosser show you how to:

  • Get FileMaker up and running quickly and smoothly
  • Import and organize information with ease
  • Design relational databases that are simple to use, yet powerful
  • Take advantage of FileMaker Pro calculation capabilities
  • Automate processes with scripting
  • Customize FileMaker Pro to your needs and preferences
  • Share information with other people (coworkers, clients, and customers) and other programs
  • Understand and select the best security options

What could easily come across as dry and intimidating--things like relational theory, calculations, and scripting--are presented in a way that is interesting and intuitive to mainstream users. In no time, you'll be working more productively and efficiently using FileMaker Pro.

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About 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 (, 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

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 is a FileMaker Certified Developer and has developed FileMaker databases for 12 years, but returns to her roots by training and writing curriculum for other developers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7612 KB
  • Print Length: 764 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0596005792
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR2GS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,709,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for FileMaker users November 12, 2005
This is definitely a must have book for FileMaker users. Not only does it have in depth coverage of all of the front-facing features. It also has an excellent theory section on database design which is really critical regardless of what database technology you use. It's tough to find a solid practical theory lesson on database design in any book and this walkthrough is great. If for that section alone this book is worth the money.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How To Use FileMaker Pro Like A Pro November 24, 2005
For anyone that uses FileMaker Pro on a daily basis, this book is an absolute steal. With over 700 pages of relevant information, the authors go beyond this applications basic use as digital address book and really get into the details of what makes this a great application. With tons of pictures and clear detail how to follow along, the authors start with the basic use of displaying and inputting people data and go far beyond that, discussing design of databases and learning how to script FileMaker Pro to get this program to do nearly anything you need it to! Reports, exporting data to other formats, or publishing to the web, this book has it all!

A must read for any FileMaker Pro user who wants to get the most out of their experience and learn the ins and outs.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you will need to learn FileMaker Pro! April 27, 2006
I have developed many database applications in other software programs. FileMaker is quite different from the rest, so I had to learn "by the book" to understand many of Filemaker's unique features, so I purchased Filemaker Pro 7 Bible and Using Filemaker Pro 7. The Bible book was totally useless, giving you details for beginners and lots of useless text for someone who already understands database development. The Using books gives details, both not a straight forward approach to developing a database.

But once FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual came out (the first to cover version 8), I purchased it. To my surprise, it was so well written and loaded with practical advise, that I have read to book from end to end. It has excellent examples that I have used in the application I am developing for my company. I continually go back to the book for refreshers to concepts I learned in the book. The other two books hardly get touched!

If there is one book to buy to learn FileMaker Pro, this is it!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many mistakes to be valuable May 16, 2007
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I hesitate to write negative reviews because I always suspect that the errors I find are my own misunderstandings. In this case I felt COMPELLED to write one. I bought this book wanting it to be great and having high expectations based on the reviews I read. I doubt many of the reviewers OR the EDITORS read this book very closely. There are so many mistakes (small and large) and examples which flat out DON'T WORK, that the book has almost driven me mad. I've wasted HOURS trying to get things to work the way the authors described. The errata posted on the site lists maybe 1/4 of the errors. There is ONE posted review on which took notice of this, but all of the others seem to miss it completely. Kudos to Raymond Smith!

Two perfect examples (in case you want to save yourself a few hours of struggle):

1. The Invoice Finder tutorial on page 372 simply doesn't work using the "minimum amount" field as they describe. It will work using the date range criterion, but when you add the minimum amount match, it fails. I built a file following along with the text and thought it was MY file that was broken. Then I tried the files supplied with the Missing Manual "CD". The authors' files don't work either. They SEEM to work with the data already in them, but if you add an invoice, it doesn't work. And if you simply open the "options..." definition of the Total Due field on the "Invoices" table, then OK the dialog box, all the existing data fails as well. It must be some kind of indexing problem, but the fact that it slipped by the editors is almost impossible to believe.

2. The Repeating Fields for Multiple Results on page 417 is totally wrong.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Greatly informative, but needs a better editor. April 27, 2007
I'm not a database expert, yet I'm not a beginner. This review is from a person with a basic understanding of database programs.

I'm about halfway through this book and it has been a great guide to learning about FileMaker. However, it is soooo frustrating that there are many errors in the examples used throughout the book. With all the dry, technical speech (the author does try to lighten it up some) my ADD may kick in a little causing me to read it wrong while thinking about something else, but there are many times when the book tells me to do something with the example file you download with the "missing cd" and it just doesn't working right. For me it doesn't matter if they have updates on misprints in the book available online. I'm the kind of person who would prefer it be printed correctly the first time and not have to check everything against an online list of typos. That said, and taking the examples with a grain of salt and just getting the concepts behind them, I really do think this book is a good resource for becoming familiar FileMaker pretty fast. I've not read any other books but this one has to be one of the most comprehensive ones.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Did the Trick
This book was a great help when I decided to take on the task of developing my company's database! It showed me all the tricks and tips that I needed to get the job done.
Published on March 31, 2009 by Eric Scism
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Manual
This manual has everything I ever needed to know about Filemaker in it. Easy to understand and a great tool for those who are new to Filemaker (as well as people who aren't so new,... Read more
Published on November 3, 2007 by E. C. Billings
1.0 out of 5 stars overrated-info not well presented
I was disappointed by this book, especially considering the high reviews that it has received. I would consider myself an advanced computer user and intermediate in working with... Read more
Published on October 6, 2007 by One Jen of Many
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Manual Indeed
I have been trying to use all the resources - bundled manuals, vtc, since 2005 to learn filemaker/a database from scratch. Read more
Published on September 12, 2007 by Rob D. Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed the missing manual
Why software cannot come with good manuals anymore is a mystery. This is exactly as advertised, the missing manual. Read more
Published on June 10, 2007 by Dave Millman
4.0 out of 5 stars A necessity to learning the program
Without this book, it will take a long time to understand how the program really works. Unfortunately the manufacturer's provided help is too filled with "jargon" and not enough... Read more
Published on February 27, 2007 by Bob Mccormack
5.0 out of 5 stars What a technical manual should be
This is what a technical manual should be. Well written in a style that avoids jargon. Well organized so that it covers every major point of the application, without endless... Read more
Published on February 23, 2007 by Jerry Saperstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Good General Reference
As the title, and most of the reviews (save Mr. Strauchs') suggest, this is the manual that doesn't exist in print. Read more
Published on September 6, 2006 by John Maliga
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, complete, yet easy to understand; well-done tutorials
Concur with all the other reviewers that this is THE best, most complete, yet easy-to-follow guide to FileMaker Pro [FMP]. Read more
Published on September 2, 2006 by Rudy
2.0 out of 5 stars FileMaker Pro8
Touted as the "missing manual" I was expecting good guidance on concrete applications. I bought the software with the primary intent of converting various large Excel files into a... Read more
Published on March 21, 2006 by John J. Strauchs
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