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The Book of FileMaker 6: Your One-Stop Guide to FileMaker Pro, Pro Unlimited, Developer, Server, and Mobile Paperback – July 15, 2003

ISBN-13: 068-9145118162 ISBN-10: 1886411816 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (July 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886411816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886411814
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CHRIS KUB1CA is an internationally known FileMaker Pro guru. He has written for top FileMaker publications and has been a featured speaker at the FileMaker Developer Conference. He is currently president of the fm pro, inc., a virtual consulting firm in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Chris Kubica is an associate producer for SALINGER, a 2013 Weinstein Company documentary film directed by Shane Salerno. He runs the website and co-founded the Chicago-based literary magazine spelunker flophouse.

Chris is also a renowned FileMaker application developer and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

He lives in North Carolina.

Customer Reviews

Chris Kubica's Book of FileMaker Pro 6 is it.
I recommend this book not only to beginners (lots of great stuff) but for intermediate FMP folks like me getting started with advanced stuff as well.
I find that with most computer books I need to be looking at the screen at the same time as trying to read them.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Scott Goen on July 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is definitely one of the best-organized and best-written computer books that I have encountered in the last 22 years of reading technical books and manuals.
Kubica has written a book that is approachable for any novice to FileMaker and databases in general. The real genius is that he does so without making the more advanced user bored and irritated. Even in the early chapters I learned a trick or two.
The best way to learn is through examples. You'd think that technical writers would get that through their head after all of these years. I don't need syntax. I can get syntax from the manuals that come with the program. What I need is someone to show me how to accomplish more advanced and polished functions. Kubica has learned the lesson of providing examples. They are abundant, but don't usually take up unnecessary space in the pages of the book. They are referred to in the book at appropriate junctures and the accompanying CD/Rom has them all.
I have only one complaint: (1) the publisher screwed around with the book (even canceling it once!) for so long that this book is making a far too-long delayed appearance. I don't know how radical a change we are in for when FileMaker 7 makes its appearance this fall. I do hope that Kubica's guide to that version will arrive much faster.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By on November 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Get this book in your FileMaker library. What a fantastic treasure trove of FileMaker knowledge resides in 'The Book of FileMaker 6'! Plenty of examples, a CD included and the only book to cover the gamut of the FileMaker product line. Chris has taken on a monumental task and done a very credible job. Not only is there information on each of the products: FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Unlimited, FileMaker Developer, but this is the only book to also cover FileMaker Server and FileMaker Mobile as well. Chris doesn't stop there. This is an all you can eat buffet of main dishes and morsels to satisfy every FileMaker appetite. You'll be definitely coming back for seconds.
Chris' material shows a sensitivity to the novice as well as moving the experienced user through a more and more sophisticated understanding of the power of FileMaker Pro's many features and functions. What stood out for me was that he also showed a sensitivity to the processes of needs analysis, software requirements, documentation and project management. While the 'The Book of FileMaker 6' is thick and these topics were not developed completely, he nevertheless covers their importance and the available software tools that can help create truly professional FileMaker solutions. Later on, I suggest that a full review of this section alone is worth merit since it introduces the topic so well. Kudos to him for doing that.
Chris starts the book at Day One, opening FileMaker Pro. He then takes us through a whirlwind tour of the product, its basic functions and features. In case you need to refer to a hard copy version of the FileMaker on-line help, Chris has included virtually all of it in printed form with matching screen shots. Insert a few post-it notes and you start to have a well-referenced tome for all of your development staff.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard & Annette DeJulio on April 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I had used Filemaker briefly and superficially several years ago to do a relatively simple favor for a friend. However, now ... I belong to a theater group and we needed a database to use in doing our ticketing process. So I volunteered! Silly me! At any rate, I upgraded my copy of Filemaker and set to work learning its intricacies as quickly as possible, not realizing yet how complicated the product as I envisioned it would be. Since the documentation supplied with Filemaker is kind of sparse, I bought a book, several in fact, including Chris' book, specifically. I wanted something that would teach me to use the product at a level beyond a simple discussion of the tools, and I found it in this book! Chris's book is readable and full of useful examples. I read it, turning down corners and marking passages like a fiend, until it looked pretty ratty. But I learned! Chris covers not only the basics of how to use the tools, but also the planning, the"philosophy" if you will - the way to think about and organize a project, the things to consider in actually implementing it. Before I retired, I spent 30 years doing programming and I understand the way to do a software project, and this book seemed very familiar in its approach. There are lots of other books on Filemaker, but this one seems to me to be one of the best in the way it covers all facets of doing a Filemaker project. One thing in particular that I found very helpful is the size of the index! It sounds silly, but having a thoroughly detailed index is very helpful in a book running nearly 800 pages, especially when you want to review some minor topic whose location you can't quite recall. All in all, I have used this book more than any other in doing my theater project (which is now almost finished) and I'm very glad I spent the money on it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Young on August 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
The idea of covering the whole Filemaker product family is great. The author has a nice writing style and presents the information in a reasonably logical format. However, the book is chockful of errors that I find unacceptable for a book that is trying to teach the new users.
- page 50 generic RecordID mentioned should really be specific CompanyID.
- page 52 PhoneNumber mentioned should really be specific Phone.
- page 63 sort toggle sort on the Mac is discussed but he never says where it appears on the screen.
- page 68 paragraph discussing how to create your first script says "Click the Done button or press ENTER/RETURN." However pressing enter/return is the equivalent of clicking Create button.
- page 69 paragraph describing how to save your first script simply does not work as described.
Skip ahead.
- page 146 @ one character and * zero or more characters paragraphs are reversed, which is potentially confusing to new users. Plus the proper @ paragraph example discussing the word John is wrong, which is even more confusing.
Put the book away for good.
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