- Series: Missing Manual
- Paperback: 834 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596154232
- ISBN-13: 978-0596154233
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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.
Geoff Coffey has been helping people solve problems with FileMaker Pro for over 10 years. He is a partner at Six Fried Rice (http://sixfriedrice.com/), 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 email@example.com.
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That having been said I would like to say that FileMaker Pro has really missed the boat with their product. Here they put all of this time and effort in to making a great product and then they make it so you can't really use it easily with the internet. Profit is the only motivating factor here. The reason I bought FileMaker Pro 10 (and this book) was because I read that it would set up an entire website based on what you did with FileMaker Pro 10. That it would use MySQL, PHP, and you basically didn't have to write any code. Just build the database and screens to access the screens and FileMaker Pro would handle the rest. This is where this book has been invaluable to me. I skipped back to the part where it talks about interfacing to the internet and guess what? According to the book - it only works with its own database and they state, in the book, that FileMaker Pro's web server feature crashes a lot.
So I am very glad I got this book because it has shown me just how bad FileMaker Pro 10 really is and I don't need to spend my time trying to learn a program that just doesn't "GET IT" when it comes to working with the internet.
BY: Sally Donaldson, Alaskan Apple User Group Member
Product: FileMaker Pro 10 The Missing Manual
Author: Susan Prosser & Geoff Coffey
Company: Pogue Press(tm) - O'REILLY®
PRO: This book explains well from the beginning to the finished product.
CON: I don't find anything to complain about.
MOOSE RATING: 5
My experience with spreadsheets has been limited to filling in grade sheets that someone prepared for me.
First I had to begin with vocabulary. Spreadsheets have a vocabulary of their own that is not used for anything else. I'm not working on committing that to memory, but to absorb the meaning of each word and how to apply them to practical use. Fortunately, this book begins with the vocabulary, linked with its use. I was surprised to learn that one must use the numeric pad ENTER key in order to transfer the new data you just entered to the other spreadsheets in the database. That knowledge alone makes my reviewing this book worth my time. I had become very frustrated that the info I inserted into the In-Put Sheet did not flow to the other sheets. I tried several methods that work in other situations, but didn't accomplish this feat until I read instructions in
The Missing Manual.
There is a List of keyboard shortcuts, plus simple instructions to check the View Menu if you forget the shortcut symbols (and who doesn't?).
Fortunately for me, prior Membership Chairpersons had already set the Database up and,
as in my past use of spreadsheets, I had only to in-put information. However, differing a long way from my past use of spreadsheets, which consisted of only one sheet. Our Membership Database has seven separate sheets, each of which is used for a different purpose. However, the basic information which we insert in the In-Put sheet, also needs to flow into all other sheets. That's what I learned to do.
A whole Chapter is devoted to creating and building a new database. I need to understand the process of building layouts, then start by building a basic layout before I move on through The Missing Manual to using Advanced Layouts.
Important features of every spreadsheet are Calculations. After learning about and understanding how to use tables, fields and relationships, we can advance to learn how calculations can make your database total invoices, analyze trends, calculate dates and times, and so on.
Calculations are not only for numbers! They can pick text apart and rearrange it in various forms, such as linking a Web address to a customer's address map. Some other applications for which we can use math and figures together are by using the math to figure how old someone is based on his/her birth date. You can figure how long someone has worked on a job and many other things.
This book covers Advanced Calculations and Scripting plus sharing info. ~END~