- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470177438
- ISBN-13: 978-0470177433
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,814,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
"Ray Cologon's contributions to the FileMaker developer community are unsurpassed. When Ray says something, we are all well advised to pay close attention."
— Steven H. Blackwell, FileMaker Pro expert, developer, and author
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Refocused and completely rewritten with the needs of business users and FileMaker Pro developers in mind, FileMaker Pro 9 Bible shows you how to design an industrial-strength database, make it intuitive, and automate it with scripts and programming. From the fundamentals to data modeling to writing no-fail code, you'll find the clear, step-by-step procedures, solid techniques, and detailed explanations you need to master this powerful software and build the right solutions for your needs.
Design dynamic layouts for screen and print
Learn data modeling and examine data arrays
Work with tables and SQL data sources, and migrate legacy data
Manage lists, calculate summary data, and document your code
Master scripting and the ScriptMaker
Find out how to extend pivot data between tables
Apply security and maintain the integrity of your data
Create custom functions and use standards-based approaches
About the Author
Ray Cologon is a FileMaker Pro consultant, a member of the FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA), and a widely known and respected FileMaker Pro developer and solutions provider. Ray is the recipient of an Award for Leadership and Technical Excellence in FileMaker Pro from FileMaker, Inc.
Dennis R. Cohen is a computer industry writer, technical reviewer, and coauthor of fifteen books. He has been involved in the industry for almost thirty years and was a senior software engineer at Claris Corp. (now FileMaker, Inc.).
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Topics range from the general (how databases fit into real life and your business needs; comparisons with other database development tools; a broad discussion of integration with existing systems and software) through the building-blocks of FileMaker solutions, and on up to state-of-the-art advice on concepts of optimization, modularization, innovative and sophisticated user-interface design, dynamic elements, logic, cutting-edge calculations, publishing your database to the Web, FileMaker's brand-new ability to integrate tightly with SQL databases via "ESS". The book also includes the special developer tools available in FileMaker Pro Advanced, and covers topics too oft skipped over in other books on the market -- backup how-to's and strategies, must-read information about good database husbandry and file recovery, etc.
In spite of handling this vast sea of facts, particulars, instructions and guidance, there is nothing about this book that is intimidating even to folks facing database development for the very first time. Cologon -- whose crystal-clear and engaging writing style is well-known to those who have read various discussion lists and forums over the years -- has organized and presented the information in a brilliant fashion that makes this book work both as a good read and as a reference tome. Information is presented in a sort of iterative fashion, covering certain areas of development (for example, creating layouts or scripts) several times over throughout the book, on increasing levels of refinement and complexity. Therefore, whatever level of experience you have under your belt, it is easy to figure out "where to jump in" when you have a question in mind, simply by scanning the table of contents. The TOC is organized the way I wish _all_ such books were designed -- its chapters and sections correlate with the kinds of tasks you need to accomplish and the series of questions that arise in your mind organically as you gain experience, rather than the menu-by-menu approach taken by so many technical books.
A word about the book's personnel:
Ray Cologon, to anyone who has looked at his demos, attended one of his Developer Conference sessions, or read the volumes of help he has offered on forums over the years, is indisputably one of the world's topmost FileMaker wizards. Among the other credits, tech editors Corn Walker and Jason DeLooze stand out similarly as geniuses in their field who, like Cologon, have contributed their patient and top-quality assistance to the broad population of FileMaker users and developers, from newbies on discussion lists to FileMaker Inc. itself. Having been so connected to the community over the years, these developers understand intimately what folks need to know and how best to present that information, and working in concert they comprise a FileMaker instruction dream-team. (I am not familiar with the other book personnel.)
Whether you are looking for your first FileMaker Pro 9 book or already have a shelf-full, whatever level of expertise you may have, I strongly recommend you click the Add To Cart button.
-- Ilyse Kazar
Most of my clients are wineries or wine retailers with the occasional steel wholesaler and convention bureau to keep me honest. I use a lot of the advanced features of FileMaker.
I mention the above to frame my recommendation to buy this book. I bought it because Dr. Cologon's name is on it. His name may not mean anything to you, just yet, but it will after you read and use this book.
In FileMaker there are, seemingly, always several ways to accomplish your intentions. The trick is to plan your strategies in advance of doing a lot of needless or imperfect work. The way this book is laid out and the quality of the information will really advance your cause.
I decided to read "FileMaker Pro Bible 9" from page 1 to page 735 and overcome the temptation to skip over things I already knew - or thought I knew. It was worth it and not at all painful. If you read this book and know your client's business and objectives, you can't go wrong.
Having this book on the end of my desk means that I really don't work alone.
It has become a back-of-the-book cliche to say that a book has something for the beginner and the professional, but it would be more accurate to say that what at first blush seems written for the beginner actually describes Filemaker, and its place in the larger database world, in a view few professionals have grasped. This is a big-picture book that, at the same time, delves into a lot of very advanced detail and both theory and practice. But it is mostly just a good read that made me proud to be a professional Filemaker developer.
Ray begins with an overview of what makes up a database, independent of the FileMaker paradigm itself. He then moves on to discuss how FileMaker fits into the database world, and then goes into detail on each aspect of the product. And he does it all with a deft touch that never confuses or intimidates the reader.
Whether you consider yourself a FileMaker Pro developer or merely use it as a tool to organize your information, this book is the essential reference for FileMaker Pro.