FileMaker Pro 9 Bible
I have scanned through some of the mighty tome received a few days ago and rapidly concluded it is the best Filemaker book I have bought since Scriptology in 1998 - this great compliment is well earned.
I have bought very few Filemaker books over the last 10 years or so that I have been engaged in working with Filemaker full time as most computer books of this genre unashamedly recycle the manufacturer's own documentation and, if you are lucky, add a few elements of insight or creativity - hence are generally of little value given that Filemaker's own built in help is generally very good.
The Filemaker 9 Bible is different in that it offers both lucid enhancement of the Filemaker documentation and normal features together with many genuinely creative explanations and techniques of real and significant value.
I am sure that it will influence and inform my own approach to development for the better.
There are a few less positive reviews on Amazon.com which complain the Bible is too technical and demands that the reader follow instruction on how to build various aspects of a Filemaker Application.
This view is difficult to understand. Ray Cologon is in my view one of the best and most lucid communicators regarding the use of Filemaker stuff generally. Whilst others may hide behind sloppy language he is very good at communicating about sometimes necessarily complex matters clearly and concisely.
His approach in providing precise instruction in how to use the techniques he has documented seems ideal since he is providing real value with this knowledge transfer.
This book is head and shoulders above other works aiming to give an overview of the use of Filemaker Pro in the real world and as such is very welcome.