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Sams Teach Yourself Filemaker 7 in 24 Hours [Paperback]

Jesse Feiler


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4 May 2004 0672325780 978-0672325786 1

Sams Teach Yourself FileMaker in 24 Hours provides a step-by-step introduction to using FileMaker from its out-of-the-box templates to totally customized database solutions on the desktop, LANs, and the Internet.

The book proceeds to help beginners understand how they can tweak and modify templates to make them fit their needs more precisely, and it provides them with the steps they need to create a working database.

It also provides examples calculations and scripts, and it can aid Web designers in moving to the next level of Web development, from building Web pages to designing sites that are dynamic and database-driven.


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Jesse Feiler is a well-known developer, web designer, trainer, and author. His books include Get Rich with Apps!Your Guide to Reaching More Customers and Making Money NOW (McGraw-Hill), Using FileMaker Bento(Sams/Pearson), Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours (Sams/Pearson), Database-Driven Web Sites (Harcourt), How to Do Everything with Web 2.0 Mashups (McGraw-Hill), iWork '09 for Dummies (Wiley), The Bento Book (Sams/Pearson), and FileMaker Pro in Depth (Sams/Pearson).

His clients have included the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Archipenko Foundation, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Yale University Press, and a number of non-profit and small businesses in the fields of publishing, production, and business management.

A native of Washington DC, he has lived in New York City and currently lives in Plattsburgh NY.

He can be reached at northcountryconsulting.com.

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About the Author

Jesse Feiler is the author of a number of books on Mac OS X, FileMaker, the Web-based enterprise, the Y2K problem, and home offices. His books on OpenDoc, Cyberdog, Apple Guide, and Rhapsody are now collector's items.

A member of the FileMaker Solutions Alliance, he regularly consults on FileMaker and develops FileMaker solutions for small business, non-profits, art, retail point-of-sale, publishing, marketing, and other markets. He has specialized in "rehabs"-updates to existing FileMaker solutions including FileMaker 7 conversions.

He has worked as a developer and manager for companies such as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (monetary policy and bank supervision), Prodigy (early Web browser), Apple (information systems), New York State Department of Health (rabies and lead poisoning), The Johnson Company (office management), and Young & Rubicam (media planning and new product development).

His interests in new forms of technical training have led him to MediaSchool (http://www.mediaschool.com), for which he has authored several Mac OS X courses available over the Internet, as well as to Geek Cruises' Mac Mania cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean. He is also the first author of a technical book to be published both on paper and as an e-book.

Active in the community, he is past president of the Mid-Hudson Library System, Chair of the Philmont Comprehensive Plan Board, founder of the Philmont Main Street Committee, and treasurer of the HB Playwrights Foundation. He is a regular on public radio WAMC's Roundtable program.

The picture of an author sitting alone in a room day after day may be true for some authors and some types of books, but it's not true for this author or for technical books in general. Many people have provided invaluable assistance to the creation of this book.

First and foremost, the FileMaker team has worked for more than twenty years to combine the power of personal computing and database technology with an unequalled interface both for developer and user. Their choices have consistently struck the right balance between complexity and ease-of-use.

As always, Carole McClendon at Waterside Productions has nurtured this project into being (and completion).

At Sams, Betsy Brown first brought this book into being. As it was being written, technical editor Jim Kirkpatrick provided excellent feedback to help make the book as accurate and complete as possible. Under the excellent guidance of development editor Scott Meyers, they, the project editor (Matt Purcell), the proofreader (Elizabeth Scott), the copy editor (Geneil Breeze), and indexer (Chris Barrick) did a great job in shaping the book.


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Amazon.com: 2.0 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FileMaker Grows Up! 21 May 2004
By Blanche Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wow! for FileMaker and Wow! for Feiler's book. I've used FileMaker since Version 1 on an original Mac. I've also worked on large-scale databases. Over the years, FileMaker made a valiant effort to move towards the power and flexibility of the big databases, but I always felt it was somewhat of a compromise. With FileMaker 7, I honestly think that FileMaker is ahead of the big databases.
FileMaker's big advantage is its integrated development tools--scripting, layouts, etc. Feiler starts with the concepts and immediately does something I was dubious about--he jumps into the templates and shows you how to modify them. To me, the logical choice would have been to start at the beginning with a blank database. I quickly saw what he was after, and it works. Instead of starting from scratch, you start from databases that work (supplied with FileMaker), and you use them from the beginning. Then you start to modify them. Only then do you start designing your own databases from scratch. Even though I really know FileMaker, this approach taught me some basics that I never knew.
Feiler's description of FileMaker's new relational model is terrific. It not only explains relational databases, but it also explains clearly what FileMaker relationships really are (relationships as well as canned queries).
The book looks good, reads well, and is organized intelligently. In a way, we're all beginners with FileMaker 7. This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn FileMaker 7--whether you have experience with prior versions or not.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better wait for a better book 8 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I can't imagine this book would be of much help to most readers. I can't tell who it is written for. The level of language could only be understood by someone quite familiar with FileMaker, but anyone who is that familiar with FileMaker would learn very little from the book since it only covers the very basics of FileMaker. I bought the book to get insight into version 7 (I'm already pretty familiar with version 6). If I was not very familiar with version 6, I would have understood very little by reading this book because it assumes too much of a background. Beginners will NOT understand FileMaker from reading this book! Unfortunately, even though the language seems to be targeted toward experienced users, all that is introduced is basic concepts. Experienced users of FileMaker will also learn very, very little. I learned next to nothing about the peculiarities of version 7. Very disappointing. FileMaker users who are neither beginners nor experienced might learn something, but they'd be much better off with a different book (unfortunately, there is not much written on version 7 at this point, so better wait). I would not recommend this book to anyone.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There Must Be Something Better 24 Feb 2005
By John T. Maclean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you want a smooth way to learn FileMaker 7 do not turn to "Teach Yourself FileMaker 7 in 24 Hours." It is lacking in examples, is confusing and is extremely hard to follow. Even in areas where I am fairly comfortable using the program, this book failed to provide clear directions for something I already knew. Had I simply put my $25 down the garbage disposal, I would have been better off than I am having spent it on this book. Unfortunately, the other tomes on the bookstore shelf relating to FileMaker 7 were not much of an improvement. Mr. Feiler may know all there is to know about FileMaker 7, but he needs to learn to communicate far better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth the Money 6 Nov 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I don't think SAMS Teach Yourself Filemaker 7 in 24 Hours is a very good book. Except for lots of screen shots almost to tiny to read, it does not contain much more than the manual that comes with Filemaker Pro. Its presentation is based on a few examples, but there is little about how Filemaker works or how it operates. So if you want to go beyond the examples, you don't have the information. 24 hours is not enough; I need chapters.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book to learn from 26 Aug 2005
By macaphile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
at least for me. It does cover the basics of the items in filemaker but all I really got out of it was a rudimentary knowledge. It was a good idea to have practical exercises that you could download from the author's website. I found that there were many times that I could not reproduce the results stated in the book. The presentation was not logical enough for me to achieve a good foundation of the fundamentals to build the database reporting project I need for work. I am now reading Learn Filemaker pro 7 by Stars and Filemaker pro 7 Advanced by Baron. These books are much clearer and enjoyable to read.
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