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Using FileMaker 7 [Paperback]

Steve Lane , Bob Bowers , Scott Love , Chris Moyer
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12 Aug 2004 0789730286 978-0789730282 1

Once upon a time, you were an experienced FileMaker user. Now there's an updated version of the software and you feel like you're back at the beginning of the story. Special Edition Using FileMaker 7 can help you get back to "happily ever after" with your database building skills. Frequent tips, case studies and thorough examples create a learning experience as if you were in the same room with the experienced FileMaker developers. Written by The Moyer Group, a leading FileMaker Pro consulting and training organization, this book will show you how to avoid mistakes and save time in developing databases. A CD is included to show you sample files with before-and-after examples, as well as an interface explorer tool that will allow you to prototype interfaces quickly for clients. Special Edition Using FileMaker 7 is sure to keep you from seeing the end of your database building days.

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  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: QUE; 1 edition (12 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789730286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789730282
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,811,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Lane has worked with relational databases for 15 years. He has written for FileMaker Advisor magazine and co-authored Advanced FileMaker Pro 6 Web Development. He is a vice president with the Moyer Group and has led training classes in FileMaker technologies all over the country, both in open sessions and in on-site client engagements. He regularly speaks at the annual FileMaker Developer's Conference, where in 2003 he was awarded the FileMaker Fellowship Award for “pushing the boundaries of FileMaker Pro.”

Bob Bowers is a columnist and contributing editor for FileMaker Advisor magazine and has co-authored two other books: Advanced FileMaker Pro 5.5 Techniques for Developers and Advanced FileMaker Pro 6 Web Development. He is president of the Moyer Group. At the 2002 FileMaker Developer's Conference, where he is a perennial speaker, he was awarded the FileMaker Fellowship Award for “developing outstanding technical and educational resources for FileMaker.”

Scott Love has been working with FileMaker at leading technology firms for over a decade. Currently a vice president with the Moyer Group, he served at MacUser/MacWEEK as an online Managing Editor, at Apple Computer as its Web Publishing Technology Evangelist, followed by directing the Technical Marketing team at Macromedia. He has written dozens of feature and review articles on FileMaker and Internet/Web topics for a wide range of computer publications, including Macworld magazine.

Chris Moyer has been designing and implementing database solutions for Fortune 500 companies for more than 13 years. He is CEO of the Moyer Group. Before founding the Moyer Group in 1995, he worked as a Sales Engineer for the Claris Corporation (now FileMaker, Inc.). He was one of three trainers selected by Claris to train the FileMaker developer community in the United States and abroad when FileMaker 3.0 was released. Chris subsequently authored Special Edition Using FileMaker Pro 3 for Macintosh. In 1998, he was awarded the FileMaker Solutions Alliance Award of Excellence. Chris is a co-author of Advanced FileMaker Pro 5.5 Techniques for Developers. Today Chris serves as a technical editor for FileMaker Advisor magazine and is a regular presenter at the FileMaker Developer Conference.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to buy! 17 Aug 2005
I started with Omnis 3 many years ago because it was the only available cross-platform (Mac/Windows) relational database for ordinary mortals. I stuck with Omnis (and its descendants) because of the huge learning curve involved in moving to alternative programs, but have finally made the change to Filemaker 7 because of its ease of use and because of this book, which is a perfect complement to the program.
'Using Filemaker 7' is absolutely the book to buy to learn how to get started and how to get the most out of Filemaker - it's comprehensive, well written, well laid out and has excellent real-world examples. Just as important is the quality of the index, which is vital for a reference book of this length and scope. I also bought "Learn Filemaker Pro 7'; it's a shorter book which works well as a step-by-step recipe-type work for beginners, but of the two 'Using Filemaker' is the better for dealing with problems and difficulties. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars May not be the only book you will need 14 Feb 2006
This is not a book to buy if you are looking for a quick guide to setting up a basic filemaker app. Essentials are lost almost as footnotes. You are not guided through basic processes and references tend to be circular without providing the guts of what you are looking for. It may work well for some, viz previous reviewer, and it's weight would imply that it is comprehensive. May work well as a reference but in my veiw the 4 authors could have done with a good editor to pull it together.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discursive, Not Step-by-Step, but Good Reference 15 Nov 2004
By Ronald W. Satz - Published on Amazon.com
This book is for advanced programmers only. If you're a beginner or at intermediate level with FileMaker, most of the screen shots will be too small and the techniques too advanced. But advanced users will love the four appendices: Additional Resources, Calculation Function Reference, Script Step Reference, and Documenting FileMaker Pro Systems. The book is worth buying just for the appendices!

Numerous advanced techniques are discussed, but not in a step-by-step fashion. The files on the included CD are rudimentary but helpful. Examples include constructing a "self-join" file, implementing dynamic report columns, extracting values from checkbox fields, highlighting portal rows, and constructing a "back button." There is a good discussion of relational database theory and how to use the new Relationships Graph.

This book is a must-have for all advanced FileMaker 7 developers.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent -- though perhaps not the ONLY FM book you'll need 17 May 2005
By Model Citizen - Published on Amazon.com
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Like other books in the "Special Edition Using" series, the cover of this book claims it is the "only Filemaker book you'll ever need." Well, that's just some very clever marketing, and probably not correct for most users. But this IS a fantastic 2nd book to use and keep as a reference once you are familiar with the basics of Filemaker.

Folks just starting out with the program may not appreciate the absence of true, from the ground up, tutorials walking you through every aspect of the program. For that kind of approach, I whole-heartedly recommend the FM Pro 7 Bible by Schwartz and Cohen. The Bible was the book I started with back when the software was at version 4, and I actually bought a new copy covering version 7 when I came back to the software after shelving it for a few years. The Bible provides an excellent foundation for the basics+.

And then this book steps in with excellent coverage of more advanced concepts. Perhaps the most useful sections come in chapters 5-7, in which the authors write the best explanation of entity-relationship theory I've ever read. Best of all, it's all in the context of designing databases with FMP 7 -- you actually learn how to use the software to design complex, multi-table databases in a way that makes the material stick. Read these chapters once for the concepts -- then again sitting before your computer as you put FMP 7 through it's paces. You WILL learn this stuff -- and it WILL stick.

Also helpful was coverage re. the several ways to get your database on the web, which, in version 7, is quite different from your options in earlier versions. These sections are an excellent update to the authors' fine work on Advanced FileMaker Pro 6 Web Development from Wordware Press (which, by the way, is an excellent read and is still relevant, if a little dated).

I'm using all I've learned to develop a complex trial notebook db program for my law firm, and this book, and the Bible, together convince me that I can in fact do it all on my own!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summary... 21 Feb 2005
By JW - Published on Amazon.com
There are several excellent reviews posted already so I will keep mine short:

If you want to know how to use FMP 7, buy the "FMP bible" or "Learn FMP in 24 hours" type of books, or just use the user manual comes with your FMP. It will be much more informative and enjoyable.

However, if you want to discover the true power of FMP7 and to learn the concepts and creative ideas of designing a efficient and powerful FMP DB, this book is definitely a "must have".

I will give it a 6-star rating if I could.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for Filemaker Pro "Pro" Users? 14 Dec 2004
By Maisy - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading the reviews spurred me to buy this book, and I realize there's different kinds of FilemakerPro users out there. I've used FilemakerPro 6, but not extensively, and I thought this book would take me through the steps to become more proficient, and learn FilemakerPro 7 at the same time.

Here's what I found: the book was written by developers for developer-type people, not the average guy (or girl) with non-software developer things on their mind. The first few chapters were boring and not informative, the next couple taught me about databases, which I found very insightful and was tremendously helpful (but didn't teach me too much about FilemakerPro 7) and then the text got way over my head. So I am done with this book, and yet I've read only half at most. A real disappointment.

I just bought Sams Teach Yourself FilemakerPro 7 in 24 Hours and I can thouroughly recommend it already! (It's definitely for those people like me who are not looking to make a lifetime commitment to FilemakerPro and want to get back to the rest of their lives!)
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Filemaker 7 Book 17 Nov 2004
By C. Beall - Published on Amazon.com
I sat in Barnes & Noble and compared "the Bible", this book and three others. This one by far had the best examples that really illustrate how intricate features work, and usually more than just one example. I am very experienced with Filemaker and find this book to be an excellent reference. It does have the first couple of chapters for newbies, which I skipped.

Only downside is that it is heavy.
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