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5.0 out of 5 stars If deciphering the manual made your head hurt........., 14 Jun. 2001
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This review is from: Special Edition Using FileMaker Pro 5 (Paperback)
I was set the task of building a fairly complex relational inventory system with no previous experience of Filemaker. Having read the FMP manual cover to cover, I was wiser what the software could do, but there were plenty of sentences that still made my brain ache after several readings.
This book fills the gap between a hand-holding "Idiot's Guide" and a tech manual - it has a friendly yet intelligent style, expansive notes and plenty of relevant examples. In fact there hasnt been one problem Ive faced in my project that wasnt solved by adapting an example or principle demonstrated here. And the fact that Ive been able to understand which tweaks have been necessary is testament to the authors' clarity.
For non-technical minds like mine, relational databases are a demanding subject, so you can still expect to be taxing your noodle despite the book's accessibility. However, it successfully ramps up the knowledge required as the chapters progress, so each section only demands knowledge of subjects previously explained. It also makes a great reference guide to dip into for reminders.
I haven't read any other FMP guides, so cant compare, but anyone who struggled with the official manual should learn plenty from this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from these guys experience, 29 Nov. 2001
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If you use Filemaker already, this book is really good for collecting all those bits of knowledge you have and bringing it all together. There's also heaps of tips for getting around some of Filemaker's annoyances. The kind of things you've torn your hair out over. Other than that, you can read it from start to finish without getting bored and at the end there won't be much you don't know about filemaker.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well presented from conception thru to development, 28 Oct. 2000
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Using this book I shall be starting a new project from scratch. The challenge has already been made easier by this books straight forward approach and step-by-step guides. It has even reminded me of things I'd forgotten FileMaker can do!
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