FileMaker Pro 10 Bible w/WS Paperback – 17 Apr 2009
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From the Back Cover
If you want to learn FileMaker Pro, you need this book
Before you start a FileMaker Pro project, make sure you have this detailed how–to from renowned FileMaker expert Ray Cologon. He draws upon years of experience to provide pages of solutions, techniques, and instruction you won′t find anywhere else. Discover what′s new in FileMaker Pro 10, learn efficient coding, and create industrial–strength databases with automation, scripting, security, and more. From the fundamentals to full–scale development, this is the FileMaker book you need to succeed.
- 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 FileMaker Scripting Environment
Apply security and maintain the integrity of your data
Create custom functions and use standards–based approaches
Employ third–party tools and plug–ins to extend FileMaker Pro′s reach
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 founder of NightWing Enterprises, based in Melbourne, Australia. He has been a speaker at FileMaker Developer Conferences in Phoenix, Orlando, and San Francisco over the past four years and is the recipient of an Award for Leadership and Technical Excellence in FileMaker Pro from FileMaker, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
There are quite a few very clever and well informed people around the Filemaker world, but Cologon is both very clever and very good at communicating, a quality not shared by all his peers. Two of the other best clever communicators, Corn Walker and Jason DeLooze continue as technical editors of this edition which thus increases the volume's authority. Hence this book gives great value and time invested in studying will be rapidly repaid in reduced development time and better solutions.
The one thing I would like, but couldn't find, is a black line system showing changes from the previous edition which would make it easier to review Cologon's latest best advice.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Recently, I bought the FM Bible by Ray Cologon because I was not satisfied by the material I already had.
Ray's book solved many of the problems I was having in the Missing Manual book. For example the Missing Manual becomes hopelessly confusing in chapter 8, when the table occurrences - TO's, take bizarre names and the author starts using an antiquated `anchor buoy system'. The same concept of TO's was dealt with very elegantly by Ray.
Ray's book is readable and has a flow. He also saves us from the humor and witticism which, books like missing manual and `Dummy' series contain.
The author carefully explains why Filemaker is different from other databases programs, especially, the graph and the Table occurrences. This is vital to know for someone migrating from Microsoft Access etc.
You start building an Invoice solution early in the book. The solution slowly grows and matures over the chapters. Newbies may find it hard to understand early in the book, because the concepts of table and relationships come after you build the structure. Is this a cart before the horse? I think not because, once you have built the structure (at least went along with the instructions) you will find it easy to understand the deeper concepts.
The beauty of the book is in the concept of simplification. Some authors can simplify convoluted subjects and make the common man understand the concepts. Ray has that gift.
Ray was kind enough to answer my question. I was astonished to receive an answer from him promptly.
This is great book to have in your library.
I've had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Cologon on several occasions, and he's got to be one of the smartest people I've ever met (and I've met some smart people!). To have his knowledge and thoroughness at arm's reach at any time distilled down to a book is simply the best reference you could ask for, short of Ray sitting there himself.
FileMaker Certified Developer
One thing I really appreciate is the way this book is organised, with the early chapters laying the foundations and introducing ideas, explaining terms and so on. Then as you get towards the middle of the book it really opens up into giving the deeper insights that sets it apart from other books on FileMaker. This is a book to keep by your side as you deal with the really challenging stuff.
Another aspect of the book that is excellent, is the wealth of examples, tips and insider explanations about how the program works. Like the previous book in this series, I found a gem or a useful technique on just about every page. The explanations are very clear, the language is straightforward and the examples are very useable. There is a lot of new material on the changes and new features of FileMaker 10 and it is eye-opening.
All in all, this is the very best book on FileMaker I have read - and is defintely an excellent technical reference by any standard. I got more out of reading this book than all the other books on FileMaker 10 together. Well worth waiting for.
My issue is that the publisher printed the ENTIRE book pages using gray ink. Depending on the lighting where one may be reading, the view of the text ranges from not much, to not quite right. Meaning, the gray ink shade light intensity leaves MUCH to be desired.
My vote is black ink . . . . for books.FileMaker Pro 10 Bible