Using FileMaker Bento Paperback – 27 May 2010
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From the Back Cover
Get comfortable with the latest version of FileMaker Bento. Don’t just read about it: See it and hear it with step-by-step video tutorials and valuable audio sidebars delivered through the Free Web Edition that comes with every USING book. For the price of the book, you get online access anywhere with a web connection–no books to carry, updated content, and the benefit of video and audio learning. Way more than just a book, this is all the help you’ll ever need where you want, when you want!
learn fast, learn easy, using web, video, and audio
Show Me video walks through tasks you’ve just got to see–including bonus advanced techniques
Tell Me More audio delivers practical insights straight from the experts
About the Author
Jesse Feiler has been designing databases and user-oriented solutions for two decades. He is the author of a number of books on Mac OS X, FileMaker, the Web, and a variety of other technologies such as Drupal, mashups, and Facebook. His most recent books are Filemaker Pro 10 in Depth, Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in24 Hours, and iWork ’09 for Dummies.
A member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, he is also a developer of solutions for small businesses, nonprofit organizations (particularly those in the arts fields), publishing, and production companies. He has done many FileMaker rehabs, bringing them up to modern standards and designs. His knowledge of FileMaker and Mac OS X technologies has helped him integrate tools such as Automator into FileMaker solutions–and now into Bento.
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).
Active in the community, he has served on a variety of nonprofit boards including those of HB Studio and Mid-Hudson Library System, as well as zoning and planning boards. He has conducted trustee training sessions for Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System and other groups.
Feiler’s website is northcountryconsulting.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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A word about support from those involved with the book. Like a previous reviewer, I initially had trouble getting the online content It appeared at first glance that I needed to pay an additional fee! I e-mailed the representative (Loretta Yates) who offered to help the previous disgruntled reviewer with similar problems. I sent my help request around midnight on a Friday, and Loretta responded around 5:30 AM the next morning! She constantly followed up and soon I had complete access to the content. Turns out a previous "free trial" i Had enacted was creating the problem. So, mega-kudos to Loretta and the Safari on-line help and theauthor! When you buy this book, you are buying a team of dedicated professionals, Thanks!!
Loretta from Que responded very quickly and cleared things up (wait for the email from Que to provide the
necessary information to log in for access, and although this is a little unclear from the instructions I should
have known this).
I've used the web edition exclusively, the first time I've tried it, and it works remarkably well. The added
video and audio clips by the author add a lot, sometimes just useful comments mentioned in passing.
So the hardcopy is just sitting on the shelf, at least for now!
The presentation is clear, careful, and informative. Bento has some limitations in contrast to an industrial
strength database like Filemaker Pro 11 (from my point of view the most important is that there is no way
to create a common key field to create relations, although there are ways to create relations by hand). This
book explains what Bento can do and what it is good for. It also describes how to use the iPad and iPhone
apps as very portable extensions of your database, which I am finding incredibly handy as well.