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FileMaker 8 @Work: Projects and Techniques to Get the Job Done Paperback – 27 Jan 2006

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (27 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672328569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672328565
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,839,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jesse Feiler is a member of the FileMaker Solutions Alliance. He regularly consults on FileMaker and develops FileMaker solutions for small businesses, non-profits, art, retail point-of-sale, publishing, marketing, and other markets. He has worked as a developer and manager for companies such as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Prodigy, and Apple. He has created a number of video training courses, including one on FileMaker 7. Jesse appears regularly on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, on that station's Roundtable and Vox Pop shows, and is the author of a number of Mac OS X books as well as books on database driven websites and FileMaker.

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This is a book you will need to develop basic skills with Filemaker. It guides you through various projects underlining other possible uses. For someone like me, who needs to know about how to use and set-up databases but who is no computer professional, this is just the right book to get started. There is no jargon and you just find the right amount of info about the software itself. Highly recommended.
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By Ed Meister VINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2015
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I have used FileMaker for years and whilst it has long passed V8, I still use this version on a couple of (ain't broken, don't fix) systems and having this as a Kindle edition has made it a superb on demand reference. I do find myself going back to an existing project after reading elements with a fresh idea or tweak - it would also be an excellent read for someone who may be picking up an old copy of FM8+ and wants to get to grips with the basics of a powerful relational database system, would recommend even at entry level or for those looking to understand before hitting complexities of other systems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Practical 9 Jan. 2010
By James L. Creek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Filemaker 8 @Work is a great way to learn Filemaker. The test files are available on the author's website which is an additional benefit. When I placed the order I selected the digital version as well as paper for a few dollars more. By doing so I made this available on-line through Amazon's website so the book is always a click away even when I travel. This is a great Filemaker reference book, recommended to me by the genius who creates and maintains our company database. He has dozens of Filemaker books but gave this one his highest recommendation. I have bought additional copies for members of my staff.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More Questions than Answers 23 July 2006
By Holly T. Baxter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was either the result of an overzealous (non-programmer) editor or a poorly planned outline - but there is more material missing from this book than actually in it. Examples are given in one chapter with a statement that it is relating to something in another chapter, but it isn't there; projects are laid out without real explanation of the nuts and bolts of what you are doing, and the real power of Filemaker (calculations and scripts) are merely glossed over on a "need to know" basis. I am certainly left with more questions that answers.

The book did help me get some basic ideas for how to begin a project that related to one of the author's, but didn't really explain the logic behind the design in a way that I could translate that information to other projects.

So I am back at Amazon, buying another book which, hopefully, will take me a bit further in what I need.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Long on Promise- Short of Delivery 23 Oct. 2006
By BJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not a book for a novice to FileMaker Pro! It moves way too quickly into advanced stuff. If you do not already know how to search, sort, create form, table and columnar view layouts then do not come to this book for help.

If you already know all the basics, cited above, and know how to create additional tables in a file then this book will walk you through setting up relationships and making productive use of them - sort of.

There is not enough stuff here for the pure beginner to get them up to speed so they can do the relational stuff, scripting, etc with any sense of confidence. For an experience FileMaker Pro user the book is a waste because you will learn very little here that is new.

If you are an Access developer, etc and already understand the world of relational databases then this will give you a quick primer in how to do similar things with FileMaker Pro.

The concept for this series of books is brilliant; however, the execution of the concept in this book sucks!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the effort 5 Nov. 2006
By Michael Essex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am not a computer professional, but I had done some work with Filemaker Pro quite a few years ago and badly needed to update a database I had designed. I purchased this book to get up to speed with the changes in the last few upgrades of Filemaker. I spent a lot of time working through the examples in the book. It took a lot of work and thought to do this, but by the end, I had really learned a lot. The author does not do a lot of handholding in the book, but when I got completely stuck on one project, which was due to a simple misunderstanding on my part, the author responded quickly to my e-mails and was able to move me along. If there had been more "handholding" I probably could have completed the book faster, but would not have grasped the underlying concepts as well. I was immediately able to utilized the techniques I learned from the book, in the project I was attempting to upgrade.

As a previous reviewer noted, this is not aimed at the novice.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Average 11 April 2007
By mindtpi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like some of the other reviewers have stated, the book suffers from poor editing and is definitely not user-friendly if you are new to FileMaker 8 - as a reasonably experienced FM6 user I struggled with get some of the examples working when going through it. The author also keeps assuming that you are using Filemaker Advanced when you are setting up the databases which can add to the confusion.

To hard for new users, too basic for advanced users and just plain confusing for those in the middle.
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