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FileMaker Pro 11: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
FileMaker Pro 11: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
by Susan Prosser
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful to get started, 16 Dec. 2010
Very useful to get started with FMP. I did not need the DB theory, but all the frontend stuff was good to get ideas from.

I have a specific problem that I still need solving - but I have not finished the book yet, and of course there has to be limits in what can be in. Also, could just be something that is difficult in FMP

I have not compared any alternatives, but this book is definately Good Enough (TM).

Bento 3 (Mac)
Bento 3 (Mac)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, but has limitations, 11 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Bento 3 (Mac) (DVD-ROM)
I bought Bento to do a booking database for our holiday house, fast. I thought, at that price I could not go all wrong.

I have actually managed to do a working booking system for three apartments, using iCal and the built in address book for the purpose.

But I can see I am hitting the limits of Bento when I want to do reports of various sorts, and as we are expanding the business I will probably be going to Filemaker (I can't be asked making interface for MySQL).

- Cheap
- Fast to do basic stuff, also without DB experience.
- Integrates well with standard OS X programs

- Not a relational DB
- If you have DB experience, you hit the limits pretty fast, or have to do funny workarounds.

- MySQL, PostgreSQL: Much steeper learning curve, but almost unlimited possibilities. You may need a frontend.
- Filemaker Pro: Somewhat more expensive, but powerful enough for most uses, and still easy to use.

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