on 29 January 2011
If you want a book to learn about scripting in Filemaker, this book isn't it. I'm a Filemaker Newbie and what scripting information it does contain just doesn't go far enough. If you're looking for a starter guide you're going to need to buy another book very soon - so why not save some dosh and get the better book straightaway?
I was attracted to the Dummies book by the word "Scripting" in the title which suggests this subject is a main topic. However, dipping into the content shows a distinct lack of detail. I mean, it doesn't even cover CASE statements, a very useful form of IF statement which are far easier to write out, whereas more generalist books such as "Filemaker Pro, The Missing Manual" from Pogue Press and Ray Cologon's "Filemaker Pro Bible" provide far more information on this subject and on scripting in general, as well as starting from a beginner's perspective.
In this book's favour though is quite a nice intro to the basic elements of Filemaker, but then, don't all Filemaker books aimed at beginners offer this?
As for the writing style, well, it's a Dummies book. Just don't be misled by the title.
This is typical of the 'Dummies' series of books. It is written in a homourous, consersational style that makes is easy to read and follow. Tasks are broken down into easy bites so are easy to follow on the whole. I found the scripting sections are a little less easy to follow and have had to go over these several times to grasp the subject material. All in all a very useful text and written in a style that makes is easy to read straight through, chapter by chapter, for the majority of the book. Very good value for money.