FileMaker Pro 10 Bible - PDF
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FileMaker first emerged as a database application in the 1980s and has steadily increased in popularity in the decades since then. FileMaker is a veteran alongside well-established productivity applications, such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Moreover, FileMaker Pro has been available as a cross-platform application (Mac and Windows) since 1992.
From its humble beginnings, FileMaker has acquired new features and capabilities with each successive version. Version 10, the most powerful and flexible yet, retains much of the essential core of earlier days, enabling rapid development and providing new users with a moderate initial learning curve. As a longstanding user of FileMaker (I began using FileMaker Pro with Version 2 in 1990), I have seen many of these changes and can unreservedly commend you on your choice. FileMaker Pro has earned its reputation for a combination of ease of use and power — and if you’re prepared to take the trouble to look a little more deeply into its capabilities (by reading this book, for example!), you’’ll find that it’s also extraordinarily versatile and capable.
The FileMaker Pro 10 Bible features FileMaker Pro 10 and FileMaker Pro 10 Advanced. As a user wishing to create basic solutions, FileMaker Pro 10 is an ideal place for you to start, and the bulk of the information in this book will be immediately useful to you. For more complex requirements or for serious development work, you’ll find that FileMaker Pro 10 Advanced offers numerous advantages, with improved diagnostics and powerful developer-oriented features — and again, you’ll find information herein to ensure that you’re able to get the most out of your purchase.
In addition, FileMaker, Inc. provides the server-based (Web and local network) deployment products FileMaker Server 10 and FileMaker Server 10 Advanced, providing you with options to host FileMaker solutions for large workgroups. While the Server products aren’t the focus of the FileMaker Pro 10 Bible, I nevertheless include some references to design considerations for multiuser deployment.