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Sams Teach Yourself FileMaker 7 in 24 Hours

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  • Copyright 2004
  • Pages: 504
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Adobe DRM)
  • ISBN-10: 0-7686-6281-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7686-6281-8

Sams Teach Yourself FileMaker in 24 Hours provides a step-by-step introduction to using FileMaker from its out-of-the-box templates to totally customized database solutions on the desktop, LANs, and the Internet.

The book proceeds to help beginners understand how they can tweak and modify templates to make them fit their needs more precisely, and it provides them with the steps they need to create a working database.

It also provides examples calculations and scripts, and it can aid Web designers in moving to the next level of Web development, from building Web pages to designing sites that are dynamic and database-driven.

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Table of Contents



Hour 1: Introducing FileMaker.

A Brief History of FileMaker. The FileMaker Market. How FileMaker Works: Overview. Talking About FileMaker: A Guide to Terminology. Talking About FileMaker: The Product Line. Introducing the FileMaker Templates. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 2: Using FileMaker and Its Basic Templates.

Exploring the FileMaker Interface. Using the Status Area and FileMaker Modes. Using Basic FileMaker Menus. Working with FileMaker Windows. Working with FileMaker Views. FileMaker Preferences. FileMaker Toolbars. Entering Data. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 3: Finding and Sorting Data.

Overview of Finding Data. Creating Find Requests. Omitting Data. Sorting Data. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 4: Introducing Layouts.

About Layouts. Using the Layout Status Area. How to Add and Format Fields. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 5: Printing Data.

About Printing. Print a Layout. Print Wide and Tall Layouts. Prepare Layouts for Printing: Margins and Sliding. Printing Information About the Database. Printing Envelopes and Labels. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.


Hour 6: Validating and Auto-Entering Data.

About Validation. Setting Auto-Entry Options. Setting Validation Options. Replacing Field Values. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 7: Working with Calculations, Formulas, Functions, and Repeating Fields.

About Calculations, Formulas, and Functions. Calculations in Use: The Expense Report Template. Setting Calculation Storage. Working with Repeating Fields. Creating a Calculation. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 8: More on Calculations and Functions.

Overview of Functions. Logical Functions. Calculations in the Time Cards Template. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 9: Working with Scripts.

About Scripts. Using ScriptMaker. Open ScriptMaker. Create a New Script. Look at a Simple Script. Script Step Categories. Script Steps and the Web. Use Comments in a Complex Script. Attaching Scripts to Layout Elements. Handling Errors in Scripts. Running Scripts Automatically When Files Are Opened or Closed. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 10: More on Working with Scripts.

Writing a Find Script. Implementing the Cancel Button with an If Script Step. Specifying Find Requests. Debugging Scripts. Sharing Scripts. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 11: Importing and Exporting Data.

About Data Sharing. File Formats. Importing Data into FileMaker. Replacing and Updating Data with Match Fields. Converting Excel Spreadsheets to FileMaker Databases. Exporting Data from FileMaker. Importing from a Folder. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 12: Working with ODBC and JDBC.

What Is ODBC? Very Basic SQL. The FileMaker ODBC Example. Setting Up a Data Source on Windows. Setting Up a Data Source on Mac OS X. Importing Data from a Data Source with FileMaker. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.


Hour 13: Creating a FileMaker Database.

Database Programming. Creating a Database. Working with Field Types and Repeating Fields. Exploring the Define Database Dialog. Value Lists. File Options. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 14: Working with Relationships.

Introducing the Relational Model. Normalizing a Database. Add Tables to a Database. Create Relationships. Relationships to Aliased Tables. Using File References. Using Self-Joins. Working with Contexts. Using Lookup and LookupNext Functions. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 15: More About Layouts.

Using Default FileMaker Layouts. Using FileMaker to Create Customized Layouts. Other Layout Settings. Using Related Fields in Layouts. Using Portals for Relationships. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 16: Advanced FileMaker Scripting: Design Issues, Script Parameters, and Working with Related Records.

Designing Scripts for FileMaker Solutions and Vice Versa. Using Scripts to Manage Related Records. Using Script Parameters to Add Related Records. Importing Scripts. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 17: Working with Summaries and Layout Parts.

Preparing the Parties Database for Reporting. Creating a Report with the FileMaker Assistant. Looking at the Report Parts. Examining the Script. Modifying the Layout. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 18: Securing Your Solutions and Databases.

About Security. Overview of FileMaker Security. Defining Accounts. Defining Privileges. Defining Extended Privileges. Turning Security On. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 19: Finishing Up: Help, Testing, and Keeping Things Running.

Providing Help and Assistance. Testing FileMaker Solutions. Keeping Things Running. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 20: Creating Solutions with @AHEADS = FileMaker Developer. Database Design Report. Using Developer Utilities to Create Standalone Solutions. File Maintenance. Custom Functions. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.


Hour 21: Sharing Databases with @AHEADS = FileMaker Pro. About FileMaker Networking. Adjust Your Firewall. Set Up Sharing with FileMaker Pro. Connecting to a Shared FileMaker Database. Locking Databases (Shared Database Etiquette). Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 22: Using FileMaker on the Web or an Intranet: Instant Web Publishing.

About Instant Web Publishing. Using the Instant Web Publishing Interface. Publishing a Database Using Instant Web Publishing. Designing for Instant Web Publishing. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 23: Using FileMaker and XML with @AHEADS = Other Applications. The XML Difference. Setting Up the Example. Exporting XML. Inside an XML Document. The XML Export File from the Example. What Next? Summary. Q&A. Workshop.

Hour 24: Using FileMaker, XML, and @AHEADS = XSLT. Transforming XML Exports into HTML. A Look at XSLT. Modifying the Simple Table Transformation. Using XPath Expressions to Select and Manipulate Text. Summary. Q&A. Workshop.


Appendix A: Converting from Previous Versions of FileMaker.

Getting Started with Conversion. Remove Calculations for Relationships. Replace Finds with Nonequal Relationships and Self-Joins. Use Row Numbers in Portals. Sort Portals. Use Timestamp Fields. Use XML. Explore the Instant Web Publishing Script Steps. Use Field Comments.

Appendix B: FileMaker Functions.

Aggregate Functions. Date Functions. Design Functions. Financial Functions. Get Functions. Logical Functions. Number Functions. Repeating Functions. Summary Functions. Text Functions. Text Formatting Functions. Time Functions. Timestamp Functions. Trigonometric Functions.

Appendix C: FileMaker Script Steps.

Control Script Steps. Navigation Script Steps. Editing Script Steps. Fields Script Steps. Records. Found Sets. Windows. Files. Accounts. Spelling. Open Menu Items. Miscellaneous.

Appendix D: Using FileMaker Server.

FileMaker Server. FileMaker Server Advanced.



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