Automating FileMaker Pro: Scripting and Calculations

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9780122513374: Automating FileMaker Pro: Scripting and Calculations

FileMaker Pro, long popular with Macintosh users, is now the leading standalone database for Windows. Automating FileMaker Pro cures the headaches of thousands of developers, administrators, and other users who want to maximize their database projects' efficiency, effectiveness, and ease of use.
Inside, FileMaker users will profit from expert technical instruction in FileMaker's powerful scripting and automation capabilities-mastering techniques for improving performance in areas such as reporting and data validation. Author Jesse Feiler also applies his extensive business and consulting experience to help managers recognize innovative ways to get the most from their database investment.

Key Features
* Written for readers working with all Macintosh and Windows versions, including the latest: FileMaker Pro 5
* Provides in-depth coverage of ScriptMaker, FileMaker Pro's visual tool for developing scripts that can carry out complex tasks
* Teaches automation techniques for entering and validating data, generating reports, customizing the interface, linking to non-FileMaker data sources, making data available on the Web, and more
* Stresses sound approaches that help readers build robust, scalable solutions

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Are you a FileMaker Pro developer? An administrator? A user? No matter what your role, no matter how you depend on FileMaker Pro, this is the book you need if you want to save time, money, and frustration by automating routine tasks and making your database project communicate with other data sources. Inside, you'll find clear, expert instruction focusing on scripting, field calculations, and ODBC configuration, along with all the background you need to get started. As you master specific techniques, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the product as a whole, as well as a sound general approach to FileMaker Pro development that you can apply in every aspect of your work.


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  • Covers both Macintosh and Windows versions of FileMaker Pro, including the latest release: FileMaker Pro 5.
  • Provides in-depth coverage of ScriptMaker, FileMaker Pro's visual tool for developing scripts that automate keystroke and command processes: data entry, printing, report generation, and more.
  • Explains and illustrates how to use calculations and field options to edit, format, and validate data-automatically.
  • Covers interface customization, allowing you to give users easy access to automated functions.
  • Teaches you to use ODBC and SQL to enable your database project to import data from, export data to, and synchronize with other data sources.
  • Includes a glossary of FileMaker Pro and other database terms, and a special chapter on SQL to help you get the most out of FileMaker Pro's ODBC capabilities.

About the Author:

Jesse Feiler is Software Director of Philmont Software Mill. Co-author of Finding and Fixing Your Year 2000: A Guide for Small Businesses and Organizations with Barbara Butler, and the author of the upcoming FileMaker Pro and the World Wide Web, Jesse has also written Rhapsody Developer's Guide, Cyberdog, and Real World Apple Guide. He has served as a consultant, author, and speaker for many prestigious businesses, including the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Prodigy, Kodak, Young & Rubicam, and Apple Computer, Inc.

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