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you are developing a database for other people to use, get advice from an
experienced developer on interviewing, planning, developing,
troubleshooting, and webifying your database. In Special Edition Using
FileMaker Pro 5 Rich Coulombre and Jonathan Price update their classic
book on developing databases, pegged to the recent release of FileMaker
Pro 5 for Windows, Mac OS, and handheld systems, from FileMaker, Inc.
Coulombre teaches workshops to developers and creates FileMaker Pro 5
databases for Fortune 500 industries and major national universities; he
has won two FileMaker Pro Excellence awards from FileMaker, Inc., for
supporting the product in the field, and for developing and delivering
outstanding training. Jonathan Price has written many books on
technical subjects, including manuals for Apple, Claris, and FileMaker.
Macmillan Computer Publishing, of Indianapolis, IN, publishes the book
under its Que imprint.
"This book gives insider guidance for folks who create databases for
other people in a department or workgroup within large organizations, or
as an enterprise tool for small organizations," says Coulombre.
"We've put a lot of emphasis on planning in cooperation with your
client, developing a robust Entity Relationship Diagram, and specifying
your fields and relationships with care." Case studies and tips
show how the recommendations play out in real-life situations.
"The book walks a developer through everything necessary, from the
initial interview with the client to building the files, maintaining
referential integrity, guaranteeing the accuracy and consistency of your
data, building a friendly user interface that users will really use,
webifying the database, and making it ubiquitous and mobile."
Other chapters focus on calculations, reporting, scripting, integrating
FileMaker Pro 5 with other applications, and exploiting portals. "My
favorite chapter title," says Coulombre, "is 'The Joys of Self
Joins and Other Interesting Relationships.'" The CD contains
many sample files so developers can study and borrow the techniques
described in the book.
Hear what readers have to say:
From Chuck Anderson:
"Amazon.com just today delivered my copy of the new Coulombre/Price
book on FileMaker Pro 5. Rich has done it again! His
"holistic" approach is a very welcome contrast to the mindless
step-by-step guides that proliferate. Plus, I enjoy his sidebars that
suggest, for example, we write draft
proposals "that even a manager can understand.""
From Paul Bauer:
"It even surpasses his earlier book. The portion on planning is one
of the best treatments of general business consulting I have ever read. It
is worthy of being an excerpted pamphlet for distribution to all
consultants regardless of the "type" of consulting they say they
From Dick Dressel:
"I got mine the other day and agree. These guys really know how
to disseminate information in a clear, easy reading manner. Great
job Rich & Jonathan.
From Russ Harris:
"I am really enjoying your book. It explains things so that even I
can understand them! It seems that so many other FM books focus on either
obvious things that are already in the manual or on arcane tips which are
out of context of building good databases."
Paperback - 572 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition, USD $39.99
Que; ISBN: 0789722011