The goal of these tutorials is to teach you how to design your own FileMaker Solutions from scratch. You can easily create a solution from a Starter Template but you won't really know all the nuts and bolts. In other words you won't be able to go into the solution that you created from a Starter Solution and modify it to your own needs because you don't know anything about FileMaker. Maybe that's what you want and I'm not saying Starter Solutions are bad, once you know FileMaker because then you can go in and figure out what they did and modify it from there. Maybe you like one of the Starter Solutions and want to add on it. So I always recommend starting from scratch so you can learn more. Eventually as you learn more and you get better at it, you can use these Starter Solutions or use a template you might buy off a website from some other FileMaker Developer or maybe you develop your own template but you, there's no fast path to learning FileMaker. You can't just open it up like a spreadsheet and start typing stuff in, sure you can make a simple little database that has no interface, no scripts and just a couple of fields for tracking things. That can be done in a few minutes in FileMaker; it's that easy to do but if you really want to make a solution which is what we're going to teach you how to do here, not a database, a solution which involves many aspects. Again that's going to be interface and structure and fields and, and all kinds of great stuff that make it a solution much more than what a database is. If you want that then you have to learn from the beginning and we're going to do that. We're going to create something from scratch, in fact what we're going to try to do is replicate the Starter Solution from scratch so you know how they made it because there's some interesting little things that they've done in here and it would be nice to know how they did it. So let's discover that, let's see how that works but for right now let's take a look at the Starter Solution and actually part of your homework is going to be, to look over it to see how all the features work. You know see how the roll-overs work, see how the pop-up menus work, look how this roll-over's a little bit different, it, it doesn't work the same, why is that? There's roll-overs on these buttons here, what do they do when we click on them? You know, how do all these things work? Here's the Tabs here, you know if we go to List View, you'll check out all these things and see how they work so that when I go over them inside of the tutorials and show you how to do it, you're not surprised about oh yeah that's why we want to do that. So you might want to keep a copy of this around so you can see that stuff. Now one thing I want to point out about this and, and some of the planning that we're going to mention as we're going through these tutorials because we don't want to just bore you in the beginning with all this plain stuff at the beginning. I'll just mention as we go along one of the things you want to plan for is what is your screen size? And that doesn't mean, do you have a 20 inch screen or a 30 inch screen or a 27 inch screen or a 13, it doesn't mean that, it means what resolution do you have? It means how can you display one screen and what that means for you is Design Solutions for other people is, what do other people have? What's the minimum screen resolution that you have to work with? Maybe most of the people are running are 1280 by 800 but you have one person who's running 1024 by 768 or if you want a solution to work and not have Scrollbars like we do here in this one, you can see just a slight Scrollbar here, then you want to make sure you interview your audience and find out what kind of machine they're going to be working on. So you can design the screens to the right size, you can always make them expand, in other words, the objects grow for bigger screens, that's not a problem but we want to design for the minimum requirements. So it's very easy in fact to get this to work correctly, most likely you're going to be showing your solution without that Status Toolbar at the top because you'll replicate everything in here. You don't want to confuse things with a different interface and I usually hide that. So once you do that you'll notice that the Scrollbar goes away and so you always want to design a solution with no Scrollbar down or to the right unless you're in List View. So we'll go over to List View here and you'll see oh well there it is. Here's what we have, we have a Scrollbar up and down if we had enough contacts to fill this in, you'd see one up and down but not left to right. But in Form View you never have an up and down, you don't want that to occur because then people miss stuff at the bottom. So let's talk about other considerations other than the screen size. What about cross platform considerations? Well most things work just fine cross platform from FileMaker. There's some things that are out of their control, they can't handle for you. So you can make a solution on the Macintosh and take it over to Windows, it'll look perfect or vice versa but there's a couple of things you really have to kind of pay a little bit of attention to. One is graphics, sometimes it'll look a little bit lighter from Mac to Windows or vice versa, a little bit darker so you got to watch out for that. And also fonts, even if you have the same font, they're sometimes a little bit bigger, so you want to take those two things into consideration. You also have to think about multi-user, what about record locking if you have multiple people accessing this? You have to consider that right and these things, I'm mentioning them, we're going to go over them later I just want to get the idea planted in your head. Other things to consider, are you going to deploy on the web? Are you going to use an iPhone or an iPad in the deployment? You know, how are people going to access this? Because you'll notice in here if you look at their menus. You have iPad and iPhone. Well we also might have Web Forms and things like that so these are all very important considerations. So take a look at this for your homework, become familiar with it. We're going to go ahead and Create a New Database from scratch. We'll call it Contact just so it's a little bit different name than this one so I don't, I don't have any conflict with it. And right here you already have an issue you need to consider. You need to consider what are your Naming Conventions. What if you name this file incorrectly? What if it doesn't work cross platform? You use a character that doesn't work on either platform. What if you have a multiple file solution, even though you can put multiple tables in one file, sometimes people do have multiple files and what if the file reference or if you change the name later? And you know it, they don't reference each other. What if you have a calculation inside the file that references that file? It's very important to consider what you're naming this and you don't necessarily want to change it later on. You want to make sure that you use the proper Naming Conventions. So I would recommend going to the FileMaker.com website and they have a white paper on Naming Conventions. Very informative, probably more than you need but read it to get some ideas, it's really important. So we'll hit Save here, it'll create this one layout with Contacts, no fields at this point and I really don't like this view. A lot of people do but I, I'm going to teach you the, the traditional way to work with FileMaker. You know, you can create fields from this view and stuff like that but I'm not a big fan of it so I'm going to go directly to Manage Database and teach you how to work from this perspective. This really gives you a lot more power, again we're not trying to teach you how to be a very quick intro to FileMaker and be a beginner. We're trying to teach you how to be a developer here and so this is where developers work, not inside this view even though you can do a lot of the things that are in here, we just don't want to work that way. So your basic idea here is right at the top. You have Tables, Fields and Relationships. Tables are all the tables in your solution, now we're not going to get into multiple tables until we get into the intermediate tutorial but you can see right now we already have one table based on the name of your file. We have no fields but if you want to change between tables, see the fields in other tables you do it up here. And then our Relationship Section, this is where you relate the different tables but we don't have any tables so we're going to concentrate right on this Fields Section and show you how to create fields and all that kind of good stuff. Because right in the beginning you don't need multiple tables, we're not getting into Relational Design until the intermediate section. So right now we're just going to focus on this middle tab and create fields and text types and date types and all that kind of good stuff.
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