You're first inclination might be to jump right into FileMaker and start creating a solution. You get really excited about an idea you have and just want to bring it to life. My suggestion is, slow down, turn off your computer and get out a pencil and piece of paper and start planning your solution. I want to draw an analogy to building a house because it's very similar. You wouldn't go out and hire a contractor and say build me a house, you'd start with an architect and that architect if he was good would ask you how many bedrooms do you have, do you want a bathroom downstairs? Do you want a porch? You know all these things and get all your ideas together and then, you know, he'll ask you about materials and, and whatever. All of this stuff, he'll ask you tons of questions and then he'll present you the plans and you'll say, oh you know what, we really want that bathroom to be bigger and he'll come back with more plans. That's the same idea behind your FileMaker Solution or any database solution; you have to plan it ahead of time. Don't skip to step two of hiring a contractor or you may have to tear down your house, you don't want to be in that situation. If you plan it correctly in the beginning, it will flow through, you may have some hiccups and you may have to go and redesign something but if you get planning in the beginning you're going to minimize those problems in the end. So you have to be somewhat like a commercial developer even if you are an in-house developer and probably most people aren't commercial developers who are watching these tutorials. They're either working for a company or they're just doing this for themselves or maybe they want to become a commercial developer eventually but they're not right now, they're just working at home on it. If you are an in-house developer or working on your own, you still need to think like a commercial developer and use some of their ideas. Commercial developers plan everything extensively by interviewing their clients, at least the good commercial developers do. They talk to those clients days or weeks on end listing all the features, creating the Entity Relationship Diagrams which we'll find about later which are covered in the intermediate tutorial. They do an extensive amount of research; they become subject matter experts themselves. You need to do that even if you've been working at the job, your in-house developer, you've been working at the job 10 or 20 years, you need to make sure that you become an expert at what you need to translate your job into a database. It's very important, I can't stress this enough, you need to make sure you outline the project, you need to say, this is what it is going to do. This is how our work is but this is what we need it to do. So you need to at very least have a little outline. I would suggest more, a Requirements Documents as such and we'll talk about that a little bit. Architectural Plans that, you might think of it like that, very extensive planning. Simple databases, you know you don't have to do that so much but with a more complicated solution, you really have to do that and it's very important for a commercial developer to get a signed document to say, this is what we want to do. I'm going to sign this document, say this is the outline, yeah this is going to do and a commercial developer will have, okay here's all the tables, here's all the fields, here's all the scripts, here's all the interface you know. It could be a 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 page document depending on how complex the project is, you need to do something like that with your in-house development even if it's a, a one page outline. At least have something about what this is going to accomplish and at least, if you can't get a signed document from your superiors, at least have a meeting with them and say here's a copy of this. Let's go over this, let's find out if this is what you want, let's draw some pictures, let's, let's hash this out and make sure everybody's getting what they want. So one of the things you want to do is avoid problems, smaller projects don't require as much planning and you don't have to worry about it because FileMaker is very forgiving. Now other databases aren't, even on small projects with other databases. You have to do planning because you need to make sure you get everything back because it won't be forgiving like FileMaker and here's an example. If you change the name of a field in FileMaker it flows that new name out to all the scripts, all the calculations, all the layouts, everywhere. That's what I mean forgiving, other databases don't do that but that doesn't mean that you should take that for granted with FileMaker. You still have to have good planning to avoid problems later in the process. So you at least need to consider the structure of the solution, that's partly what an entity relationship diagram is about which again we'll cover in the intermediate tutorial. You need to look at that ERD, you need to scrub the structure and say okay, if I had this table here and this table here and this table here, can I make this report? Can somebody go ahead and input the data properly? Can they output the data properly in a report? You need to make sure all these things work so by doing an ERD which we'll cover later will help you plan it out better. But at the very least please have an outline and a, a list of points of things you're trying to accomplish with it. Even if you don't do an ERD.
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