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FileMaker Pro is powerful enough to handle most database jobs, yet easy enough to create simple solutions in minutes. This practical "how to" course by FileMaker expert John Mark Osborne, starts from beginner level and uses a single invoicing example to demonstrate all the features in FileMaker Pro 7, 8, 8.5 and 9 including: field creation, finding, sorting, layout mode, container fields, auto-entry, validation, printing, scripts, calculations, importing, exporting and interface design. Examples of the invoice file are provided at every stage of the creation process, so the user can easily review one section without starting from the beginning. To being learning today, simply click on one of the FileMaker Pro 9: Beginner links.
The completed invoicing solution included on the beginner, intermediate (soon-to-be-released) and advanced (soon-to-be-released) FileMaker Pro 9 training is provided as a visual goal. Upon completion of all three titles, you will have created the exact same invoicing solution. If you would like to purchase the completed invoicing solution, please visit the www.databasepros.com web site.
* Most techniques used in these videos are applicable to both FileMaker 8 and 7. Substitute techniques for FileMaker 7 users will be discussed when necessary.
** This tutorial is part one in an upcoming 3-part FileMaker Pro 9 series.
00:00:01,001 --> 00:00:06,000My name is John Mark Osborne and I'll be your instructor for this tutorial. I want to tell you a little bit about myself so you know an expert is teaching you. I want you to feel confident that the techniques you learn in this tutorial will help you to create a very, very successful FileMaker solution. I've been developing and training exclusively with FileMaker Pro for the last 17 years. I'm a FileMaker 7 and 8 certified developer. In other words I passed a test that FileMaker Incorporated gave. At the recording of this tutorial, at the time we did it, there was no 8.5 or FileMaker 9 certification test. I started out my FileMaker career working at Claris Technical Support. Now Claris is the company who owned FileMaker before FileMaker Incorporated owned it. It was the same company actually, it's just that Claris had a whole bunch of products then they dropped them to focus on the FileMaker product line and therefore they changed their name. I worked at Claris Technical Support for five years and eventually became the technical lead for FileMaker Pro. And this involved working with the development team, handling issues, escalation issues from the phones. I was the go to person in the department for FileMaker Pro issues. When I left Claris I started a company called Database Pros. Database Pros is one of the most popular FileMaker websites on the Internet. One of the reason why is there are hundreds of free tips, tricks, articles and techniques. You can just go there and download to your hearts desire. There's probably too much information to download at any one time and it is updated every month. For that reason we get about 35,000 hits per day and if you want to visit yourself just go to databasepros.com. A long time ago, about 10 years ago, I coauthored a popular book called Scriptology. A lot of people still ask for it but it is 10 years old. It was covering FileMaker 3, 4 and 5 but it was so popular it became a developer handbook. In fact people still ask for it today. It covered scripting and calculations in intermediate to advance levels so this is really my forte. I love scripts and calculations and these tutorials will focus on them but we'll also cover relational design, calculations, auto-enter, everything gets covered in here, so you can create your own solution. In 1999, FileMaker Incorporated gave me an award. It was a prestigious award for developing outstanding technical resources. They don't give many of them away and I got one a long time ago, one of the first ones that was ever given out. Currently I'm an authorized trainer. That's one of 12 trainers in North America and I've been authorized since the beginning for series one, two and three. So FileMaker Incorporated chose me to be one of the trainers in North America to teach their specialized training course that they developed. For the last 10 years I've also been the chairperson and presenter for the MacWorld Power Tools Conference. This is a two-day FileMaker Pro only conference at the MacWorld Expo. I'm also the technical editor for FileMaker Advisor Magazine. One thing I do there is I'm the editor for the popular tips column at the back of the magazine. There is usually three or four tips every month that covers FileMaker information. I'm also a technical editor assisting with topic selection, editing and future directions. I'm also a platinum level FBA member. Now this used to be the FileMaker solutions alliance and I was a partner level FSA member but it has changed to be called the FileMaker Business Alliance and I'm also a platinum level; the highest level there. There's only approximately 25 members inside the FBA, and we basically help FileMaker Incorporated with their most important customers. So there's a little information about me. Hopefully I've convinced you that I have the skill level to teach you to be an outstanding FileMaker developer.
- Course: FileMaker Pro 9: Beginner
- Author: John Mark Osborne
- SKU: 33783
- ISBN: 1-933736-95-X
- Work Files: Yes
- Captions: No
- Subject: Databases
- The first 3 chapters of courses are available to play for FREE (first chapter only for QuickStart! and MasterClass! courses). Just click on the movie link to play a lesson.