Book Review: FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual

O’Reilly writes – “More people buy FileMaker Pro than any other database program,” report authors Geoff Coffey and Susan Prosser in their new book “FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual” (O’Reilly, US $34.95). But it’s about time people realized how much more it can do than serve as a digital address book. With just a few commands and mouse clicks (and the know-how from this book) users can make FileMaker Pro 8 print corporate reports, plan their retirement, manage a company, or govern a small country.
The authors promise, “you won’t have to learn to think like a programmer
(or know the arcane terms they use)” to benefit from the program’s
features. “But you will learn how to bend FileMaker Pro’s hidden power to
your will and make it tell you everything it knows about your company,
your stock portfolio, or how much you’ve spent on the replacement parts
for the ’58 Bonneville Sport Coupe you’re rebuilding.”
Ideal for small business users, home users, school teachers,
developers–anyone who wants to organize information efficiently and
effectively–FileMaker Pro is an award-winning database program for
managing people, projects, images, assets, and other information.
“FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual” is a refreshingly non-technical book
for non-technical people (there’s very little jargon or nerd terminology
here, so readers don’t need a computer science degree to understand it).
This thorough guide explains how to store heaps of information and then
organize and wrestle it into every shape possible with FileMaker Pro 8.
With this book, both Mac and PC users will learn how to create powerful,
flexible databases that accomplish more than they dreamed possible. The
book explores each FileMaker feature, tool, and option in depth, offers
shortcuts and workarounds, and explains everything readers need to know to
get the most out of their databases.