August 6, 2007
FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual--New from O'Reilly: Learning How to Manage Data the Easy Way
Sebastopol, CA--"Small businesses know they need a way to manage their
data, and FileMaker is so easy to use that it's a perfect fit for them.
But even though it's simple to use, FileMaker has a lot of powerful
features. All that control can be confusing to people whose main job
being a database manager. We wrote FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual
to help users get comfortable with all that power quickly," explains
co-author Susan Prosser.
Indeed, with just a few commands and mouse clicks, FileMaker Pro can
print corporate reports, manage a company, or run a small country. So
do so many people never unleash its power? Because they donít have the
Missing Manual. Itís the clear, thorough, and friendly guide to
everything readers will ever want to do with this program.
In this new book, authors Prosser and Geoff Coffey give novices and
experienced users the scoop on versions 8.5 and 9. It offers complete
coverage of timesaving new features such as the Quick Start screen that
opens or a creates a database in a snap, the handy "save to" buttons for
making Excel documents or PDFs, the multiple level Undo and Redo, and
much more. With FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly,
readers learn how to:
- Get their first database running in minutes.
- Catalog contacts, tasks, and things with easy-to-use data entry and
- Generate reports using simple layout tools.
- Use dozens of built-in formulas to crunch numbers and manipulate dates
- Automate repetitive steps with FileMaker Pro 9ís easy-to-learn
- Outfit their databases for the Web and import and export data to other
Each chapter in the book contains "living examples" -- tutorials that
help you learn how to build a database by actually doing it. Readers
plenty of sound, objective advice that lets them know which features are
really useful and which ones they'll barely touch. To make the most of
FileMaker Pro 9, every user needs the book that should have been in the
"We're thrilled to see an update to the Missing Manual series for
FileMaker Pro 9. The authors' unique ability to explain deep FileMaker
Pro topics with clarity and simplicity make it a perfect fit for our
-- Ryan Rosenberg, vice-president, Marketing and Services, FileMaker
"A rarity these days: technical writing that is both authoritative AND
friendly. For anyone new to FileMaker, this book is that helpful,
voice at your shoulder that shows you FileMaker isn't really that
difficult after all. I recommend it to my own clients all the time."
-- Albert Harum-Alvarez, Designer, SmallCo.net, a design consultancy
Coffey has 9 years experience using and teaching FileMaker Pro. He
also has a degree in Computer Science and a Master's degree in business,
giving him a unique perspective on where FileMaker fits in to the
engineering landscape. As the IT Director at Allegro Enterprises, a
fast-growing internet retailer in Phoenix, Geoff works with a team of
developers to build and manage FileMaker and non-FIleMaker systems.
Susan Prosser is a reformed journalist who's stopped trying to bring
information to the people and now helps them manage the data they
have. Susan has developed FileMaker databases for 12 years, but returns
to her roots by training and writing curriculum for other developers.
FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual
Geoff Coffey, Susan Prosser
ISBN: 0-596-51413-1, $34.99 USD
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