2. Defining the Primary Fields

Creating a database from scratch (rather than copying an existing one or using a template) involves many steps, but the first is always to define its fields. Although you don't have to immediately define every field—FileMaker Pro is perfectly happy if you add, delete, and edit field definitions as you develop and refine the database—I'll make it easy for you. Since I already know what fields will be needed, we'll create and set options for the Main layout's fields in this chapter. (In later chapters, we'll define fields for the other layouts—fields that will be used to gather data in the related tables and to present reports.)

After naming and specifying a type for each field (such as Text, Number, or Calculation), ...

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