Chapter 5. Relational Database Design

Understanding Database Design

By now you’ve designed a simple FileMaker database and built some nice data entry screens and some reports. Your friends and coworkers are clamoring for you to add features. Can your system do invoicing? Inventory tracking? Bar-coding?

Well, it can probably do all those things. But it’s going to take some planning. If this is your first time out with FileMaker, you’re like the home carpenter who’s just built her first birdhouse. It’s a nice birdhouse, but your kids want a tree fort. That’s not just going to take more work; it’s going to take more thought as well.

FileMaker is a tool for building database applications. Both parts of that term are important. ...

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