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Chapter 8. Planning Databases

If you're building a database from scratch, congratulations. You're free to do it right. Of course, you still have to start from scratch. It's a bit like building a new house versus restoring an old one. The new house gets a new foundation using the latest materials but it also starts as a clean—and very blank—sheet on the drafting table. With renovation, if the foundation's crumbling, you have a big old house to somehow hold in place while you do the repairs.

No matter where you start, however, you won't be entirely free of constraints. If you're building a database for your department, at some point, you'll probably need to share some data with another department. Even the home office worker will want, from time to time, to share information with others. In either case, you may have to export your FileMaker data to another format. By planning carefully, you can make even that task relatively easy.


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