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Chapter 6. Creating Relationships

Chapter 6. Creating Relationships

Every file starts its life as a free-floating entity, managing a specific set of data and separate from other files. This is fine if the file meets all your database needs, but frequently it doesn't. As you discover new information to track, you create additional files to contain it. The time inevitably comes when you realize that some of the information in one file could be profitably used in another one.

Perhaps you've planned out all the possible connections your files could make and have built them to share data. Hats off to you if you have! In reality, such clarity usually comes with experience. You're probably working with files that were created before you discovered all the ways they might interconnect.

FileMaker doesn't require you to own a crystal ball. In fact, a database file that's too full of fields becomes cumbersome to update and takes too long to search. By creating relationships between files, you can painlessly join multiple sets of data without having to duplicate information. Once connected, the merged information can be displayed and manipulated as if there was only one database file.


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