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Chapter 6. Creating Relationships > About Relationships

About Relationships

The concept of a database relationship can seem more complex than it really is. FileMaker relationships are based on one very down-to-earth concept: that information can be shared in many ways. It can flow one way (like a TV station broadcasting the news) or two ways (like a reporter interviewing someone by phone), or use some combination (like the interviewee talking to the reporter at the same time she's using a videocam to broadcast to the Internet).

In a group of database files, you might have a mailing list containing names and addresses, and a second file that tracks customer invoices. You want to display the name and address information from the mailing list in the invoice file. Like the broadcasting station, the mailing list is the information source. The invoice file, like the TV, is the information destination. It's receiving information but not giving anything back.


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