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Chapter 2. Defining Fields

Chapter 2. Defining 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 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 all of them in this chapter.

Some fields will be used for gathering data, others for performing calculations, and still others for presenting reports. After naming and specifying a type for each field (such as Text, Number, or Calculation), we’ll set options for the fields. Field options can be divided into the following classes:


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