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Database Programming

Computer programming evolved from manual procedures codified for machine use. Just as you can tell someone to carry out a series of steps, you can tell a computer to do so. You can specify tests to perform at various junctures; depending on their results, you will continue with one set of steps or another set (or stop entirely). This type of programming is called procedural programming.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a variety of programming techniques evolved that were not procedural. Rather than a do this–do that approach, they defined conditions or states that existed or that were to be achieved. Various approaches to nonprocedural programming were developed; they range from object-oriented programming to functional and declarative programming. Rather than wander off into discussions of programming theory, this book uses database programming to describe the type of nonprocedural programming you do with databases such as FileMaker.


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