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Hour 1. Introducing FileMaker

What You'll Learn in This Hour:

  • A Brief History of FileMaker— Two decades of history have spanned most of the personal computer age. FileMaker has grown along with technology from a single-user desktop application to a networkable powerhouse.

  • The FileMaker Market— Along with other changes, FileMaker has come to dominate the workgroup market (ranging from 2 to 250 people).

  • How FileMaker Works: Overview— FileMaker shares many features with other databases, but it introduces many of its own.

  • Talking About FileMaker: A Guide to Terminology— Here are the major terms that you need to know to talk about FileMaker.

  • Talking About FileMaker: The Product Line— There's more than one version of FileMaker. This section helps you pick the one that's right for you.

  • Introducing the FileMaker Templates— Along with FileMaker come a number of templates that you can use as examples or right out of the box to get started with your database needs.

This chapter introduces FileMaker and provides a brief overview of the terminology and concepts described later in the book. It gives some examples of what you can do with the templates provided with each copy of FileMaker.


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