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Migration Choices

If you've never touched FileMaker Pro prior to version 7, the material in this chapter may not be of much use to you. On the other hand, anyone who has ever built or currently maintains systems in previous versions of FileMaker Pro faces a significant set of decisions regarding whether and how to migrate those systems to FileMaker Pro 7.

You've likely heard, read, or discovered on your own that FileMaker Pro 7 is tremendously different from previous versions of the product. The last time the product experienced such a fundamental change was in moving from version 2.1 to 3.0. If you were working with FileMaker back then (way back in 1995), you probably remember that there was a lot of unlearning, relearning, converting, and rebuilding that had to take place. For the first time, in FileMaker Pro 3.0, the product contained such important tools as relationships and portals. It took quite a while for developers proficient with FileMaker 2.1 to fully understand relational database concepts and the benefits that portals and related fields offered over repeating fields and lookups. It was possible to convert solutions from 2.1 to 3.0 without loss of functionality, but to take advantage of the powerful new features required either extensive redevelopment or, in some cases, rebuilding the files from scratch. The same holds true of the migration from 6.0 to 7.0.


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