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Single User

The most basic way of deploying a solution is as a single-user application. In any organization that uses a lot of FileMaker, there are likely dozens or hundreds of single-user databases scattered on computers throughout the organization. The typical single-user solution is something that a knowledge worker cooked up to meet an ad hoc need. Perhaps it's a database for the office football pool or to keep track of gifts from a baby shower. Maybe someone needed a tool to clean up the ugly data sent by one of your customers. In many cases, the creator of such a database could have met the need with another tool, such as Microsoft Excel, but chose FileMaker Pro instead because of its simplicity and attractive user interface.

Single-user solutions like these are typically not well planned out, nor constructed according to rigorous development standards. These databases usually grow organically, have little or no security, and sparse or idiosyncratic user interfaces. Single-user databases are typically a developer's first foray into the world of FileMaker; these solutions frequently exhibit the evolving skills of the creator.


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