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Chapter 8. Getting Started with Calculat... > Understanding How and Where Calculat...

Understanding How and Where Calculations Are Used

Calculation functions are among the most important and powerful tools at your disposal in the development of FileMaker Pro applications. Some find learning calculations to be an easy task. Others find writing complex calculations to be a terrifying experience. Whichever camp you fall into, becoming a master of calculation formulas is a worthy goal to have, and we'll get you started on the path.

This chapter focuses on basic calculation functions and techniques for using them well. Chapter 14, “Specialized Calculation Functions,” looks at more advanced calculation formulas and techniques. If you're new to FileMaker, you should start here. Those who have been using FileMaker for years may want to just skim this chapter. (There are probably a few nuggets of info that will make it worth your while.) We've also included a complete function reference in Appendix B, “Calculation Function Reference.” That's intended to be a reference when you need specific or comprehensive information. Here, we take more of a tutorial approach.


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