FileMaker & Me by Michael Rocharde

FileMaker & Me

By Michael Rocharde

  • Release Date: 2012-05-31
  • Genre: Programming
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Description

This new, interactive, multi-media text book takes a completely fresh, and thought provoking, approach to developing FileMaker solutions. Focussed on interface design, the author starts with the premise that function should follow form; which means you start with the interface and build from there. Critically acclaimed by some of the top FileMaker developers in the world, developers at all levels should find something in it for them.

Geoff Ryle, co-founder of Excelisys had this to say:

Among the plethora of FileMaker books that have been published, this book really stands out not specifically as a bible or tutorial (there are enough of those) but instead by offering insight only a seasoned developer can provide. Michael offers a unique perspective on building solutions based on his experiences — the good, the bad and the ugly — which combined gave way to his methods that promote a different approach to development, emphasizing form followed by function and always putting the user experience first. This book is an excellent addition to any developer’s library of resources.

With chapters on:

• Finding a Starting Point
• Reworking Somebody Else’s Design
• Reworking Your Own Design
• WYS is not always WYG
• Using Tab Panels
• Using Conditional Formatting
• Understanding and Using Variables
• The Power of Virtual List
• Scripting
• Tips & Tricks
and much, much more

Includes dozens of interface examples from some of the best interface designers in the FileMaker® community, hundreds of screenshots and pages of useful resources to help you on your journey.

Written by Michael Rocharde, a full time professional FileMaker® developer since 1987, FileMaker & Me is an ebook written to challenge and inspire FileMaker developers from the absolute beginner to the most expert in the community. It was created for the iPad®, using iBooks Author and is only available from the iTunes® Store.

Reviews

  • Too simplistic

    2
    By Helco@LA
    While this book is awesome for beginners setting out to understand the very basics of Filemaker, if you already have some experience, this book is not for you. Sadly, the preview shows nothing, but I took a chance, that I now regret. Worse, one of the reviews states this book is awesome for the most experienced. Clearly that review was written by a colleague of theirs and is NOT accurate.
  • Every day reading book.

    5
    By Cozquila
    I would consider this as an ESSENTIAL book for every Filemaker developer, from the beginners to the most experts. Michael Rocharde shows how to "think" Filemaker. The finesse of his approach is rarely seen. The book strcture and resources used are outstanding. And more: need help? Contact Mr. Rocharde. You'll get a kind, fast and solving answer. Twenty years ago I built my clinic system based on another database. Today, I'm developing an "upgrade" with Filemaker and, trust me, it's infinitely practical, powerful and, mandatorily, beautiful. And this book exposes nicely how it could be so that the users (I'm included) will WANT to use the solution. Highly recommended.
  • Recommended Reading

    4
    By drewsimpson
    As a newbie to developing with FileMaker, this gives you tremendous insight into the mind set of developing successful solutions. Mr. Rocharde's writing style is funny, entertaining, informative. The multimedia parts of this e-book really helps to drive home the illustrations, and aid in understanding a somewhat dry topic of programming and best practices
  • Recommended

    5
    By CReesman
    Thanks for writing this book! It is a great read full of solid ideas and some great design nuggets. May your journey continue for many more years so we will have a Vol. 2
  • Excellent Read!

    5
    By Matthew Leach
    All around excellent reference for any new or seasoned FileMaker developer. This books covers several "best practices" and common challenges just about every FileMaker developer comes across and shows you how to overcome them in details and illustrations. I would highly recommend to anyone who develops in FileMaker!
  • Outstanding

    5
    By ANTHONY ROBERTS
    Michael Rocharde's singular accomplishment is that he has managed to write a book about programming which is, simultaneously, both informative and entertaining. The book is a very useful, hands-on guide, to resolving a number of common programming challenges in FileMaker. And, the author advocates for, and effectively illustrates, many FileMaker Pro "Best Practices." The layout and presentation of the book (iPad iBook) successfully exploits many of the audio/visual options available in the e-book format. I highly recommend it.
  • Great read

    5
    By app.works
    A thought provoking book, with great illustrations on the subject of database design. Also, great to get a close look at Michael's story and how he arrived at convulsions - which is more informative than just the conclusions alone.

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