FileMaker Pro Design and Scripting For Dummies

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Get the scoop on designing databases for Mac and Windows

Use FileMaker Pro design and scripting to quickly, easily build databases that solve real problems

FileMaker Pro has grown up, and it's better than ever! This easy-to-use guide shows you how to design a great FileMaker application, build a database that works, add the functionality you need, populate your database, and venture into programming with ScriptMaker. You'll find out how to share and protect your database, too.

Discover how to
* Build a layout that works
* Create custom triggers and calculated fields
* Generate reports automatically
* Manage security
* Publish your database on the Web
* Embed pictures, sound, and video
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About the author

Timothy Trimble is a professional computer geek, writer, and software developer with over 25 years of industry experience. He started as a video game developer and worked his way into the PC and PDA software development markets on various commercial, corporate, and vertical market applications.
He currently exhibits his geekish tendencies as a FileMaker developer at SolutionMakers, Inc. ( in Woodinville, WA. Timothy has written a multitude of articles for various industry publications and wrote a book on flight simulation. He maintains a blog on the Art of Software Development at Although he has significant publishing credits in the computer industry, he dreams of some day having his science fiction work published as well.
When Timothy is not cranking away at the keyboard, he likes to be with his family, entertain his friends by singing and playing guitar, and door-to-door to tell others about his faith. Feel free to contact Timothy with your comments on this book by e-mailing him at
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John Wiley & Sons
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Feb 25, 2011
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2 Retrieving Data

3 Sorting Retrieved Data

4 Filtering Data

5 Advanced Data Filtering

6 Using Wildcard Filtering

7 Creating Calculated Fields

8 Using Data Manipulation Functions

9 Summarizing Data

10 Grouping Data

11 Working with Subqueries

12 Joining Tables

13 Creating Advanced Joins

14 Combining Queries

15 Inserting Data

16 Updating and Deleting Data

17 Creating and Manipulating Tables

18 Using Views

19 Working with Stored Procedures

20 Managing Transaction Processing

21 Using Cursors

22 Understanding Advanced SQL Features

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Appendix B: Working in Popular Applications

Appendix C : SQL Statement Syntax

Appendix D: Using SQL Datatypes

Appendix E: SQL Reserved Words

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Part I: Using PHP

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2 Storing and Retrieving Data

3 Using Arrays

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5 Reusing Code and Writing Functions

6 Object-Oriented PHP

7 Error and Exception Handling

Part II: Using MySQL

8 Designing Your Web Database

9 Creating Your Web Database

10 Working with Your MySQL Database

11 Accessing Your MySQL Database from the Web with PHP

12 Advanced MySQL Administration

13 Advanced MySQL Programming

Part III: Web Application Security

14 Web Application Security Risks

15 Building a Secure Web Application

16 Implementing Authentication Methods with PHP

Part IV: Advanced PHP Techniques

17 Interacting with the File System and the Server

18 Using Network and Protocol Functions

19 Managing the Date and Time

20 Internationalization and Localization

21 Generating Images

22 Using Session Control in PHP

23 Integrating JavaScript and PHP

24 Other Useful Features

Part V: Building Practical PHP and MySQL Projects

25 Using PHP and MySQL for Large Projects

26 Debugging and Logging

27 Building User Authentication and Personalization

28 (Web Edition) Building a Web-Based Email Client with Laravel Part I

29 (Web Edition) Building a Web-Based Email Client with Laravel Part II

30 (Web Edition) Social Media Integration Sharing and Authentication

31 (Web Edition) Building a Shopping Cart

Part VI: Appendix

A Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL

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