FileMaker Training Series Book

FileMaker Training Series Book

Question: I’m interested in increasing my capabilities with FileMaker. Is the FileMaker Training Series (FTS) book a good option?

Answer: It depends…

When you purchase FileMaker you get a blank slate construction tool for powerful database solutions. There are some built-in template files that are included but they are quite basic and may require a good amount of work to make them work specific for your work situation. It’s kind of like purchasing a spreadsheet tool like Excel. Excel doesn’t come with the actual spreadsheets that will really make it truly useful. You need to design them yourself for your situation.

Every FileMaker database is different…depending on who developed it for you, the skill level of the developer, and what kind of standards or best practices they used to develop the solution.

The FileMaker Training Series is a great book for learning the ins and outs of developing a database with FileMaker. It goes into a lot of depth. FileMaker says “The FileMaker Training Series is targeted at intermediate to advanced FileMaker developers, but anyone that creates databases can increase their knowledge from these time-tested materials.”  We use it ourselves to review information when we’ve taken the FileMaker Certification exam to become a certified developer.

Here’s an overview of the topics covered in the FTS manual.

So, depending on what you want to do with FileMaker, it could help you.

  • Do you want to learn how to better use an existing FileMaker solution that you already have? If so, the FTS won’t help much.
  • Do you want to develop your own databases or enhance an existing database at a developer level? If so, the FTS will give you the background you need to know about FileMaker.
  • Are you a person that will learn well from reading a book and working through it on your own? If so, FTS (without a classroom setting) may be a great option for you.

FileMaker Training Series Book.

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