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FileMaker Pro 9: Intermediate Tutorial

FileMaker Pro is powerful enough to handle most database jobs yet easy enough to create simple solutions in minutes. This practical "how to" course by FileMaker expert John Mark Osborne, starts from an intermediate level and uses a single invoicing solution to demonstrate FileMaker Pro 7, 8, 8.5 and 9 features and techniques including interface design, relational database design, relationship operators, multiple predicates, table occurrences, portal filters, security, scripts, calculations, FileMaker Pro Advanced, multi-user solutions, record locking, multi-keys and deleting duplicate records. Examples of the invoice file are provided at every stage of the creation process so the user can easily review one section without starting from the beginning. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the FileMaker Pro 9: Intermediate links.

The completed invoicing solution included on the beginner, intermediate and advanced (soon-to-be-released) FileMaker Pro 9 training is provided as a visual goal. Upon completion of all three titles, you will have created the exact same invoicing solution.

* Most techniques used in these videos are applicable to both FileMaker 8 and 7. Substitute techniques for FileMaker 7 users will be discussed when necessary.

** This tutorial is part two in an upcoming 3-part FileMaker Pro 9 series.

*** Captions not yet available on CD version.


About John Mark Osborne
FileMaker 9 Family of Products pt. 1
FileMaker 9 Family of Products pt. 2
About the Tutorial Series pt. 1
About the Tutorial Series pt. 2
Why an Invoicing Solution? pt. 1
Why an Invoicing Solution? pt. 2

Interface Design

Recap Previous Tutorial
Screen Size pt. 1
Screen Size pt. 2
Background pt. 1
Background pt. 2
Tabs and Bars
Field Outlines pt. 1
Field Outlines pt. 2
Sub-Areas pt. 1
Sub-Areas pt. 2
Finishing Touches pt.1
Finishing Touches pt. 2
Tabbed Buttons
Notes Layout
List View pt. 1
List View pt. 2
List View without Status Area pt. 1
List View without Status Area pt. 2
Design Considerations


Relational Theory
Data Modeling pt. 1
Data Modeling pt. 2
Entity-Relationship Diagrams pt. 1
Entity-Relationship Diagrams pt. 2
Creating a Relationship
Related Fields
Populating Related Fields pt. 1
Populating Related Fields pt. 2
Many-To-Many Relationship pt. 1
Many-To-Many Relationship pt. 2
Many-To-Many Relationship pt. 3
Creating a Portal pt. 1
Creating a Portal pt. 2
Portal Improvements pt. 1
Portal Improvements pt. 2
Two-Way Relationships
Completing the Interface

Table Occurrences

What are Table Occurrences?
Where are Table Occurrences Used?
Filtered Portals
Calculated Portals
Date Range Portals pt. 1
Date Range Portals pt. 2
Self-Relationships pt. 1
Self-Relationships pt. 2
Table Occurrence Tricks
Conditional Value Lists pt. 1
Conditional Value Lists pt. 2
Scripts and Calculations pt. 1
Scripts and Calculations pt. 2
Organizing the Graph pt. 1
Organizing the Graph pt. 2


Complete Approach pt. 1
Complete Approach pt. 2
Other Privileges
Data Access and Design
Extended Privileges
No Access Layout
Overdue Invoices pt. 1
Overdue Invoices pt. 2
Capturing Errors
Add Account
Delete Account
Random Passwords
Reset Password and Re-Login
Discount Override


Menu Button pt. 1
Menu Button pt. 2
Script Parameters pt. 1
Find Rolodex
Dynamic Messages
Duplicate Invoices
Dynamic Layouts
Print Invoice Layout pt. 1
Print Invoice Layout pt. 2
Print Invoice Script
Inventory Control Add
Inventory Control Subtract


Sales Tax
Grand Total
Basic Phone Filter
Phone Number Validation
Remove Text Formatting
Overdue Invoice Display
Parsing Text pt. 1
Parsing Text pt. 2
Parsing Text Advanced
Field Level Tracking
Field Level Tracking Advanced
True Modification Timestamp

FileMaker Pro Advanced

Advanced Features pt. 1
Advanced Features pt. 2
Configuring Plug-Ins
Plug-In Examples
Database Design Report
Developer Utilities
File Maintenance
Debugging Scripts pt. 1
Debugging Scripts pt. 2
Custom Functions
Recursive Custom Functions pt. 1
Recursive Custom Functions pt. 2
Custom Menus Layout Driven
Custom Menus Scripted

Multi-User Solutions

Hosts and Guests
Sharing a File
Record Locking Defined
Scripting for a Locked Record
Scripting for Multiple Locked Records pt. 1
Scripting for Multiple Locked Records pt. 2
Marking Records pt. 1
Marking Records pt. 2
Saving a Found Set
Retrieving a Found Set

Working with John Mark Osborne

Free Resources pt. 1
Free Resources pt. 2
Consulting and Meta-Consulting
Contacting Me

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