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
• 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.
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
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.
Every day reading book.
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.