Documenting the Relationships Graph

One of the many new features of FileMaker 8 is the capability to add comment notes to the Relationships Graph. To do so, click the button with an A on it and drag a rectangle on the Relationships Graph. Refer to the example provided in Figure 27.3.


Figure 27.3. Comment notes in FileMaker 8 make effectively documenting the Relationships Graph possible.


The Relationships Graph is one of the most difficult elements of a solution to document; in a moderately complex database, weve found it common to have literally hundreds of table occurrences in use.

Soliant Consulting, the authors custom development service firm, has developed a specific methodology called "The Anchor Method" for working with the Relationships Graph. There are two other general approaches in the FileMaker community as well. Regardless of which you prefer, we strongly urge you to adopt a systematic way to organize and name your table occurrences and to liberally use comment notes.



Part I: Getting Started with FileMaker 8

FileMaker Overview

Using FileMaker Pro

Defining and Working with Fields

Working with Layouts

Part II: Developing Solutions with FileMaker

Relational Database Design

Working with Multiple Tables

Working with Relationships

Getting Started with Calculations

Getting Started with Scripting

Getting Started with Reporting

Part III: Developer Techniques

Developing for Multiuser Deployment

Implementing Security

Advanced Interface Techniques

Advanced Calculation Techniques

Advanced Scripting Techniques

Advanced Portal Techniques

Debugging and Troubleshooting

Converting Systems from Previous Versions of FileMaker Pro

Part IV: Data Integration and Publishing

Importing Data into FileMaker Pro

Exporting Data from FileMaker

Instant Web Publishing

FileMaker and Web Services

Custom Web Publishing

Part V: Deploying a FileMaker Solution

Deploying and Extending FileMaker

FileMaker Server and Server Advanced

FileMaker Mobile

Documenting Your FileMaker Solutions



Using FileMaker 8
Special Edition Using FileMaker 8
ISBN: 0789735121
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 296

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