Using Third-Party Documentation Tools

In recent years, several programs have emerged to help fill the need for documenting FileMaker systems. These tools offer features for quickly identifying missing or unknown elements, tracking dependencies, reporting differences between two solutions, script tracing, and more. Various tools extract information from FileMaker systems in different ways. They may use the Database Design Report, use Apple Events, or even read data directly from the FileMaker files.

Each of the tools has strengths and weaknesses. For example, there can be substantial differences in the time required to extract data from solutions. The amount of information detail and the features included for using that information vary considerably from tool to tool as well. Having one or more of these tools can be very helpful for debugging and documenting systems. Check these publishers web pages for the latest details on their tools for FileMaker 8:

Inspector by Beezwaxhttp://www.beezwax.net/inspector/

Brushfire by Chaparral Softwarehttp://www.chapsoft.com

MetadataMagic by New Millenniumhttp://www.nmci.com

Analyzer by Waves in Motionhttp://www.wmotion.com

Youll be well repaid by looking at each of these tools and becoming familiar with their capabilities. Each has useful features.



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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