Whats an Advanced Calculation Technique?

What s an Advanced Calculation Technique?

Chapter 8, "Getting Started with Calculations," presented an introduction to FileMaker Pro calculation formulas. Our goals there were to give you a foundation in how and where calculation functions are used, and to present what we feel are the core functions and formulas FileMaker Pro developers need to know and use on a daily basis.

This chapter covers functions and usages that are more advanced or specialized in nature. Think of the core functions covered in Chapter 8 as the hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches of a developer's toolkit. They're the tools you use every day. The specialized functions covered here are the metric socket sets, the low-angled block planes, and the self-leveling laser levels of your toolkit. These might not be things you use on every project, but they sure come in handy at times. The nice thing, of course, is that after you've made the "investment" in the specialized "tool," you'll have it handy for all future projects.

Certainly, our characterization of some functions or usages being part of a core and others being advanced is subjective and open to debate. We do want to stress that advanced doesn't necessarily mean difficult. Nor does it mean arcane or esoteric. We think that all the specialized functions presented here have very practical uses. In some cases, what's specialized isn't the function itself, but perhaps some usage of a core function that's not something you're likely to encounter on a routine basis.

We don't intend to present here a comprehensive list of functions. That can be found in the companion to this book, FileMaker 8 Functions and Scripts Desk Reference. Rather, similar to our approach in Chapter 8, we take a thematic approach and focus on demonstrating practical uses of a handful of functions.

Logical Functions

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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