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To Begin at the Beginning.. With an install CD and blank database


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I need some help. At my last job I was introduced to a fully functioning 7-year compilation version of filemaker, customized perfectly for the company's needs. At my current job, I'm trying to implement filemaker as a scheduling/organizational tool completely from scratch. The core compontents are Clients, Jobs applied to Clients, and Vendors. Do I create a separate database for each of these and then link tables/fields within them together? I need them to pull information from each other and I'm not sure of the most efficient way to begin.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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You do not need to have separate databases just separate tables. It seems like it will be difficult to help you in this forum when you are at such a beginning level. I was in a similar position about a year ago :) This forum is more based on helping with the technical sides of developing with filemaker but can't really help explain the fundamentals of database design. I would suggest reading some books on database design - my personal favorite which got me from ground zero to where I am now is a series called "Using Filemaker" by Steve Lane & Co. I have "Using Filemaker 7" but they have also published a new version "Using Filemaker 8". What's great about this book is that it does walk you through the fundamentals of database design and also covers more advanced topics. Its a large book and will help you through all of the stages of development.

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It seems like it will be difficult to help you in this forum when you are at such a beginning level

I'll have to argue with you on that one, this forum is for ALL skill levels -- hell i was in this position 1 1/2 years ago, and would probably still be there if it wasn't for the help I've received and things i've learnt on these forums.

But i do recommend a lot of reading anyway, or maybe lynda.com stuff for an intro.

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