FileMaker Training Series: Basics for FileMaker 14

FileMaker 14 BasicsThose of us who have been around the world of Mac for… well, longer than we’d like to admit… know that FileMaker is and has been the go-to tool for creating custom database applications. The platform works with Mac, iPhone, iPad, the Web and Windows, and now FileMaker would like to give a new generation of application designers an opportunity to gain skills. The company has just made the FileMaker Training Series: Basics for FileMaker 14 (AKA FTS:Basics) available as a free download on the company’s website and on the iBooks Store.

FTS: Basics is aimed at beginners, but it’s more than just a quick tutorial on how to double-click on the app icon. The 19 sections of the class include:

  1. FileMaker Platform Overview
  2. Using Starter Solutions
  3. Viewing and Working with Data
  4. Finding and Sorting Records
  5. User-Centered Design
  6. Importing Data
  7. Creating Fields and Tables
  8. Relationships
  9. Layouts
  10. Layout Design Tools
  11. Special Layout Objects
  12. Formatting Field Objects
  13. User Interface Best Practices
  14. Calculations
  15. Scripting
  16. Reporting
  17. Integration
  18. Security
  19. Deployment

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you have the opportunity to advance towards being a FileMaker Certified Developer with the FileMaker Training Series: Advanced class. While it’s not free, the training costs just $19.99 or can be had as part of the FileMaker Developer Subscribers program.

There are a number of consultants who have built long-term careers on the FileMaker platform. For a young Mac user looking at a way of getting a start in database application development or an experienced Mac support professional looking at expanding her skill set, the FTS Basics and Advanced courses can be a good launchpad for a career.


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