FileMaker™ & Me

Excerpted from the Foreword by Cris Ippolite

A growing number of books, articles and seminars have educated developers about the importance of the user experience. But in this book, Michael Rocharde brings an honest approach to how he discovered that users drive the needs of a FileMaker database and therefore define the success of a FileMaker project. He taps into over two decades of his own lessons to show that matching your FileMaker “tools” to the needs of a system can produce a true solution to a business problem that users will find effortless to engage. All while still having fun with FileMaker.

I applaud Michael for not only sharing his career observations in such an honest way in this book but also for embracing this emerging medium.

Cris Ippolite, 29 April, 2012

Excellent Book ★★★★★

by pmjd – Jun 10, 2014

I have read other FileMaker books but this one is quite different in that it primarily concerns interface design. However it also includes numerous technical hints and tips that I haven’t seen anywhere else but I would class as essential for someone new to FileMaker wishing to create and improve their solutions. The writing style is relaxed, informative and entertaining. The step by step analysis and redesign of one interface is interesting to see and well broken down. It has helped me re-evaluate my own designs and try to improve them. It is ideal for beginners to have a look at interface design and give them a few ideas and things to consider when they design their own database. However some technical aspects assume that you are familiar with FileMaker already, so you may need to read up or play around a little. I would highly recommend this book and I’m looking forward to the follow up, FileMaker & You.

Michelle Gonzalez

May 31, 2013

I did it!  I actually ended up getting a brand new iPad, and the first thing I did was download iBooks and purchase FileMaker & Me.  I read it all the way through, and then went back and re-read certain chapters.  Right from the beginning, your section on planning a new database helped me so much!  (I’m going to be developing a new solution for my employer, and I was having a difficult time getting started.)  I refer to the book quite often, and I’m looking forward to your new one – FileMaker & You.

Highly Recommended *****
dm44 May 13, 2013
This is definitely not a’Nuts and Bolts book’.  The author has brought his considerable experience as a professional Filemaker Pro developer  to bear on the database user interface design issue. The easier it is for the user to use the database, in the way intended, the better for all concerned.  The authors narrative style is relaxed and full use is made of ebook features. Examples are demonstrated of how the correct use of advanced FileMaker Pro techniques can improve both the user experience and database functionality.   I particularly commend the ebook to the large number of  non specialist Filemaker Pro people who find themselves given the ‘challenge’ by management of undertaking a (re)design of a FileMaker Pro solution for the first time. It will greatly aid your thinking about the user interface.   Absolutely worth its purchase price

Excellent Read! ★★★★★

by Matthew Leach – Jul 6, 2012

All around excellent reference for any new or seasoned FileMaker developer. This books covers several “best practices” and common challenges just about every FileMaker developer comes across and shows you how to overcome them in details and illustrations. I would highly recommend to anyone who develops in FileMaker!

Among the plethora of FileMaker books that have been published, this book really stands out not specifically as a bible or tutorial (there are enough of those) but instead by offering insight only a seasoned developer can provide. Michael offers a unique perspective on building solutions based on his experiences — the good, the bad and the ugly — which combined gave way to his methods that promote a different approach to development, emphasizing form followed by function and always putting the user experience first. This book is an excellent addition to any developer’s library of resources

Geoff Ryle

Love the interactive elements that you’ve included in the book.  It is a very refreshing take on FileMaker.

Scott Rose

Every day reading book. ★★★★★

by Cozquila – Apr 22, 2014

I would consider this as an ESSENTIAL book for every Filemaker developer, from the beginners to the most experts. Michael Rocharde shows how to “think” Filemaker. The finesse of his approach is rarely seen. The book strcture and resources used are outstanding. And more: need help? Contact Mr. Rocharde. You’ll get a kind, fast and solving answer. Twenty years ago I built my clinic system based on another database. Today, I’m developing an “upgrade” with Filemaker and, trust me, it’s infinitely practical, powerful and, mandatorily, beautiful. And this book exposes nicely how it could be so that the users (I’m included) will WANT to use the solution. Highly recommended.

Recommended Reading ★★★★

by drewsimpson – Jan 10, 2013

As a newbie to developing with FileMaker, this gives you tremendous insight into the mind set of developing successful solutions. Mr. Rocharde’s writing style is funny, entertaining, informative. The multimedia parts of this e-book really helps to drive home the illustrations, and aid in understanding a somewhat dry topic of programming and best practices

Recommended ★★★★★

by CReesman – Sep 12, 2012

Thanks for writing this book! It is a great read full of solid ideas and some great design nuggets. May your journey continue for many more years so we will have a Vol. 2

Great Book ★★★★★

by Old Geeza – Aug 17, 2013

I am just starting out with Filemaker. I had a go in the old days of Claris but never really got into it. I decided to learn how to use it as my retirement project. I had already produced my first solution with cranky scripts and a rather clunky interface and then I found this book. Revelation, wow you can make your stuff look that good. I read the book through a couple of times and then started to redesign my efforts. Beautiful, layouts shown in the book, loads of tips, bits of code and everything presented in such a nice way, the animations make things easy to understand. The thing that comes over so strongly is that this is a place where form is at least as important as function. As the format improves so does the desire to make everything better, you start thinking about how you can make this or that work better so for your user it just works. A great book not about ” this is how you make a table relationship” more about making things that people want to and enjoy using. I look forward to Michael’s next book, I know it will help me gain the knowledge that would normally take years to accumulate. The most useful Filemaker book I have seen.

I like it. Its great stuff. I wrote about this years ago and you did a much better job capturing the concept and your examples are excellent. Very impressive.

Cris Ippolite

by app.works – Jun 12, 2012

A thought provoking book, with great illustrations on the subject of database design. Also, great to get a close look at Michael’s story and how he arrived at convulsions – which is more informative than just the conclusions alone.

A fascinating read! ★★★★★

by seejaywhy – Jul 29, 2012

Really enjoyed reading this book. Some interesting insights into FileMaker development, user interface design, and techniques for solving real world problems. It’s particularly strong on user interface design. The author clearly has a lot of experience with FileMaker and shares this with the reader in an easy to understand, conversational way, with good examples, screen shots, and videos. This is different to many of the FM self-help books I have read so far. In fact I had a question on one of the points in the book and emailed the author directly. He replied in just a few hours and went to a lot of trouble to help explain the solution. In addition the author introduces other FM developers he is familiar with, and discusses their particular techniques or approaches. If you’re involved in FileMaker application design or development I would recommend this book. Thanks Michael! Chris.

Excellent book! ★★★★★

by RogerWood17 – Aug 29, 2012

Lots of very good tips and advice. Easy to read and it works well as a proper eBook. This is not about FileMaker features its all about database interface design using FileMaker.

Outstanding ★★★★★

by ANTHONY ROBERTS – Jun 28, 2012

Michael Rocharde’s singular accomplishment is that he has managed to write a book about programming which is, simultaneously, both informative and entertaining. The book is a very useful, hands-on guide, to resolving a number of common programming challenges in FileMaker. And, the author advocates for, and effectively illustrates, many FileMaker Pro “Best Practices.” The layout and presentation of the book (iPad iBook) successfully exploits many of the audio/visual options available in the e-book format. I highly recommend it.Great read ★★★★★

FileMaker & Me ★★★★★

by RJPlus – Mar 9, 2013

Michael has provided the community with a very nice utility that provides detailed process steps to enable a wide range of interesting functionality within FileMaker. I particularly liked invisible tab controls in layouts and virtual lists (thanks here to Bruce Robertson for he initial concept). The features that appealed in particular were firstly – Michael’s relaxed and assured narrative style and secondly – the videos and other interactive materials. Well worth the purchase – thanks Michael.

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