Reviews & References

Technical manual meets novel ★★★★★

by TMcKibbin – Jul 8, 2017

Michael Rocharde has crafted a surprising blend of an enjoyable read, including real life stories, with technical details. Added to being well written, the use of capabilities on the iBook platform make for a deeper experience; written word, interactive diagrams, video and straight audio. If you are new to FileMaker, read carefully what makes sense and skim what you don’t understand looking for what’s possible. Later when you need that ability come back to it and I think it will sink in.

FileMaker & You was written for me! ★★★★★

by SurgeryDad – May 31, 2017

Thank you to Michael Rocharde for making FileMaker not only more easily approached, but for putting it in a way that makes one feel that this massive and ever-updating resource, (FileMaker 16 just released) is approachable and can become a fluid way to handle and optimize technology for data resource utilization. The videos, the examples, the indexing and even the call to arms: “You should write a FileMaker book” are inspirational. If I can figure out how to rate this book, I will give it a 5 out of 5.

A great resource — especially for in-house developers ★★★★★

by Yellowjacket Dataworks – Jan 15, 2017

Agreed that this is not your mother’s FileMaker Training Book. Michael has been exceedingly generous with his knowledge in this book and his previous one, and both make wonderful use of the iBooks platform. I think any developer will find something new here, but I’d especially recommend FileMaker & You and FileMaker & Me to the self-taught in-house developers who learned FileMaker piecemeal as they went along, project by project. Michael shares his overall approach and best practices, and we are all better for it.

Different Approach – Not Your Mother’s FileMaker Training Book ★★★★★

by torch_55 – Oct 14, 2016

Michael Rocharde takes a totally different approach to FileMaker training in this book. He shows how his thought process starts with trying to solve a particular problem and then how he applies his knowledge of FileMaker to solve that problem with a solution that is both efficient and well suited to the user’s needs. It is like seeing through the trees to actually see the forest. I came away with a lot of ahah moments in reading through the book and plan to disect the sample files that are given in the book to make Michael’s techniques part of my FileMake knowledge base. It is a really nice bag of tricks that have helped me move up the FileMaker learning curve.

Recommended Reading ★★★★★

by wpicker2 – Aug 26, 2016

Michael’s book uses well-chosen case studies and examples to solve common problems using FileMaker. I often refer to this book to stimulate my thinking when troubleshooting methods and practices. The advice shared is based on core fundamentals of database design and depicts the related FileMaker capabilities—this is key to learning at any level. After spending many years designing custom solutions, I find the techniques in this book to be clear and concise. Michael not only covers the salient points of how a developer would identify common problems, but he delves further into how to use the native capabilities within FileMaker to frame and solve those problems. This book is a valuable read for newcomers and experienced FileMaker developers alike

FileMaker & You ★★★★★

by DSI Vail – Aug 26, 2016

Michael Rocharde has come out with a new book, “FileMaker and You”. Like his first book “FileMaker & Me” which focused on interface design, this new read gives you that same unique and enjoyable view into his approach while working with FileMaker, but this time focuses on how he goes about problem solving. Even though Michael categorizes it for the novice to intermediate developer it’s worth a read from even the most advanced FileMaker developer. For example, the chapter on how he approaches handling the problem found in a reservation system of assigning only available resources to a booking and how he works with dates was an “aha” moment. I look forward to reading and tearing apart the other example files he includes to explore alternative ways to approach solving problems with FileMaker… Thanks Michael.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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 ★★★★★

by – 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.

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

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

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

Scott Rose

Volume 2 is scheduled to be released in 2019.

Submit an idea or a suggestion for something you’d like to see covered and if I am able to use it, you’ll get a credit and a free copy of the new book.

Scheduled to be released on March 15 2019, this new book explains what normalization is, why you need to do it, when you need to do it and, most importantly, how to do it with step-by-step video guides and instructions.

This book is not for FileMaker™ users although it is the tool of choice for our normalization projects but it is especially relevnt to any business that does not have their data in a normalized, cohesive form.

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