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OT What is the comparison of Access to Filemaker Pro.

Among other things is Filemaker Pro a relational database. Some of my readings
have "hinted" that it is, but descriptions of some of its tables (files?) sure
don't look like it.

It also looks like it would be a good deal harder to work with.
But maybe that gets you something for your work.

Chuck
Sep 12 '08 #1
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In article <ps********************************@4ax.com>, Chuck
<li*****@schoollink.netwrote:
Among other things is Filemaker Pro a relational database. Some of my
readings
have "hinted" that it is, but descriptions of some of its tables (files?) sure
don't look like it.
It's certainly relational now.
>
It also looks like it would be a good deal harder to work with.
But maybe that gets you something for your work.
It's easier to work with than Access, though YMMV. It's mostly form
driven (they call them "layouts") and has pretty hefty built-in
scripting. You can get something up very quickly in it. It's really
good at whipping up some "mail-merge" type of documents and doing nice
layout and decent reporting.

Where it doesn't work as well is when it tries to play with the big
boys. It's limited to SQL server 2000 and SQL Server 2005, Oracle 9g &
10g, and MySQL 5.0 community edition for it's two way connections, and
ODBC/JDBC for other SQL. If you're rolling ADO and .NET, you probably
want to stick to others that are better. Better yet, If you're
programming into it, go to PostgreSQL or MySQL. They're free and much
more powerful.

-Owen
Sep 12 '08 #2
On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:49:19 -0400, O <ow***@denofinequityx.comwrote:
>In article <ps********************************@4ax.com>, Chuck
<li*****@schoollink.netwrote:
>Among other things is Filemaker Pro a relational database. Some of my
readings
have "hinted" that it is, but descriptions of some of its tables (files?) sure
don't look like it.

It's certainly relational now.
>>
It also looks like it would be a good deal harder to work with.
But maybe that gets you something for your work.

It's easier to work with than Access, though YMMV. It's mostly form
driven (they call them "layouts") and has pretty hefty built-in
scripting. You can get something up very quickly in it. It's really
good at whipping up some "mail-merge" type of documents and doing nice
layout and decent reporting.

Where it doesn't work as well is when it tries to play with the big
boys. It's limited to SQL server 2000 and SQL Server 2005, Oracle 9g &
10g, and MySQL 5.0 community edition for it's two way connections, and
ODBC/JDBC for other SQL. If you're rolling ADO and .NET, you probably
want to stick to others that are better. Better yet, If you're
programming into it, go to PostgreSQL or MySQL. They're free and much
more powerful.

-Owen
Thanks for the reply. You have managed to pretty well give a good description
of what Filemaker does and doesn't do in a few short sentences.

I'm not a programmer. I stopped writing code back in the early 1980s when I
used to write specialized number crunching programs using Turbo Pascal. The
programs didn't do anything you couldn't do with pencil, paper and a book of
log and trig functions. Just quicker. And I learned a long long time ago to
not write code for anything you could buy with just plain dirty ol' money.

Chuck
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