Chapter 1: Introducing FileMaker

Chapter 1 provides a general introduction to FileMaker, including its history, a general introduction to database basics and architectures, an overview of its unique architecture and a summary of the entire product family.


The material in this chapter is organized into the following sections:

  • The History of FileMaker in a Nutshell
    • Nashoba Nutshell
    • Early FileMaker
    • FileMaker 4
    • Claris
    • FileMaker, Inc.
  • Exploring Database Basics
    • Defining a Database
    • Database Structure
    • Relational Databases
    • User Interface
    • Scripted Procedures
  • Identifying Different Database Architectures
    • The Traditional Multi-Tier Database Architecture
    • FileMaker’s Integrated File Architecture
  • Taking a Bird’s Eye Anatomical & Functional Overview
    • Application Resources
    • Database File Resources
  • The FileMaker Product Family