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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use powerful database system"

    February 11, 2011  |   By Martin Turner--2008


    Ridiculously easy to use and format, ideal for 'fast and dirty' database programming, and can also be scaled up for robust bigger systems, or issued as runtime through Filemaker advanced


    Slow! On most databases on modern computers you won't notice this. However, the code is not compact or optimised for an enterprise level solution. Migration to MySQL etc is data-only.


    Most databases these days are Excel spreadsheets -- a highly risky strategy for any data of more than passing importance. Filemaker is vastly more powerful and functional, and only marginally less 'obvious'. It has a very high degree of control over forms and relations, as well as strong calculations and a serviceable scripting system. Filemaker has worked hard to create enterprise versions of it, using Filemaker Server. Although this is a robust solution, the speed doesn't match high-end enterprise solutions, although the costs are a lot lower. Vastly preferable to Access for many applications, and makes construction of a database as part of a project solution a fairly easy step, which can itself save months of work and specification. However, you have to take your own steps to ensure data robustness, as the 'anything can relate to anything' ease of use can easily produce results which are unexpected (ie, illogical).

    Updated on Feb 11, 2011

    Not had any problems installing any version.

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