I have been away from Filemaker for a few years and have recently purchased v14. What are your recommendations for reference books to help get back up to speed?
You cant go wrong starting with the FileMaker Training Series.
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I think Richard Carlton's video training series is worth 20 x the money I paid for it. http://www.learningfilemaker.com/
Ditto on both the FileMaker Pro and Go courses from Carlton.
check out the on-line documentation that comes with FileMaker - good starting point! There are some basic-stuff webinar from FileMaker that help getting familiar - and of course the Training series. The templates that come with every FileMaker Pro show details as well (if You try one that uses 14 techniques..)
'the missing manual' series are also available for V14 (paperback and pdf)
I really loved the Jesse Feiler books (originally Using Filemaker <x> from Que, switching to Filemaker <x> in Depth for 10/12). He didn't release one for either 13 or 14; has anyone heard what he's been up to? The last time I checked his website, he didn't seem to be working on FM-related projects.
The Missing Manual for 14 wasn't bad, but it wasn't as good a developer reference as the Feiler books. The Filemaker 12 Developer Reference by Bowers/Heady/Lane/Love was good, but again there doesn't seem to be an update for 13/14.
I would agree with the FileMaker training series. I have the one for FM 13 and you get practice files and videos showing completed stuff. Great value. 5 stars.
I would also suggest checking out Lynda.com as they have up to date courses that are great. Not free, however, but you can get a free evaluation period I think.
YouTube also has lots of good stuff. I learned about how to create a collapsing value list there.
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