When i first started using FileMaker, the Missing Manual was always in my arsenal.
I would also recommend:
FileMaker Help File - Covers everything and includes some excellent examples.
The FileMaker Training Series from FileMaker is quite good.
I did a blog entry a while back that listed some of my favourite sources:
FileMaker Database Superhero,
Spafford Data Solutions
Tel: 613 838 9956
FileMaker User Group in Ottawa:
I agree, FTS and the missing manual are quite good and very helpful.
You've already had good suggestions but I'm surprised that no one has yet mentioned Ray Cologon's Filemaker Bible for Version 10.
It has a wealth of common sense advice on a huge number of aspects and, if you've been watching this forum, you will surely have observed Ray's deep understanding of the way FMP behaves and his wisdom on how best to take advantage of FMP's native strengths.
Hamilton New Zealand
The Missing Manual FileMaker Pro 11 was a very good start for me. I still use it today now and then.
When you get a little more experienced, the FileMaker Training Series has some more useful tipps and how-tos,
and also Ray Cologon's FileMaker Pro 10 Bible will be very useful for you. There is lots of experience in it.
I also can recommend John Mark Osborne's FileMaker Pro 11 training series on vtc.com. Lots of important background information, and excellent explanations.
Good luck, Mike
In addition to those listed above, I always found the Que Publishing's "Special Edition Using FileMaker 9" to be quite useful as an additional reference.
I don't know if they have continued series this beyond FMP 9, the latest I purchased, but that volume still has some useful tips and examples not found elsewhere, though missing the newest features.
I wonder who will be the first to pubish a FileMaker book using the new Apple iBooks Author app!
Bruce, Are you in the race?
I was wondering the same thing.
Beatrice Beaubien, PhD
i2eye, Toronto, Canada
FileMaker Business Alliance
FileMaker 11 Certified Developer