Building a Relational Database in FileMaker

Join us on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010, for a preview of Jerry Robin’s FileMaker DevCon session, “Building a Relational Database in FileMaker Pro.”

The session will run approximately 2 hours. At this year’s DevCon, it will be presented as a Pre-Conference session, and will be offered for an additional fee of $149.00. But you can see the preview in Phoenix for FREE!

Although this is positioned as a beginner-level session, Jerry promises that even experienced developers will pick up some useful nuggets of relational design wisdom. It’s always a good idea to review the basics, since they are the foundation of good database design.

Here’s the official description from the FileMaker website:

In this presentation, you’ll learn the theory and practice of building a relational database in FileMaker Pro. We’ll begin with some basic relational design theory and terminology, and show you how to plan the structure of your database. You’ll learn to identify and diagram one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many relationships. Then you’ll learn how to build relationships on the FileMaker relationships graph, including how to resolve a many-to-many relationship. You’ll learn how to define key fields and you’ll see how easy it is to create and use portals to display information from a related table, or even from multiple related tables. And finally, you’ll understand the concept of “context,” which is fundamental to almost every aspect of FileMaker development, from scripting to calculations to reporting.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding relational design terminology
  • Understanding and setting up various types of relationships
  • Understanding “context”
  • Creating and using portals

About Jerry Robin

The owner of, Jerry Robin is an experienced consultant, trainer and developer of custom FileMaker Pro databases. Jerry has been a presenter at eight FileMaker Developer Conferences since 1997, and was ranked among the top-rated speakers from 2000 to 2008. A FileMaker 7, 8, 9 and 10 Certified Developer, Jerry was a Technical Editor for “FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual,” wrote and presented a highly-praised FileMaker Pro 7 CD training series in 2004, and won the FileMaker Millionaire prize at the 2001 DevCon in Orlando.

When he’s not doing FileMaker, Jerry performs stand-up comedy and is also the throwing half of an award-winning competitive Dog Frisbee team (with his Australian Shepherd, Dakota).

Please send an email to, if you plan to attend. Your RSVP will be especially appreciated and will help us in planning.

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