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Working Under the Hood

Fields and tables are the heart of any database. By storing information in properly categorized fields within well-organized tables, you impart both function and meaning to what would otherwise be an incomprehensible pile of raw data.

We’ll spend much of this chapter describing what kinds of fields exist in FileMaker Pro, how they store information, and how to ensure proper data integrity in your database solutions. We’ll also discuss naming conventions for fields and tables—techniques that you can use to make your FileMaker Pro databases meaningful to yourself and others for the long period of time that they may be in use.

If you’re new to development in FileMaker Pro, this chapter is a good place to start. No doubt some of the topics we cover will lack a certain context, but establishing a solid foundation in field definition is a vital part of becoming a practiced developer.

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