Now that we have briefly summarized FileMaker. Let’s move the focus on FileMaker’s ease of use. Claris International Inc. – promotes the application as a very easy to use application that anyone can use right out of the box. This is true in some aspects and completely misleading in other aspects.
The easy to use aspect of FileMaker comes into play early in the database creation process when you are creating tables and fields. Making relationships between tables is really easy through the backend graphic user interface. The front end user interface makes creating layouts very easy through FileMaker’s Inspector tool. The inspector comes with a variety of formatting options similar to what MS Word and Adobe CS offer for document creation.
The misleading part comes into play when you need to create a database solution that is logically structured. All the amazing tools are great and they become easy to use after some painstaking trial and error attempts. To really become a decent FileMaker developer you need to understand how database relationships work. FileMaker will not tell you what to do or how to do it. Just like any development application, it provides you with the tools you need, the knowledge needed to use these tools effectively hinges on your desire to learn.