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Before we get started with our exercises, I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to the five different products in the FileMaker 11 product family. First, we've got Bento, a personal database for Mac that's sold by FileMaker. We won't be covering Bento in this course, but you can find movies on Bento in the lynda.com Online Training Library. Next, there is FileMaker Pro 11. This is the product that we're going to be using throughout this title. It's the standard user version of FileMaker Pro that allows you to create your own databases, modify your databases and basically do everything that we're going to be doing throughout this title.
FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced has all the functionality of FileMaker Pro 11, but it also has some additional tools that developers find useful, like Script Debuggers, with the ability to create things called Custom menus, it allows you to create Runtime Versions of your FileMaker Pro applications, and that type of thing. It costs a little bit more, but if you want this extra functionality, or if you're going to be maintaining a lot of databases using FileMaker, it really is a good product, and you should have it. Then there are two different FileMaker Server products. FileMaker Server 11 is an application that gets installed on a dedicated server machine, or up to three different machines, and it's used to be able to share all the different files that you create in FileMaker Pro to many different users at the same time, or to share them in a multiuser environment; for example, you can have your FileMaker Pro databases shared up to 250 consecutive users who are all using FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Pro Advanced, and you can also have the ability to publish your databases to the Web using technologies called XSLT or PHP, you may have heard of them, or to publish your raw data as XML to be shared by other applications. All of that's built right into FileMaker Server 11.
Now, if you'd like to be able to your databases for more than 250 consecutive users, or publish your databases using a technology that's called Instant Web Publishing, or if you want FileMaker to host any kind of ODBC or JDBC connectivity, then you'll need to purchase something called FileMaker 11 Server Advanced. It's an upgrade to FileMaker Server 11. So you can see that we've got product here for the FileMaker end-user, the FileMaker developer and then also different options for deploying your application, whether its just on a network or deploying out to the Web. But the product that we're going to be using moving forward is FileMaker Pro 11.
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