Join Cris Ippolite for an in-depth discussion in this video Diagramming relationships, part of FileMaker Pro: Relational Database Design (2011).
- So far, we've learned about basic relationship types.…Now let's expand on these techniques,…and discuss a general method…for diagramming relationships for database systems.…The method we'll learn is called…creating an Entity Relationship Diagram.…These diagrams are often referred to as ERD's.…It's a simple process that's useful…for all types of relational database systems.…Data modelling breaks into three phases.…First, you'll look at your information…in order to develop a list of entities…which will become tables inside your database.…
Next, determine and diagram…the relationships between those entities.…And then finally you'll audit the diagram,…following a couple of rules I'll lay out…later in this movie.…Let's try one together.…Here's a process description…describing requirements of a database system…that we need to build.…In this description,…we see the data we need to be storing in our database.…In order to find the entities,…it's important for us to identify discreet…and unique buckets of information.…A popular technique for identifying the potential entities,…
The course applies to versions of FileMaker Pro from 7 through the most current version.
- Reviewing relationships types
- Diagramming relationships
- Resolving many-to-many relationships
- Determining which tables need key fields
- Defining tables in FileMaker Pro
- Using the Relationship Graph
- Using multiple match fields in one relationship
- Using global fields to filter portals
- Creating self relationships
- Creating aggregate functions using relationships
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: The exercise files for this course do not work on a Mac. It downloads executable files. Can you provide a workaround?
A: The files provided for this course were made pre-FileMaker Pro 12. The system does not recognize the .fp7 files immediately as something that can be opened with FileMaker Pro 12 and instead shows them as Unix Executable Files.
The solution is quite simple. Just double-click the file, at which point the Mac will prompt you to choose an application to open the
file with. Select FileMaker Pro 12 and it will then convert the file from a .fp7 file into the new FileMaker Pro 12 file format, which is .fmp12.
Q: This course was updated on 5/12/2015. What changed?
A: We moved a video from the "Using Relationships" chapter of FileMaker Pro 13 Essential Training into this course, where it will remain evergreen.