I am very new to FileMaker and to make a long story short, I work for a
small government office and am the most experienced computer person
there. (mainly data processing and spreadsheets) The problem is, my
director has done some checking around about data bases and has bought
filemaker pro (4.1) and handed me the box and said, "create a data base
by November 15". UGH...I have been pouring over the manuel that came
with the software and I am either making something easy, hard....or I
am simply not "open minded" enough to understand it.
What I am asking, is for guidence, either by directing the way to go or
to direct me to a laymans book to get. I don't have a lot of time so
the quickest way possible would be appreciated. (in short of hiring
someone else to do it, which I know he won't do, i am on my own).
Just a little of what I am trying to do and what we are about. We are a
court administered drug and * program and we have a client base
of over 800 cases, and presently we are doing everything on paper.
(don't cringe) *smile*.........and we are required to turn in
statistical reports annually (basically demographics....age, gender,
charge, referral...etc) I currently have been playing around with fmp
and have everything in ONE file....with over 40 fields. My questions
is...would it be easier to break them down into individual files....ex.
client information, client court history, client referral information.
We currently also keep a ledger sheet on each individual.....I am sure
there is a way to incorporate all this together, just not sure HOW.
I am sorry to sound at such a lost, but in reality, I AM! Any
direction of help will be greatly appreciated.
Frustrated in Indiana,
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