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    1. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard
    2. Microsoft MS Visual FoxPro Professional
    $42.99 $24.99 list($49.99)
    3. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer
    $269.99 $38.57 list($299.99)
    4. FileMaker Pro 7
    $454.99 $399.00 list($499.99)
    5. FileMaker Developer 7
    $269.99 $33.67 list($299.99)
    6. FileMaker Pro 7 (Mac)
    $299.00 $22.34
    7. FileMaker Pro 6
    8. Microsoft MS Visual FoxPro Professional
    $279.99 $28.79 list($299.99)
    9. FileMaker Pro 6.0 - Mac
    $1,299.99 $179.99
    10. FileMaker Pro 7 (5-User Pack)
    $139.99 $39.92 list($149.99)
    11. FileMaker Pro 7 Upgrade (Mac)
    $184.99 list()
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    13. FileMaker Mobile 7
    $89.99 $84.88 list($99.95)
    14. REALbasic 5.5
    $139.99 $79.98 list($149.99)
    15. FileMaker Pro 7 Upgrade
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    16. FileMaker Server 7 Upgrade
    $849.99 list($999.99)
    17. FileMaker Server 7
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    18. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard
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    20. Borland Delphi 8 Enterprise Upgrade

    1. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition (5-client)
    list price: $1,489.00
    our price: $1,279.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004VP4G
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 2592
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The next-generation database for the business Internet, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 is the fastest way to deliver the next generation of scalable Web applications with Windows DNA. It dramatically reduces the time required to bring e-commerce, data warehousing, and line-of-business applications to market, while offering the scalability needed for the most demanding environments. The foundation for Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) and data mining is included and fully integrated with SQL Server. ... Read more

    Reviews (2)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Small Upgrades, Some Issues
    There are some important additions, such as clustering and failover support, and a few niceties like user-defined functions and indexed views. Upgrading the data format from 7 to 8 was seamless, but replication was painful. Gone are the Enterprise Manager HTML-based pages at the machine level, replaced by a small maze of things to do to make replication happen. We finally had to reinstall the server to make replication happy. The help file on this topic is a joke. It reads something like "Step 1, configure replication. Step 2, start it up." with absolutely no detail.

    My bottom line: take your time in upgrading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Modern, Fast, Smart, Stable
    Each time i did something on this new release of SQL Server within some first weeks i was saying two phrases: "Wow! How can i live without this cool thing?" and "It's should be done erlier! It's so simple!". Thousands of new features, improvements. Now i will go home, because i do my work faster than i could think. ... Read more


    2. Microsoft MS Visual FoxPro Professional Edition - ( v. 9.0 ) - upgrade package ( 340-01230 )

    Asin: B00066FHMY
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
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    3. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $42.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000050AVL
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 426
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    SQL Server Developer Edition is a version of SQL Server with some restrictions on functionality, and is designed for development and testing purposes. It is ideal for those developers who want to get a taste of the Enterprise Edition before purchasing the full product. The description following applies to the full product.

    SQL Server 2000 is a fully Web-enabled database product, providing core support for XML and the ability to query across the Internet and beyond the firewall. Its features include a data-mining feature called Analysis Services, which lets anyone with SQL and Microsoft Visual Basic programming experience use OLAP tools to create custom analysis applications. Using a middle-tier server, SQL Server 2000 can perform complex analyses on large volumes of data with exceptional data-retrieval performance. Two new features, linked OLAP cubes and HTTP access to cubes, offer powerful data analysis over the Web. In addition to enabling you to extend your analysis capabilities to partners outside the firewall, these features deliver new value by creating opportunities to sell access to your database to new customers over the Web.

    SQL Server 2000 extends your e-commerce functionality through rich support for XML, easy Web access to database information, and powerful analysis tools, coupled with high availability and tight security. This means that Web developers can access data using XML without having to do complex programming, and database administrators can manipulate data easily in XML format using Transaction SQL (T-SQL) and stored procedures. Secure HTTP database connectivity ensures that data can be queried--even by relatively inexperienced users--through a URL and intuitive user interfaces. SQL Server 2000 also makes querying from the Web relatively easy. The enhanced English Query tool allows developers to build natural, English-language interfaces to SQL Server in Microsoft Visual Studio. In addition, English Query can now generate Multidimensional Extensions (MDX) to query against OLAP cubes. ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    1-0 out of 5 stars read the small print carefully
    The product description states ..."SQL Server Developer Edition is a version of SQL Server with some restrictions on functionality, and is designed for development and testing purposes. It is ideal for those developers who want to get a taste of the Enterprise Edition before purchasing the full product. ..."
    What it does not tell you is that SQL Server 2000 will NOT install on Windows XP.
    I am a fan of Sybase because their latest server ASE 12.5 does run on Windows XP ... oh, and by the way, the Sybase developer edition is free ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars For developers
    SQL Server has proven to be very reliable. This is the version I develop with and it has been good. Looking forward to Yukon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good product, smart licensing
    Choosing a database server is largely a matter of personal preferences. I've been using SQL Server 2000 & 7 for more than 5 years for large scale applications, and I'm quite happy with this product's features, performance and value for money. Compared to other database engines, it's main limitation is SQL Server's weird implementation of triggers. One more thing: I have entered C# programming thru Visual C# 2003 Standard (cheap & powerful). If you want to access SQL Server from this Standard edition, you will have to install a local MSDE copy, and only then, SQL Server's client tools. At runtime, however, you can change the connection string content to access any other server or instance. And don't forget to install Service Pack 3, to protect the engine against the Slammer virus.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Careful - Not backward compatible
    I still have not used the product to full capacity, however, it is much faster. I would be careful however if you are putting it in a native SQL 7 environment - you can upgrade the database, however any manipulations you do in 2000 will not be reflected when transfering back to SQL 7. If you upgrade (as if you have a choice), realize there is no capability to use both versions. ... Read more


    4. FileMaker Pro 7
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $269.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001LUH9M
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
    Sales Rank: 658
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Track and manage people, projects, images, and data
    • Do more, faster with 30 starter solutions
    • Exchange data with a virtually limitless number of applications
    • Store, track, and archive files and documents
    • Secure data with assigned accounts and privileges

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Database Application
    Now that you've read the previous 0 star rating, (tab buttons - give me a break), realize that FileMaker 7 is a great database development platform.

    Just a few of the upgrade's improvements:

    No File Size Limit (that's a heck of a lot of recipies Bob). The days of needing to migrate when a file hits the 2 Gig file size wall are OVER. Your database can grow to fill the largest hard drive a computer can support.

    Multiple data tables per file.

    Improved browser support of buttons and scripts through instant web publishing feature.

    Improved security.

    And if one is really worried about lining up their "tab buttons" on layouts, FileMaker offers a free 30 day evaluation for download from their website.

    In fact, the only negative comment I can make is that the Server version won't be available until this summer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use
    I've been using FileMaker Pro for many years. I used to use Microsoft Access, but FileMaker is much easier to setup and share your data. I highly recommend this software for both Mac and Windows users.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Only for recipe or CD collections databases
    I purchased and installed this FileMaker Developer product and ran into a brick wall, that precludes its use as a serious development tool. FileMaker Pro suffers from the same deficiencies. My real rating is 0 stars.

    Filemaker does not use tab controls. It gets around this shortcoming by requiring that a separate layout be designed for each tab. Importantly this is not just for the information on the tab, BUT FOR THE WHOLE COTTON-PICKIN layout!!!

    Then when a user clicks on the tab "button", a new layout is repainted over the old. Even though Filemaker provides the ability to copy a form, I have found that the repainted forms "jump" and give an entirely unsatisfactory visual experience. Like watching a web form flicker repaint over a slow dial up connection.

    Filemaker appears to be a maintenance nightmare. If you have a layout with header information and with a five tab area, and you wish to change the header information (field width, color, etc.) you have to change it five times on each layout!

    I thought the purpose of databases was to normalize information, that is to reduce redundancy in data storage. Filemaker may reduce this redunduncy, but it it adds it back in spades when it comes to application development!

    The screen flicker caused by full screen repaints and the large number of forms required to accomodated simple tab displays makes this a no brainer. Filemaker is fine for your receipe or CD collection database, but forget about using it for serious development. ... Read more


    5. FileMaker Developer 7
    list price: $499.99
    our price: $454.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001LUI1E
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
    Sales Rank: 3370
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Streamline database development and maintenance
    • Deploy customized kiosk and runtime applications
    • Debug scripts with systematic tests and troubleshoot scripts
    • Re-use calculation logic across tables, only change in 1 place
    • Develop and troubleshoot solutions more effectively

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dual Platform
    Previous produt from Filemaker (version 6Dev) is overall satisfactory.
    Even if the way of building tabs might take some work, other improvements do largely compensate for this weakness. To avoid the "flicker" one has just to be precise to the pixel in the placement of the layout elements. And FM does offer tools to do so even in version 6!
    Previous versions and information from Filemaker Inc. clearly state that the intaller is dual platform, Mac AND Windows on the same disk. So, unless amazon is marketing a special version this product should also work for Mac computers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Development Tool
    Now that you've read the previous 0 star rating, (tab buttons - give me a break), realize that FileMaker 7 is a great database development platform.

    Just a few of the upgrade's improvements:

    No File Size Limit (that's a heck of a lot of recipies Bob). The days of needing to migrate when a file hits the 2 Gig file size wall are OVER. Your database can grow to fill the largest hard drive a computer can support.

    Multiple data tables per file.

    Improved browser support of buttons and scripts through instant web publishing feature.

    Improved security.

    And if one is really worried about lining up their "tab buttons" on layouts, FileMaker offers a free 30 day evaluation for download from their website.

    In fact, the only negative comment I can make is that the Server version won't be available until this summer.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Developer edition is an oxymoron
    I purchased and installed this product and ran into a brick wall, that precludes its use as a serious development tool. My real rating is 0 stars.

    Filemaker does not use tab controls. It gets around this shortcoming by requiring that a separate layout be designed for each tab. Importantly this is not just for the information on the tab, BUT FOR THE WHOLE COTTON-PICKIN layout!!!

    Then when a user clicks on the tab "button", a new layout is repainted over the old. Even though Filemaker provides the ability to copy a form, I have found that the repainted forms "jump" and give an entirely unsatisfactory visual experience. Like watching a web form flicker repaint over a slow dial up connection.

    Filemaker appears to be a maintenance nightmare. If you have a layout with header information and with a five tab area, and you wish to change the header information (field width, color, etc.) you have to change it five times on each layout!

    I thought the purpose of databases was to normalize information, that is to reduce redundancy in data storage. Filemaker may reduce this redunduncy, but it it adds it back in spades when it comes to application development!

    The screen flicker caused by full screen repaints and the large number of forms required to accomodated simple tab displays makes this a no brainer. Filemaker is fine for your receipe or CD collection database, but forget about using it for serious development. ... Read more


    6. FileMaker Pro 7 (Mac)
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $269.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001LUHEM
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
    Sales Rank: 1677
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Track and manage people, projects, images, and data
    • Do more, faster with 30 starter solutions
    • Exchange data with a virtually limitless number of applications
    • Store, track, and archive files and documents
    • Secure data with assigned accounts and privileges

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Have been using for 2 months now.
    I have been using Filemaker 7 for Mac for 2 motnhs now. I am so happy with all the improvements they have made. Hands down this is the best database program (Mac or PC) ever made. A must buy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great software!
    This Filemaker is the best version yet! Highly recommended!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Filemaker Pro 7
    I ran out an got this immediately when it was announced because I like to get the latest software and have been using Filemaker for over 10 years.
    Now I want to go back to 6.
    For some reason 7 is SLOWER than 6. All functions hang before executing from performing a find to changing between layout views there is a noticeable lag before the desired screen comes up and when you asked for it. Additionally once you perform the function you find yourself waiting. Especially performing finds I am noticing that it takes a while for the program to give me results. Since I use this function constantly that's a major pain in the ass. In 6 the delay between when I hit the find button and the results coming up was non existant. Performing finds in 6 on the same machine was lightning fast. In 7 it is not.
    Since I use this function more than any other and because there is also an increase in wait times on many other functions in the program , like creating a new record, sorting and everything else, I would not reccomend this upgrade.
    Ray ... Read more


    7. FileMaker Pro 6
    list price: $299.00
    our price: $299.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006A6X8
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
    Sales Rank: 1198
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Amazon.com Review

    FileMaker Pro 6.0 makes data management for individuals and small groups engaging and almost fun. Installation and setup are both surprisingly quick and easy, and the templates and wizards will have most users frolicking with their new or imported databases in just a couple of hours. The interface and design tools are comfortable for Windows users of all levels of experience. The software is not designed for the lowest common denominator, though--advanced users will find FileMaker Pro's scripting language for queries and other tasks handy, if not all-powerful.

    Data entry couldn't be easier. For some formats, it's as simple as dragging and dropping folder contents, so multimedia management, for example, becomes almost trivial. FileMaker Pro's data manipulation tools are more powerful than before, which means administrators would do well to limit users or train them carefully. Searches, the meat of the package, are simple enough for beginners but offer enough complexity to keep power users happy. One new timesaving search feature is the extend/constrain function: if a search returns too few or too many results, it takes just one step to expand or contract search parameters.

    Web-style integration in FileMaker Pro 6.0 has taken a huge step forward from version 5.5; the look and feel of the desktop is almost seamlessly translated to intranet application. However, those with more than 10 potential FileMaker users should pick up the unlimited-use version of the software. FileMaker can import and export XML, so data can be manipulated and then easily shared with non-users via a Web browser.

    While there might be more powerful data management packages available, for a wide range of uses and users, FileMaker Pro 6.0 is tough to beat. --Rob Lightner ... Read more

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Filemaker Pro 6 is great!
    This versatile program is easy to use and yet makes the tech types happy. For the price there is no comparison!

    Tanya Milligan

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastically Versatile Program!
    To even compare FileMaker Pro with Access is absurd.

    While FileMaker is not on the order of MySQL or Oracle in terms of speed and power, it is far more flexible and far less expensive than anything else available in this workgroup class of applications for any Windows or Mac environment.

    You can start small, with just one or two computers and grow your solution into a fully server-based and remotely managed application. And if you should happen to need to migrate to a "big iron" type Database someday, such as MySql, conversion tools are available that will automate large parts of such a migration - including scripting. There are also a large number of third-party plugins should any other functionality be required down the road.

    Importing and exporting data is a snap in just about any format. As for sharing data, FileMaker is unmatched and even includes a small-scale web server function in addition to the "instant web publishing" function.

    It's an absolutely wonderful tool for any serious IT person that isn't threatened by a program that most non-IT people can understand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. More than most people need.
    I have worked with very large databses (greater than 500 tables in Oracle and SyBase) and very small ones. If you are looking for a db implementation for less than $50,000, your first product to evaluate should be Filemaker. It will probably do all (and more) than you need. Anyone who says that MS Access is easier or more reliable than Filemaker either works for Microsoft or has some other unhelpful bias. Ask users and/or developers to show you databases built in the two products and you will see an enormous difference. The Access ones are likely to be crude and require frequent redevelopment work. The Filemaker ones are likely to be clean, reliable and flexible.

    If you don't need the huge power of the big guns (Oracle, SyBase, IBM), ignore Filemaker at your own risk.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding product that empowers users and designers alike!
    Greetings Amazon reviewers..

    Now that you've read the Microsoft commercial below from:
    "Reviewer: A software user from Stratford, CT USA"
    Who probably, "needs a kick in the pants!"

    Here's the truth, this product has the capabilities for implementing a client / server database network easier than anything currently on the market! And the client / server capabilities are built in! And it doesn't matter if it's based on the PC OR the MAC. Further, once designed and implemented, will work seamlessly with both platforms on the network. Additionally, after extensive research for an insurance client that I just completed designing a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) for, it was BY FAR the least expensive alternative, ESPECIALLY relative to Microsoft. In addition, it has the lowest overhead (computing hardware/software requirements) relative to anything of its capabilities on the market. You can reference these system requirements (along with features) at their web site that really gives a good deal of information. Note these minimum requirements below that most systems/owners can easily handle these days:
    (compare these minimum requirements to the latest version of Microsoft's Access or any other database for that matter)

    PC
    · Intel Compatible 90 MHz Pentium or higher
    · 32 MB of RAM (or more)
    · Windows 98, Me, NT4 (SP6), 2000, XP

    Mac
    · Power Mac or higher
    · 32 MB of RAM
    · OS 8.6 - 9.22

    Mac OS X
    · Apple G3 or higher
    · 128 MB of RAM
    · OS X 10.1

    The client I was designing for had older PCs using Windows 98SE. Obviously, I used the PC version of the software, which is very similar to the Mac version. If I had decided to implement a Microsoft "solution" it would have involved upgrading not only the hardware but the operating systems too. Then, the cost of the Access copies (licenses) certainly doesn't come cheap either if you haven't compared lately. FoxPro didn't fair any better, SQL Server worse. Especially in a client <==> server design paradigm!

    Bottom line, a fully customized relational database designed, developed and deployed on a network in record time with minimal cost to the owner (no new hardware or operating systems) and working from initial installation to this day with minimal database administration. FULLY compatible with either PC or MACs on the network and future operating system upgrades on either platform. Personally, I'm pleased and I know a business that is extremely happy. Win-win situation..

    One thing I found rather nice is you can download a 30-day free trial of the basic Filemaker Pro software at their web site to see if it meets your needs - certainly a nice gesture. (filemaker.com)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Filemaker for productivity
    We happen to develop Filemaker database systems for our customers. This product focuses on the productivity and you can in fact have a system working for you benefit in a couple of days. if you have a clear understanding of your bussines no matter what it is , Filemaker gives you the power to gather your data and transform it easily in information. You will soon be making better decisions and at the same time getting yourself in the process of improving your database. Only filemaker allows this. Another point is that Filemaker Customers are happy customers. They are in charge of their Bussineses informations system without having to rely in external , costly "access" consultants..... ... Read more


    8. Microsoft MS Visual FoxPro Professional Edition - ( v. 9.0 ) - complete package ( 340-01231 )

    Asin: B00066FHR4
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
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    9. FileMaker Pro 6.0 - Mac
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $279.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006A6X7
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
    Sales Rank: 1875
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Amazon.com Review

    FileMaker Pro 6.0 makes data management for individuals and small groups engaging and almost fun. Installation and setup are both surprisingly quick and easy, and the templates and wizards will have most users frolicking with their new or imported databases in just a couple of hours. The interface and design tools are comfortable for Windows users of all levels of experience. The software is not designed for the lowest common denominator, though--advanced users will find FileMaker Pro's scripting language for queries and other tasks handy, if not all-powerful.

    Data entry couldn't be easier. For some formats, it's as simple as dragging and dropping folder contents, so multimedia management, for example, becomes almost trivial. FileMaker Pro's data manipulation tools are more powerful than before, which means administrators would do well to limit users or train them carefully. Searches, the meat of the package, are simple enough for beginners but offer enough complexity to keep power users happy. One new timesaving search feature is the extend/constrain function: if a search returns too few or too many results, it takes just one step to expand or contract search parameters.

    Web-style integration in FileMaker Pro 6.0 has taken a huge step forward from version 5.5; the look and feel of the desktop is almost seamlessly translated to intranet application. However, those with more than 10 potential FileMaker users should pick up the unlimited-use version of the software. FileMaker can import and export XML, so data can be manipulated and then easily shared with non-users via a Web browser.

    While there might be more powerful data management packages available, for a wide range of uses and users, FileMaker Pro 6.0 is tough to beat. --Rob Lightner

    Note: This review refers to theWindows version. ... Read more

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great product but why not the same discount as for the PC
    Amazon continues to charge more for the Mac version of products which also appear for the PC. I wish they would tell us why this is so.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My most important software package
    Our company has been using FileMaker since 1989. As it is the only database Ive ever used (other than a brief experiment with 4D) I really can't compare it with anything else. I'm here to tell you it will do the job you want to do.

    I won't use technospeak in my review, as I am here for the novice users (and anyone who is reading a review to determine if this software is for them is probably a novice). FileMaker will keep track of all your company info. Even if you are a one-person company it will work for you. When you have 100 employees on the payroll, it will still work for you. If you have never designed a database before, you can do it.

    Now, you WILL have to devote some time to learn the software, but if you are to be administrating a database, youre going to have to be doing some maintenance anyway. With FileMaker, you can begin using your database the first day, then add more features later on as you add more records and more users. I recommend learning FileMaker as opposed to hiring your project out to a developer for the simple fact that YOU know your business best and you will constantly be making changes as your business changes. My philosophy is that it is better for YOU to learn FileMaker than for a developer to learn your business.

    Go ahead and get it. You will be able to make beautiful, efficient databases if you take the time to learn it. This product will do the job. I guarantee it. Contact me and I will help you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding product that empowers users and designers alike!
    Greetings Amazon reviewers..

    Now that you've read the Microsoft commercial below from:

    "Reviewer: Andre Da Costa (see more about me) from Jamaica W.I."

    Here's the truth, this product has the capabilities for implementing a client / server database network easier than anything currently on the market! And the client / server capabilities are built in! And it doesn't matter if it's based on the PC OR the MAC. Further, once designed and implemented, will work seamlessly with both platforms on the network. Additionally, after extensive research for an insurance client that I just completed designing a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) for, it was BY FAR the least expensive alternative, ESPECIALLY relative to Microsoft. In addition, it has the lowest overhead (computing hardware/software requirements) relative to anything of its capabilities on the market. You can reference these system requirements (along with features) at their web site that really gives a good deal of information. Note these minimum requirements that most systems can easily handle these days:
    (compare these minimum requirements to the latest version of Microsoft's Access or any other database for that matter)

    PC
    · Intel Compatible 90 MHz Pentium or higher
    · 32 MB of RAM (or more)
    · Windows 98, Me, NT4 (SP6), 2000, XP

    Mac
    · Power Mac or higher
    · 32 MB of RAM
    · OS 8.6 - 9.22

    Mac OS X
    · Apple G3 or higher
    · 128 MB of RAM
    · OS X 10.1

    The client had older PCs using Windows 98SE. Obviously, I used the PC version of the software which is very similar to the Mac version. If I had decided to implement a Microsoft "solution" it would have involved upgrading not only the hardware but the operating systems too. Then, the cost of the Access copy doesn't come cheap if you haven't compared lately. FoxPro didn't fair any better, SQL Server worse. Especially in a clent <==> server design paradigm!

    Bottom line, a fully customized relational database designed, developed and deployed in record time with minimal cost to the owner (no new hardware or operating systems) and working from initial installation to this day with minimal database administration. FULLY compatible with either PC or MACs on the network and future operating system upgrades on either platform. Personally, I'm pleased and I know a business that is extremely happy. Win-win situation..

    One thing I found rather nice is you can download a 30-day free trial of the basic Filemaker Pro software at their web site to see if it meets your needs - certainly a nice gesture. (filemaker.com)

    4-0 out of 5 stars And it works with fine with Excel
    An update to my earlier review: Filemaker works great with Excel (contrary to what an earlier reviewer guessed, apparently without testing). Last week I built a small Filemaker database to track contributors and potential contributors to a charitable group with which I work. Yesterday, I received an Excel spreadsheet from another member of the group, and it contained nearly 1,000 names, addresses, and phone numbers. Importing it was a snap: I simply used the "Import" function, choosing Excel as the file-type I wanted to import. Filemaker gave me a nice graphical interface to match Excel columns to fields in my database; it also gave me the chance to add a new field if necessary. Then a button click and the data imported cleanly and quickly, without any problems.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mac Users Yes, PC Users NO!!!!
    First of all for Mac, users this is your only option for a good reliable, well known database, so I recommend it to them most of all. For PC users however, stay very far away, Microsoft Access has all the tools you need already. Based upon user experience, I think Microsoft Access is much easier, (read carefully now, before you judge my review). People say that FileMaker is the easiest database ever created, but they are dead wrong, they have never tried Access. Entering information into the database in FileMaker is like thorns in your finger, it is so difficult. I tried to enter the date for my music collection and it kept on giving me an error message that it should be done a particular way, I followed its instructions and still ended up with the same error. Creating reports is also painful, unlike Microsoft Access which uses a simple tabed interface you can immediately switch from tables to creating quries and beautiful reports. In FileMaker, the database uses some sort of Visual Basic interface to create reports, Access uses simple wizards to get you where you are going. Access is also more powerful in terms of integration with SQL, ODBC, other database server products so there is no conflict with your data. FileMaker is simple and too weak for users to spend upto $..., buy Access and you will never regret it. And with the integration between other MS Office products, you will be amazed. One of the features I love the most is the ability to create mail merge documents using database information from Access into Microsoft Word. Your able to easily convert a database from Access to Excel, vice versa easily. All of this would be a head ache in FileMaker. If you are on the Windows platform, certainly Access is the best way to go! ... Read more


    10. FileMaker Pro 7 (5-User Pack)
    list price: $1,299.99
    our price: $1,299.99
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    Asin: B0001LUHE2
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
    Sales Rank: 3292
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    Features

    • Track and manage people, projects, images, and data
    • Do more, faster with 30 starter solutions
    • Exchange data with a virtually limitless number of applications
    • Store, track, and archive files and documents
    • Secure data with assigned accounts and privileges

    11. FileMaker Pro 7 Upgrade (Mac)
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $139.99
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    Asin: B0001LUHEW
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
    Sales Rank: 857
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    Features

    • Track and manage people, projects, images, and data
    • Do more, faster with 30 starter solutions
    • Exchange data with a virtually limitless number of applications
    • Store, track, and archive files and documents
    • Secure data with assigned accounts and privileges

    12. Extensis PORTFOLIO 7 1-USER ( FCE-18707 )

    our price: $184.99
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    Asin: B0002FHEQ6
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Extensis Corp.
    Sales Rank: 1071
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    13. FileMaker Mobile 7
    list price: $69.99
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    Asin: B0002CE11U
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
    Sales Rank: 1922
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    14. REALbasic 5.5
    list price: $99.95
    our price: $89.99
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    Asin: B0001IQN8E
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Real Software
    Sales Rank: 1914
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    Features

    • Modern, object-oriented form of BASIC, similar to Visual Basic
    • Create games, utilities, business applications, and more
    • Fast way to learn programming; visual drag-and-drop process
    • Rich set of user-interface controls; easy to learn, fun to use
    • Can be upgraded to REALbasic Professional

    15. FileMaker Pro 7 Upgrade
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $139.99
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    Asin: B0001LUHCY
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Filemaker Inc.
    Sales Rank: 3356
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Track and manage people, projects, images, and data
    • Do more, faster with 30 starter solutions
    • Exchange data with a virtually limitless number of applications
    • Store, track, and archive files and documents
    • Secure data with assigned accounts and privileges

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars All the business software you'll ever need!
    As a daily user of FileMaker Pro, this latest upgrade provides the best FM Pro yet!

    First, FileMaker Pro is not one product, but multiple. For example, you can use it as your customer contact manager, purchase order/invoice system, accounts payable, business card manager, etc. It can become all of the software solutions you need. What may cost you thousands of dollars to purchase individually is all capable within FileMaker. And the best part is you can customize it to YOUR liking.

    FM Pro 7 gives even more options. One of the best features is the ability to store or link to other documents like pdf (Adobe Acrobat), word, excel, etc. Just imagine pulling up your client and having instant access to invoices, documentation, etc. right at your fingertips.

    This is all the software you'll ever need and with a superb team that built FileMaker you'll be pleased (they are also a part of Apple so you know it's quality!) ... Read more


    16. FileMaker Server 7 Upgrade
    list price: $499.99
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    Asin: B00028ZL9A
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: FileMaker
    Sales Rank: 6165
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    Features

    • Server software for sharing databases with 2 to 250 users
    • Increase performance over peer-to-peer database sharing
    • Efficiently host and serve massive amounts of data
    • Administer databases locally or remotely
    • Protect data with additional security features

    17. FileMaker Server 7
    list price: $999.99
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    Asin: B00028ZL7W
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: FileMaker
    Sales Rank: 3887
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    Features

    • Server software for sharing data with teams from 2 to 250 users
    • Secure information with SSL data encryption
    • Boost performance of peer-to-peer database sharing
    • Store massive amounts of information on the network
    • Host information on mixed Windows and Mac platforms

    18. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition (1-user License)

    our price: $4,919.99
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    Asin: B00004VP4K
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 3279
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The next-generation database for the business Internet, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 is the fastest way to deliver the next generation of scalable Web applications with Windows DNA. It dramatically reduces the time required to bring e-commerce, data warehousing, and line-of-business applications to market, while offering the scalability needed for the most demanding environments. The foundation for Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) and data mining is included and fully integrated with SQL Server. ... Read more


    19. Crystal Reports 8.5 Developer Edition
    list price: $595.00
    our price: $559.99
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    Asin: B00005AR2I
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Crystal Decisions
    Sales Rank: 3757
    Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Structured Query Language (SQL), the standard means of specifying what information you want to extract from a relational database, was designed by programmers for programmers. In order to extract values from tables with straight SQL, you have to formulate convoluted statements from field names and cryptic keywords--which doesn't usually leave time available for making business decisions. The makers of Crystal Reports 8.5 Developer Edition understand that writing SQL statements isn't everyone's favorite thing to do, so Crystal Reports 8.5 Developer Edition provides tools that make it easier to extract meaningful information--in the form of charts, tables, and calculated values--from the contents of database management systems like Oracle, Sybase, and Microsoft SQL Server. The developers of Crystal Reports also knew that some people love to manipulate data at a low level with SQL and other programmers' tools, so the package contains goodies for them, as well.

    As is often the case with enterprise solutions, this product consists of two separate applications. The core package, Crystal Reports 8.5 Developer, is for accessing the contents of database tables and generating reports based on their contents. Wizards make this process extremely easy. You just specify the database you want to operate on, which can be local or accessible via an Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) link. Having done that, you can choose the tables and fields you want to extract values from. The wizards make it easy to specify which fields should serve as headers, and simplify the process of doing calculations on extracted values. In a report on the monthly sales of a multinational chain of stores, for example, you could group individual stores' sales figures by country, and calculate total sales figures for each country and for the chain as a whole. Wizards also handle formatting, so it's pretty easy to get neat-looking reports customized with your organizational logo. Wizards aren't limited to tabular reports: you can use them to generate reports that reveal details in response to clicks (so-called drill-down reports) and personalized form letters for mass mailings.

    Going beyond the wizards, Crystal Reports 8.5 Developer offers a tool for visually creating joins among tables (by which you can consolidate the fields in multiple tables into a single report). It also makes it relatively easy to build SQL queries, mostly by exchanging syntax memorization in favor of a logically organized set of expandable trees from which you choose the commands you want. With SQL queries, you can do things like find the maximum value in a field across many records, or perform complicated text-searches on the contents of text fields. Managers and others who have been taught to revere database queries as a black art known only to database administrators will be delighted by the ease with which they can create reports to support their business decisions.

    The other product in this package is Crystal Enterprise 8, which is capable of taking report documents from Crystal Reports and distilling them into publications that it then serves to network users. There are several ways to go about preparing reports for network publication, the simplest being nearly automatic conversion of Crystal Reports documents into Dynamic HTML (DHTML) files that standard Web browsers can read. With a little more work, Crystal Enterprise will serve reports in streaming form--meaning they're updated dynamically as their underlying data changes. It'll also generate Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files, as well as reports delimited by Extensible Markup Language (XML) tags. The XML feature is especially cool, because it means you can use Crystal Enterprise as an engine for generating business documents (such as invoices and purchase orders) that are fed to business partners via an XML-based information-exchange system, such as Microsoft BizTalk Server.

    Because it's easy to use and flexible in its output, Crystal Reports 8.5 Developer Edition belongs in the toolkit of anyone who's responsible for sharing complicated information--especially numerical information--with others via a network. --David Wall ... Read more

    Reviews (5)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as shareware
    As indicated in other reviews, this product is horribly buggy. Its only consistency is that it is creatively inconsistent. A rating of 1 is too high.

    It's unfortunate that there is no similar competitive product available. Otherwise, this product would be yesterday's toast.

    Your report info is stored in a binary file. It's a nightmare in there. Plus, unexpected and inexplicable random corruption of the binary destroys a great deal of work. Back up often.

    Installation procedure: poor
    Ease of use: poor
    Intuitiveness: poor
    Documentation: poor
    Technical support: poor
    Reliability: poor

    1-0 out of 5 stars Programmer's Nightmare
    I don't have the space to convey just how much production time is continually being lost to this abysmally bad product in our shop of senior developers. I could go on for days. Try a little experiment before buying it: go to the CrystalDecisions website and look at some of the most common errors reported. Basic stuff like INSTALLING the product, getting it ready to package up with an install application, pointing it to a DB through just about any connection technology. And it's all downhill from there. I still don't get why there isn't a better product out there yet.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Programmers beware.
    The program is full of holes and traps for the programmer. The new method of including the report in VB programs uses a lot of overhead and slows a VB program down if the number of reports is more then 4 or 5. Some necessary dependacy files are not included and it will not easly load onto computers not using the internet (a great many business computers). Crystal Software includes a 60 days support package that is not at all enough. Just visit the Crystal developer web site to view some of the problems. Save your money and use your older versions until they get it right.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great But. . . .
    Its great but you have to have the Crystal Reports Design Class I, II, -> V books to help you through it. Without these it is very time consuming and the only way to get these books is to attend the classes. They are not available for sale. As I just found out :-( (They do not come with this package as I had thought) 10-12-2001

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice for reporting, but has some really annoying bugs
    Crystal Reports 8.5 provides a lot of features for designing reports on top of a relational database system and as far as consumer-tier goes, it's a fine product. Charts are pretty easy to use, the macro language is fairly powerful (and intuitive), and it's very easy to lay out items on the report.

    There are several annoying problems with it:
    1. During upgrade from a previous version, the installer removed the previous version, then complained it couldn't find a certain file needed to "prove" this was an upgrade. After reinstalling the previous version and repeating the process a couple of times, I found a workaround on the Seagate web site. Ugh... this shouldn't happen.

    2. The table linker is nice, but it is more primative than the one in Microsoft Access. For example, if I'm joining three fields from table "foo" to table "bar," and I make one of those joins a "right join" then the others two parts of the table join should default to this. They don't and it errors out. I feel the tool could be easier to use.

    3. On several occasios the query tool got hopelessly confused. It was often easier to write a custom view or macro query on SQL Server (or Oracle) than it was to use the reporting front end. The problem I have with this is it makes my particular installation harder to do because in addition to just shipping a standalone report, I have to ship a SQL query. I wish there were a way for me to reliably tell it "I KNOW what I'm doing... ust send the query as I've typed it to the database."

    4. Occasionally when a query had problems with it and I attempted to preview the report, it would go into "infinite loop" mode. The only way out of this was to use Windows to "kill" the program. Quite frequently, I'd have crw32.exe just crash on its own when accessing a SQL database. ... Read more


    20. Borland Delphi 8 Enterprise Upgrade From Delphi 7

    our price: $1,069.99
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    Asin: B00019DTIU
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Borland International
    Sales Rank: 11695
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