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Wed 05 May 2004

Filemaker Pro at database workshop

Category : mac and the internet

At the host/parasite collections database workshop , the mac was mentioned in a matter of fact fashion by all who used it. The system works so well, in each instance, it simply had to be acknowledged. The rest, however, are not resistant, just not exposed enough. They were certainly interested in techniques we used.

I had heard a lot about Filemaker Pro over the years but never ventured to use it. The Rimba Ilmu plant database and parasite team from The University of Connecticut team swore by it. The latter constructed a customisable relational database to be proud of, saying "you have to enjoy entering data". Certainly the right idea there. And they use Claris Homepage on Classic to edit webpages, like I do.

What made it all the more impressive was that the Connecticut researchers were clueless about stuff like weblogs, ichat and ftp software and some were inexperienced about airport. BUt they were good scientists who had applied themselves to their specific problem and created a well functioning system. The database workers amongst us certainly recognised that and enjoyed the session very much.

Check out their work on Bornean elasmobranch parasites.

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