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Filemaker Database Analysis

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I have a general question regarding working as a developer on an existing Filemaker Database built previously by some other developer:
- What is the best approach for analyzing the overall system?
- Is there any tool available that can help with the analysis of a Filemaker Database?

Any thoughts and ideas will be greatly appreciated.
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Tools -> Database Design Report
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Angelleye pointed to the Database Design Report but it should be noted that this is only available in FileMaker Developer, not FileMaker Pro. For doing any significant development, it's best to have FileMaker Developer and to consider becoming part of FileMaker's TechNet or Business Alliance. The Business Alliance (and possibly Technet) include either a free or discounted copy of Developer when you join.

Personally, I use FileMaker Developer's Database Design Report but also use a tool called "Inspector Pro" ( http://www.beezwax.net/products/inspectorpro/ ) which takes the Database Design Report (exported as XML) and does additional analysis to provide a very visually informative way of looking at a complex database. For simpler databases the Database Design Report is probably sufficient but you'll need FM Developer to generate it. Developer also includes an extremely useful Script Debugger, access to Custom Functions and Custom Menus, and Copy/Paste for scripts and script steps.
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