Books by Mark Conway Munro

Mark Conway Munro  is the author of AppleScript: Developer Reference (2010, Wiley), Learn FileMaker Pro 16 (2017, Apress) and Learn FileMaker Pro 19 (2021, Apress). After a 1988 introduction to FileMaker, Mark began using AppleScript and FileMaker for information management and process automation tasks. In 1994, Mark founded Write Track Media, a computer consultancy firm that develops custom database and workflow automation solutions. Mark builds time-saving custom systems for a diverse list of clients across industries, including education, entertainment, finance, news, publishing, manufacturing, and more. Understanding the virtue of using technology to free human focus from repetitive tasks so they can pursue a higher level of productivity, Mark is unwavering in his commitment to developing the highest quality workflow management solutions.

Reader Comments

“Learn Filemaker Pro 16 gave my career and my skills as a developer a jump start. Highly recommend letting Mark Conway Munro and his books get into your head, you won’t regret it! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of LFM19!”

— Brett Tyler Reed, Facebook & Amazon

“Worth the buy. In depth and easy to read and follow! It’s not light reading but acts as a great reference.”Tj Hassler

— Tj Hassler, Amazon Review

“An extensive source for almost every question and concern.”

— Jon Arne, Amazon Review

“A really nice book. Very informative which can be used by a beginner and advanced users.”

— Ryan Tayco

“The book is a model of clarity, a quality it encourages developers of all levels to pursue in their schema, scripts and user interfaces.”

— Walker Stevenson

“Just weeks after the technical review, I found myself actually using the book as a reference and memory refresher.”

— Brian Sanchez, Technical Editor

“Comprehensive treatment of FM 16. Excellent.”

— D. Star, Amazon Review

“Your book has been a great resource!”

— Drew Fessenden

“Outstanding! The best book, bar none I’ve ever read on the topic. I found this book to be positively outstanding. Trying to cover the topic of FileMaker comprehensively is no small challenge, I’m sure. The author has done this, all the while being an easy read along your journey. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the ins and outs of FileMaker or expand their already existing knowledge of this truly one of a kind product.”

— James G. Hankin, Amazon Review

“I received my FileMaker Pro 16 book and it is of great help! To my experience even online on Youtube, forums etc. it is hard to get clear information. Not to mention the limited info from Filemaker itself. So thank you for being there!”

— Aart Gerritse, Facebook

“This book is an incredibly comprehensive reference for FileMaker Pro 16. I taught myself the program in order to make a database for personal use and this book was with me the entire way – it is written in an easy to follow manner, which was great. I could not have done it without Learn FileMaker Pro 16. If I could give it six stars, I would.”

— Marcus B Doshi, Amazon Review

“Everything is well explained, very understandable and practical. It is equally suitable for beginners and professionals. A must in every developer library. I recommend it!”

— Robert Ebmer, Amazon Review (Translated from German)

“Comprehensive guide, aimed to intermediate and advanced users. A must if you are developing in the FileMaker environment.”

— Julio Arellano, Amazon Review (Translated from German)

“It has relieved a lot of my anxiety as a noob to FM (but not to db development). It differs from “Missing Manual” in that it’s written with development discipline in mind, the “Missing” book being more a collection of “how-to” articles without high-level context. In short, Munro underscores the importance of technical design and the big picture, which I’ve been seeking specific to FM before I can start doodling and planning. I highly recommend this book for beginners and pros alike.”

— Kenuy, FileMaker Community Website

“If you need a book that provides a clear, cogent and coherent discussion on database development in the Filemaker environment, this is the book to buy. It provides answers to your questions and procedures for developing a usable database. With this text you can build that database and understand what you are doing and understand why you should do it in a certain manner. And when you need to come back to it (the database) and modify it or add features, you will be happy you have this book as a reference.”

— BobAho, Amazon Review (excerpts)

“What a superb reference for all levels of FileMaker users. Suitable for beginners to professionals there really is something for everyone in this huge book. At well over 900 pages it has all the information you need to create solutions using FileMaker including for IPad and mobile connections to your databases. Superb and well recommended.”

— Mitch_uk, Amazon (UK) Review

“Quick look through – what a resource. A tremendous amount of effort has gone into this book. Without a doubt – this must have been a labour of love!”

— Mark Mitchell, Facebook Comment

“It is very comprehensive. Extensive TOC and index makes it an excellent resource. With more than 900 pages, you can build your knowledge of FileMaker and build your muscles at the same time.”

— Patrick Shepard, Facebook Comment

“Worth every penny – dare I say it’s actually worth more than the asking price! I’ve got the PDF version and not had time to read every page – it’s a massive piece – however the style of writing and quality of content is some of the best I’ve seen in this kind of publication. It’s not just a guide to FileMaker but also an excellent guide to database planning and the things to take into consideration from both developer and user stand points. Absolutely top notch.”

— Jason Hicking, Amazon (UK) Review

“I just got my copy. What an extraordinary gift to the community. My ‘bricks and mortar’ library dates back to ‘Filemaker Pro 3 Bible’ (Steven Schwartz) and ‘Scriptology’ (Matt Petrowsky and John Mark Osborne). This is the most astonishingly comprehensive volume yet! What an achievement!”

— Stephen Wonfor, Facebook Comment

“I specially like the way in which book is organised and I think I will be falling in love with Part III: Writing Formulas and Using Functions where ALL of the functions are listed and explained. It looks like Mark really managed to reference everything that FM 16 has to give and there is a great looking Index at the end, so definitely a very useful book to have. Thank you, great effort and great result.”

— Milan Mujovic, Facebook Comment

“Mark Munro brings clear language and keen organization to the exposition of AppleScript. However, this book is more than an excellent reference guide to the AppleScript language, it is a passionate paean to automation and efficiency.”

— John Thorsen Jr.

“This is an awesome learning tool. It helped me tremendously. It is now becoming an excellent reference too. The price made the purchase more than worthwhile.”

— Chill1960, Amazon Review

“It covers advanced topics like standardization, modular coding, and open-ended programming at a depth that few, if any, other AppleScript books have covered. If you read the whole thing and participate in the coding exercises in the final chapters, you come away with a fully functioning image-manipulation solution that is modular and expandable and can serve as a model for other advanced projects you may not have thought you could write in AppleScript.”

— George Vincent, Amazon Review (Excerpt)

“One of the very best authors! I liked the honest appraisal of lessons learned from the first book. I look forward to reading the revised version!”

— Robert Jackson, LinkedIn comment

“I like the straightforward way he describes features and concepts. I’m a casual FileMaker user and this book is perfect as my reference tool. I have worked with the author, and trust his knowledge completely.”

— RB, Amazon Review

“This book is without any doubts is the most informative and comprehensive FileMaker book out there ever since. Is a great source for those who are pursueing a FileMaker Certification and very helpfuel as well for those who wants to develop FileMaker sulotions, and will defently add to their knowledge. Thank you Mr. Mark for the great book!”

— Esam M. Asmari, Amazon Review

“Just purchased FM 18 a couple of weeks ago (having been using MS Access for well over 20 years) and have to say that this book is essential reading. I have learnt so much and it has really helped me. It’s the first time I have created a database myself and the book has answered so many questions.”

— Andy Hine, Amazon (UK) Review

“There’s quite a bit of knowledge packed into this book. Definitely a no-brainer to pick this book up if you’re building custom databases.”

— ‘BoredAardvarkBFF’, Amazon Reviewer

“It’s a great written book.”

— Cameron Maciel, Amazon Reviewer

“Mark Munro’s writing is clear and thoughtful, and this book contains a wealth of knowledge that any FileMaker developer will find useful. As has happened each time with one of Mr. Munro’s books, I had a specific question in mind, found the section dealing with my problem, and found a solution right away! His explanations are clear, and the examples are both practical and useful. Thank you for another great book!”

— J. Smith, Amazon Review

“Mark has really done a great job with this. It’s been updated in a slightly newer format and he’s listened to feedback from those who purchased the previous version. It’s a massive undertaking to cover a subject like this and here it’s been done very well. The examples are clear and the writing style not to geekish and heavy for those who are beginners in this area but at the same time giving enough ‘meat’ for advanced users to get their teeth into. A solid publication that will definitely be open at some page or other on my desk for many months to come.”

— Jason Hicking, Amazon (UK) Review