Only the resources that are found extremely useful over the years of developing with FileMaker Pro will be mentioned here, with no intention to advertise anything in any way. Most users of the software could be familiar with them, otherwise, I would recommend exploring every link and at least taking a quick free preview of every book or blog mentioned. I guarantee that they will come in hand sooner or later if you develop with FileMaker Pro. There are so many features available out there and the community is really helpful, so why not use this towards your benefit, it could save a lot of time. Saying this I have to be fair and state that researching the resources could also take away a lot of your time. This is OK, but what if you don’t have all that time and you really need to cut it down? Further on, it is possible to start developing even without reading any of them, just using your intuition, help files and ready-made solutions.
As the matter of fact, there is a long-lasting partnership between FileMaker Pro and MySQL (Oracle). There are a few extensive tutorials related to this that come with the software, or could be found on: http://www.filemaker.com/support/product/documentation.html.
You can also listen to a very good webinar by Zack Urlocker, that is covering many issues that the readers of this article might be interested in.
However, there are a few things you might have to face that nobody is telling you about when it comes to a real-life situation, and connecting to the WordPress particularily. This article will describe my experience of connecting FileMaker Pro database to MySQL database driving a WordPress website via a MySQL ODBC driver. My goal was to automatically harvest and sort-order data from contact forms so it could be used inside the FileMaker Pro database instantly. I will also include a step by step instruction on how to connect successfully and further integrate it all into a workable system.