Coffee Cup Do you see the coffee cup cursor icon a lot? This icon shows up in place of the arrow pointer when the host is busy and cannot process a request from a guest. This is different than the squiggly line cursor, which indicates the guest is sending information to the host. Using FileMaker Server as a host will probably eliminate the coffee cup icon, since it is multithreaded and can handle multiple jobs at once. This is different than multitasking. FileMaker Server actually does a little of each job that is queued. For instance, if a guest sorts a million records to preview a report, this may take a while to process. If another guest follows this long process with a simple find, they may get the coffee cup with regular FileMaker Pro as the host, since it can only process one guest at a time. What FileMaker Pro Server does is work on each task for a short time. Since the find takes a lot less time to process, FileMaker Pro Server will take care of it in one cycle and the user will never know another guest is processing a much more complex request.
Claris Commercial Few people know that Claris produced a commercial and it aired on national television. It was one of those favor things so it only played once. I'm not saying it's anywhere close to the impact of the Apple Super Bowl commercial but it's fun to have a look.
Download the Claris commercial
Level: Intermediate Version: FileMaker 16 Category: General Tuesday, May 30, 2017
I normally don't like to directly advertise products and services on this blog but there is real FREE content here. What I'm going to do is provide inline videos from part one of my new FileMaker 16 three part video series. I'll discuss why the lessons are important and provide some insight as to how they fit into the whole of the videos series. Happy FileMaking!
Square One I'm a firm believer in the nuts and bolts approach to teaching. So many trainers use dozens of examples to demonstrate techniques but I prefer to start from scratch and create a single solution. If you're always starting with partially completed solutions, you don't understand the entire process of design. That's why I begin my video series with an overview of the end goal. It helps the student understand the lessons better when they can visualize the outcome.
Window Size One of the first lessons I start with is window size. I ask the students, have you determined the minimum screen resolution for your audience? If not, interview your user base. Better yet, visit each computer at your company and write down the resolution. There's nothing worse than designing a solution that's too big to fit on some user's screens. They end up having to scroll in form view and that's an interface no-no. Then you have to retool every layout to match the smaller screen size and that's so tedious and time consuming. This video covers how to make objects move and grow to accommodate larger screen sizes and resolutions.
Cardinality Students always ask how FileMaker determines where to put the one versus the many relationship indicators. It almost seems random. I then launch into my speech about how the ERD (Entity-Relationship Diagram) shows structural relationships while the FileMaker relationship graph does show structure but also includes relationships utilized for additional features such as filtered relationships, dashboards and reports, to name a few. This video shows how FileMaker determines where to place the crow's feet, further differentiating an ERD from the relationship graph.
Adaptive Scripting Have you ever opened an adopted FileMaker solution and seen a billion scripts? While I might be exaggerating a bit, my point should be taken to heart. If every script is singular in it's solution, the Script Workspace quickly becomes cluttered, hard to manage and difficult to update. Dynamic scripting allows a single script to adapt to different layouts, portals, fields, files, records and any other object in FileMaker. This video demonstrates one method for adapting a warning message, in a delete portal row script, to match the current context.
Rolodex Find This is one of my favorite lessons since it teaches the power of adaptive scripting in such a short period of time. Using script parameters, this technique transforms twenty-six scripts into one script using a feature most amateur FileMaker programmers don't even know exists. Not much else to say here. Sometimes one lesson can change the way you look at FileMaker.
Windup While I do hope you purchase my videos after watching these samples, I think it's more important that each one of these sample videos helps you find at least one nugget of truth.