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No Relationship Needed
Global fields can display in any table within the same file without using a relationship. The same is true between two files in the same solution as long as there is a reference setup between the two files (External Data Source). What a lot of developers do is create a table called "Globals" to house all their global fields and unclutter other Manage Database tables.



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FileMaker Developer Worthiness
Top 10 ways you know your developer is not worthy:
  1. Spells "FileMaker" with a lowercase "m"
  2. Uses inches or centimeters instead of points in Inspector
  3. Recommend WebDirect deployment over FileMaker Pro
  4. Creates a solution with one file for every table
  5. Doesn't know Claris and FileMaker, Inc. are the same company
  6. Isn't certified for latest version of FileMaker
  7. Isn't an FBA member
  8. Charges less than $100.00 per hour
  9. Uses a rainbow of colors on his interface
  10. Provides a quote without a requirements document



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FileMaker by Beginner
Level: Beginner
Category: General
05/16/2017
I was asked to write an article about my experiences, troubles, pitfalls and recommendations to those starting out with FileMaker. I find many times, and this applies to any industry, when experts help beginners, the experts forget what it was like to be a beginner. While the expert is generous with his or he.
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Advice from someone who can remember what it's like to be a FileMaker beginner.
Sweet Sixteen
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
05/09/2017
The new release schedule, designed to get fresh versions of FileMaker to the public faster, is in full swing with the release of FileMaker 16. It took the FileMaker 16 development team just one year to program a fully featured upgrade with changes to Pro, Go, Server and WebDirect. A truly amazing feat. While.
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FileMaker 16 Advanced splash screen.
FileMaker and the Real World
Level: Beginner
Category: General
05/02/2017
FileMaker is an incredibly versatile and scalable platform, but it is genuinely unique in the way it allows you to solve real world problems quickly, efficiently and super cost effectively. I work for a company that manufactures water softeners (the best ones actually) and I was asked to solve a p.
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FileMaker is a versatile and scalable platform!
FileMaker vs Web
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
04/25/2017
One of the most common FileMaker fallacies is a web browser client will save money. I hear it almost weekly from the people who contact me directly. I get it. Everyone wants to save money. But, just because a web browser is free doesn't mean it saves you money. Yes, FileMaker clients require the p.
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Scripting Primer
Level: Beginner
Category: Scripting
04/18/2017
What is FileMaker Pro scripting? It can be defined as automation, a macro and even a programming language. FileMaker Pro scripting has elements of all these definitions. The original purpose of scripting was to automate the mundane task of printing a report. Since it repeats most of the items under the menus.
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This scripting primer covers important considerations before you ever write your first FileMaker script.
Finding FileMaker Talent
Level: N/A
Category: General
04/11/2017
Back in February, Productive Computing's CEO, Marc Larochelle, was invited to speak to the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) club at California State University San Marcos. During his talk, Marc showcased the FileMaker platform, including the numerous connection points to other database sy.
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KISS
Level: N/A
Category: General
04/06/2017
In the last few years, I've subscribed to the KISS methodology (Keep It Simple Stupid). Call it wisdom or humility, I'm not sure which. All I know is, after over two decades in the FileMaker market, I've discovered the simplest solution is most often best for my clients. It costs less and performs better, in.
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Keep it Simple Stupid!
Ultimate Find
Level: Intermediate
Category: Scripting
03/28/2017
When I first started teaching FileMaker scripting, I went through the entire list of script steps and provided a simple example of each one. By the end of the third day, we had covered every script step but with no depth. More questions remained than were answered. That’s when I decided to focus on the most i.
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Creating a search script is a must for any professional FileMaker solution.
Robust FileMaker Design
Level: Expert
Category: General
03/21/2017
Have you ever inherited a system built by someone else, changed a field’s name and everything stopped working? The issue, hardcoded names used in indirection, makes the system fragile. FileMaker provides developers many methods to add flexibility using indirection. However when these instances of indirection.
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Dynamic or Adaptive programming creates a robust FileMaker solution.
Phone Filter Part Two
Level: Advanced
Category: Calculations
03/14/2017
This is part 2 of the phone filtering solution. If you haven't read part 1 then it's a good idea to start there. Even if you are familiar with filtering phone numbers already and just want to read about the recursive version, it's still best to read part 1 to familiarize yourself with the approach. And, y.
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