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The Downside of Indexing
The Downside of Indexing

Loss of Focus
Loss of Focus

Naming Standards
Naming Standards

Restoring Find Criteria
Restoring Find Criteria

Snapshot Saves
Snapshot Saves




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Ordering Fields
The order in which Manage Database displays fields determines the order of any other dialog displaying fields. This can be troublesome when trying to locate a field in a long list. Just remember to go back to Manage Database and change the sort order to field name so the fields are alphabetical. In addition, if you host a FileMaker file on a FileMaker Server, the default settings for the Manage Database field order will be the same as they were when you last used it in single-user mode.



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The Downside of Indexing
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
11/05/2019
Most people don't think about indexing when designing a solution. FileMaker automatically turns on indexing when needed so why should they? Indexing can only be good, right? I mean, it makes finds faster. Well, in most situations, indexing is nothing to worry about. But, under certain circumstances, indexing...
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Indexing makes searches fast but what are the hidden downsides? BTW, this is the first page of the index from the book I co-authored, "Scriptology - FileMaker Pro Demystified".
Loss of Focus
Level: Intermediate
Category: Scripting
10/15/2019
I hear it over and over on the forums, "my Tab Control changes to the default tab when I run a script". What initially seems like an innocent little script that adds a new related record by setting a variable to a primary key, switching layouts, creating a record, setting the foreign key and returning to the...
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FileMaker Tab Control objects lose focus when switching layouts. This article discusses methods for overcoming this problem.
Naming Standards
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
09/24/2019
Just about every serious FileMaker developer has their own personal naming standards for fields, scripts, tables, layouts and anything else that can be named. There's really no correct naming standard. It's all about what works for you and your development style. Still, you need somewhere to start. I'm not ju...
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Naming conventions are standards are an import part of the FileMaker development process.
Restoring Find Criteria
Level: Advanced
Category: Scripting
09/03/2019
Let me start by saying, this is the most complex technique in the series of five articles covering the restoration of found sets. The sequence started with an explanation of why it's important to save found sets, followed by simple solutions like creating new windows and collecting serial numbers. I even cove...
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Restoring search or find criteria is the hardest technique in this 5 part article series.
Snapshot Saves
Level: Intermediate
Category: Scripting
08/13/2019
According to the FileMaker online help, the Snapshot Link feature saves a found set of records. But, it saves so much more including the current record, layout, sort order and the mode. The basic idea is to save a Snapshot Link and send it to a colleague via email so they can see what you are viewing. So much...
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The Snapshot Link feature in FileMaker is designed to share found sets with colleagues.
One-Trick Pony
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
07/23/2019
Don't be a one-trick pony and apply the same FileMaker feature to solve every problem. That's like wearing a tool belt and only putting one tool on it. FileMaker has many options, each with it's own unique advantages and disadvantages. Over-relying on a single tool will result in a subpar solution. Try to lea...
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A "One-Trick Pony" is defined as a person or thing with only one special feature, talent or area of expertise.
Forum Etiquette
Level: Beginner
Category: General
07/02/2019
Forums are a great way to get technical advice for FileMaker but for some reason, many people don't think they have to be nice in the electronic world. I was raised to say "please" and "thank you" and that has translated over to the internet for me. But, other folks think the anonymity of cyberspace is an exc...
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Forum etiquette
Best of FileMaker Eighteen
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
06/11/2019
It took a while to scour the internet but I finally came up with my favorite videos and articles. I personally read each of these blog articles and watched every one of these videos. I've focused on choosing resources that use specific examples, rather than vague general discussions. I wanted to show off auth...
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The new FileMaker 18 sports new features like a revamped import dialog, data file script steps, the While function and much more!
FileMaker Eighteen
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
05/22/2019
Eighteen is the age you become an adult in the United States. In China, it's an auspicious number associated with success. In Hebrew, the word of life has a value of eighteen. It's also a composite number in mathematics, totaling the addition of it's divisors. But, most importantly, it's the latest release fr...
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This article will focus on FileMaker Pro Advanced 18 new features!
Set Field Skills
Level: Beginner
Category: Scripting
04/30/2019
The Set Field script step is one of the most widely used steps in FileMaker due to it's versatility at moving data around a solution. You can simply transfer data from one field to another or even construct a complicated calculation and then target a field with the result. But that's just skimming the surface...
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The Set Field script step is one of the most versatile script steps available!


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