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Context & Relationships
Level: Beginner
Category: Relationships
08/07/2018
Context is everything! Haven’t you ever had something you said taken out of context and then tried, desperately, to figure out how to get yourself out of the hole you just, inadvertently, dug for yourself? The same goes with relationships. In life, as in FileMaker, they can be tricky and, if you don’t know.
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Parsing for Features
Level: Advanced
Category: Calculations
07/24/2018
Data parsing isn't just for manipulating data into a preferred format. You can also create features that weren't otherwise possible with standard FileMaker tools. That's one of the things I love about FileMaker. Instead of giving you a one-dimensional menu item to support a specific need, like Microsoft, FMI.
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Data parsing with FileMaker text functions can create features that weren't otherwise possible.
Parsing A Web Form
Level: Advanced
Category: Calculations
07/10/2018
Have you ever gone back to modify a script six months later and wondered what the heck you did? Even with all the commenting and documentation, it still takes you a while to relearn the script. And, what if you want to move the script to another solution. You have to modify it to match the layout, field and t.
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Data parsing can be used to dynamically parse a web form!
Data Parsing
Level: Intermediate
Category: Calculations
06/26/2018
Imagine receiving a file from a client, or your boss, with improperly delimited data. It's actually quite common. Just because someone can build a database, doesn't mean they can properly structure it. A common scenario is for the first and last name fields to be in the same column but you never know what you.
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Data parsing is of the most important developer skills.
Anatomy of a Calculation
Level: Beginner
Category: Calculations
06/12/2018
FileMaker calculation formulas allow you to add, subtract, multiply and compare values with operators. If you are familiar with spreadsheets like Excel or Numbers, it will help you to understand FileMaker calculations. However, FileMaker Pro calculations go much further and enable you to manipulate text, work.
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Calculation Field calculation dialog.
Seven for Seventeen
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
05/29/2018
There's a lot of FileMaker 17 content on YouTube. It's hard to tell which material is the best so you can optimize your learning. You could spend hours trying to find the right video to answer all your questions about FileMaker 17. I've gone through a lot of the videos on YouTube and here are my favorites. Ho.
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The best FileMaker 17 videos on YouTube!
Seventeen is Prime
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
05/15/2018
Last year was sweet sixteen. This year is prime seventeen. That's the best title I could come up with after Googling the number seventeen. Not much out there for this number. While seventeen is a prime number, prime can also describe the new FileMaker 17, adding features that will change the way you develop y.
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FileMaker 17 adds a plethora of new features for the desktop version!
Interface Ease
Level: Beginner
Category: Layouts
05/10/2018
Good interface design should be instantly recognizable and immediately useable. Creating an appealing layout is easy with themes. Designing a functional layout is another story. There are many techniques out there for developing intuitive interfaces but I prescribe to the grid. Grid interfaces provide a clean.
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Interface is what invites users into your solution and makes it easier for them to use.
File Freedom
Level:
Category: General
04/24/2018
In my two decade career, I've only seen corrupt files while working in technical support. I was in technical support for five long years but even then it was not a common occurrence. Rarely have I encountered a corrupt file while working with a client or in my own personal FileMaker solutions. With good file.
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Good file management practices are the best way to deal with corrupt FileMaker files.
FLF
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
04/10/2018
I've mentioned FLF (Find-List-Form) in several other articles on this web site but I think it's so important that I wanted to devote an entire article to the subject. So many developers have moved so far away from the roots of FileMaker that they almost don't even know what they are. Then they teach other bud.
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FLF (Find, List, Form) is about getting back to the basics of FileMaker.


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