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Preventing Access to Fields
FileMaker Pro has a feature in the Inspector under the Data tab that allows you to prevent entry into a field. However, scripts can still enter a protected field. Just use the Go to Field or any other script step that places the cursor in a field to allow users into a field only when you want them. By the way, attaching a Go to Field step directly to a button will not override the Inspector settings. A script from Manage Scripts is required.



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Dull Boy
FileMaker files were stored in clear text prior to FileMaker 7 so, if you opened a FileMaker file in a text editor, you could see the phrase "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" in the header repeated over and over. No, it's not a virus! My understanding is the developers just needed to take up some space in the header and that's what they came up with. Today, modern FileMaker files are stored in Unicode so I'm not sure if the phrase is still there.



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Triggers I Can't Live Without
Level: Advanced
Category: Scripting
11/28/2018
Script triggers often solve problems that otherwise couldn't be overcome. While script triggers are incredibly useful, don't abuse this feature or you may encounter script conflicts. Alternatives to script triggers are auto-enter calculations, manually run scripts and many other FileMaker features. Become fam.
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Quick Draw McGraw!
Point in Time
Level: Beginner
Category: Calculations
11/13/2018
Just about every database contains at least one date, time and timestamp field. Just think about the housekeeping fields for starters. Every table should contain a date and time when a record was created and modified to track record maintenance. I also add manually entered and scripted date fields to almost e.
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An image of a calendar and a clock.
Conditional Subsummaries
Level: Intermediate
Category: Calculations
10/30/2018
A tremendous amount of reporting power has been packed into FileMaker Pro with an incredibly easy-to-use and flexible interface. The power and simplicity behind adding and deleting parts to organize your pages almost makes it too easy to create a sophisticated printed report. However, when a subsummary group.
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Conditional headers and footers can be created using a combination of calculation and summary fields.
Calendar Conundrum
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
10/16/2018
Everyone wants a calendar in their FileMaker solution these days. There's tons of web viewer solutions out there for purchase that will integrate well with your FileMaker solution. There's even plug-ins to integrate with iCal or Google Calendar. What I'm going to give you today is a taste of how to build a ca.
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An image of a calendar.
Themes Rule
Level: Beginner
Category: Layouts
10/02/2018
Before you create any layouts, you need to decide on a theme. Choosing a theme is one of the most important decisions you will make for a project. Themes define the user experience more than any other feature in FileMaker. Buttons, backgrounds, Fields, Tab Controls, Portals, Popover Buttons, Slide Controls an.
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The themes dialog in FileMaker.
Weight Lifting
Level: Advanced
Category: Calculations
09/18/2018
This technique has no real use in the real world. Say what? Yes, you read that correctly! Think of the technique I'm about to cover as weight lifting for your FileMaker mind. It's about solving a complex problem, learning new scripts steps and functions, and generally getting smarter so the next time you tack.
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A weight lifter building muscle.
Form Letters in Browse
Level: Intermediate
Category: Calculations
09/04/2018
Empowering users of your solution to create their own form letters is life-changing. No longer do they have to contact the developer, explain their needs and go through a back-and-forth testing stage. The developer just designs a single interface that allows the user to create, save, edit and delete their own.
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The earliest form letter via the Gutenberg press.
Context and 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!


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