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The Freeze Window script step can speed up looping scripts by as much as 10 times. For instance, in a script that loops through records, each record refreshes the screen. Over hundreds or thousands of records, this can add up and slow down the processing of your script. Using the Freeze Window step once before entering the loop will eliminate the redraw and speed up the loop significantly.



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The Wedge
Claris Corporation and the FileMaker, Inc. have been housed in a building called the wedge in Santa Clara, California since they spun off from Apple, Inc. The building is nicknamed the wedge because it looks like a wedge. For some years they had an adjacent building called the interstitial but it was let go when the company downsized to focus on FileMaker products.

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Level: Intermediate
Category: Scripting
05/23/2017
In this article, multiple scripts will be created to accomplish the same task. This may seem silly at first but, it's an important exercise to learn the best approach to a problem. If you are new to this concept, you should actually build the different scripts to cement the concept in your mind. I've been usi.
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Comparing and contrasting different solutions to a problem is essential to good programming!
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.


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