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Date Search Techniques
Some date search features in FileMaker may not be obvious. For example, you can type in a range of "Monday...Friday" or "Mon...Fri" to locate all weekday dates. Or, you can use wildcards to locates all dates on January 1st, regardless of the year, by typing "1/1/*". You can use curly brackets to specify a range of months, such as "{1...6}/*/* to locate all the birthdays in the first 6 months of the year. Try these same wildcard techniques with time fields too. Play around with these tools, and I'm sure you'll be impressed with the flexibility. And let me know if you figure out some combination of these new features that let's you accomplish some really cool technique.



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Abstracted Log
Level: Advanced
Category: Calculations
05/11/2021
A long, long time ago, in a far away land, Bob Cusick, of Clickware, sent me a tip file that used a single field to log changes to fields in a table. Through the years I modified it and released it many times but here’s the latest version. This version is so abstracted, all you need is a single custom functio...
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Logging changes at the field level can help track down erroneous data changes.
Decluttering
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
04/14/2021
FileMaker, Inc. and Claris have been waging a war against Manage Database clutter for over two decades. In the early days of FileMaker, let's say FileMaker 3.0, there was no need to worry about packing too much into Manage Database because people weren't designing complex solutions like they do today. These d...
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Decluttering Manage Database is crucial for professionally designed FileMaker solutions.
Multilingual Solutions
Level: Intermediate
Category: Calculations
03/18/2021
I've talked to other developers, read articles and even attended presentations on how to create multilingual FileMaker solutions. I've always thought to myself... "I'll never have to do this myself" so I only half listened. Now I have a client who needs multilingual field labels, titles, button text, tooltips...
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Multilingual FileMaker solutions require due diligence by the developer to keep performance under wraps.
Why then How
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
02/16/2021
I once asked someone on the forums why they wanted a particular solution. I did this because they were asking for a technique that seemed like a lot of unnecessary work. I was attempting to provide a better answer that met their true needs within the abilities of FileMaker. In other words, why give a man a fi...
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Don't be shortsighted or blinded to other emthods for programming.
Twenty-Twenty in Review
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
01/05/2021
A lot has happened in 2020 but I'm not hear to preach about the pandemic, the presidential race or George Floyd. A ton has transpired in the FileMaker market too! Probably the biggest news is JavaScript and FileMaker living in perfect harmony. But, I'll also pontificate about quarterly releases, Claris Engage...
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2020 in Review!
SVG Ready
Level: Advanced
Category: User Interface
12/08/2020
The SVG button icons that come included with FileMaker are great but there are so many holes in the library. Lately, I've been scouring the internet for free icons to meet the needs of some more complicated client interfaces. When I find a good one, it usually isn't in SVG format so I have to convert it and t...
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SVG
Removing Text Formatting
Level: Beginner
Category: Calculations
11/03/2020
Almost every single solution I develop requires a method for dealing with text in fields that is purposely or accidentally formatted in browse mode. For better or worse, FileMaker allows users to change text formatting in browse mode via the Format menu. FileMaker also doesn't automatically remove formatting...
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Formatting text in browse mode overrides layout settings.
Nineteen Point One
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
10/06/2020
You've all heard it's going to happen! Releases every quarter rather than every year. Even yearly releases were a shock given the multiple years between release in the previous decade. It may be uncomfortable but it's necessary with the way technology moves in the current day and age. You'll get less with eve...
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JavaScript Add-Ons are probably the most impressive new feature in FileMaker 19.1.2!
Transactional Processing
Level: Advanced
Category: Scripting
09/08/2020
Record locking in a multi-user scenario is easy to control on a single record. Just use the Open Record/Request script step and test for an error 301. If the error occurs, stop the script and present a dialog telling the user they can't run that script right now. If no error occurs, the current user now has c...
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Transactional processing is one of many methods for reacting to record locking when multiple records are in question.
Conditional Tab Control
Level: Intermediate
Category: Scripting
08/11/2020
The story to this solution begins with a client of mine who has complicated contact management needs. Each contact falls into a particular category and not all panes in the Tab Control object need to be shown for each contact. I started off by offering a conditional formula on a standard Tab Control object th...
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Conditional Tab Controls using Buttons Bars and Slide Controls.


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