Parse XML Script Parameters

Version 2




    Mac OS X, Windows
    Todd Duell
    FMP 9, 10, 11
    Formulations Pro
    Web: No
    File Type: FP7
    Server: Yes
    FileSize: ~ .7 megabytes


    Sending data to scripts using script parameters and script variables is an extremely powerful technique that every developer, whether a beginner or expert, should know how to do. It enables you to create dynamic scripts that can be reused throughout your entire solution. Up until now there have been two main techniques to send data to a script. The first is to separate your data between some type of marker, such as the pipe character "|", which requires exact parsing to obtain your data. The second is to send your data on separate lines and parse the contents with the MiddleValues function. This is a much easier technique. The problem with both of these approaches is that your data must be in an exact order for your script to parse it correctly. Using a simple custom function, with the old-school FileMaker Middle and Position functions, you can create a dynamic XML-like parsing function that allows you to specify your data in any order.




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    See sample file for full demo and technical article.


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