Copy + Paste a Group of Functionality (Tables, Fields, TOs, Scripts, etc. ) together

Idea created by mrwatson-gbs on Jan 6, 2016
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    Problem

     

    New functionality usually comprises several types of filemaker objects, tables, fields, TOs, CFs, Scripts, layouts or layout objects, etc.

     

    When transferring a single new functionality one has to copy and paste each of these different objects one after the other, which often leads to broken links (or very complicated process)

     

    Idea

     

    We need a method to bring all the various bits and pieces of a function together under one title, so that they can be copied and pasted as one object (a "Functionality" or maybe a "Module").

     

    When pasting such a "Functionality" into a database,

     

    • ALL the objects are pasted in TOGETHER
    • the objects should RETAIN their references to each other! <= important
    • it must be implemented in a way which makes it possible to add the bits to the right places bit by bit whilst retaining their internal references.
    • it may be necessary / useful to be able to decide if an object be inserted/created or REPLACE an existing object

     

    The details of HOW this group of objects is inserted into the destination database needs to be thought through, but here is a first idea...

     

    For example:

     

    • Let's say a new function "Show Last Error" is developed in File A comprising a Field, a Button and a Script.
    • Having created the field + button and script in file A the user then creates a new Functionality "Show Last Error" object in File A, and adds the 3 objects to it (also by copy + paste?)
    • Functionality "Show Last Error" is then copied out of File A and pasted into File B, where it appears in the list of functionalities.
    • The user is then prompted to insert the bits into the correct place
      • The field into the destination table
      • The script into the scripts list (could be automatic as there is only one list?)
      • The button into a destination layout
    • Where there is a match between pasted objects and existing objects, the user can be given the option to
      • use the existing object
      • create a new object (Script "Show Last Error 2")
      • overwrite the object (changing it's CONTENTS whilst maintaining the original internal ID)

     

    Benefits

     

    • Simplified deployment of functionality / GROUPS of objects
    • Deploy functionality error free to files where some of the objects already exist
    • Less errors
    • More productive developers

     

    Use Cases

     

    • Deployment of new functionality to deployed solutions
    • Duplication of similar functions across files in a multiple solution
    • Transfer of developed and tested new functionality from a duplicated BRANCH database to the master TRUNK database.

     

    This Idea is an extension to the idea Make Copy + Paste just work and a possible alternative or step on the way to the Update Deployed Solutions Idea