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How can I get data from others tablets on a layout?

Question asked by Andrés-JuliánCremadesMonserrat on Mar 1, 2015
Latest reply on Mar 1, 2015 by SteveMartino


How can I get data from others tablets on a layout?



I'm noob at FileMaker. Some days ago I developed my first FileMaker case contained in a pdf file for beginners like me titled "FileMaker Training Series: Basics" (link). In that file you can get a first sight about FileMaker basics. Now I'm developing a self-case but I'm stuck.

My database has three tables:

  • Flats (Primary key: Flat ID, Foreign Key: none)
  • Owners (P.K.: Owner ID, F.K.: Flat ID)
  • Tenants (P.K.: Tenant ID, F.K.: Flat ID)

Every table has some Records already and a layout. And the tables have their relations established:

  • A Flat belongs to one Owner.
  • An Owner may own one or many Flats.
  • A Tenant may rent one Flat.

Any Record hasn't been assigned to any other one yet. At the moment any Record belongs, owns or rents anything. 

Here is where I'm stuck:

I have designed a layout for the Flats. The layout, named "Flats Details", contains a form which user can fill it with all the information related to one Flat. What I want to do is (1) to add a Drop-down list field on the form where user can find all Tenants names (a field ) and select one. Once user has selected one, (2) I want to add another fields which display automatically some information from that Tenant like his email, phone number, etc. 

Well, being in Layout mode with this form, I said to the Field Picker to show me Tenant fields. After that I added to the form a drop-down list field for Tenants name. I created a new values list with all Tenants names, etc. But when I exit of Layout mode, this drop-down list doesn't display any name and I don't know why. Also I don't know how to do my second goal. 

I don't want no one gives me a solution just some indications. I don't know how to solve this yet and I spent a lot of hours searching for something but I don't know what search already. Should I implement a script? or should I create a Calculation? Is anything I'm doing wrong? Can anyone tell me about another threat that maybe help me?