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Mathematical Algrorithms in Filemaker for Mac OS

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I want to build an application using filemaker primarily because it works on Mac platforms.

Part of my application is a very hairy mathematical algorithm. I have a version of the algorithm working in MS Visual Basic on a PC platform including a user-defined function in MS Excel for Windows. I understand that this can be re-coded to work on a Mac platform but I am uncertain as to how much work it will take to get there.

Does anyone know if I can call a function from Filemaker, or if I can code the algorithm in a C/Visual Basic etc type language?

Thanks

Hard to answer without knowing the nature of the algorithm. In general, you have the following options:

1. Implement the algorithm using Filemaker native functions;

2. Use a third-party plugin that adds more functions; some plugins provide access to other calculation engines, e.g. Java or PHP;

3. Use AppleScript (Mac only) to pass the calculation to another application and return the result;

4. Write you your own plugin.