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Working Separately With Date and Time Information in Timestamp fields.

Question asked by andthenitryagain on Sep 18, 2009
Latest reply on Sep 23, 2009 by andthenitryagain


Working Separately With Date and Time Information in Timestamp fields.


I'm returning back to FileMaker development after a break of several years and I'm trying to get up to speed with the great new features. However there is one aspect that has stumped me and so far I haven't found any solutions, so I'm hoping someone could help...


I'm using FileMaker Pro 10 Advanced with an ODBC connection to a SQL database. This is working very well, apart from TimeStamp fields.


We're hoping to replace a 4D front-end with FileMaker, unfortunately the 4D system has a way of allowing just the date or just the time of a TimeStamp field to be visible and editable. So to the user they appear as if they are just Date or Time fields.


I haven't found any similiar functionality in FileMaker, or any plug-ins that help with it. I've sketched out a solution using related tables with date and time fields, and scripttriggered scripts to move the information back and forwards to the SQL table. But the more I look at it the more horrible it gets as a solution and given the number of DateStamp fields in the SQL table it would be a nightmare to keep straight.


So I'm hoping someone can point out that I've missed something glaringly obvious and there is a better/easier/quicker way?


Thanks in advance!