Filemaker (very sadly!) isn't object oriented so you can't, as you can do with OO languages, send a message to an object and have that object tell you its state.
However, there's usually a way to do what you need in Filemaker.
Therefore could you be more specific about what you mean about look into the current object to see if its empty?
look up the function Get(ActiveFieldContents). That might help.
I learned a new Function new too. Thanks David. Have never used that function.
My point above was that if FM were OO, you could do something like:
Where the object encapsulates its behaviors. This OO approach is much more intuitive than (knowing to) look for some Get function (at least the Get function is there).
I'm sure you know what I meant; just clarifying.. Thanks.
I was just reading over the function GetField. It's not fully qualified, but it will get contents by field name. There's also the GetFieldName function, which I didn't look at very closely.
Right, but having all these behaviors encapsulated (methods that are part of the the field object, in this case) removes all the mystery of "where to look" for a Get() or other function - or even the mystery that a function like Get(ActiveFieldContents) might exist.
I see now. I didn't read your post #3 carefully enough.
Thanks again, though, for helping me learn another FMP Get() function I'd never used.
Regardless of how long anyone has used FMP, this forum is very helpful!