Shadow Tables and Shadow Fields

Discussion created by macrolide on Nov 3, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 4, 2016 by philmodjunk

Could someone clarify the terms "Shadow fields" and "Shadow tables"  ?

What's the database terminology for the table upon which the shadow tables are based on? Is it "Information Tables" or something else.. ( Other antonyms of "Shadow" feels inappropriate.. sunshine, brright right light...)


Was watching a past Filemaker Webinar where they mentioned using shadow tables to move "less busy fields" to a separate table connected to the original table using a one-to-one relationship.


So for example, in a Contacts table with ContactID, FirstName, LastName, DateOfBirth, cAge, cFullName, gSelectedContact

  1. gSelectedContact is to store a ContactID from All Contacts.
    • Is there any advantage of moving global fields in any table to its shadow table other than keeping pure data fields in the "Information Tables" ?
  2. If cAge and cFullName (Calculated Fields) are moved to another table, Will it improve the performance on a layout because filemaker has less fields in the Contacts dataset to load ?
  3. Calculated Fields and Shadow fields are the same ?