Example i have a script to check email using plugins. Then I like to check email while Im doing something on the other layout. Can filemaker do two process at the sametime.? to avoid user to wait.
short answer: no
FileMaker Pro client is single threaded, so if you run a script you need to wait for it to finish untill you do anything else.
Alternativly, you could use a scheduled task in FileMaker Server to run the email checking script at a regular interval.
I use the "server" scripting method to do a few background processes - to free up the clients resources. An alternative is to use another filemaker client on the network that no-one else is using, but doing that is a kludge - you have to make sure that the other computer is turned on, the script is running etc.
neonsword2003 wrote:...I like to check email while Im doing something on the other layout.
...I like to check email while Im doing something on the other layout.
In addition to the suggestions from Dan and Carl, here are two other options.
One is if you are working on a computer (eg a Mac) that is able to run more than one instance of FileMaker (and if you have two copies - eg a copy of FileMaker Pro and a copy of FileMaker Pro Advanced, or two different versions that will both work with your database, you can open the file in both versions, set the script running in one and then continue working in the other.
Alternatively, even if your computer doesn't support running more than one instance of FileMaker, if you have a spare workstation anywhere on your local network, you can set it up to run the email script (continuously, or at intervals - whatever suits best...) and then be completely free to continue work on your own computer.
Neither of these is necessarily preferable to the suggestions you've already received - but they may provide you with additional choices.
R J Cologon, Ph.D.
FileMaker Certified Developer
Author, FileMaker Pro 10 Bible
NightWing Enterprises, Melbourne, Australia
Good idea! I'd like to add that buy using virtualisation you can run 2 instances of Filemaker on any computer.
Thank you for your reply
Yeah great idea thank you for your reply
CarlSchwarz wrote: Good idea! I'd like to add that buy using virtualisation you can run 2 instances of Filemaker on any computer.
Agreed - it really depends on what resources (both hardware and software) are available. It comes down to making creative use of available options...
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