2 Replies Latest reply on May 14, 2012 9:01 AM by jbante

    Text Editor for FileMaker Scripts

    user16119

      I recently started developing with FileMaker, and I was wondering if there's any sort of text editor, or maybe an IDE, available to write scripts. It's really annoying to have to use my mouse so much, especially having come from more traditional development environments (Python, Java, PHP, etc...)

       

      I tried searching on Google, but nothing really came up.

       

      Thanks

        • 1. Re: Text Editor for FileMaker Scripts
          Lemmtech

          Welcome to the world of FileMaker the answer is no. FileMaker does support support IDE's or text based scripting remember it's a program for people that are't programmers and as such will have NONE of the tools that you are used in language based development environments. You can copy and paste script steps between scripts and you can write expressions or formulas in a text editor and then paste then in but you can't "code" ie make scripts outside of the scriptmaker environment.

          • 2. Re: Text Editor for FileMaker Scripts
            jbante

            I presume that pixi is refering to Clip Manager by fmButler, which can display the XML format FileMaker stores in the clipboard when you copy various FileMaker objects. I've found it useful for find/replace operations and for saving commonly-used snippets, but I wouldn't want to use it as a primary code editor. FileMaker developers do frequently use text editors for working with calculations, and facilitate switching between FileMaker and their text editors of choice with tools like QuickCursor; but there isn't an easy way to do the same thing with scripts. Hypothetically, it might be possible to build a cross compiler between a text-based programming language and the FileMaker XML clipboard format, but I don't know of anyone who's built it yet.