Developer tool : Search boxes with sort everywhere

Discussion created by Vincent_L on Oct 2, 2012
Latest reply on Oct 2, 2012 by jrenfrew

That's true, much of my time spent in Filemaker is not coding, thinking, it's grabbing filemaker objects. That's a terrible productivity loss every filemaker dev suffers. And if a plattform is you spend more time selecting objects rather than actually code, then there's a big problem. We need this to end.


A solution to this is pretty simple, understandtable to all, newbie friendly, and won't require major rewrite : put search boxes everywhere. And alos sorts (that's terrible to have to go in manage database field view just to sort the order of the displayed fiedl everywhere)


- Search boxes EVERWHERE. You have it in scriptmaker, you have it in manage layout view, we need them everywhere :

  But we ALLS NEED need to be able TO SORT by item name, item type, creation order, custom order (where applicable)


In all pane taht contains a user selectebale Item

  • In Field and in function pane of the calculation editing window (also in data viewer)
  • In left and right field for field matching
  • In first and second field for value list
  • in right field matching in imports
  • Left script step list in Edit Script
  • In the specify field window for target fied of set field, replace field, go to field (and everywhere you've to select a field)
  • In the perform find / extend /constraint specify window, where you choose a field
  • In the specify sort window where you choose the fields to sort upon
  • In the left field pane in export records view where you choose the fields to exports (left pane) and field export order (right pane) Yes I've export with 100 fields
  • In the Specify Fields dialog when you create a new layout (both in available fields and in fields shonw, left and right pane)
  • In the Add Fields To Portal dialog (at least left pane)
  • In specify fields when you insert a field in layout mode (also form the inspector specify field)
  • In data viewer both in current and watch tab (of course also in the cac field)


Under file manage of course

  • Relationship graph but that's covered in another of my post
  • Fields view in manage database
  • Tables view in manage database
  • Values list view
  • External data sources
  • Custom functions
  • Custome menus : custom menu sets / custom menus


- Search and sorts in Relationship / Valuelist drop down popup menu, yes a real search box, with also sorts, or a small modal window that pops up if there's too much items.

Why do we have to scroll through all that relationships / valulist to get the one we want.


Sort is especillay iuseful to go to the most recently created object