The amount of time saved by using FM developer Assistant was well worth the $125. It paid for itself in the first week that I used it.
Developer Assistant is a good tool - if you have a Mac.
More comprehensive (yes, 3rd party) tools include BaseElements and InspectorPro. Both consume the XML version of the FMPA Databse Design Report.
If you want "free" the BaseElements plugin is freely available and has the minimal XML parsing tools to recreate one of the above solutions on your own, again from the XML DDR.
Below is the most effective link available to let FMI know you want to see native support for crawling around the schema catalogs.
I wish I had a better more native solution answer, but it just doesn't exist...
One trick for limited scope trolling (on the mac) is to print a script to PDF then use Preview to search for a variable name.
Hope this helps,
Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely be letting FileMaker Inc know about the feature request. I suggest anyone else viewing this thread do the same.
One more "free" tip - using Chrome to scrape the HTML DDR is by far my best personal experience on the Mac side in terms of UI responsiveness and utility.
Guessing it's equally good on Windows, but can't confirm it personally...
Developer Assistant is the most valuable (and least expensive) FileMaker development tool I own. Works great on Windows!
Though Clip Manager (from myFMButler) is a VERY close second-most valuable.
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While I agree this should be standard functionality, I'll make another plug for FM developer Assistant, well worth the bucks if your doing any significant development work at all.
In addition to this functionality, I would love to see other small improvements, like the ability to right click on variables in the debugger and see their current values without resorting to the dataviewer. The lists are almost endless.