In general you can use any Manual starting from FM7 or better FM8.5 (web viewer included first time).
Regarding Access or Excel vs. FM. Lines you have wrote is very typical for the newbies in the FM.
FM solutions are easy develop and with scripting you can do so many things you cannot imagine in Access or Excel.
Don't think like in the VB - think like you think doing ordinary things - like cooking or fishing:) And then you catch the idea.
But in the beginning you must think again - why I want to switch....
Welcome to the forum,
I've designed and implemented fairly sophisticated Access DB's (With extensive VB code) as well as similarly complex Filemaker systems. They are different animals, but if you take a closer look at those script steps, you'll find much of what you are looking for listed there.
You have If, else, else-If, Loop, End Loop, exit loop if, items you can use for basic branching in your code much like you would in VB. In VB, you often declare variables with a DIM statment and then use them in your code. In filemaker it's more like working with the Option Implicit version of VB and you can simply start using varibles with steps such as Set Varible, or using the Let() function inside a calculated expression.
Feel free to post specific questions when you hit a road block, use Access terminology if you need to, and we'll do are best to help you with the learning curve.
Thanks for tips. Will start cracking, no doubt I will have a lot of posts to the forum :smileytongue: