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Applescript to change cellValue in Filemaker

Question asked by MacDrawPro on Apr 6, 2012


Applescript to change cellValue in Filemaker


Maybe someone can give me some guidance of this error I have.

I have written an Applescript that opens a database, and table and then it goes to each record and gets the value of a cell, which is a date in the format "Jul 23 2012".  The script then accesses a subroutine to change the format of the date to be "2012-07-23".  However, when I try to access the subroutine I get an error -1708.  As a matter of fact I cannot access a subroutine, it inmediatelly gives me a error -1708.

Don't know what I am doing wrong.  Thanks. 

Here is the code:

set target_folder to path to "cusr" as string

set target_folder to target_folder & "Documents:Databases:"

(* Enter the name of the database in file_name, it assumes the table has the same name *)

set file_name to "ASC-TestDataBase"

set table_name to "PostFile"

set target_database to target_folder & file_name & ".fp7"

(* Open FileMaker target database *)

tell application "FileMaker Pro"


delay 0.5

open (target_database as alias)

tell databasefile_name

--window 1 -- This works when the database is Open

tell tabletable_name

(* Count the number of records in Table *)

set the total_num_records to the count of records

display dialog "Total Num of Records in DB : " & (total_num_records as string)


repeat with i from 1 to total_num_records

tell record i

set the this_date to (get cellValue of cell "Post Date")

set the this_name to (get cellValue of cell "Name")

copy this_date to old_date

--Calling a subroutine creates an error

set this_new_date to sub_change_date(old_date)

log {i & " : " & this_name & " - " & this_date & " --> "}

end tell -- record

end repeat

on error error_messagenumbererror_number

display dialog "Error was triggered: No.: " & error_number ¬

buttons {"Quit"} default button "Quit"

end try

end tell --> table

end tell --> database

end tell --> App


on sub_change_date(this_date)

(* Change "Jan 23 2012" to "2012-01-23" *)


--set this_date to "Dec 23 2012"

set my_date to {}

set month_list to {"Jan", "Feb", "Mar", "Apr", "May", "Jun", "Jul", "Aug", "Sep", "Oct", "Nov", "Dec"}

set num_list to {"01", "02", "03", "04", "05", "06", "07", "08", "09", "10", "11", "12"}

--count items of result

set AppleScript's text item delimiters to space

set these_items to text items of this_date

log {this_datethese_itemsmy_date}

copy last item of these_items to end of my_date

(* Replace Month with Number of Month *)

repeat with i from 1 to the count of month_list

if item i of month_list is item 1 of these_items then

copy item i of num_list to end of my_date

end if

end repeat

(* Copy Day to My_Date *)

copy second item of these_items to end of my_date

set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {"-"}

return my_date as string

set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {""}

end sub_change_date