Database of FileMaker Scripts?
I'd like to create a database of FileMaker scripting techniques to hold Scripts from various sources that is searchable.
I'm sure this isn't a unique request. I'd love to hear how other people do this.
I'm not trying to say this is a bad idea. I'm just pointing out a challenge to making your DB work:
FileMaker scripts tend to be very solution, table occurrence and layout specific. It takes a lot of careful scripting to minimize that specificity so that such a scripts can be truly portable. And it can be impossible to fully remove all such specific references from a given script. You have some features such as GetField, GetFieldName, Set Field By Name that help you make a script portable, but there is no such equivalent method available for Go to Related records, for example.
Thus any scripts you import from such a source are likely to contain errors in need of correcting immediately after the import.
Guess I'll have to think of another way to store techniques I learn from this site and elsewhere.
I'm working on several different databases and - thanks especially to this site - I've implemented various techniques but when I want to reuse them, I can't remember which database or which script contain the techniques.
Unfortunately, it's not as easy as copying the script steps and pasting into an Evernote note (or similar) with comments. I can't be the ONLY person with this interest can I? Or, am I showing that I just have a lousy memory? :)
Actually, I think such a DB can be made to work. I'm just pointing out that you will need to do so with care. You may want to use text copied from a DDR report and pasted into a text field to fully document the script and assist in correctly importing a script into a new file.
There are also a number of third party developer tools that you may want to evaluate to see if they offer more than you can get with just FileMaker Advanced.
See if this is might help;http://www.databasepros.com/detailsolutions.php?recid=1
Thanks, Steve. I downloaded a demo. A Google search found a few similar products but this in the only one that explicitly mentions FileMaker 13. All the others stop at FMP 12. I like John Osborne's training videos which is a plus for this one, too.
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