You've just finished learning a lot about the various options and settings in FileMaker's Define Database window. At this point, it would be a good idea to take them for a test drive by adding some more functionality to your database. While you're at it, you'll get a chance to add a new field to an existing database (something you haven't done yet) and see how FileMaker respondssee Missing Fields below.
A private investigator has to deal with all kinds of characters. You've decided you might need a little help separating the good guys from the bad guys. Of course, Mom always said there's some good in everybody, so what you really need is a field that holds a Goodness Rating: George Costanza gets a zero, Mrs. Cleaver gets a five, and everybody else gets something in between. You want to make sure the rating is between zero and five, and you'd like it to be three unless you manually change it.
You now have a field to hold the goodness rating.
The Auto-Enter options appear. You might have to switch to the Auto-Enter tab, if it isn't visible.
Remember, this option tells FileMaker to place some fixed piece of information in the field when you first create the record. Since you're assuming people are generally a three, it makes sense to let FileMaker automatically fill in that value for you.
This action tells FileMaker to expect goodness ratings between zero and five.
You don't want to allow values outside the range at all.
A custom message makes this whole thing feel more personal somehow.
You may as well give a message that is as meaningful as possible. Since the user can't override this validation, the message is a statement, not a question.
You're back in your database again, and ready to test the Goodness Rating.
That about does it. You now have a database that handily tracks people, including how good they are, and you can search it, sort it, print it, zoom it, and generally have a good time with it. In the next chapter, you'll learn how to gussy it up.
Normally, when you add new fields to a database, they show up automatically in the database window so you can work with them. However, you can tell FileMaker not to show them. If you do, it's your job to put the fields in the window yourself (which you won't learn how to do until the next chapter). If FileMaker isn't showing you the fields, you need to fix the preferences:
When this option is turned on, fields automatically show up in Browse mode as soon as you create them. You won't see any fields you created before you turn this option back on, though. See Section 220.127.116.11 to learn how to use the field tool to drag new fields onto your layouts. Eventually, you'll probably want to turn this option off and manage your layouts manually.
Part I: Introduction to FileMaker Pro
Your First Database
Organizing and Editing Records
Building a New Database
Part II: Layout Basics
Advanced Layouts and Reports
Part III: Multiple Tables and Relationships
Multiple Tables and Relationships
Advanced Relationship Techniques
Part IV: Calculations
Introduction to Calculations
Calculations and Data Types
Part V: Scripting
Part VI: Security and Integration
Exporting and Importing
Sharing Your Database
Part VII: Appendixes
Appendix A. Getting Help