Scripting Basics

Calculation fields let you tell FileMaker how to automatically update and validate the data in your database. But working with the database is still a manual affair. If you often need to print a summarized report, you have to perform a find, sort the records, switch layouts, print, and then switch back to the original layout manually. Once you've done it 27 times, you start wishing you could click a button and have the report print itself. Well, you can: Just tell FileMaker the same series of steps you've been doing over and over again, and attach the list to a button (Section 6.6.5.3). That's the essence of scripting.

A script is a series of steps bundled together. When you run the script (by clicking a button, say), FileMaker carries out all the steps on your behalf, one after the other. Scripts can be simplejust the five steps necessary to print the reportor they can be much more complicated. Advanced scripts can even incorporate calculations (Chapter 9) to do different things in different situations by making simple decisions based on the data in your database, the current time or date, and so on.


Note: If you've worked with other scripting environmentslike Visual Basic for Applications, AppleScript, or JavaScriptFileMaker's script-building tools are pleasantly familiar.


Part I: Introduction to FileMaker Pro

Your First Database

Organizing and Editing Records

Building a New Database

Part II: Layout Basics

Layout Basics

Creating Layouts

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

Advanced Calculations

Extending Calculations

Part V: Scripting

Scripting Basics

Script Steps

Advanced Scripting

Part VI: Security and Integration

Security

Exporting and Importing

Sharing Your Database

Developer Utilities

Part VII: Appendixes

Appendix A. Getting Help

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FileMaker Pro 8. The Missing Manual
FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual
ISBN: 0596005792
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 176
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