Developing Naming Conventions

To have a well-documented system, it is extremely important to create meaningful names for elements such as fields, table occurrences, layouts, scripts, and custom functions. Each developer has personal ideas about what constitutes a meaningful name. Some developers like to embed metadata into names, such as zr_Created_Date.d (in which the .d suffix indicates that the field is a date field). Others prefer a simpler approach, with names like CreationDate.

Each project may have unique requirements for naming conventions because of factors such as the complexity of the project, the number of developers, the developer turnover rate, or perhaps the need to interface with external systems. In general, the more complex your project, or the greater the number of developers involved (either at one time or across time), the more essential a consistent naming convention is. A good naming scheme can significantly lessen the amount of time it takes to bring a new developer up to speed on the system. The particular style used is less important than consistency throughout each project. Define your standards at the beginning of a project and stick with them.



Part I: Getting Started with FileMaker 8

FileMaker Overview

Using FileMaker Pro

Defining and Working with Fields

Working with Layouts

Part II: Developing Solutions with FileMaker

Relational Database Design

Working with Multiple Tables

Working with Relationships

Getting Started with Calculations

Getting Started with Scripting

Getting Started with Reporting

Part III: Developer Techniques

Developing for Multiuser Deployment

Implementing Security

Advanced Interface Techniques

Advanced Calculation Techniques

Advanced Scripting Techniques

Advanced Portal Techniques

Debugging and Troubleshooting

Converting Systems from Previous Versions of FileMaker Pro

Part IV: Data Integration and Publishing

Importing Data into FileMaker Pro

Exporting Data from FileMaker

Instant Web Publishing

FileMaker and Web Services

Custom Web Publishing

Part V: Deploying a FileMaker Solution

Deploying and Extending FileMaker

FileMaker Server and Server Advanced

FileMaker Mobile

Documenting Your FileMaker Solutions



Using FileMaker 8
Special Edition Using FileMaker 8
ISBN: 0789735121
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 296

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