Triggering Scripts

There are six ways to initiateor performscripts:

  • By selecting a script via the Scripts menu
  • By establishing a custom menu item tied to a script
  • By opening the Scripts dialog, selecting a script, and clicking Perform
  • By calling a script from another FileMaker script (within the same file or externally)
  • By calling a script from an external web source
  • By attaching a script to a layout element, which a user then clicks (and thus it becomes a button)
  • By attaching a script to the startup or shutdown routines in the file options dialog

FileMaker lacks most procedural triggersfunctions that fire automatically when certain events occur, such as creating or editing a record. (An exception is that you may configure a file to run a specific script when the file is opened or closed.) For a script to be performed, the user generally needs to actively click something. Scripts can be attached to layout objects so that they are triggered by a user clicking on the object, or they can be activated directly from the Scripts menu, if you've chosen to make particular scripts visible there. You can also use FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced to create custom menus that run scripts. There are other ways to call scripts externally through web publishing as well.

To tie a script to a custom menu item, see Chapter 13, p. 373.

To call scripts externally through Instant Web Publishing, see Chapter 21, "Instant Web Publishing," p. 633.

Finally there are some plug-ins on the market that offer event trigger functionality. Events from Waves in Motion is one such plug-in. We encourage you to visit FileMaker's website to see the latest offerings.

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
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