Chairs, yes, chairs.
One of the best ways of learning a FileMaker Pro technique is to create an experiment file that you can monkey with to test ideas and approaches. Most of the time it helps to keep these experiment files as simple as possible so there are no distracting elements and you can concentrate on the central issue you are trying to explore. Seldom are these self-help files worth sharing: they just help us think. Those few that merit sharing inevitably need sprucing up for presentation to others. I owe a debt of gratitude to the various members of the FileMaker community who have taken the extra time do make their technique tip and demo files clear and easy to understand. Having now made a few, I appreciate their efforts even more. This brings us to the other leading way to learn a new technique...
Dissecting a (copy of a) working file built by someone else to see what makes it tick. This is among the best ways to learn a new technique. There are demo files all over the place on the web... here is a handy way to search for them: go to the FileMaker Web Ring.
In partial repayment of my debt to the developer and list-serve community, here are my offerings:
URL Vs. Send Mail: ¡¡Digital Deathmatch!!
| (75k file)
Résumé: naughty normalization & packed with goodies
| (75k file)
Intuitive Interface (which is odd since we seldom get to
interact with résumés)
Why wait? Download
your copy now!
Number Manager: an old idea with some current uses? | (75k file)
This is an old workaround and there is today a new (version
4.5 and beyond I think) preference in the import "update serial
numbers" that allows you to remove the need for this little workaround
but since this solution is scripted there are still some cool
advantages. The serial number could be advanced with fun goodies
thrown in like user ids or the like. I also just hate the import dialog
and saving import set ups, so for me, removing another variable from
that process still appeals.
Download your copy and see if it inspires you or solves some problem!
Coming Soon: LetterBuilder: Malleable Mergers.
| coming soon!
Upgrade Routines (so you can distribute upgrades but keep your
The goal is for this file to be a module you can slot into your solutions easily (one relationship and a couple of scripts.) This is proving to be the tricky part: keeping it generic enough to be adaptable but quick to implement and specific enough to be useful. It will be shareware (Tentative price $5 for single users and more for sites and commercial developers) If you'd like to see the rough version let me know.
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