A to Z

The A-Z of FileMaker: V is for Variable

A variable is a named location in memory capable of storing a value. Depending on the type, a variable has a limited lifespan and accessibility. In programming, the accessibility of a variable is called its scope. In FileMaker programming, there are three types of variables – global, local and Let. Unlike other programming environments, all FileMaker variables …

The A-Z of FileMaker: V is for Variable Read More »

The A-Z of FileMaker: U is for Unstored (calculation)

When using a calculation field, you have the option of storing the result or having it unstored. The latter option means that the FileMaker engine will calculate the result “when needed”. This is usually when the field is displayed on screen or used in a printed report. The default setting for a new calculation field is to store …

The A-Z of FileMaker: U is for Unstored (calculation) Read More »

The A-Z of FileMaker: R is for Recursion

The trite definition of recursion is “see recursion”. And further, that to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion! According to the online Dictionary of Technical Terms, recursion is: “…a process in which a function calls itself as a subroutine. This allows the function to be repeated several times, since it calls itself during its execution.” …

The A-Z of FileMaker: R is for Recursion Read More »

The A-Z of FileMaker: Q is for Quick Find

Quick Find searches records across multiple fields on a layout. This provides quick and easy searches of a FileMaker table much like Google searches work. This search method will often be sufficient for most user requests. Using Quick Find (Browse mode) Unlike standard searches in FileMaker Pro, Quick Find operates in Browse mode. The user simply types …

The A-Z of FileMaker: Q is for Quick Find Read More »