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FileMaker 12 Developer's Reference: Functions, Scripts, Commands, and Grammars

FileMaker 12 Developer's Reference: Functions, Scripts, Commands, and Grammars

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By (author) Bob Bowers, By (author) Steve Lane, By (author) Scott Love, By (author) Dawn Heady

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  • Publisher: Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 226mm x 36mm | 1,066g
  • Publication date: 9 September 2012
  • ISBN 10: 0789748479
  • ISBN 13: 9780789748478
  • Sales rank: 309,930

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The new FileMaker 12 allows you to build unparalleled databases for a wide variety of devices, from Windows and Mac desktops to iPhones and iPad. With 10 million registered customers, FileMaker's users are "average Joes" who are knowledge workers, subject matter experts, and business users from all walks of life. The community extends well beyond the pool of professional software developers. FileMaker's legendary ease-of-use has led to its wide adoption and has allowed non-programmers an avenue into creating sophisticated software solutions. FileMaker 12 Developer's Reference will serve to help bridge the gaps in these people's understanding of FileMaker's hundreds of calculation functions, script steps, and operations. They know FileMaker, they've used it for years, but they need a quick reference, immediately accessible while not interrupting their work on screen. There is no other book like this on the market. All FileMaker books include information on calculation formulas, scripting, etc., but none have expressly focused on giving readers one simple thing: a quick reference to be used in conjunction with their programming efforts. Some books teach, others explain, still others explore specific in-depth topics. This book will appeal to the entire FileMaker Pro community and be a great extension of their library. This edition is updated for the many new features coming with FileMaker 12, including the product's design functionality and the file format, and a new section dedicated to FileMaker Go, which is the iOS client.

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Bob Bowers is CEO of Soliant Consulting, a 50-person firm that specializes in custom database and web application development. He is a recipient of the FileMaker Excellence Award and has co-authored seven books on FileMaker Pro development. In 2008 he was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. After graduating summa cum laude in Music and English from Wabash College, Bob earned a master's degree in Musicology from the University of Chicago. Bob is also a proud dad of two young children, an avid banjo player, and an accomplished woodworker. Dawn Heady, a Senior Technical Project Lead for Soliant Consulting, has 20-plus years of FileMaker solution architecting experience during which time she's also been a successful business owner, served as a CIO in the credit restoration industry, and as Vice President of a company specializing in FileMaker plug-ins. She is an authorized FileMaker Training Series instructor, a regular speaker at the annual FileMaker Developer Conference and FileMaker webinars, and a contributor to the FileMaker Newsletter. In 2004 FileMaker selected Dawn as a FileMaker 7 Idol finalist for her Interface-RAD solution. Dawn is an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Fever, loves to dote on her grandchildren, and is learning to sail her small wooden boat, Boxy Lady, which was handcrafted by her loving husband. Steve Lane, Chief Technology Officer of Soliant Consulting, served as Special Projects Developer at Scott Foreman, a leading K-6 Educational publisher. He has written for FileMaker Advisor magazine, and co-authored six books on FileMaker Pro. He has led training classes in FileMaker technologies all over the country and is authorized to teach the FileMaker Training Series. He regularly speaks at the annual FileMaker Developer Conference where in 2003 he was awarded the FileMaker Excellence Award for "pushing the boundaries of FileMaker Pro." When not writing about technology, Steve is likely to be found being chased about by his children or grumbling over the fingerings of J. S. Bach. Or just grumbling. Scott Love, Chief Operating Officer of Soliant Consulting, served at Ziff-Davis Interactive as an online managing editor, served at Apple Computer as its web publishing technology evangelist, and led the technical marketing team at Macromedia. He has written dozens of feature and review articles on database and Internet/web topics for a wide range of computer publications including MacWorld magazine and FileMaker Advisor. He has coauthored four books: Special Edition Using FileMaker 7, Special Edition Using FileMaker 8, FileMaker 8 Functions and Scripts Desk Reference, and FileMaker 9 Developer Reference. He is also the producer for Grem Legends, an arcade game on the iOS App Store, and has written a technical brief on FileMaker Go. He is an authorized FileMaker Training Series instructor and a regular speaker at the FileMaker Developer Conference. In 2006 he was awarded the FileMaker Excellence Award "for developing outstanding technical and training resources for FileMaker." Scott lives in the California Bay Area, where his penchant for gardening can be indulged year round.

Table of contents

Introduction: Welcome to FileMaker 12 Developer Reference ...1 How This Book Is Organized ...2 Part I: FileMaker Specifications ...2 Part II: Layout Tools & Objects ...2 Part III: Functions ...2 Part IV: Script Steps & Triggers ...2 Part V: FileMaker Go ...3 Part VI: FileMaker Connectivity ...3 Part VII: Quick Reference ...3 Part VIII: Other Resources ...4 Special Features ...4 Typographic Conventions Used in This Book ...4 Key Combinations and Menu Choices ...4 Typographic Conventions Used for FileMaker Scripts ...5 Who Should Use This Book ...5 Part I: FileMaker Specifications 1 FileMaker 12 Product Line ...7 FileMaker Pro 12 ...7 FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced ...7 FileMaker Server 12 ...8 FileMaker Server 12 Advanced ...8 FileMaker Go 12 ...9 FileMaker Go 12 for iPad ...9 2 FileMaker 12 New Features ...11 New File Format ...11 FileMaker Pro/Advanced 12 ...12 Themes ...12 Enhanced Container Fields ...13 Enhanced Charting Features ...14 Advanced Window Styles ...14 Plug-in Updating ...15 ExecuteSQL ...15 And More...16 FileMaker Server/Advanced 12 ...17 Improved WAN Performance ...17 64-bit Application ...17 Rewritten Web Engine ...17 Backup Improvements ...18 Managed Container Fields ...19 Progressive Media Download ...20 Group Start Page ...20 FileMaker Go/Go for iPad ...21 Multitasking Support ...21 Improved Media Integration ...21 Export Data ...22 Location Functions ...22 3 Specifications and Storage Limits ...23 Knowing Your Limits ...23 External SQL Sources (ESS) Specifications ...25 4 Field Types and Import/Export Formats ...27 FileMaker Field Types ...28 Text ...28 Number ...29 Date ...29 Time ...30 Timestamp ...31 Container ...31 Calculation ...34 Summary ...34 Additional ESS References ...35 Importing Data ...35 File-Based Data Formats ...35 Importing Multiple Files at Once ...36 Importing from an ODBC Data Source ...37 Importing from an XML-Based Data Source ...38 Creating New Tables on Import ...39 Exporting Data ...39 Exporting to HTML ...39 Exporting to FileMaker Pro ...39 Exporting to Excel ...40 Exporting to XML ...40 Automatically Opening or Emailing Exported Files ...40 Part II: Layout Tools & Objects 5 Layout Tools ...41 About Layouts ...41 The Layout Setup Dialog ...41 Layout Themes ...43 Organizing Layouts ...44 The Inspector ...45 Position Tab ...45 Appearance ...50 Data ...53 Additional Object Formatting ...56 Button Setup ...57 Conditional Formatting ...57 Script Triggers ...58 Accessibility Inspector ...58 6 Charting ...59 Creating Charts ...59 Quick Charts ...60 The Chart Tool ...61 Specifying a Chart's Data Source ...61 Current Found Set - Summarized Groups of Records ...62 Current Found Set - Individual Record Data ...62 Current Record (Delimited Data) ...64 Related Records ...64 Chart Types ...65 Chart Styles ...66 Tips for Effective Charting ...67 7 Other Layout Objects ...69 Tab Controls ...70 Formatting a Tab Control ...71 Autosizing of Tab Controls ...72 Other Tab Control Notes ...72 Portals ...73 Portal Setup ...73 Working with Records in a Portal ...75 Autosizing of Portals ...76 Other Notes About Portals ...76 Web Viewer ...77 Setting a Web Viewer via Script ...79 Other Web Viewer Notes ...79 Part III: Functions 8 Calculation Primer ...81 The Calculation Function Interface ...81 Calculations: Things to Remember ... .82 9 Calculation Signatures ...87 Aggregate Functions ...87 Container Functions ...87 Date Functions ...88 Design Functions ...88 External Functions ...89 Financial Functions ...89 Get Functions ...90 Logical Functions ...92 Mobile Functions ...93 Number Functions ...94 Repeating Functions ...94 Summary Function ...95 Text Functions ...95 Text Formatting Functions ...96 Time Functions ...97 Timestamp Function ...97 Trigonometric Functions ...97 10 Calculation Functions ...99 11 Custom Function Primer ...273 The Custom Function Interface ...274 Custom Functions: Things to Remember ...274 Recursive Techniques ...276 Part IV: Script Step Reference 12 Scripting Primer ...279 The Manage Scripts Interface ...279 Where Scripts Live ...280 Editing or Creating Scripts ...281 Organizing Scripts ...281 Filtering Scripts ...282 Script Privileges ...282 Debugging Scripts ...282 Scripting for the Web ...284 Scripting for FileMaker Go ...285 Server Scheduled Scripts ...285 13 Script Triggers ...287 Setting Script Triggers ...287 File Events ...287 Layout Events ...288 Object Events ...289 Activating Script Triggers ...290 Timing of Script Triggers ...291 Scripting for Script Triggers ...293 Tab Control Objects ...294 Instant and Custom Web Publishing ...294 Script Trigger Reference ...295 14 Script Step Reference ...311 Part V: FileMaker Go 15 FileMaker Go Specifications ...431 Device Compatibility ...431 FileMaker Go 12 ...431 FileMaker Go 12 for iPad ...431 Differences Between FileMaker Go and Pro ...432 Limits ...432 Text Fields ...432 Container Fields ...433 Interface Feature Differences ...433 Export Records ...436 Saving Records as PDF ...436 Script Step Differences . ...437 Security ...438 Plug-ins ...439 16 Designing for FileMaker Go ...441 File Architecture ...441 Model 1: An Integrated File ...442 Model 2: A Separate Hosted File ...443 Model 3: A Separate Local File ...444 Model 4: Hybrid ...444 Designing Layouts for FileMaker Go ...444 Disabling Pinch-to-Zoom ...446 Object Sizes ...447 Font Families ...447 Other Layout Tips ...448 Optimizing Workflows ...448 Minimalist Approach ...449 Server-side Procedures ...451 Export Procedures ...451 Additional Performance Tips ...452 Deploying Files ...452 Email ...452 iTunes ...452 Web Download ...453 Container Field ...453 Sync Strategies ...453 One-way Synchronization ...454 Two-way Synchronization ...456 Transactional Model ...457 Portal Transaction ...457 Text Block Transfer ...458 Security Plan ...459 Secure Connections to FileMaker Server ...461 Implications of the Background Behavior ...461 Security Tips ...462 Interacting with Other Apps ...463 FileMaker URL Scheme ...463 Maps and Location ...464 Dial Phone ...466 Part VI: Connectivity 17 FileMaker XML Reference ...467 URL Syntax for Web Access to FileMaker Data ...467 URL Syntax for XML Access ...467 URL Syntax for Access to Container Objects ...468 FileMaker XML Grammars ...469 Query Parameters for XML URL Requests ...472 Query Commands ...473 Query Parameters ...474 FileMaker XML Namespaces ...478 18 FileMaker API for PHP ...479 Class Overview ...479 Classes and Methods ...480 FileMaker ...480 FileMaker_Command ...487 FileMaker_Command_Add ...490 FileMaker_Command_CompoundFind ...490 FileMaker_Command_Delete ...492 FileMaker_Command_Duplicate ...492 FileMaker_Command_Edit ...493 FileMaker_Command_Find ...