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Chapter 7. Creating Simple Scripts > Planning a Simple Script

Planning a Simple Script

You never just launch into FileMaker and create databases and make fields “on the fly.” If you did, you'd be sure to waste lots of time later correcting your mistakes, adding fields (and then the data for them) and adapting layouts. Creating a script is very much like creating a new database. If the end result is successful, it's because you carefully considered your goals and strategies first.

Begin by thinking about how you work. Ask yourself, “What things do I do in FileMaker that waste time, typing and mouse clicks because I always have to repeat them?” Make a list of these tasks. (If nothing occurs to you at the moment, open your database and start working!) For example, you might have, “Print out a list of accounts over 30 days past due.”


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