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Hour 16. Advanced FileMaker Scripting: D... > Designing Scripts for FileMaker Solu...

Designing Scripts for FileMaker Solutions and Vice Versa

So far in this book you've seen how to use FileMaker's powerful tools to create and manage databases; to enter, find, and modify data; and, in general, to organize large or complex bodies of data for simple use and reporting. In this part of the book, you'll see how to confront that most daunting of database situations—a blank database to which you add tables, fields, and relationships.

When you start to create a FileMaker solution, you generally plan its structure for data storage just as you would with any other database manager. But with FileMaker, you can use two other sets of tools in your design: layouts and scripts. They interact with one another to let you create a solution in which users don't need to use all those FileMaker commands that you've learned to use. A solution that uses customized scripts and layouts can be used by people who have never used FileMaker before (and who, in fact, may not know that they're using FileMaker). Scripts and layouts can be available to people using your database through the Web, although not all script steps and layout features are available over the Web.


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