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Chapter 15. Advanced Scripting > Script Parameters

Script Parameters

Script parameters, new to FileMaker Pro 7, are a mechanism for passing inputs into scripts. This is desirable because it means that scripts can be written more abstractly and thus can be reused. By “abstractly,” we mean that scripts are written to solve general problems rather than specific ones. Using script parameters saves you time, reduces the number of scripts that are necessary in your files, and makes your scripts easier to maintain.


That being said, the use of script parameters is completely optional. FileMaker developers did quite well for years without them, and there's no scenario we can think of where you couldn't still muddle through without them. Script parameters represent a considerable advance for FileMaker Pro scripting; the extent to which you want to take advantage of that depends on the needs of your users and the scope of your files.


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