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Chapter 8. Getting Started with Calculations > Learning About the Environment

Learning About the Environment

FileMaker has two categories of functions whose job it is to tell you information about the environment—the computing and application environment, that is. These are the Get functions and the Design functions. There are over 70 Get functions, and 20 Design functions, all of which are presented in detail in Appendix B. Here, our goal is to give you an overview of the types of things these functions do and some of the most common uses for them.

Get Functions

In previous versions of FileMaker, these functions were known as the Status functions. Now known as Get functions, they provide a broad array of information about a user's computing environment and the current state of a database. None of the Get functions take parameters; each simply gives you some tidbit of information that you can use however you wish.


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