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Chapter 9. Getting Started with Scripting > Scripts in FileMaker Pro

Scripts in FileMaker Pro

Scripts are sets of stored instructions that specify a series of actions FileMaker should perform when they're initiated; they're programs that run within FileMaker Pro solutions. They can be just one command attached to a button, or they can be hundreds of commands long.

Scripts do two important things in FileMaker Pro: They automate internal processes, and they are used to add interactivity to custom user interfaces. Internal functions are often critical and specific, used for such things as a monthly run at creating invoices, setting the status of sales leads, exporting data for an aggregated report, and so on. Central to making a database application usable is the ability to create interface elements (such as buttons or icons) and then have them do something in response to user actions. Scripts can help with both of these.


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