Level: Intermediate, Version: FM 10 or later

Wim Decorte’s FM 12 Trigger Reference

The other day I had a question about some nuance involving script triggers. The details of that particular question aren’t important, but I recalled that when script triggers were first introduced, Wim Decorte had produced a detailed, color-coded reference.

I wondered if he had updated it for FM 12, and it turns out that he has, and with his permission I am sharing it here. There are actually two files in today’s download (Wim Decorte FM 12 Trigger Reference): the four page PDF reference, and a FM 12 file demonstrating the firing order of the various triggers.

There is a wealth of information to be gleaned from these two files, and I encourage you to download them and check them out. And of course if you find any mistakes or have any trigger-related observations to share, I hope you’ll post a comment here.

Note: even if you are sticking with FM 10 or FM 11 for the time being, if you use script triggers, the PDF in today’s download contains much that you will find relevant (hence my categorization of this post as “Version: FM 10 or later”).

Level: Intermediate, Version: FM 11 or later

Popup Pickers

Back in 2009, David Graham released a demo called Spotlight Filter that caused a minor revolution in the FM development world: a) it neatly solved a problem that many developers routinely face, and b) it was an early and convincing implementation of FileMaker script triggers.

The problem it solved was, “How can I provide my users with a lightning-quick, keyboard-driven popup-window to pick from a set of values, for example, to add a customer or a product to an invoice?” Continue reading “Popup Pickers”