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    To handle this, I always have a set of developer layouts, 1 for each table. The TOs that go with them are not related to anything, they are just straight table views that I can have open in a separate window to view the raw data.

    Then I can edit the user layout without messing with that layout.
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    Another one: You know that new Go to Layout script-editor behavior introduced in FileMaker 11 where, instead of a dropdown list of layouts with the addl options of "Layout name by calculation" and "Layout number by calculation" appended to the top of the list, you now have to select "Layout" from the dropdown and then wait for a new, separate dialog window to draw itself from which to pick the layout?

    Please put that "feature" out of its misery. And out of mine. Yeesh. Who thought that was a good idea???

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    Did any of the above wishes come true in FM 14? (Haven't tried it yet.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feirefiz View Post
    Did any of the above wishes come true in FM 14? (Haven't tried it yet.)

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    Perform As Script ["script text here"]
    Came true in version 13.0v2 in April 2014 using the Open URL script step with the FMP URL Scheme.

    Calling a calculated script name through the FMP URL Scheme will run the called script immediately (like running a subscript), the very same way the Perform Script script step behaves.

    This is unlike most other external plugins, like Monkeybread's listed below, which will run a script by calculated name but will only run the called script at the end of the call stack.

    The FMP URL to call a local script can be as simple as:

    Open URL [ "fmp://$/" & Get ( FileName ) & "?script=" & "scriptName calc here" ]

    or

    Open URL [ "fmp://$/" & Get ( FileName ) & "?script=" & "scriptName calc here" & "&param=" & "hello" ]

    or

    Open URL [ "fmp://$/" & Get ( FileName ) & "?script=" & "scriptName calc here" & "&param=" & "hello" & "&$myVar=1234" ]

    More FMP URL Scheme usage examples:
    http://www.isolutions-inc.com/?p=1727
    Last edited by LookupLad; 07-20-2015 at 05:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LookupLad View Post
    Came true in version 13.0v2 in April 2014 using the Open URL script step with the FMP URL Scheme.

    Calling a calculated script name through the FMP URL Scheme will run the called script immediately (like running a subscript), the very same way the Perform Script script step behaves.

    Nice feature but NOT what I meant by "Perform As Script".

    I meant that you could call a script that didn't exist yet in the form of a script, assembling it on-the-fly within your calling script.

    Short example: Perform as Script ["Show Custom Dialog | Hello World | OK |"]

    ... wouild make a custom dialog pop up that said "Hello World", with one button ("OK") and no other options (default behavior). It would do this despite the complete lack of any script in your database that makes such a dialog pop up.

    But that doesn't explain why it would be useful to have such a feature, does it? After all, there are other tricks and plug-ins that will make a dialog pop up with dynamically compiled text.


    Imagine being able to add script steps dynamically; where only under certain situations you will be doing that Find; where not only the values to search for but the choice of layouts, tables, database names, whether to omit some elements, etc, are determined dynamically based on things you discover about your environment, where the choice of fields to export may vary, where you would pause only under certain circumstances and with different buttons in different languages or no dialog and just pause for a calculated number of seconds... infinite flexibility on-the-fly, all without having to clutter up your database with a cumbersome script full of IF statements that you only execute once in that particular form.


    Think of it as the "Perform Script" equivalent of "Set Field By Name". Perform this string of text as if it were a compiled script: "text string"

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