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    Kiss

    In the last few years, I've subscribed to the KISS methodology (Keep It Simple Stupid). Call it wisdom or humility, I'm not sure which. All I know is, after over two decades in the FileMaker market, I've discovered the simplest solution is most often best for my clients. It costs less and performs better, in most cases. I know all the tricks, having practically wrote the book on the subject, but there is a time and a place for complex methods. What I'm here to convince you is, choose complicated techniques carefully.

    http://www.philosophyoffilemaker.com/kiss-71

    Happy FileMaking!
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    Agreed. I decided quite some time ago that if FileMaker doesn't really do it, then don't do it. I have seen a few 'tips' that require great maintenance if anything ever goes wrong. And these were mostly for minor benefits.
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    Agreed. My corollary is "let FileMaker be FileMaker". Instead of devoting lots of arcane code towards making FileMaker behave like some other program (web browser, iPhone, project planning software, word processor, search engine, etc), use FileMaker's native behaviors wherever they will do the job. Find Mode. Sorting. Direct data entry into the new record. Etc. There are times for departing from it, and crafting something else, but the native behaviors are nothing to apologize for, and they work quite well.

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    I'm finding all sorts of like minds out there! Thanks for the feedback!
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    Another great article...keep em coming!
    I felt like you wrote that article just for me based on some recent posts on another forum
    Many times I forget the philosophy you teach on your videos, and get into some convoluted situations, only to find(once again) you had already addressed a simple solution in your videos.
    Over the last year I made a reference type database, with most of the content from your videos, so I can find answers that point me to the right situation and solution.
    I'll try to keep your words in my head.
    Thanks
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    Shhhhhh! I don't want those folks from the other forums to find out

    I try to keep my words in my head too. So easy to try to create something really cool in FileMaker and get carried away. Just need to know when to stop yourself.
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