Chapter 2. Specifications and Storage Limits

Knowing Your Limits

Whenever you work with a piece of software, it’s a good idea to be aware of the software’s limits, both practical and theoretical. Important design considerations can hinge on a correct appraisal of the capabilities of your tools. If you need to build a system that can correctly work with dates prior to those in the AD era, it’s a good idea to be aware of the storage capabilities of FileMaker’s date field type, for example.

Some of these limits are more theoretical than practical, and you’re better off observing the practical limits. We don’t recommend you build systems with a million tables, for example, or write calculations containing 30K of text. If you feel you need to push ...

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