Chapter 13. Scripting in Depth

Chapter 8 describes what FileMaker scripting does and how to use it — I provide various practical examples of scripts automating a number of frequently performed database tasks. The examples I show you in Chapter 8, however, barely exercise the FileMaker scripting engine's power. In this chapter, I provide you with deeper insight into a number of central scripting concepts in FileMaker.

The FileMaker Pro 10 scripting engine evolved through previous versions and has grown into a powerful coding environment. Originally, FileMaker scripting offered a way to automate repetitive or tedious user actions. Consequently, many scripts and script commands work with and through the solution interface, performing actions and accomplishing work in the same ways the user does. However, scripts can go far beyond mimicking the user and provide an environment of power and extended functionality.

Scripts in FileMaker Pro 10 have the ability to act directly on data and file elements and interact with other applications and services. Nevertheless, the scripting ...

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