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If you haven’t spent much time with FileMaker Pro’s family of design functions, don’t feel bad. They were introduced when FileMaker Pro 4.0 was released and most of the focus of that upgrade was the FileMaker to the web features. However, a lot of water has gone under the bridge since those days. As FileMaker has matured, developers have uncovered a number of impressive ways to use the family of design functions.
Design functions can capture information about the structure of a FileMaker Pro file and or solution. Valuable information for elements such as layouts, fields, value lists, relationships and even scripts!
These functions are most often used by Web designers to pass information between FileMaker Pro files and web pages. However, that isn’t the only place they’re used. They’re often used to pass information to FileMaker plug-ins and another place you can find them is with solutions used to analyze the design of a solution. . I’ve also seen them used in situations such as activity logging, live record auditing, and even in building unique security techniques.
Here is a listing of the functions within the Design family.
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