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Setting Up a Dynamic Data Source in FileMaker

Setting up a Dynamic Data Source is more than simply using a global variable as the path for an external data source. You also need to ensure your layouts and scripts don’t set the path to the variable before you set the variable. In this video, we cover the basics of what could go wrong and how to prevent it.

== Video Chapters ==
0:00 Intro
0:35 Overview
2:09 Setup External Data Source
3:28 Repair “File Missing” after opening with an empty global variable
4:21 Setting a Startup Layout will prevent later headaches
6:21 Other Potential Issues
7:35 “Open File” Script Step acts differently when there is no table occurrence
8:54 A Dynamic Launcher File

PRACTICAL USE CASES
9:21 Access Test & Archive data using the same UI file as Production
10:16 Vertical Solution – Universal UI with isolated customer data files
10:36 Regional Offices – Combine cloud-hosted system with locally hosted data files
10:56 Large Data Sets – One UI to rule them all
11:16 3rd Party Data Sources –
11:36 Mobile App – Locally installed UI file using cloud-based data files
11:50 Failover Server – Quickly redirect to a backup data file.
 
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