Much of the material here is borrowed from elsewhere – I’ve just tried to gather in one place some notes about Filemaker techniques that have confused or interested me.  It’s mainly for my own reference, but if it’s of interest to you, then that’s a bonus.  Some of the techniques described here are of my own creation, but most are adapted from the work of others.  I’ve tried to credit the originators – if I’ve used something of yours without crediting you, please let me know.

Whilst I hope that it may be useful to you, I accept no responsibility if any of these techniques fail to work for you, cause your server to crash and burn, or otherwise disrupt your peaceful life…

I spend most of my Filemaker time on a system called “Focus”, which I’ve created for Barton Hill Settlement in Bristol, UK.  It records details of service users, activities, room bookings, etc.



5 Comments on “About”

  1. Kristof Janezic says:

    You probably have already figures this out, but the problem with your solution to denying access to tab controls, where the user can see the flickering screen and possibly the tab they are denied from, can be solved by freezing the screen. Once again, sure you know that already, but it’s a nice trick.

    Great website!

  2. Chris says:

    These are wonderful notes I recommend your site to all my students.
    And I visit frequently myself.

    If you are ever in South Florida visit our office & lets talk Custom Software.
    Keep up the great posts.


    • Dave says:

      Thanks Chris – you’ve reminded me that I haven’t actually written anything for ages – must (and will) do so!
      Thanks for the feedback.

  3. Hi Dave,

    you wrote a promissing starter on the concept of “Virtual Lists” that I try to understand and want (afterwards) implement myself step-by-step. As other implementations like on http://filemakerhacks.com/tag/virtual-list/ are a bit confusing – I was happy to read that you would start easy and some further article would follow.

    But till today nothing followed the first article. Any chance that you will go further on?

    Kind regards,

    • Dave says:

      Hello Martin,

      Thanks for the feedback, and I’m glad that the first article was useful. I do intend to do more on this, but, as ever, time is the problem. I’ll let you know when I get around to it.


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