Working with Lists in FileMaker Pro | Databuzz

Working With Lists

Most beginners get overwhelmed by the new powers they have found with FileMaker–the sheer number of features is overwhelming even to more advanced users at times.  And working with lists is one of the more arcane topics, no doubt.

Check out Andrew Duncan's post on Lists for a great introduction:

As you become more familiar with FileMaker Pro and make the leap from beginner to intermediate developer you will inevitably become accustomed to working with lists. By list I’m referring to a series of values separated by carriage returns such as

apple
banana
pear
mango

The list might be referencing a series of repeating fields, some related fields from another table, or it might be a series of values that you concatenate manually to achieve the desired result.

Uses for Lists

Here are some of the most common uses of lists:

  • Loop through the list to make new records
  • Loop through the list to update records
  • Loop through the list to make a virtual list (this advanced topic combines values from different tables into one table.  Pretty handy for making reports otherwise not available).
  • Finding multiple matching records in a relationship (Multi-Key fields, something else FileMaker does well)
  • Filter one list against another to generate a new unique list

List Resources

Working with lists is important for every FileMaker developer to learn, and Duncan's article is a great place to start.

Source: A Beginner’s Guide to Working with Lists in FileMaker Pro | Databuzz

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