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NightWing Enterprises — Demo for FileMaker Pro™ 9

Return to records and layouts visited!

Retrace Steps

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As a courtesy to fellow developers and potential clients, the
following demonstration file is provided for free download.

Users familiar with internet browsers appreciate the ability to use a "back" button to retrace their steps. Unlike the internet, however, database solutions are more than just a series of pages. FileMaker presents the user with layouts on which multiple records may be viewed, so a method enabling the user to retrace steps must address both layout and record navigation.

The technique shown here builds as an array, a history of both record and layout changes occurring as the user navigates the solution. This is captured automatically to a variable called $$StepTrace, updating as the screen refreshes regardless of the means of navigation the user employs.

To support the back button functionality allowing users to retrace their steps, a star TOG is required, from which a GTRR can locate records matching their primary keys retrieved from the $$StepTrace array. With the supporting TOG, a single script and a button on each layout, stepping back through records and layouts in a multi-table solution is straightforward.

This demo file is unlocked and password-free, compliments of NightWing Enterprises.

Mac OS X demo download  
Win XP/Vista demo download  

Retrace Steps Technique demo for FileMaker Pro

NB: If you may require assistance implementing procedures such as those shown in our
example files, please consider establishing an account with us for developer support.



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