FM 5.5 vs FM 3.0 
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 FM 5.5 vs FM 3.0
I am working for a small company that relies on FM 3.0 for the invoicing
system I wrote in FM 2.1. I am about to make major changes to the system but
I am deciding whether to upgrade or not. One major consideration for me is
memory variable support. Being a FoxPro and Access programmer I like to use
memory variables in functions. Does FM 5.5 use memory variables and if so
where can I find details?
Thanks,

Jeff Johnson



Sat, 31 Jul 2004 13:15:10 GMT
 FM 5.5 vs FM 3.0

FM 5.5 has nothing in it different than 3.0 as far as field
storage/variables/etc. that I can think of. I don't know the definition
of "memory variable" so I can't answer you any better than that at this time.

PB

Quote:

> I am working for a small company that relies on FM 3.0 for the invoicing
> system I wrote in FM 2.1. I am about to make major changes to the system but
> I am deciding whether to upgrade or not. One major consideration for me is
> memory variable support. Being a FoxPro and Access programmer I like to use
> memory variables in functions. Does FM 5.5 use memory variables and if so
> where can I find details?
> Thanks,

> Jeff Johnson



Sat, 31 Jul 2004 13:52:51 GMT
 FM 5.5 vs FM 3.0

Quote:

> FM 5.5 has nothing in it different than 3.0 as far as field
> storage/variables/etc. that I can think of. I don't know the definition
> of "memory variable" so I can't answer you any better than that at this time.

Well, there are a pantload of new Status and Design functions which give
amazing power. And don't forget Get Field, which is totally cool.
Quote:


> > I am working for a small company that relies on FM 3.0 for the invoicing
> > system I wrote in FM 2.1. I am about to make major changes to the system but
> > I am deciding whether to upgrade or not. One major consideration for me is
> > memory variable support. Being a FoxPro and Access programmer I like to use
> > memory variables in functions. Does FM 5.5 use memory variables and if so
> > where can I find details?
> > Thanks,

There is no specific file or solution-wide "memory variable" as is
common in Visual Basic or similar programs. However, there are globals,
which perform many if not all the same functions of variables. These are
fields, not variables, but they present the same value to each record in
a file, or each record in an entire solution, if the common developer's
technique of constant relationships is used.   Globals can store
information in every field type available in Filemaker: text, date,
time, number and container. They cannot perform calculations, but can
store the results of calculations of fields or scripts. They can be used
to transfer data between modes, such as Browse and Find, and can be used
for comparison against field values in individual records.

Globals have the characteristics of defaulting to the values stored in
the host file at the inception of each session, but thereafter being
local to each guest machine for the duration of the session.  Guest
machines do not affect the global values of other guests.

If you haven't really programmed in FM versions later than 2.1 (it seems
your solution was created as a flat file in 2.1 & then converted?) you
have an amazing experience ahead of you as you learn the breadth and the
power Filemaker has built into the last 5 revs.

See the FM website, www.filemaker.com, where they have full details on
new features in each release, which I think goes back to FM 2.1.

--
Lynn Allen              Allen & Allen Semiotics
FSA Associate           Filemaker Consulting & Training



Sat, 31 Jul 2004 14:14:00 GMT
 FM 5.5 vs FM 3.0


Quote:
> I am working for a small company that relies on FM 3.0 for the invoicing
> system I wrote in FM 2.1. I am about to make major changes to the system but
> I am deciding whether to upgrade or not. One major consideration for me is
> memory variable support. Being a FoxPro and Access programmer I like to use
> memory variables in functions. Does FM 5.5 use memory variables and if so
> where can I find details?
> Thanks,

There is a plug-in that provides memory variables but I've never needed
it. The Status, Set Field, etc. functions that have been added over the
versions have satisfied my needs.


Sun, 01 Aug 2004 10:46:53 GMT
 FM 5.5 vs FM 3.0

Quote:


> > FM 5.5 has nothing in it different than 3.0 as far as field
> > storage/variables/etc. that I can think of. I don't know the definition
> > of "memory variable" so I can't answer you any better than that at this time.

> Well, there are a pantload of new Status and Design functions which give
> amazing power. And don't forget Get Field, which is totally cool.

Yes, there are new features, but none of those seem to me to be a memory
variable (whatever that is). None of them are new ways to store
data/variables to my thinking. I haven't used Get Field, I'll have to
look at it. I only upgraded us from v4.1 a couple weeks ago. I'm still
getting used to being able to access Define Fields as a client. WOOOO!!


Sun, 01 Aug 2004 11:22:02 GMT
 
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