Remembering What FileMaker Portal Data Is ( GTRR )

ONCE YOU GET YOUR MIND AROUND THE CONCEPT that records in a portal are just related records in another table, report generation becomes so much easier:

It might help you to understand the options you have in printing your portals, if you take a moment to think about what portal data really is … related records in a child table. If you did a find for all the related records that are in a portal, they would show up in a list … correct? Couldn’t you just print that list in a layout that is associated with the child table? What about the information that is not in the portal? If you are in the child file, how can you show the parent files information?

In effect, switching the general roles for the printing process … the parent becomes the child and the child becomes the parent. If you did that, couldn’t you just show the related fields from the original parent file? You betcha!

As is common in FileMaker, context is critical.  Remember that and development is easier.  Read the whole thing:

Dwayne Wright PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM – FileMaker Thoughts – Remembering What FileMaker Portal Data Is ( GTRR ).


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