Developer properties is a best practice method for providing the developer with more information about the current state of the current working environment. This best practice does not limit or enforce the values which are displayed by the developer.
Using a single text label on any desired layout, you specify the following calculation within a single conditional formatting directive. Accessed via Format > Conditional... while the text label is selected in Layout mode.
The primary goal is to only show the specified information to authorized developers. This is accomplished by setting either or both the text and fill colors to those which will match the background of the layout or elements the Developer properties is above. The properties will be hidden to non developers in normal solution use.
The display of the properties, when in modes other than Layout is accomplished using merge variables (only available in FileMaker 11 and higher). The following text would be used witin the text label itself.
Custom function suggestion
It is suggested you actually create a custom function for the display of these Developer properties. Doing so ensures that you can copy and paste the same text label object to any layout and be able to universally make changes to the resulting global variables. The one shortcoming is that the text within each label on each layout may need to be modified to show or remove any properties.
- Information accessible when the Status bar his hidden and locked.
- Useful information in Data Viewer is presnted while developing.