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Element names

This is a quick visual overview of the various FileMaker elements such as tables, fields, layouts, scripts, functions and other objects. Each element of FileMaker has its own subsection below.

Tablename
dataFieldName
summaryCountField
GLOBALFIELD
CLIPBOARD (is a reserved temporary global field)
unstored_Calculation
id (is the primary key in all tables)
id_Tablename (is a foreign key)
$variableName
$$GLOBAL.VARIABLE
FunctionalArea » Tablename
@Tablename (is the name for developer table occurrences)
Tablename: Layout Name (form|list)
portal.layoutObjectName
Script Name
Script Name ( with ; parameters )
CustomFunction
~PrivateCustomFunction
~locallyScopedLetVariable
$~privateVariableName
$$~PRIVATE.GLOBAL.VARIABLE

Developer note

The primary goal of these naming conventions is to create highly readable code. Concerns related to brevity are superseded by clarity and maintainability. These naming standards are also specific to FileMaker Client development. They do not address Web, Mobile or SQL based deployment. For more information related to these aspects of FileMaker then read about Solution development models

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