Brian Dunning's FileMaker Custom Functions


Used to quickly add datestamp info to things like exported file names

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  Function definition: (Copy & paste into FileMaker's Edit Custom Function window)

Sometimes, you just want to use a custom function as a form of short hand. A very common use case is that FileMaker desktop or FileMaker Server needs to output a data file and one of the requirements is to include a date stamp in the file name. In some work environments, this could be a business rule. I have FileMaker Server doing a number of ETL tasks and got tired of manually coding the datestamp info again and again and again.

So when you setup your variable for where you want FileMaker to store the file, you can quickly add something like "file:weekReport_" & DateStamp & ".csv"

The next local step could be to edit this function so the primary fileName would be a function parameter as well. Perhaps passed to it by a script parameter. Again, not a big thinker custom function.



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