FMburgh Survey Results for March 2022

Following the March meeting of FMburgh (the Pittsburgh FileMaker Developer Group), we asked the attendees which “Forgotten Functions” they plan to remember (check out the meeting recording if you’re confused by the question) and which data formats they’ve used when importing or exporting information to and from FileMaker. We also discovered that most FileMaker developers see themselves as Lt. Cmdr. Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Q1) Of the Forgotten Functions discussed during our meeting, which ones do plan to use more often or at least remember for possible future use? (Check all that apply)

0.00% – FilterValues
0.00% – IsValid
0.00% – NumToJText
20.0% – Get “System Info” Functions i.e. Get ( SystemIPAddress ), Get ( SystemNICAddress), Get ( CurrentHostTimestamp ), etc.
40.0% – SerialIncrement
60.0% – GetAsCSS
60.0% – GetLayoutObjectAttribute
80.0% – Design Functions i.e. FieldNames, ValueListItems, etc.

Q2) When building FileMaker solutions that share data with third-party programs, which data formats have you used? (Check all that apply.)

0.00% – dBASE III and IV DBF format (Import/Export)
0.00% – Merge format (Import/Export)
0.00% – XML format (Import/Export)
20.0% – FileMaker Pro format (Import/Export)
20.0% – HTML table format (Export Only)
40.0% – Custom-separated values format (Import/Convert)
40.0% – FileMaker as a Data API consumer
40.0% – FileMaker as at Data API source
40.0% – Tab-separated values format (Convert or Export)
80.0% – Comma-separated values format (Import/Export)
100% – Microsoft Excel format (Import/Export)

Q3) Imagine you serve aboard the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D). Which Star Trek: The Next Generation character would you be?

20.00% – Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
20.00% – Cmdr. William Riker
0.00% – Dr. Beverly Crusher
0.00% – Counselor Deanna Troi
0.00% – Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
60.00% – Lt. Cmdr. Data
0.00% – Lt. Tasha Yar
0.00% – Lt. Worf
0.00% – Guinan
0.00% – Wesley Crusher


If you responded to the March 2022 survey, we thank you for your participation. And whether you did or not, we also thank you for checking out the results. To join in on the fun, click here to submit your answers for April’s survey.