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Possible Dangers When Working On a LIVE Database

If you have never been warned about the dangers of working on schema and structure changes on a LIVE FileMaker database…here is a really good example for why you should NOT be doing such craziness. While I considered writing something up, Chad does a great job showing us the issues involved in the video. Kudos Chad.


3 responses

  1. This is a concise demo of one of the hidden dangers of developing on a live system. Thank you for raising the alert and especially for illustrating the specific behavior under varying conditions. Well done, Chad!

    September 1, 2010 at 8:23 AM

  2. Good to see you in the Rift, Lee!!! No doubt, a good demo. Working on a live system is sometimes unavoidable, but knowing what things it affects can help us find better ways to handle it.

    I guess this is why so much of the “server maintenance” gets done at odd, non-business hours.

    September 1, 2010 at 8:59 AM

  3. Thanks for the very clear illustration of the dangers of live modification of schema. And thanks for frightening me! I thought the only problem of working live were those pesky dialogues that prevented me from committing changes to a calc field until user x had finished editing her record!

    March 7, 2011 at 8:46 AM

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