Hi Scott
 
I don't know anything about FM8 or FM9 - we skipped them - but I've got 
FM10/11/12 all installed on my laptop, for testing purposes. 
 
In FM10/11 you can't enter (). You get an error about invalid syntax if you do. 
So that grouping feature is new in FM12.
 
We've used build expressions a lot in FM10 and it would've been easier with 
grouping!
 
Something else that may not be obvious: you can combine AND with NOT to give 
you ANDNOT functionality. That's very useful. 
 
Another thing is that FM 10/11 do group things, you just have no control over 
the grouping. We've got expressions like:
 
   productA andnot internalOnly andnot future or product-family-A andnot 
internalOnly andnot future 
 
FM groups this as:
 
   (productA andnot internalOnly andnot future) or (product-family-A andnot 
internalOnly andnot future)
not as:
 
 productA andnot internalOnly andnot (future or product-family-A) andnot 
internalOnly andnot future 
 
Feel free to ask any other questions, or let me know if you want me to test 
anything.
 
Cheers
Rebecca
 

>>> Scott Prentice <s...@leximation.com> 11/03/14 07:27 >>>
Hi...

This is a stretch .. but if anyone knows it'll be someone on this list. I'm 
looking for information on the differences between the basic functionality of 
the conditional build expressions in FM from FM8 to FM12.

>From the UI functionality perspective, it looks like FM8 and FM9 are the same, 
>then in FM10 a "label" was added so you could give your build expression a 
>name. FM10 and FM11 look the same, and in FM12 they added a "()" button to 
>allow for grouping.

The docs are woefully lacking on details.

Was the basic functionality and syntax the same from FM8 to FM11? Is the "()" 
(grouping) feature actually new in FM12 or was that allowed previously, but you 
just had to know to type it? I must admit that I've never really used this 
feature, but would like to leverage it in a plugin, so need to know which 
aspects are new and which have been there since FM8.

Any tidbits of info are appreciated.

Thanks!

...scott


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