In FileMaker, the formula field is actually called a ācalculation fieldā, and they refer to its logic as the ācalculation engineā.

At the beginning ā for the first 19 years of FileMaker Pro, this ācalculation engineā (āformula engineā in Airtableās terms) was restricted to ONLY the ācalculation fieldā (āformula fieldā).

So, for 19 years, we only had one field type (āformula fieldā) that could perform formulas with the āformula engineā.

But then, they start rolling out the āformula engineā out to many other parts of the product ā and it even evolved alongside a āscripting engineā (FileMakerās version of a scripting language). So now, the āformula engineā and the āscripting engineā power all sorts of amazing things in FileMaker. You can do nearly anything in the product with both the āformula engineā and the āscripting engineā.

But keep in mind that FileMaker is a product with a 35-year history ā it came out in 1985. So it took a while to get there.

So I think that in due time, we will see Airtableās āformula engineā get rolled out to other parts of the product. Weāre already seeing this now!

How exciting that we now have a brand new part of the system ā the button field ā that taps into this āformula engineā!

And soon, we wil probably see this āformula engineā rolled out to other parts of the product as well! And Iām even hoping that they introduce a simple āAirtable scripting languageā that doesnāt require learning JavaScript, which is daunting to many.

So, in my opinion, rolling out the formula field to other parts of the system is just the beginning of great new things that are in store for Airtable!

But these things happen slowly over time.