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Drag-n-Drop Groupings

As a long-time developer, I can certainly say that FileMaker development has advanced quite significantly over the past decade. However, I can also say that FileMaker was never developed from the ground up to have a highly robust event model. The bolt-on method of supporting events through script triggers never really planned on having too much support for drag-n-drop between various layout objects. Fortunately, there are a number of little tricks you can apply with your knowledge of how the Fi
 

Show me external vs. embedded containers in FileMaker

Dear InspectorPro: Can you show me a report on the container fields used in my FileMaker solution, with a list of all externally-referenced vs. internally-stored (“embedded”) fields? Sincerely, Thanks in Advance-d. • • • Dear Thanks in Advance-d: Yes! Here’s a screenshot from InspectorPro 7 showing a list of Container fields from an example solution […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Enhanced Portal Design

Hopefully, we can all agree that when something is more fully refined, it's the craftsmanship which showcases the higher quality of the work. The time and effort put into making something that much cleaner and that much more efficient. Such is the case with enhancing FileMaker's portals. Sure, you can use portals as they're provided, and you'll certainly get all the benefits of using them "as is". But, what happens when you want your solution to be that much easier to use and that much more imp
 

When is it time to rebuild your app?

The reincarnation decision Whether it’s from age, functionality or neglect, all software eventually reaches its end of life. When we approach custom software with a client, we normally will evaluate several factors before deciding whether our engagement will be simple support, light rebuild or even a complete ground up reincarnation. Here are some of the factors we consider: Cost Cost is the factor that clients are interested in hearing our thoughts on; But it’s also one of

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FileMaker RingCentral Integration

FileMaker RingCentral Integration Cloud-based communication and collaboration is taking ahold of businesses everywhere, from messaging apps such as Discord and Slack to VoIP services like Vonage and Intermedia Unite. RingCentral, voted PC Mag’s Best Business VoIP Provider of 2019, has put itself in the forefront of cloud VOIP providers because of its intuitive interface and ability to integrate with other services. And with a simple webhook, you can add screen pop notifications to your FileMake

DB Services

DB Services

 

Des sauvegardes périodiques sans FileMaker Server (4)

L’un de nos lecteurs, Martin, partage avec nous un script qu’il a écrit pour réaliser des sauvegardes régulières alors même qu’il n’héberge pas son fichier avec FileMaker Server mais en utilisant la fonction de partage de FileMaker Pro Advanced (partage “pair à pair” accessible depuis le menu Fichier / Partage / Partager avec clients FileMaker…). […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Day 3 Sessions | Tableau Conference 2019

Hello again from Tableau Conference 2019 in sunny Las Vegas! Here at Beezwax, we had 5 attendees this year with a diverse set of sessions between us. I wanted to give a rundown of what I went through and some of my takeaways. Zen Master: Design Secrets for a Non-Designer This was a fantastic session! […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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An Awesome FullCalendar

As a long time developer of FileMaker solutions, I clearly remember the first time I personally attempted to create a calendar solution. It was not as easy as I'd initially thought. There were a TON of "little things" which you find out about down the road. Don't get me wrong, the learning experience is well worth it and made me a better developer for sure! But, when it comes to building one natively within FileMaker today, it just doesn't make much sense. That is, unless you really only need t
 

Day 2 Sessions | Tableau Conference 2019

Hello again from Tableau Conference 2019 here in sunny Las Vegas! Here at Beezwax, we had 5 attendees this year with a diverse set of sessions between us. I wanted to give a rundown of what I went through and some of my takeaways. How to “Excel” with Tableau This session was primarily a more […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Editable Picker List

Recently I was tasked with implementing a picker list whereby the user could assign people to a project, and indicate each person’s hourly allocation to that project as that assignment was made. How can data be associated with names in a picker list, before those names have actually been stamped onto their own records? The […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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The Impact of Data Viz | Tableau Conference 2019 Day 1

Greetings from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center! It’s Day 1 of the Tableau Conference 2019, and there is so much to see and do here! Prior to tonight’s kickoff, one of the exhibits that I was keen to visit is a Viz Gallery set up on the second floor. Studying each piece, I found myself […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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2-Column Magic Value Lists, part 2

Disclaimer: the techniques shown in this article are provided on an as-is basis. Use with appropriate caution and at your own risk. Introduction This is a quick follow-up to last month’s article on 2-Column Magic Value Lists, and, to avoid repetition, will assume the reader is familiar with that material. A colleague pointed out that… Continue reading 2-Column Magic Value Lists, part 2 Afficher la totalité du billet

FileMaker Hacks

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Understanding FileMaker’s Data API

An API (application program interface) is a set of routines, protocols, and tools that specify how software components should interact. The purpose of the FileMaker Data API is to allow web services to access data in hosted databases. The FileMaker Data API conforms to Representational State Transfer (REST) architecture, so you may hear it referred to as a REST API. Your web service or application can make calls to the FileMaker Data API in order to get a token that authenticates the co

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Collecting Data (arrays & lists)

Your FileMaker database is obviously designed to store data. FileMaker also provides the tools for precisely extracting that data as needed. When and how you extract the data is based on your needs. Sometimes, you need the data for an external system or API. Maybe it's needed for an export or you need the data specifically for a given visualization of that data. In a recent video, I showed some Sankey Diagrams and how cool they are as visualization tools. One of keys to presenting a great visua
 

Providing clarity for FileMaker Cloud

With the release of the latest generation of FileMaker Cloud, Claris has taken a big leap into cloud-based infrastructure on the FileMaker platform. However, using the name FileMaker Cloud, when there is another legacy version of FileMaker Cloud, as well as FileMaker Server on the cloud, things start to get confusing. I’ll try and outline some of the key differences in this article. FileMaker hosting products There are three FileMaker products to consider when hosting your FileMa

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FileMaker Cloud

FileMaker Cloud Claris has released FileMaker Cloud! Ever since the rebranding from FileMaker to Claris, the company has emphasized a cloud-first approach, and this new product is an important step toward that end. FileMaker Cloud is currently best designed for customers who are new to the FileMaker platform. Existing customers interested in FileMaker Cloud can take steps today to prepare for transitioning to Cloud in the future: optimizing for the WAN, removing the need for server-side plugin

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Beautiful Sankey Diagrams

There are so many times I hear lamentations from stalwart "FileMaker only" developers who declare that you should do everything within FileMaker and FileMaker alone. This is just crazy. It's like saying you should build an entire house with only a hammer and nails. How could you ever do that efficiently? What about the plumbing? The electrical? Well, you can't. You always have to increase what you know and become familiar with other tools and newer technologies. In this video, I showcase a very
 

Installing the Zabbix 4.2 Monitoring Agent

On our FileMaker Cloud servers, which are currently CentOS 7.6 based, we are typically installing the Zabbix monitoring agent. With one exception, installing the Zabbix agent is a relatively quick & easy procedure. Although not required, installing the agent allows gathering more data on your servers than a Zabbix server alone. Typical Installation Pattern […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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2-Column Magic Value Lists

Disclaimer: the techniques shown in this article are provided on an as-is basis. Use with appropriate caution and at your own risk. Acknowledgements: today’s article would not have been written without the inspiration provided by Bruce Robertson, John Ahn (FM 12 ExecuteSQL Unconference Session), Andries Heylen (Magic Value Lists), Marcel Pinyero (How to Extend FileMaker… Continue reading 2-Column Magic Value Lists Afficher la totalité du billet

FileMaker Hacks

FileMaker Hacks

 

FMConf Poitiers 2019 – Jour 2 – 18 octobre

La troisième journée de la conférence annuelle des développeurs francophones à Poitiers, à quelques pas du Futuroscope, démarre par une annonce inattendue de l’organisateur, Olivier Devriese (Lesterius) : Cette conférence est la dernière sous cette forme et toutes les autres conférences européennes ont vu leur dernière édition également ! L’an prochain, Claris prends la main […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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FMConf Poitiers 2019 – Jour 1 – 17 octobre

Deuxième journée de ma participation à la conférence annuelle des développeurs francophones qui se déroule cette année à Poitiers, à quelques pas du Futuroscope. Après une journée de formation hier, nous voici donc dans le vif du sujet avec de nombreuses sessions aujourd’hui relatives aux nouveautés de FileMaker 18 ! Petit tour d’horizon des différents […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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MagalieJ

 

Integrating Apple Maps

Yes, while it's unfortunate FileMaker Go doesn't run on Android devices, we can still take advantage of what's offered on the iOS side of things. This comes in the form of Apple Maps using MapKit JS. True, Google Maps does seem to have the slight edge when it comes to feature set, but if you need full control over an integrated mapping experience, then Apple's MapKit JS may just be the perfect solution for you. MapKit JS, currently in beta since WWDC 2018, only seems to work on the Mac version
 

MVP vs MVP: Minimum Viable Product vs Most Valuable Product

If I were to mention MVP vs MVP, what would be the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, they would be envisioning the greatest rivalries and epic battles in sports history. Perhaps Larry Bird vs Magic Johnson, or Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady, or Sidney Crosby vs Alexander Ovechkin. After all, the acronym MVP is mostly associated with Most Valuable Player. Within the agile development community, however, the acronym MVP represents something entirely different… The Minimum

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