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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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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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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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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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Restoring Backup Files on FileMaker Cloud for AWS

Recently, we had a client who required restoration of FileMaker backup files for their FileMaker Cloud for AWS 1.17–hosted solution. This seemed a simple enough request—we would download their backup files using the FileMaker Cloud for AWS Admin Console and then re-upload them to the server. However, things did not go smoothly as there was […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Beezwax Web Team Code Review: a blog post with ulterior motives

I have ulterior motives. I’m not writing about code review practices by the Web team at Beezwax because the world needs another blog post about code review. I’m not going to link to any of the articles I read while preparing this. If you can’t find them yourself, I’m not sure how you found this one. […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Lets Abstract a While() in FileMaker

Introducing JSON Filter, Map, Reduce. Now that FileMaker has given us a practical and more simplified way to loop in a calculation with the While() function, the doors have opened to other ways to look at looping. While() Is Great! While() is such a great tool and if you are new to the While() function […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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FileMaker 18 Adds Support for ESV (Finally!)

Here at the Beezwax, we have been performing research on FileMaker 18 import changes, specifically new support for ESV: Emoji Separated Values. At Beezwax, we develop the bBox FileMaker plug-in (Get it: “Bee Box”?), nicknamed our blog the Beezwax Buzz, refer to our headquarters as the Bee Hive, and our employees (who are always incredibly bee-sy) […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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A Lesson in Functional JavaScript

Functional programming is all about passing functions around. Let’s try a practical example in JavaScript, using high order functions, filters, “currying” and more. But first, perhaps a brief historical review is worth a moment of our time… JavaScript, then and now Before JavaScript had the class keyword, there were many ways to write JavaScript code. […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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We’ve been waiting for While()… for a while

FileMaker has been missing a looping control structure in its function set for…well…a while. So, the introduction of FileMaker 18’s While() function is less a fancy new feature than it is a fix for a long standing limitation in FileMaker’s function set. But even if it’s long overdue, its introduction profoundly changes what it is […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Native HTML Email in FileMaker 18

Email is one of the simplest tools used to communicate and send information. Just open a mail client, write a message and press a button to virtually send a letter or message to a recipient. Sometimes, in addition to simple text, we want to enrich our emails with graphical contents and attachments, making it more […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Imports without Tariffs. Natively, with FileMaker Server.

Combining functions, features, or steps in creative new ways can deliver productive results. I was thrilled to discover in FileMaker 18 that the new file-based script steps give us the ability to perform imports natively on FileMaker Server, with no configuration or changes needed. You can also take advantage of Perform Script on Server (PSoS), […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Using REST and cURL with FileMaker Server 18’s Data API

Well, here we are again! With the release of FileMaker 18 we get the third version of the FileMaker Data API. This version brings an iterative advancement in features while maintaining the core functionality that was introduced with V1 of the API in FileMaker Server 17. I’m following suit with an iterative advancement of my previous […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Importing, Made Easy by FileMaker 18

Out With the Old… Anyone who has used FileMaker will be familiar with the powerful import abilities the platform has. Being able to quickly and easily ingest comma- or tab-delimited data and Excel files makes merging multiple data sources into a single cohesive application pretty convenient. However, the import UI that has existed for the […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Modularizing the JavaScript you already have

Over time, without structure, things fall apart. So give them structure, a few conventions, and start to make them more maintainable. Let me say more, at least in the context of JavaScript in your applications (or did you think I was talking about gardens or buildings or such? lol.) As our applications grow larger and […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Which Server-Side Swift Framework Is Best For Your Project?

Server-side Swift is making waves in the web and services worlds, and developers from iOS, web and other coding backgrounds are increasingly joining the server-side Swift community. There’s just one problem (a good one): How do you choose which open-source Swift framework to use? In a just-released post from our friends at Ray Wenderlich, “Vapor […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Using Siri with FileMaker, via iOS Shortcuts

“Hey Siri…Ask FileMaker…” This story started when we explored iOS Shortcuts to the FileMaker Data API. As we automate tasks by mixing together iOS apps, content on mobile devices and web APIs plus FileMaker, let’s add to our workflow using one of the most powerful functions available to iPhone and iPad users: Siri. Siri to FileMaker, […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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iOS Shortcuts to the FileMaker Data API

Shortcuts, on iOS, are a new way to automate tasks by mixing together apps, content on your iOS device and web APIs into custom workflows. Now, via the FileMaker Data API, you can use shortcuts as a way to interact with your FileMaker solutions. Here’s an example of automatically uploading a photo from your iPhone […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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A Ruby-ish Xmas

Ruby-ish, rubbish… Get it? Anyways, not like Ruby-ish means bad! Quite the opposite! It’s the day after Xmas and because Ruby is awesome and delivered 2.6.0, we’ll get to play with some of our new X-mas gifts: Kernel#then, Proc#>> and Proc#<<. This is a very Ruby-specific post, but hopefully everyone can get something out of […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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ePubber – generating ePub files with Ruby

ePub is a digital book format which is pretty common nowadays. It’s supported natively by Windows and Android and it’s one of the official formats for digital books in the Apple Books store. In this post I’ll talk about generating ePub files with Ruby and how to painlessly integrate this feature to your application. I’ll […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Multi-Column Portals

A colleague recently posed this challenge: is it possible to show two columns in a portal, such that the first row displays records 1 and 2, the second row displays records 3 and 4, etc.? With FileMaker, the answer is usually “Yes!” The Challenge Here are some clarifications of the challenge: The records must be […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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Introducing Admin FM – the FileMaker Admin API for Zapier

Introducing Admin FM – the Zapier integration for accessing the FileMaker ® Admin API in an easy, customizable way. Built using Node.js, this version of Admin FM is currently a beta version, but it allows you to access most of the functionality that the FileMaker Admin API allows. What is Zapier? Let’s take a moment […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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bBox for FileMaker v0.93 Now Available

We are pleased to release bBox version 0.93. bBox is a free utility plug-in to extend FileMaker solutions to easily use code libraries and macOS-based functions from Python, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, AppleScript, Bash/sh, XPath, and SQLite. Included is a demo file that has over 210 examples of how you can put bBox functions to work for you. Bug Fixes: Fixed for 0.93 is […] Afficher la totalité du billet

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