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Dependency Injection in JavaScript, a Node.js example

As developers, we are tasked with reducing complexity. Complexity is all around us, and good code organization reduces complexity while at the same time supporting increased flexibility, ease of change, quicker onboarding, faster debugging, and my favorite, better testing. Reduced Complexity, Better Testing In this article, I discuss one of the widespread strategies for code […]
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Tableau to FileMaker | Scheduled Extracts

Once you have crafted a Tableau dashboard, pulling data from your FileMaker solution, then your next goal might be to make sure the dashboard data gets refreshed at regular intervals, and in an efficient manner. And that is what we’ll do in this blog post. Avoiding the Data Traffic Jam If you have never been […]
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AD Bound macOS Systems not Authenticating? Restart opendirectoryd

We have quite a few macOS systems that are bound to our AD (Active Directory) domain. Occasionally, one, two, or perhaps several would lose the ability to authenticate users with AD credentials. Often this was with one of our FileMaker database servers, where the external authentication was being used for either database access or FMS […]
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Apple Maps in FileMaker With MapKit JS

Recently we were asked: “Can you use Apple Maps inside FileMaker, rather than using Google Maps or MapQuest?” We decided to give it a shot, thanks to MapKit JS, the JavaScript implementation of the MapKit library widely used on macOS and iOS. Here is a technique our FileMaker and JavaScript development teams designed to enable […]
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bBox for FileMaker v0.90 Now Available

We are pleased to release bBox version 0.90. 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 200 examples of how you can put bBox functions to work for you. New Features: bBox_MacNotifications Creates macOS notifications. […]
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FileMaker to Tableau | The Learning Journey

Now that the FileMaker Data API has been officially released (with FileMaker 17), it is time to share an update on Tableau-to-FileMaker integration. I originally wrote about integrating Tableau and FileMaker to create a match made in data heaven. I’ll also be speaking on “FileMaker + Tableau” at FileMaker DevCon 2018. First, A Quick Update […]
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Monitor FileMaker Server XML connectivity with AWS

If you have a FileMaker server that you want to ensure high availability, Amazon’s AWS Route 53 service has some functionality that you’ll want to know about. For this post, I’m going to show how you can set up monitoring and alarms for the XML interface on FileMaker Server. Positioned somewhat incongruously* in Route 53, […]
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Our First FileMaker 17 Certified Developers

We’re pleased to announce two Beez who have earned the title of FileMaker 17 Certified Developer. Christopher Edwards, Senior Developer Vincenzo Menanno, Senior Developer Christopher and Vince are among the first developers to receive this designation since FileMaker 17 Certification was announced last week. FileMaker 17 Certification is the official credential offered by FileMaker, Inc., […]
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Simple Bash Scripts for Lazy People | Part 1: Git

While the attribution may be hazy, the notion of laziness being an attribute of a good programmer is popular. I don’t know how good of a programmer I am, but I am really lazy. So lazy that if I find myself doing something over and over, I write a script to do it for me […]
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Simple Bash Scripts for Lazy People | Part 4: Cadaver Dissection

This is part 4 of a five-part series: Part One has examples for common daily tasks in Git. Part Two, similar examples for Rails. Part Three, miscellaneous cases. Part Four dissects an example of a failed attempt at a useful script. Part Five concludes with a brief discussion of when to use Bash as opposed […]
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Simple Bash Scripts for Lazy People | Part 5: When to Choose Bash

This is part 5 of a five-part series: Part One has examples for common daily tasks in Git. Part Two, similar examples for Rails. Part Three, miscellaneous cases. Part Four dissects an example of a failed attempt at a useful script. Part Five concludes with a brief discussion of when to use Bash as opposed […]
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Simple Bash Scripts for Lazy People | Part 3: Other Examples

This is part 3 of a five-part series: Part One has examples for common daily tasks in Git. Part Two, similar examples for Rails. Part Three, miscellaneous cases. Part Four dissects an example of a failed attempt at a useful script. Part Five concludes with a brief discussion of when to use Bash as opposed […]
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Simple Bash Scripts for Lazy People | Part 2: Rails

This is part 2 of a five-part series: Part One has examples for common daily tasks in Git. Part Two, similar examples for Rails. Part Three, miscellaneous cases. Part Four dissects an example of a failed attempt at a useful script. Part Five concludes with a brief discussion of when to use Bash as opposed […]
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How Transactional is the FileMaker Data API?

I’m always am excited each time the FileMaker Platform gets new capabilities. It isn’t just the new features on their own that make things interesting, but what happens to the platform as a whole which provides for some interesting and inspiring innovations. In this case, it is a new way to do transactional record editing […]
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Writing a Markdown Compiler – Part 3

Have you ever wanted to make your own programming language? Maybe a template engine? A JSON parser? If you have ever built any of those, you might have noticed it’s not exactly easy to get started. We’d like to help with that. Welcome to Part 3, the final in this series on Writing a Markdown […]
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Lost in Layout Space: Getting to Know FileMaker 17’s Layout Mode

Way back when FileMaker 14 was released, as developers we were treated to the new-and-improved script workspace, adding all kinds of features from line breaks to auto-complete/type-ahead coding. To any of us who spend most of our day working in FileMaker, the response was sheer joy. For all of its speed, flexibility, and ease-of-use, sometimes […]
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FileMaker Data Migration Tool – New Ways To Code In Complex Environments

One of the most exciting new features of FileMaker 17 isn’t part of the product, technically: it’s a command line function called the Data Migration Tool. You invoke it from the terminal, but don’t let that fool you. This is a uniquely powerful tool, one that honors the pitfalls of developing in a hosted, high-trafficked […]
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Using REST and cURL with FileMaker 17’s Data API

As y’all probably know by now, FileMaker 17 has been released, including the first production edition of FileMaker Server’s Data API. This API was originally released with FileMaker 16, but only as a “beta”, expiring September 2018. As you might expect, the FileMaker 17 Data API introduces significant changes. This means that any applications written […]
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Mark Scott presenting at DIGFM: Modular FileMaker Design

We have better tools than ever in FileMaker to create reusable modules. In this video of Mark Scott’s presentation at a Bay Area FileMaker developer meetup, he explores why the combination of card windows and JSON reigns supreme for modular FileMaker architecture. Included is an in-depth look at how modules can open, close, and communicate. […]
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Test Driving The FileMaker Server 17 Admin Console

Changes in FMS 17 Admin Console and How We’re Adapting FileMaker Server 17 introduces a new generation of Admin Console, refreshed, fast, and reliable. If you are familiar with the FileMaker Cloud console, you’ll feel right at home in the new FileMaker Server 17 Admin Console. However, the update also brings some of the biggest […]
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Master-Detail Layouts in FileMaker

FileMaker 17’s new master-detail layouts display the list of records in the user’s found set. As the user performs finds, constrains, omits, sorts, or creates or deletes records, the master-detail portal will update to stay in sync. Imagine a portal that a user can sort any way they like, filter any way they like, and […]
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TLS Frustations with Python and Sierra

The short version of this is that you probably want to upgrade to High Sierra (macOS 10.13) if you need to do much of anything with the built-in version of Python and any network tasks. Some would say “why don’t you just install your own, more current, copy of Python?” Two main reasons: you are […]
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Azure AD (Active Directory) Authentication with FileMaker

In addition to the more typical external authentication methods, FileMaker supports client authentication using OAuth accounts from Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. In this instance, I needed to set up a FileMaker Cloud server to use a company’s directory accounts, which were hosted at Azure. In order to set this up I hit a couple of […]
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Working with FileMaker Cloud Backups Using SSH

Recently, I needed to revert a database file hosted on a FileMaker Cloud 16 server. Due to a problem I was having with the Download function however I had to take a different route from the usual method. The first steps in this process went normally. After I determined which backup was the best available, […]
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Full-Featured PDF Viewer Embedded in FileMaker

Integrating A JavaScript PDF Viewer Into Native FileMaker—No JavaScript Coding Required! We recently built an application that included PDF document management. While it might seem as simple as a quick FileMaker container field, we wanted to impress our client with an integrated solution on par with a content management system (CMS). Here’s how we built […]
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