Author Archives: Ian Harris

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Monthly FileMaker Meetup – July 2018

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This month’s Meetup started off with a demo from Matt Navarre of the newly released fmLog 2.0, a simple yet powerful FileMaker logging system developed by AppWorks. It is now available as a free download from our website.

The group then received a sneak peak of Chris Irvine’s DevCon 2018 presentation, Crypto Building Blocks for FileMaker Developers. Be sure to check out Chris’s session in Dallas the afternoon of August 8th. We look forward to seeing you there!


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FileMaker 17: Data API Multi-File Upload

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The FileMaker 17 Data API, also known as fmrest, includes a new capability to upload data to a container field. Prior to 17 the Data API only allowed container data to be downloaded. Uploading data from a website to FileMaker had to be done using plugins, Base64 encoding, or by saving a temporary copy of the file in a spot where a FileMaker script could find it. Now we can upload to FileMaker container fields using only the Data API. This blog post describes how to use the new upload capability with HTML and JavaScript.

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FileMaker 17: Admin API

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If you manage multiple instances of FileMaker Server, maintenance would typically be performed by logging in to each via a web browser or running fmsadmin CLI commands. These methods become unwieldy when you need to make the same change or gather the same bit of information across several servers. A seemingly simple task now takes 30 minutes or more with multiple servers. For example, ensuring that servers have enabled the security setting “Host password-protected databases only” is a quick task for the first few servers, but surprisingly time-consuming when checking twenty.

The time-saving solution to administering a fleet of Filemaker Server instances is the Admin API. Prior to 17, the Admin API was only available in FileMaker Cloud. Now, FileMaker Server 17 running on Windows or Mac OS can be administered from any tool capable of generating HTTP requests, including curl, PHP, and Filemaker Pro Advanced. Given a list of server addresses, we can programmatically log in to each server to gather configuration information, close database files, run schedules, and more.

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Render WebDirect in an Iframe

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Is there a feature you want to add to your website that you could quickly implement using FileMaker but not using the language your site’s programmed in? You could send users to a WebDirect app, but replicating all of your website’s design elements in FileMaker can be time consuming. Plus, if your site’s style is not carefully carried over to WebDirect, you risk weakening your brand’s cohesiveness in the eyes of users. What if you could create the feature in FileMaker and drop it into a page of your website as a component, letting your website’s theme take care of unrelated components like headers, navigation bars, and footers?

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DevCon 2018 Details Revealed

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FileMaker Developer Conference 2018 (DevCon 2018) has been officially announced! See below for a snippet of the press release from FileMaker. More information is available on FileMaker’s website, including a schedule of events, session topics, and recommended tracks. We’ll see you in Texas!

August 6-9, 2018 | Gaylord Texan Resort | Dallas, Texas

Join 1500 developers, just like you, at the FileMaker Developer Conference 2018.

DevCon 2018 is the must-attend event to learn everything and anything about FileMaker custom app development:

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Broaden your development skill set with more than 80 sessions to choose from. Attend beginner, intermediate, advanced, business, and special focus sessions.

Innovate
Discover how to build more innovative FileMaker apps using technologies such as REST, JSON, cURL, SSL, JavaScript, SQL,OAuth, AI, iOS, and more.

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See how to plan and develop FileMaker projects that will differentiate your business from the competition and maximize ROI.