Category Archives: FileMaker Techniques

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From Database Developer to Web Developer Thanks to WebDirect

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By Thomas Meglasson III

I don’t know PHP, and my HTML and CSS skills are rudimentary at best. Nevertheless, I recently became a web developer!

Fortunately, with FileMaker’s WebDirect, I don’t need those skills to make a beautiful website. I build it all right in FileMaker, using skills I already have, and then publish straight to the web with a FileMaker Server.

I was recently tasked with creating a conference registration system for a large association’s annual convention. They expect around 900 to 1,000 registrants this year. The system had capture the demographic data of the registrants, look up their membership data if needed, let them choose their attendance options and pay for both the conference and a membership renewal.

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Excel to FileMaker – A Success Story

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Have you ever uttered the phrase, “These Excel spreadsheets are turning into monsters!”, or perhaps you’ve heard, “Excel is the place where data goes to die”? At App.Works, we often hear this complaint – or variations of this – from our clients. Today we asked our Senior Developer, David Weiner, to recount one of his favorite Excel to FileMaker success stories. This is his story.

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Automatically Perform Script on Server

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Automatically Perform Script on Server
By David Weiner

The ability of FileMaker Pro 13 and 14 to perform a script on the server instead of locally on the client’s machine is a huge potential boon for productivity. Tasks for which a user might otherwise have to wait to complete can be accomplished in the background without holding them up. Performing certain scripted tasks on the server is also much, much faster in many cases. So, it’s nice to perform a script on the server whenever you can.

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