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Parsing Methods for JSON Parameters

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Here at AppWorks we’ve been revamping some of our popular (and free!) downloadable modules with FileMaker’s native JSON functionality. But why stop there? The more JSON the better.

Why do we love JSON so much?

  • It’s human-readable and easy to write
  • It’s lightweight and flexible
  • It’ll make your API Integrations even easier to implement
  • It makes multiple parameter passing more robust and reliable
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FileMaker 16: Passing Multiple Parameters Natively Using JSON

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With the release of version 16, FileMaker developers finally have the ability to natively pass and parse multiple script parameters . This is made possible by the new JSON functions — specifically, the JSONSetElement function and the JSONGetElement function. There are various methods and syntaxes FileMaker developers have been using for passing multiple parameters to and from scripts, but the most common one I’ve come across is key-value pairs in the format “key1 = value1 ; key2 = value2 ; key3 = value3” etc. This is a nice simple format, but it has some limitations. The new method in 16 is to pass a JSON object, with a series of elements that form the key-value pairs, and parse those elements out of the JSON object in the sub script.

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