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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 […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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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, […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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Using REST and cURL with FileMaker 19’s Data API

FileMaker 19 introduced a couple of important new features related to using the FileMaker Data API. Here, we’ll cover an overview of the new authorization endpoint, Validate Session, API versioning updates, as well as a new script step, Execute FileMaker Data API. At the end of this article, you’ll find the demo file for learning […] View the full article

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Using REST and cURL with FileMaker 19’s Data API

FileMaker 19 introduced a couple of important new features related to using the FileMaker Data API. Here, we’ll cover an overview of the new authorization endpoint, Validate Session, API versioning updates, as well as a new script step, Execute FileMaker Data API. At the end of this article, you’ll find the demo file for learning […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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Something out of Nothing: Null Object Pattern

We often think of nothing as, well, nothing. It's when something doesn't exist and therefore cannot be interacted with. So in our code, we try account for having nothing. No User? No problem. The Null Object Pattern is also an example of Composition over Inheritance. View the full article

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Something out of Nothing: Null Object Pattern

We often think of nothing as, well, nothing. It's when something doesn't exist and therefore cannot be interacted with. So in our code, we try account for having nothing. No User? No problem. The Null Object Pattern is also an example of Composition over Inheritance. View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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Setting FileMaker’s startup file from CLI

We had a client that was upgrading their system to FileMaker 18. They had already pushed new FileMaker Pro clients out to their user’s desktops. But now that the upgraded system was ready, how could they give users a quick and easy way to launch right into the new database system? Since FileMaker 18, there […] View the full article

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Setting FileMaker’s startup file from CLI

We had a client that was upgrading their system to FileMaker 18. They had already pushed new FileMaker Pro clients out to their user’s desktops. But now that the upgraded system was ready, how could they give users a quick and easy way to launch right into the new database system? Since FileMaker 18, there […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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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., […] View the full article

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OOP Fundamentals: The Dependency Inversion Principle

The dependency inversion principle is one of the cornerstones of object-oriented programming. Without it, there is no object-oriented design. It’s that important. What amazes me about this principle is that people can spend years working with an object-oriented language and never learn about it, never take the next step towards becoming a senior developer, especially […] View the full article

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OOP Fundamentals: The Decorator Pattern

The decorator pattern is one of my favorite patterns. It is simple, extensible and powerful. It feels like it follows the essence of object oriented programming beautifully. Sadly though, it is also easy to be misused or misunderstood. So, in this post I will show you the essence of the decorator pattern, illustrated with a […] View the full article

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OData for FileMaker – New Player in an Old Game

This blog post is the first in a three-part series about the FileMaker OData API, highlighting key features that make it an exciting addition to the Claris FileMaker platform. Part 1: An Introduction to FileMaker OData I had the opportunity and pleasure to take a one-week dive into the FileMaker OData API. The objective was […] View the full article

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