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Installing the Zabbix 4.2 Monitoring Agent

On our FileMaker Cloud servers, which are currently CentOS 7.6 based, we are typically installing the Zabbix monitoring agent. With one exception, installing the Zabbix agent is a relatively quick & easy procedure. Although not required, installing the agent allows gathering more data on your servers than a Zabbix server alone. Typical Installation Pattern […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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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, […] 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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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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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 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 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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Dark and Light Modes: 3 Simple Paths to FileMaker UX

FileMaker 19 introduced support for Dark Mode. Not only does the application’s chrome support Dark Mode (like many applications), but developers now have the ability to detect the OS Dark Mode setting. Let’s look at three easy techniques to give FileMaker Pro users a choice between Dark Mode and Light Mode, plus an option to […] 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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Math in a FileMaker field, for Inputter’s sake

Inputting purchase orders or invoices in accounting systems can be quite a hassle for bookkeepers, accountants, data administrators or anyone who simply has the role of "Inputter". Each company may have its own invoicing theme and sometimes information is not always ready for easy input. 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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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. […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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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 […] 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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Math in a FileMaker field, for Inputter’s sake

Inputting purchase orders or invoices in accounting systems can be quite a hassle for bookkeepers, accountants, data administrators or anyone who simply has the role of "Inputter". Each company may have its own invoicing theme and sometimes information is not always ready for easy input. View the full article

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Dark and Light Modes: 3 Simple Paths to FileMaker UX

FileMaker 19 introduced support for Dark Mode. Not only does the application’s chrome support Dark Mode (like many applications), but developers now have the ability to detect the OS Dark Mode setting. Let’s look at three easy techniques to give FileMaker Pro users a choice between Dark Mode and Light Mode, plus an option to […] View the full article

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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 […] View the full article

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bBox for FileMaker v0.93 Now Available

We are pleased to release bBox version 0.93. 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 210 examples of how you can put bBox functions to work for you. Bug Fixes: Fixed for 0.93 is […] View the full article

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FileMaker DevCon, with a capital “D”

The Beezwax Team is in Dallas, Texas on August 6-9, 2018 for the FileMaker Developers Conference. DevCon is always a perfect time to wrangle the best FileMaker insights, training, and connections across the global FileMaker developer community in attendance. While Beezwax team members will move about the conference discussing tips and techniques for building best-of-breed […] View the full article

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Introducing Admin FM – the FileMaker Admin API for Zapier

Introducing Admin FM – the Zapier integration for accessing the FileMaker ® Admin API in an easy, customizable way. Built using Node.js, this version of Admin FM is currently a beta version, but it allows you to access most of the functionality that the FileMaker Admin API allows. What is Zapier? Let’s take a moment […] View the full article

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Multi-Column Portals

A colleague recently posed this challenge: is it possible to show two columns in a portal, such that the first row displays records 1 and 2, the second row displays records 3 and 4, etc.? With FileMaker, the answer is usually “Yes!” The Challenge Here are some clarifications of the challenge: The records must be […] View the full article

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