Working with JSON data in FileMaker

There are a number of ways of working with JSON data in FileMaker. At least two typical ones are:

  • Custom Functions based parsing & encoding
  • using a WebViewer & JavaScript

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Summarizing FileMaker Server Access.log data

Various times I’ve needed to do some quick summaries of how a given server and its databases were being used. When using Mac OS X, I may use shell commands to get a quick summary of what’s happening on a particular server.

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Button Image Masks

Introduction

When you’ve been using FileMaker as long as I have, you know we’ve done all kinds of crazy things to get image masks to work on our buttons. For example, we would use a set of grouped native FileMaker line objects to cover an image just to get an ugly looking mask. I hope that not many developers suffered for too long using that technique.

Download Using Icons

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Listing hosted FileMaker files from the shell

As part of a shell script I’m cooking up, one of the required tasks is to list all currently hosted database files on a Mac OS based FileMaker server. This may get deployed over multiple servers, and I want to keep it as simple and trouble free as possible.

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What Are Your Imports Waiting For? FileMaker Perform Script on Server – Part II

Introduction

I hope that since our previous blog post you have been exploring the possibilities created by FileMaker’s Perform Script on Server (PSoS). This article is a continuation of the PSoS discussion and includes more cool things you can do with it, specifically running database imports on FileMaker Server.

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100x Faster – Flight Testing FileMaker Perform Script on Server – Part I

Read the follow up to this blog post at What Are Your Imports Waiting For? FileMaker Perform Script on Server – Part II

Introduction

Since the release of FileMaker 13 we have been exploring a new feature called “Perform Script on Server” (PSoS) and trust me there are many cool things you can do with it. I’m going to describe how PSoS works, how it’s best implemented, and how our tests show PSoS can drastically improve database performance, more than 100x in some situations. However, there are also a number of considerations before you run wild and convert scripts to execute via PSoS. So, I’ll cover these as well.

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Java Applet Issues with Java 7 Update 51

Applets now are required to contain additional information in their .jnlp files to document the files used, either external or local. But if you are working with older code, such as the FileMaker 11 Server Admin Console, the required manifest information is missing and your applet will halt with an exception like this:

java.lang.SecurityException: Missing required Permissions manifest attribute in main jar: http://localhost:16000/admin-client-lib/admin-console-client.jar
    at com.sun.deploy.security.DeployManifestChecker.verifyMainJar(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.deploy.security.DeployManifestChecker.verifyMainJar(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.Launcher.doLaunchApp(Unknown Source)
    at com.sun.javaws.Launcher.run(Unknown Source)
    at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:744)

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Enable Logging of Client Usage Statistics in FileMaker Server

I was looking for a way to monitor client usage of FileMaker Servers over time.

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