Building Native Mobile Apps with FileMaker Data

Ever wonder how you might be able to create a mobile app with data you already have in your FileMaker solution? I have, too! As it turns out, it’s not too outlandish of an idea thanks to the FileMaker Custom Web Publishing with XML API.

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bBox 0.80 Now Available

Its been almost a year since we’ve mentioned bBox on this venue, but we are now pleased to announce that version 0.80 is publicly available.

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XML Parsing with FileMaker and bBox

In order to more easily work with XML data, I’ve added the libxml2 library to version 0.54 of the bBox plug-in.

Among other things, libxml2 provides support for XPath 1.0 queries, which can be used to easily extract or set values from XML data, so XPath was my first choice. Although XML has lost a bit of its shine as JSON has come into vogue, XML is still integral to many systems, including FileMaker. Also, the XPath routines can be used for similar syntaxes, so for instance, you might find it helpful for scraping data from a HTML page.

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FileMaker Pro/Rails integration methodology

[Authored by Ian]

Here’s a synopsis of my findings on integrating Rails with FMP.


  • allow two-way data transmission between FileMaker Pro (FMP) and Rails
  • minimize development time required for both FMP and Rails
  • accommodate as many clients (which may be another application written with FMP, Rails, or anything else) as possible

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