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  • Steven H. Blackwell

    Hacking Your Own FileMaker Platform Solutions

    By Steven H. Blackwell

    Hacking Your Own FileMaker Platform Solutions Should FileMaker Platform developers mount hacking attacks on their own solutions? At first glance, this may seem an odd question. But I believe that the answer is “Yes, we should.” Consider this. As developers we see our solutions from a totally different perspective than Threat Agents see them. Without practicing our own hacking skills, we can become blind to the vulnerabilities a Threat Agent can exploit to compromise the Confidentiality
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  • Josh Ormond

    A Conversation About '2 Factor Authentication'

    By Josh Ormond

    [ Edit: 3/16/2016 - With the help of some other people, we have been able to recover, or recreate some of the original images from original thread. ] Security is always a big topic when it involves data, or people, or possessions. Recently, over on the FileMaker Community, there was a very beneficial discussion regarding security. Unfortunately, that discussion was the victim of a necessary action...and was deleted. It was deleted, because the discussion was tied to a video that, as was det
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Best Uses for Table View

One of the primary reasons developers cherish FileMaker is the freedom it offers to unleash their creativity within Form and List views. You have the power to craft virtually any type of software you can envision. However, when it comes to Table View, it might seem like you're merely replicating what most end users overuse - spreadsheets. Table View was likely introduced to ease the transition for spreadsheet users into the world of databases. Nevertheless, a well-structured data model renders a

FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

How to Make Space in this New World of Work

Once upon a time in tech, pre-laptop, pre-cell phone, when there were only numbers and words on screens—no images, graphics, or even colors—there was me, starting my career in the software industry. This embedded orientation taught me that work itself is not technology, nor tools. It’s space: the space we work in, the space in […] The post How to Make Space in this New World of Work appeared first on Proof+Geist. View the full article

Todd Geist

Todd Geist

Are Claris Connect custom connectors really that special? You bet they are!

Since Claris Connect was officially released to the public back in 2020, this technology extension to the Claris FileMaker Pro platform has gone through a major evolution.  When we were first introduced to it, we saw its potential to make connections to other systems via open APIs easier and more accessible than writing traditional code, and as a plug-in vendor, we saw it as a major rival to replace a large swath of FileMaker plug-ins available – some of which are ours. However, what was



Introducing Claris Connect Custom Connectors

Claris’ new Custom Connectors introduce a low code solution to connect your system to third-party services and take any action a third-party service provides. These actions can be easily reproduced and shared across systems. In this article, we’ll go into detail about Claris’ new Custom Connectors and walk you through an example of how they can be created and utilized using the payment platform Stripe.     dbservices.com


dbservices in Claris Connect

Creating Universal Pickers

In the world of FileMaker solutions, it's almost inevitable that a solution will experience significant growth during the initial stages, followed by a transition to the everyday pace of normal use. When developing those initial features, one of your key objectives should be to emphasize reuse and repurposing. As is often the case, the less you have to manage, the easier it becomes to maintain and update your solution. There's less to re-learn, and your scripts, layouts, calculations, and other

Object Card Windows

Despite the FileMaker platform being several decades old, the original design of Layout mode and the ability for developers to harness existing tools to either mimic operating systems like iOS or craft entirely unique user interfaces remain monumental advantages for those who opt for this platform. One of the most significant additions to the Claris/FileMaker platform was the introduction of Card Windows. I remember creating some of the initial videos showcasing this feature; the capacity to ex

The Context Podcast: Update on Claris’ Roadmap

Featuring:  Description: Get ready for a special new episode of The Context Podcast! Join us as we sit down with our special guest, Andrew Lecates, Chief Product Owner for Claris FileMaker. In this episode, we discuss Claris’s strategic shift towards a refocused Claris platform as Claris prepares to transition Claris Pro functionally into the FileMaker […] The post The Context Podcast: Update on Claris’ Roadmap appeared first on Proof+Geist. View the full article

Todd Geist

Todd Geist

Learn Claris Connect Fundamentals

Take our updated course to connect with Claris! Are you ready to take FileMaker automation to the next level? Claris Connect enables you to streamline everyday business tasks and processes through automated workflows. Our course, Claris Connect Fundamentals, shows you how to seamlessly integrate FileMaker with external third-party apps such as Mailchimp, SendGrid, and more. We updated our course to cover new Claris Connect features and explore additional apps and functionality designed



Useful Default Fields

Even when discussing seemingly mundane topics like Default Fields, there are always valuable insights to uncover. This video offers an exploration of the default fields I consistently incorporate into every table I create. While you might be familiar with or have utilized some of these fields, there could still be a surprise or two in store. For those who are relatively new to Claris/FileMaker development, this video holds significance. Learning about core techniques for data loading and effort

The Context Podcast: Chris Rogers of TourPro

Featuring:  Description: In this episode of The Context Podcast, Martha Zink and Todd Geist from Proof+Geist sit down with a special guest, Chris Rogers, the mastermind behind TourPro—a revolutionary software shaking up the dance event management scene. In this episode, Chris takes us on a journey through his remarkable transition from building a small side […] The post The Context Podcast: Chris Rogers of TourPro appeared first on Proof+Geist. View the full article

Todd Geist

Todd Geist

Killer ValuesWalk Custom Function

Discovering ways to make software faster and more efficient brings a great amount of joy to developers. The reason behind this is simple: with enough experience, you come to realize that straightforward and simple code is much easier to maintain than complex and hard-to-maintain code. Self-contained code with fewer dependencies is both easier to understand and refactor. In this video, I share one of my all-time favorite functions in Claris/FileMaker development, the Custom Function named Custom

Welcoming Zwarm Intelligence

Dear friends and colleagues,  I am very excited to announce that ZWARM is joining Proof+Geist. We have been working with ZWARM’s founder, Dirk Reynolds, for over a year now, and we love what Dirk has done with ZWARM and admire the care and attention he gives his customers. We are thrilled that Dirk has decided […] The post Welcoming Zwarm Intelligence appeared first on Proof+Geist. View the full article

Todd Geist

Todd Geist

Generating Spreadsheets with LibXL

Introduction From time to time FileMaker developers are tasked with generating Excel spreadsheet output. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this, in some cases via native FileMaker commands (Export, Save/Send Records), and in other cases using various workaround methods — some of which have appeared on this site in years past. Today we’re… Continue reading Generating Spreadsheets with LibXLView the full article

Connect FileMaker to the Shopify API

See how to run an online store from your Claris FileMaker solution Have you thought about setting up an online website or business?  There are lots of e-commerce options for selling merchandise online, and Shopify is just one of the options available to you. Since we have received many questions about Shopify and its compatibility with FileMaker, we created a free video and sample file to get you started with integrating the two to build an online shop from your FileMaker solution. C



Optimized Container Use

If you don't pay close attention to the fields you add to your record load in Claris/FileMaker, you might end up facing a transfer penalty, especially when dealing with container data. In many cases, your end users may not require the data from heavy multi-megabyte container fields. Nevertheless, every time the record data is loaded, that large container data gets included as part of the transfer. Unlike SQL or a document database, where you can request only the necessary data, FileMaker provid

Confirmation Prompting

One of the major challenges that any solution or developer encounters is effectively managing the growth of their solution. As the solution expands, the issue of "dilapidated code" arises. This refers to code that either gets replaced or continues to be used without being updated to leverage the latest enhancements in FileMaker. Consequently, a significant portion of the code may become obsolete over time. One of the most effective solutions to tackle this problem is the use of utility scripts

Running FileMaker Server in Docker Desktop

Being able to develop and test your solutions within a FileMaker Server environment is the ideal scenario. You can test Perform Script On Server, external binaries, and plug-ins that perform a variety of tasks. Essentially, you can perform all the necessary tasks in a real solution. When you develop your FileMaker solution locally with a single copy of Claris/FileMaker Pro, you not only face limitations in what you can test but also risk the possibility of a crash. While running FileMaker Serve

Adding Back Buttons

One of the most valuable features you can incorporate into your Claris/FileMaker solution is a back button. This feature is deeply ingrained in every individual who has ever used a web browser. It represents the common scenario where your mind recalls the previous location and seeks to return to it. However, the challenge lies in the complexity of your solution's navigation system. Without careful attention to simplifying navigation, there can be an overwhelming number of options that most peopl

JSON Custom Functions for FM, part 3

This article is part of a series. See also… •  JSON Custom Functions for FM 19.5, part 1 •  JSON Custom Functions for FM 19.5, part 2 Demo file: json-custom-functions-part-3.zip Note: some of these CFs make use of JSONGetElementType so require FM 19.5 or later. Disclaimer: use at your own risk, these CFs may contain bugs,… Continue reading JSON Custom Functions for FM, part 3View the full article

User-Defined Custom Business Logic in Claris FileMaker

Business rules inevitably evolve over time. When they do, it's important that FileMaker users are able to adjust their application quickly and easily to keep up. The best way to do this is to allow users to modify and define what information FileMaker is presenting them with and how it should be presented using business logic. We demo how to enable users to define custom business rules. Includes sample file and video. dbservices.com

NotarizeIt! Gives eXcelisys Stamp of Approval for Website Development Work

eXcelisys Saves Stalled Website Development for Online Notary Directory Freshly Launched, NotarizeIt! Offers Online Directory and Booking Services to Link Notaries with Clients in Need Struggling to find a way to put her notary public stamp to wider use, Lakema Howard took the initiative and founded NotarizeIt! In May 2023, the NotarizeIt! website went live, thanks to a web development rescue from eXcelisys. NotarizeIt! hooks up trusted notaries with individuals and businesses in need of a not



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