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Charting Anywhere

No Access? Watch the preview video here. ChartingAnywhere_Pre.mp4 Attachment Size ChartingAnywhere.zip 292.7 KB By Matt Petrowsky One of the more valuable things you can add to your data is some sort of visualization. At its most basic level, this is primarily a chart or graph which speaks about the state of your data. Visualizations have been a hot topic in recent years because it's become so easy to access larger data sets. Spending even just a small amount of time on http://visualizing.org or http://www.informationisbeautiful.net makes your everyday UI designer salivate at all the pretty pictures which can provide insight into solution data. With powerful JavaScript libraries like D3, http://d3js.org, readily available within a web viewer and even FileMaker's own charting tool, it simply doesn't make sense to not understand how you can easily access the data for showing a useful chart. In this comprehensive video, we take a look at some tricks to making charting quite easy within FileMaker. It requires an understanding of ExecuteSQL, which is fully covered, but once you have the basics you start to wonder why you've not added more visualizations to your own FileMaker solutions! Tags:  Charting External links Visualizing.org Information Is Beautiful
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FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Developer Debugging Tricks

Spending a lot of time, within any environment, slowly provides the nuances of that trade. Many of which you simply can't know when first getting started. It's not just one tip or trick which makes you great. It's the 'bag of tricks' which make you good - and fast. In this video, I go over a few of my Developer Debugging Tricks. These have been really helpful when developing for either Mobile or Server Side scripts. While developing, you always need to know various things about the environment and the state of things for the files you're working with. FileMaker provides this information within it's long list of Get() functions. The trick is gaining access to that information when you're working on your solution within the context of how the user will be using the software. If making things easier on yourself while debugging sounds interesting then check this video out! Click the title or link to this article to view the video.
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FileMaker Magazine

FileMaker Magazine

 

Optimized Display Images

For newer FileMaker developers it's easy to exclaim "Oh, cool, FileMaker takes care of that for me. Look, it reduces the image to fit my container." Coupled with the false assumption that what you see is optimized to the ideal resolution will give you nothing but a SLOW FileMaker solution. While it's nice to have something taken care of for you, it's not always the most ideal. FileMaker can only anticipate so many situations and conditions and, as a developer, your solution may require far more control. Fortunately, we have it. When storing images remotely, by using the File > Manage > Containers option, you'll find the ability to specify Permanent storage of thumbnails generated by FileMaker. The default is Temporary. However, if you're looking for the ultimate in control then you must take charge and generate your own thumbnails. Beyond creating your own thumbnails, you can make your mobile solutions work even faster by using the Separation model with a local file which caches the images into a table. This local cache can load images and heavy media MUCH, MUCH FASTER than waiting for transfer from FileMaker server! This video focuses on the first part of a two part equation when it comes to showing images within your layouts. Towards the end of the video you'll find an explanation of how to approach a Separation based local caching model of showing solution images. If your FileMaker solution deals with any type of images, then skipping this video will cost you, and your users, a lot of time loading images from a hosted solution! Click the title or link to this article to view the video.
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