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So, the time has come. Runtime support is gone in 19.
This puts me in a quandary. At my company, I have a handful of small apps that do nothing but import CSVs and print labels with barcodes on Zebra label printers, or packing slips with pictures for each item. These are one-off special purpose databases. There is no active data management. The scripts clear out the DB and import a fresh CSV on each run.
I have tried making these applications work with Server, to no avail. I doubt anything has changed in 19.
I can understand Claris wanting to move to an online subscription-based model, but the problem is that the server version is not at feature parity with the desktop client for certain essential things I need, like printing to a label printer, or exporting PDFs with images that come from a folder full of PNG files that change on each run.
I have some time, obviously, but version 18 will not run forever, especially if Apple's shenanigans continue. Is Claris listening, or should I just assume that this is a lost cause?
When most of the world is forced to work from home, many things you took for granted can disappear over night. Speed of the internet is one of them, performance of your business critical apps follows very closely. The good news is that most of the custom FileMaker apps out there do not use the full power of the platform and they can be made much faster. So let me share a few tips on how you can optimize your FileMaker apps for working from home over the slower-than-usually internet connection.
Do you know what tools you can use and how you can improve your app's performance to an acceptable level even when connecting from home over VPN?
For example, one neat trick will make everything appear in the Top Call Stats, not just the 25 top calls...
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Demystifying the FileMaker Server Top Call Stats Log
Are you wondering why your FileMaker Server is running slowly or performing poorly? The FileMaker Server top call statistics log can help. It records up to 25 of the most impactful remote calls to your server that occur during a collection interval.
Using this native FileMaker feature, you can see who is connected to your server and what actions they are performing. This can give you an idea of why your server might be running slowly or performing poorly.
Sometimes it can be difficult to understand all of the statistics displayed. In order to help bring clarity to this, Joe Martin, Senior Developer here at 360Works, put together a demo to give you a clearer picture of what is going on with your FileMaker Server and how you can improve your development. He will give you greater top call insight and cover the relationship between top call stats, client stats, and the server stats log.
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