Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • The past month at the Agile Open Conference in Northern California, I was inspired by the Open Space forum to share and learn from those gathered about product ownership. As a software project manager, I’m tasked with helping define, facilitate and participate in product ownership roles. One of the biggest challenges I face is also […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • In 2017, we released several new versions of bBox plugin. In the spirit of yearly retrospective, let’s highlight perhaps the most exciting new bBox feature: JavaScript for FileMaker. The new JavaScript for FileMaker functions in bBox are great for heavy duty JSON processing tasks, repurposing JavaScript code for use in FileMaker, or other computation intensive […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • FileMaker 16 has been out for several months, however we wanted to call attention to a change that can effect your application’s use of server side scripting. Recently, we upgraded a client project to FileMaker Server 16, and found that critical functionality had mysteriously broken. After a bit of sleuthing and gnashing of teeth, we […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • Typically, you buy an SSL certificate for a server from a SSL vendor. However, some companies may decide that they want to issue their own SSL certificates. Often this is because the domain is only used internally, and most vendors don’t easily allow (if at all) the signing of server certificates for non-public domains. Additionally, issuing your […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • “Code that belongs”. This is the mantra, the quest, of Beezwax Senior Developer Ryan Simms; which he discusses in this ten-part article on building a large-scale web application using d3.js. How to write code that fits the context intrinsically. The article focuses on specific techniques with the data visualization library, d3.js. But the lessons are […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • We’re thrilled to announce the official, “integration-ready” version of LOgiCATOR. LOgiCATOR is a modular search interface for FileMaker that can be easily integrated into new or existing solutions. It’s designed to help users locate data with logical precision, via a powerful yet intuitive interface for searching across FileMaker tables. This article includes a download link for the […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • The 8th FileMaker Konferenz is happening October 12 – 14, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Pitter Event Center in Salzburg, Austria. At the konferenz Vincenzo Menanno, director of FileMaker Development for Beezwax presents two sessions on advanced FileMaker development: FileMaker and Tableau Saturday, October 14, 2017 With the introduction of FileMaker 16 and the Data […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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FileMaker and PHP 7

  • At the Custom Web Publishing (CWP) user group at FileMaker DevCon 2017 in July, a number of speakers (and a big thank you to everyone for a great session!) discussed solutions they’ve taken or investigated for making CWP apps compatible with PHP 7. At Beezwax, we have a client project with a requirement for PHP 7 […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • We are pleased to release bBox version 0.88. bBox is a free utility plug-in to extend FileMaker solutions to easily use code libraries and macOS-based functions from Python, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, AppleScript, Bash/sh, XPath, and SQLite. Included is a demo file that has over 180 examples of how you can put bBox functions to work for you. New Features: XPath & AppleScript Improvements […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • Hello, and welcome to the second part of the Markdown Compiler series! In case you’ve missed it, here is the first part. In this part we’ll talk about the second step in compiling: Parsing – also known as Syntactic Analysis. This part has a bit more theory, so it might take some time to digest. […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • After a bit of hiatus, we are pleased to release bBox version 0.86. bBox is a free utility plug-in to extend FileMaker solutions to easily use code libraries and OS X functions from Python, Ruby, AppleScript, JavaScript, Bash, XPath, and SQLite. Included is a demo file that has over 180 examples of how you can put its functions to work for you.   […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • Apple’s Server 5.x has a rather different Apache configuration compared to the core Mac OS setup or those used in previous versions of Server. In particular, an instance of Apache is used as a proxy to any ‘backend’ copies of Apache. Unfortunately, this setup has the proxy always listening (attached) to ports 80 & 443, even […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • Have you ever wanted to make your own programming language? Maybe a template engine? A JSON parser? If you have ever built any of those, you might have noticed it’s not exactly easy to get started. There are a lot of concepts to digest before you get going. That’s why lots of devs just give […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • In Part 1 of this series, “Introducing LOgiCATOR,” I mentioned that LOgiCATOR grew out of a search interface I developed for a project several years ago. In ways we’ll briefly consider here, it wasn’t extensible, but all that has changed. As that early search interface grew into LOgiCATOR, it made a quantum leap in context independence. The […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • Introduction If you are FileMaker developer, but new to the notion of web APIs and web development in general, then you might take on a kind of deer-in-the-headlights look when confronted with FileMaker Server 16’s new Data API, aka “REST API”. Fear Not! It really is simpler and more straightforward than you might expect. I […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • We’re excited to announce the release of LOgiCATOR, a new modular search interface for FileMaker. It’s designed as a module you can drop into a FileMaker application and, with minimal configuration, add a rule-based search interface to any number of layouts in that solution. LOgiCATOR is also a springboard for learning about some great new […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • It’s here and I feel like I have to tell the whole world… which is what I am doing! Now that FileMaker 16 is officially announced, there are lots of exciting things to talk about that are now possible. I think one of the most powerful new features that have been introduced in version 16 is the capability […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • If you’ve been working with FileMaker, then I don’t have to sell you on the fact that it’s a great solution to help you manage your data. Whether you’re an in-house developer, a consultant, or just starting to explore what is possible with this powerful platform, you will at some point come across the need […]

Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • In Part 1 (“Check Please,”) and Part 2 (“Expert Panel,”) of this series, we had some fun doing things with button bars that showed off some of their unique usefulness within the FileMaker design-layer toolbox. Often as not, your button bars are going to include icon labels, with or without a supporting text label, and you want those icons … Continue reading Fun with FileMaker Button Bars, Part 3: ...

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Beezwax Datatools, Inc.
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  • Writing DSLs: The joy of human consumable APIs

    A well-designed Domain Specific Language (DSL) can help you be more productive as a developer, thus making you, your team and your clients happier. In this post, I’ll guide you through the design and creation of a simple DSL to create EPUB files. We’ll start with a regular API and refactoring until we get to … Continue reading Writing DSLs: The joy of human consumable APIs →

  • InspectorPro 6

    InspectorPro 6 Highlighting insight, performance and collaboration Wow! InspectorPro 6 is finally here. Can’t even believe it. It was such a massive undertaking. Lots of great new things and many improvements. Really proud of this release. In the immortal words of the late Steve Jobs… “This is our best version ever”. The focus has been … Continue reading InspectorPro 6 →

  • Export Just What You Need in FileMaker

    example file: Airplane_Maintenance.fmp12 The Lesson of Context One of the first lessons I learned with FileMaker is that of context! Layouts, reports, calculations, scripts, and so on all act from the perspective of a single Table Occurrence (TO) — the “context” — pulling in data from related tables as needed. Generally, the record set being … Continue reading Export Just What You Need in FileMake...

  • Recycle Your Data | Save Space and Money

    A few years ago, I worked on a FileMaker project where the client told us that every week they need to import about 7,000 rows of data that represent some information that this company uses. And every week there might be some modified records, some records that don’t show up any longer, and some new records that … Continue reading Recycle Your Data | Save Space and Money →

  • Fun with FileMaker Button Bars, Part 2: Expert Panel

    Fun with Button Bars, Part 2: Expert Panel Have you ever had a FileMaker design conundrum for which you wished you could convene an Expert Panel to help guide you? If you’re thinking "panel of experts," I can’t help you, but if you’re looking for a more flexible and visually engaging alternative to FileMaker Tab … Continue reading Fun with FileMaker Button Bars, Part 2: Expert Panel →

  • FileMaker Client installers with FileMaker Cloud

    If you purchased your FileMaker Cloud server with user connection licenses,  you may well wonder “Where do I get the client software to connect to my server?”. A fair chance you’ll initially land on the screen below. This seems relevant, but there’s still no indication here how you can download the FileMaker Pro clients you have … Continue reading FileMaker Client installers with FileMaker Cloud →

  • Use Amazon OpenID authentication with FileMaker Cloud

    Here we’ll list the steps you’ll need to enable authentication using Amazon accounts with FileMaker Cloud. If you’ll be having more than a few different people logging in to the Admin Console of your FileMaker Cloud server, it’s generally good practive to avoid having everyone use the same credentials. By enablling an additional authentication mechanism, you can … Continue reading Use Amazon OpenI...

  • What’s this “Sign in to FileMaker Server” dialog?

    If you’ve installed the FileMaker Pro client using a “For Teams” license, or as part of your FileMaker Cloud server usage, you may see a new dialog in FileMaker Pro. In version 15, FileMaker has introduced a a new user-based licensing model. With FileMaker for Teams and FileMaker Cloud, a license allows use of Server and … Continue reading What’s this “Sign in to FileMaker Server” dialog? →

  • Using an AWS Reserved Instance with FileMaker Cloud

    We’ll discuss how you can use a one or three year reserved instance for your FileMaker Cloud instance. This can shave 30% or more off your AWS instance charges. Determine Usage When you spin up any new AWS based VM you will by default be using an hourly instance. This can be perfect for short-term usage or where … Continue reading Using an AWS Reserved Instance with FileMaker Cloud →

  • Restart interrupted FileMaker Cloud deployment

    If you had started a FileMaker Cloud deployment, but lost access, accidentally closed the page, or had some other issue that caused the process to stop, you may be able to restart your deployment easily by going to the AWS Marketplace and checking your history. To see your history, go to Your Software in the … Continue reading Restart interrupted FileMaker Cloud deployment →

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