Filemaker Pro

topic posted Tue, January 24, 2012 - 1:14 PM by  Edward
Anyone use Filemaker Pro to build apps?
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  • Re: Filemaker Pro

    Tue, January 24, 2012 - 10:32 PM
    You mean like Bento?
    • Re: Filemaker Pro

      Thu, January 26, 2012 - 11:40 AM
      I don't know. What is Bento?
      • Re: Filemaker Pro

        Thu, January 26, 2012 - 8:48 PM
        Isn't that Japanese takeout?

        Seriously, I think he might be talking about this:

        I have no idea what it does or if it's related or useful, though. It looks like a subset of Filemaker. As far as I can tell, it has nothing at all to do with writing iPhone/iPad apps. It looks like more of an organizational thing. But then again, so does Filemaker Pro on first glance.
        • Re: Filemaker Pro

          Wed, February 1, 2012 - 1:27 PM
          At QZAP we use Bento internally to organize collections of zines. It's very much "Filemake Lite" in that it allows for easy development of small databases that are mostly non-relational.

          I think my boyfriend uses the iPhone app to connect to the desktop one, but I personally haven't looked into it.
  • Re: Filemaker Pro

    Wed, February 1, 2012 - 4:07 PM
    I use filemaker extensively. Apps?
    • Re: Filemaker Pro

      Thu, February 2, 2012 - 5:55 AM

      See link, in particular: "Quickly Develop iOS Apps"
      • Re: Filemaker Pro

        Thu, February 2, 2012 - 2:57 AM
        I think they mean "apps" not the actual ios apps that most people envision.

        Filemaker is an awesome databasing tool, and as such you can build a lot of things, easily, that are related to database stuff. But don't even try to imagine building something like Angry Birds in it. The functionality just isn't there.

        Mostly, you can build thing s like address books, movie databases, personnel files, etc. Their "starter solution" pack for filemaker includes: asset management, contacts. document library, email campaign, event management, expense report, medical records, field trips, home budget, inventory, invoices, lending library, music library, people management, catalogs, purchase orders, recipe book, registration, tack management, time billing, and to do lists.

        FIlemaker Go is an application that lets you run (but not modify) these databases. Filemater Pro is what lets you make the databases. Bento, yes, is a stripped down version without the SQL integration options of filemaker .... intended for home users.
        • Re: Filemaker Pro

          Thu, February 23, 2012 - 9:00 PM
          So mostly, it's a tool that lets you wrap a UI around a database?
          • Re: Filemaker Pro

            Fri, February 24, 2012 - 12:07 AM
            That's been my experience. And for that, it's pretty much king. SQL integration, plus it's own DB server and HTML interfaces, etc. Pretty extensive for that. But, again, you ain't writing Angry Birds in FMP.
            • Re: Filemaker Pro

              Fri, February 24, 2012 - 3:02 PM
              Ted , Hahhah no √  i used to run the original pong in unix on this mac because ( as you know ) Sony® used to make the Tipowerbooks ® for Apple ® . In fact , one can download some e x c e l l e n t Playstation ® emulators for macintosh , too , still . i still dis like Xtensible Markup Language.xml and wonder w h y Apple ® ever chose it to be the default DB format for ITunes ® other than it parses everything in halƒ 1 \ 2 so it's EZier to go through and sort in a lookup table . ...i.e., Spotlight . . the finder never find n e thing very well and it just an other program
              My friends still program for AIX - HPiX and DB II and get paid to do so :) HIPAA ∞
  • Re: Filemaker Pro

    Tue, July 17, 2012 - 3:59 AM
    FileMaker is a great program, but not really for complete beginners.
    If you have some basic knowledge it's great... Just don't expect a drag and drop app maker like GameMaker!

    It's well worth learning though :)

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