Using FileMaker and API’s to Connect to the Web

FileMaker and API's

Chris Ippolite, of iSolutions fame, and FileMaker, joined forces to make this webinar back in November.  If you need to connect FileMaker to the web, this webinar shows several practical examples of how to do it:

  • Integrating with Slack
  • Integrating with Zillow
  • Integrating with Mail Chimp
  • Integrating with google Calendar
  • Integrating google Maps and street view
  • Using the FileMaker Data API as a data source for hundreds of thousands of users!

That last item connects FileMaker to Nodejs to a special caching service to scale up to enterprise level.  Did you know FileMaker could do that?

There's also a bonus:  a free FileMaker Example file: the Books database uses the FileMaker Go's barcode scanning and the google books API to retrieve the data from the books barcode.  You'll have to get your own google API Key to make it work, but that's a pretty straightforward process.

Don't Be Intimidated

Viewing the connection process that goes on behind the scenes is scary the first time you look at it...just remember that most of the work is done in one script step:  Insert from URL.  A lot of the rest processing the returned data into FileMaker by parsing JSON into FileMaker. Spend some time working through this script and you'll pick up a valuable developer skill.

See the Power

Kudos to Ippolite and FileMaker for powerfully showing how connecting FileMaker and API's dramatically increases usability for your clients.


If you want to learn more about using FileMaker and API's, click here to see all the posts I've made in the past on this subject.  Enjoy!

Something important for developers to remember:

The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.

Ted Nelson

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