Synching FileMaker Mobile Apps
Synching FileMaker mobile apps with the hosted file is not one of the more glamorous topics to cover, but is a necessary one to address as a developer. Katherine Russell, Senior Consultant at NightWing Enterprises, presented on this topic at FileMaker DevCon 2016:
The environment of each file involved in a syncing scenario determines how you address the interrelated questions of record exchange and record processing. It also may dictate the sync methodology, such as importing records or incremental record-by-record updates.
Using indirection and other dynamic scripting techniques, this session demonstrates flexible approaches to implementing a successful sync for your mobile custom apps — whether hosted or stand-alone.
If you are planning to synch mobile apps, take the time to watch this presentation and work through the example files and the pdf guide.
Subjects covered in this video include:
- Business Rules and Process Mapping
- Synching Scenarios for Mobile Custom Apps
- Importing directly from a FileMaker app to another FileMaker app
- Passing data arrays as parameters
- Passing arrays via inline script parameters using fmp URL
- Scraping data from a web viewer
- Transactional Integrity
There's plenty more, as well, so download the files and set time aside to listen.
Mobile Tech: An Umbrella like Monitor
It's just a Kickstarter project for now, but the concept is killer: The SPUD is an absurd 24-inch portable display that opens like an umbrella:
It’s called the SPUD or Spontaneous Pop-Up Display, and at The Verge, well, we can’t decide whether it’s terrible or genius. When collapsed, it looks like a deflated airbed: about the size of a big hardback book and weighing under 2 pounds. When opened, it's more like a light diffuser used by photographers. The projector itself sits at the back of the unit and throws the image up onto the 24-inch screen.
Tech like this is coming, one way or another. This one may seem to be a bit clunky at first, but compare it to carting around a 24" monitor and it gets practical pretty fast.
Troubleshooting the FileMaker WebViewer
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