by Craig S. Mullins
Enterprise developers these days are usually heads down, in the trenches working on in-
The first thing you’ll notice is that FileMaker is much more than a database system; it is also a development platform for creating, deploying, and managing data-
In a recent Forrester survey of businesses about mobile adoption, 55% of organizations stated that supporting a larger number of smartphones was a high or critical priority over the next 12 months, while 52% said the same of supporting tablets like Apple’s iPad. A DBMS and development platform combination like FileMaker Pro eases the transition because it can support cross-
Creating a Database with FileMaker Pro
It is extremely simple to create a database using FileMaker Pro 12. You start by creating a FileMaker Pro file, which can be created using one of the supplied templates. Or, you can create a file without using a template. Naming columns and choosing data types is a snap – especially if you are familiar with relational database concepts. Your database can be as simple (single table) or as complex as necessary as FileMaker supports the familiar database features such as referential integrity, constraints, indexing, and so on.
The ability to create an interactive application quickly on top of the database using point-
The FileMaker platform includes both Desktop clients and Browser support. The applications developed in FileMaker will run without modification on both Windows and Mac desktops and the browser. You can choose to modify the screens to tune them for mobile, desktop or browser access, but the screen modifications are straightforward (and do not require programming). And, of course, the data, the relationships, and the business logic run across all platforms.
Simplified Development for Mobile Applications
The most recent version of the product, FileMaker Pro 12, introduced 40 new layout themes that simplify interface development. This is important for iPhone and iPad applications because users expect a visually pleasing interface on these devices. FileMaker Pro 12 offers multiple versions of several of the themes with version tailored specifically for mobile versus desktop.
The more you learn about FileMaker the more you will become convinced that it offers a phenomenal platform for many types of business applications -
Integrating Enterprise Data
And it is possible to integrate enterprise data into your FileMaker solutions. FileMaker’s data integration services enable direct integration with MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server databases, as well as many others using ODBC and JDBC.
FileMaker Pro offers everything you need to build solid, capable business applications including authentication and easy software distribution to remote devices. Indeed, with FileMaker you can implement a role-
For larger organizations, FileMaker Server can be deployed to deliver additional capabilities such as Windows Active Directory support, 64-
If a field-
From Database Trends and Applications, February 2013.
© 2013 Craig S. Mullins,