ODBC (which stands for Open Database Connectivity) and JDBC are standards that were developed to facilitate data exchange between disparate data sources. FileMaker can access remote data via ODBC/JDBC (sometimes referred to jointly by FileMaker as "xDBC"), and it can act also as an ODBC/JDBC data source for other applications. The latter is a deployment option you should consider if you need your FileMaker data to feed other applications in your organization.


ODBC and JDBC are standards, not languages or applications. Different applications are compliant with these standards to varying degrees. SQL (Structured Query Language) is the language used to exchange data via ODBC/JDBC. The term "xDBC" is used for convenience in the FileMaker documentation to refer to both technologies jointly.

To make FileMaker data available via xDBC, you must be using the Windows version of FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server Advanced. Configuring a database to be accessible via xDBC is similar to configuring it to be accessible via the Web: You need to add the fmxdbc extended privilege to one or more privilege sets, and you need to turn on ODBC/JDBC sharing. After doing this, you need to set up data source names (DSNs) for other applications to use when accessing your FileMaker databases. After everything has been configured properly, other applications can send SQL queries to FileMaker.

You might want to consider xDBC as part of your deployment strategy for many reasons. For instance, you might set up report templates and charts in Microsoft Excel that pull data from FileMaker via ODBC. Similarly, you can design Java applets that interact with FileMaker databases via JDBC. Other potential uses include integration with JSP pages, ASP or ASP.NET pages, and query tools.

For more information on using ODBC/JDBC with FileMaker, see Chapter 20, "Exporting Data from FileMaker," p. 595, and Chapter 19, "Importing Data into FileMaker Pro," p. 567.

Part I: Getting Started with FileMaker 8

FileMaker Overview

Using FileMaker Pro

Defining and Working with Fields

Working with Layouts

Part II: Developing Solutions with FileMaker

Relational Database Design

Working with Multiple Tables

Working with Relationships

Getting Started with Calculations

Getting Started with Scripting

Getting Started with Reporting

Part III: Developer Techniques

Developing for Multiuser Deployment

Implementing Security

Advanced Interface Techniques

Advanced Calculation Techniques

Advanced Scripting Techniques

Advanced Portal Techniques

Debugging and Troubleshooting

Converting Systems from Previous Versions of FileMaker Pro

Part IV: Data Integration and Publishing

Importing Data into FileMaker Pro

Exporting Data from FileMaker

Instant Web Publishing

FileMaker and Web Services

Custom Web Publishing

Part V: Deploying a FileMaker Solution

Deploying and Extending FileMaker

FileMaker Server and Server Advanced

FileMaker Mobile

Documenting Your FileMaker Solutions

Using FileMaker 8
Special Edition Using FileMaker 8
ISBN: 0789735121
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 296

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