Web Publishing

A FileMaker database can be deployed to web users in several ways. One method is to simply export data as either HTML or XML so that it can be statically accessed through a web server. For dynamic interaction with your database, the deployment options are Instant Web Publishing (IWP) and Custom Web Publishing (CWP).

Both FileMaker Pro client and FileMaker Server Advanced can provide access to databases via IWP. FileMaker Pro supports up to 5 concurrent IWP connections; FileMaker Server Advanced supports up to 100. In both cases, setup is straightforward. With IWP, your existing FileMaker layouts are dynamically rendered as web pages. Most scripts will function correctly as well, meaning that designing a solution for IWP deployment requires no web programming skills. Because of the browser restrictions for using IWP, we don recommend using IWP for public websites. Its a more proper deployment option for remote users who would otherwise be connecting to your databases via a slow FileMaker Pro client connection.

For more information on Instant Web Publishing, see Chapter 21, "Instant Web Publishing," p. 633.


Custom Web Publishing is an appropriate deployment option when you need to integrate FileMaker data into an existing website, to provide FileMaker data to other applications in the manner of a web service, or when you simply require more flexibility than IWP affords. CWP requires that a database be hosted by FileMaker Server Advanced. You must also set up a Web Publishing Engine and have a suitable web server available (Apache or Internet Information Server). Using CWP, appropriately formatted HTTP requests can be interpreted by the Web Publishing Engine and passed on to FileMaker Server. The server responds to these requests via XML, which can be transformed into HTML with an XSL stylesheet or simply parsed by some other middleware application. Unlike IWP, CWP requires some knowledge and experience with web application development.

For more information on Custom Web Publishing, see Chapter 23, "Custom Web Publishing," p. 699. For more information on Web Services, see Chapter 22, "FileMaker and Web Services," p. 699.




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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