A year ago, I knew very little about the web viewer and how to use it in a FileMaker custom app. I could use the presets, of course, but couldn’t adapt it to my own needs.
As a result of that hard work, I was lucky enough to be able to share my experience and offer some advice at FileMaker DevCon 2017 on this very subject, and I’m grateful for the opportunity.
Web Viewer Library-FileMaker Integration Best Practices
These best practices include:
- Placing all web-language code into fields;
- Using one field for each of the files a library requires;
- In the main field, called HTML in my library, putting in placeholders, such as “**CSS**” that will be eventually substituted out for the code in another field; and
- Using the fmp protocol to call back to FileMaker and perform some action on the data.
I illuminated these best practices and ideas through a few examples of the web viewer library, a collection of 35 (and growing) integrations. I also reviewed how to manipulate an integration and finally, how to push it to any custom app.
Does an Integration Make Sense for Your Custom App?
Throughout the discussion, I emphasized a key point: always make sure an integration is the best method for your custom app. They look pretty and can deepen FileMaker’s functionality, but the end solution may not always be worth your development efforts.
The session gave us a chance to skim the surface of this amazing possibility. If you were unable to make it, FileMaker is sharing the entire session here in a video. I hope that you found (or find) the hour engaging and informative and most of all, inspiring.
If you have any questions, please reach out to our Carafe team.
Watch the full session below: