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Intro reads like a marketing blurb[edit]

This bit from the first line of the article, "known for its combination of power and ease of use", is marketing talk, and entirely unsuitable for an encyclopedia. I suggest someone changes the tone to something a bit more neutral. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.73.154.190 (talk) 03:54, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Yes, the *whole article* reads exactly like a marketing glossy. Desperate advertising for a very limited, non-standards compliant database?

Crossplatform?[edit]

This article begins by stating that FileMaker is "cross-platform" but makes no mention versions other than for the Mac. -- Viajero 14:53, Aug 29, 2003 (UTC)

There is also a windows version of FileMaker. That should be added. --SeanO 22:11, Sep 6, 2003 (UTC)

Surely these are covered by the info box? Barefootguru 01:31, 19 October 2005 (UTC)

Comparisons[edit]

from what I can tell this is comparable to Access and Alpha Five.

I also haven't found any mention of SQL in relation to it. I'm curious how easy it is to export to other formats or more powerful databases.



> easy but messy


>It is easy using SQL statements, I am filemaker developer and it would be messy if you don't have an organized file.

Unfeasibly large links section[edit]

The links section is not only growing all the time, but at 35 links seems to be in contradiction to what Wikipedia is (WP:NOT#Wikipedia is not a mirror or a repository of links, images, or media files).

I think it should be groomed to 2 entries:

  • FileMaker Inc. website, including Technical Knowledge Base
  • Dancing-Data, detailed history from 1980 to 1989

The other sites are easily found using Google, and we shouldn't be trying to list all developer resources and user groups here.

Thoughts?

Barefootguru 01:40, 19 October 2005 (UTC)

Sounds like a reasonable suggestion to me. Grstain 18:37, 19 October 2005 (UTC)

I do not agree with your points of view. Why not to propose some external ressources for users and/or developers? Looking around I see that type of resources for MySQL, Postgre or Microsoft_Access. My opinion is that the list should be limited to the main non-commercial ressources as: FMPug, FMForums, Advisor (FileMaker Conference)... odevriese 08:37, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

I've pulled the links to user groups. Not only do they go against WP:EL, but they are also only interesting to users in that specific area. However, if there is one (or two) portal for developers with further information (and maybe a list of user groups), we could list that here. Averell (talk) 09:57, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Version history[edit]

Hi. The article is alternating between having a complete version history of FM and not. GraemeL seems to be the protagonist for removing it, while Grstain and 71.141.245.74 have restored it.

So I thought I’d bring this edit skirmish into the open ☺

Personally I think we should have the version history but lose the bug fix versions from the table: I can see the value of the former but not the latter.

Looking around I see Tiger, Safari, and iTunes with complete history; Excel, Word, and Adobe InDesign with major revisions only.

Thoughts?

Barefootguru 18:33, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

A list of bug fixes belongs on the vendor's web site, not in an encyclopaedia, even a Wikipedia-like one. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.144.64.246 (talk) 09:17, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

Linux?[edit]

Anyone know if there's an equally user-friendly DB for Linux? kwami 10:30, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Though not completely like FileMaker, Open Office (Open Office has a module called Base which provides an easy to use, rapid database environment, and a basic query environment. --Timothy Trimble 21:00, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Languages[edit]

What languages does it use for scripting and/or queries? What other technologies is it based on?

62.163.197.25 23:42, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

Filemaker uses it's own internal script editor and language. Filemaker is highly AppleScriptable on the Mac and access to external Dll's and executables on the PC.

So it is not based off SQL? That seriously limits its use to small, low-end applications. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.144.64.246 (talk) 09:19, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

Publisher[edit]

The version table lists FileMaker II version 1.1v2 as a Nashoba Product. I had that version and it was definitely on a Claris Disk in a Claris box. Claris published the last version of FileMaker II Jameywiki 16:19, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

USR file format[edit]

Does anyone have details on the USR file format? It seems to be an archive file of some sort.

Does anyone know how the data in the file is encrypted? As the USR file is compressible by 9:1 I have to suspect some XOR method rather then DES/AES/etc.

THANKS -- Michael Janich (talk) 07:05, 3 November 2008 (UTC)


Nothing About XML/XSLT?[edit]

I'm currently working on FileMaker and XSL and this article has nothing. Hopefully someone more knowledgable than me will add something. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 170.170.59.139 (talk) 21:28, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

Connecting to SQL databases without SQL?[edit]

FileMaker, since version 9, includes the ability to connect to a number of SQL databases without resorting to using SQL, including MySQL, SQL Server, and Oracle.

Connecting to SQL databases without SQL? How do you connect to MySQL w/o SQL? Didn’t you mean “ODBC”? Ceplm (talk) 21:34, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

I don't know for sure, but I suspect it means that you do not need to know how to perform a SQL query to return data and you don't need to know how to perform updates, inserts, etc. Walter Görlitz (talk) 21:58, 13 January 2014 (UTC)
I see. That makes sense, but it is really really poorly worded. Ceplm (talk) 22:19, 13 January 2014 (UTC)