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File Permissions Error and PSOS

File Permissions Error and PSOS

Working together today during our weekly dev meeting, the Portage Bay team ran across a slightly obscure requirements issue that took little bit of time for us to resolve, though once resolved the issue was pretty simple. Maybe this blog post will help someone catch the same problem a little more quickly.

WebDirect at NVL Labs

WebDirect at NVL Labs

NVL Laboratories provides complete Industrial Hygiene services including testing and environmental safety services for their clients. This includes testing for a variety of hazardous substances like lead and asbestos. They pride themselves in providing a complete solution for their customer’s environmental and safety needs and find FileMaker to be an ideal tool to help make this happen.

A Perfect Pair - ExecuteSQL and PSOS

A Perfect Pair - ExecuteSQL and PSOS

This is a quick tip about how PSOS can vastly improve performance of the ExecuteSQL script step.  Recently we received feedback on one of our solutions that uses Execute SQL to build a virtual list used in a picker window. The feedback had to do with the slow performance of loading the picker window. The user complained of the window sometimes taking up to 30 minutes to load. Obviously this design was not ideal!

FileMaker Performance Optimization

FileMaker Performance Optimization

“97% of the time, Premature optimization is the root of all evil”

I think I first read this quote of Tony Hoare in McConnell's “Code Complete” and have thought about it many times when doing code reviews, during my own programming, and when talking with others about programming problems they’re trying to solve.

Impossible Spaces in Virtual Reality

Impossible Spaces in Virtual Reality

I have been fascinated with impossible places. Things like the Doctor Who Tardis, Hypercubes, and M.C. Escher’s impossible objects, lead me to happy daydreams. Lately I have been wondering, would it be possible to create some of these physically impossible spaces. Could I create them in Virtual Reality (VR), and if so, what would they feel like?

The Complete Guide to FM iOS App Development

The Complete Guide to FM iOS App Development

When FileMaker announced it was launching a SDK for creating native iOS apps, this was very exciting news. Developers now have the ability to build an app in FileMaker and send it to the Apple App Store. The steps for going through this process can be a bit cumbersome. After deploying a few apps, I’ve come up with a complete guide to launching an app. Note that these instructions are very specific to FileMaker iOS App SDK v15 and Xcode v8.2.1. If you find any issues when going through the checklist please leave a comment so we may update the checklist and share it with everyone.

fmreauthenticate Refresher

fmreauthenticate Refresher

Have you ever needed a user to quickly pop into their FileMaker solution and not become disconnected when switching networks or putting the device to sleep? This is a common request for FileMaker Go users, but can also be useful for desktop users who keep their solution open all day. There are a couple different ways to make this work, but as I found out recently, there are also some things to keep in mind when you are troubleshooting.