DevCon 2015: FileMaker Web Services: The Beat Goes On - Steve Winter

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Steve Winter (Matatiro Solutions)

Session Description

FileMaker can do lots of awesome things but sometimes you need some help from an external source. Enter the world of the Web Service (or API) to help us solve pretty much any task imaginable. We’ll begin with a quick primer on how to connect to an external API using FileMaker scripting and the Insert from URL script step. We’ll touch on dealing with JSON API responses, and then look in more depth at processing XML responses and accessing deeply nested data using XPath functions. Lastly, we’ll look at building custom APIs to expose FileMaker to the world.

What you should know

A basic understanding of FileMaker scripting and an interest in accessing shared data (or sharing yours).

Products & Technologies

  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • CWP
  • XML
  • PHP

What You Will Learn

  • Connecting to RESTful web services with FileMaker
  • Methods for unraveling XML responses using XPath
  • Making the dreaded XSLT less like chewing razor blades
  • Building custom APIs for your FileMaker database

 

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