Can Filemaker be used to build an on demand Taxi (uber/lyft) style application? If so what other technoloy stack would I need to use?
Yes, but it sounds expensive to license the data API for this. Could go a long way depending on design. The scale of FM might limit you to 10,000 users or so at most depending on how it is designed. More than that you are looking at multiple servers and DM does not really support clustering. Sadly even though worker machines could process Data API requests, FMI has decided to not allow it. With the current data license model I am not sure why.
Use one of the other popular mobile app tools to build such an app that scales.
Honestly I would avoid FM for this except for a demo version.
Thank you for the feedback. I definitely understand the scaling limitations and wouldn’t consider filemaker for a rollout but am in need of a rapid development environment for prototyping and a demo.
Can we use Filemaker, and if so what other tools should we use to efficiently create a working prototype app?
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For a prototype, you need FMS and the iOS SDK.
I don't know how related, but you might contact:
What I’m hoping to ascertain from the group is some well informed direction on what technologies would be best to use to build this app within the filemaker platform so as to provide a best direction.
Ie: google maps integration would be the easiest, fastest and least expensive map integration and it has a well established use case with filemaker...
Or clear direction that it simply can’t be done and basic explanation why we shouldn’t even attempt it with filemaker.
Google maps is easy and well documented, but it is not free and there are license restrictions for commercial use. They have been enforcing the rules more recently and expect to get a bill for going over the free tier usage.
Bing maps is a little better on the pricing.
Nokia Maps ( migrated from yahoo) is another good option.
What I am saying is that FM can be good for a rough prototype. You will need to throw it out and build with something else for production.
Without knowing details of the app it is hard to say exactly what you need. Plenty of Fm consultants you can contact to speak with an NDA if you need it.
I guess if you contact the taxicabmanager, you'll get an earful of why you should/shouldn't attempt.
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