If you don't want to put in the time to learn to code the FileMaker API for PHP, then a template like this might be for you.
However if you want to have absolute complete control over your web code, interface (appearance), and functionality, then learning CWP and PHP is the best.
FM Websites seems like a shortcut, but it also seems like it's very limited in terms of what interface and functionality it has out of the box. Also, privacy/security may be of concern, as you're giving a third party's code read/write access to your database.
Thank you Mike,
Still learning PHP , its taking some time. Came across this website and was curious to know more about it.
It's OK for someone who wants a quickfix ... with very simple solutions with limited function e.g some data entry forms
wihout having to pay for webdirect connections
I was also concerned about giving my login credential over to the app to access the data.
I think TimDietrich is also coming up with a system for CWP without writing code at FMEasyWeb | Create FileMaker Web Applications With Ease .
That sure looks promising ...
Tim’s stuff is good and I’m also looking forward to it, but you’re only substituting for the inevitable roadblock sometime later.
I may be biased because I do code in PHP (did so long before I got into FileMaker), but to unleash the full IMMENSE capabilities that PHP can do when paired with CWP, you’ll need to keep pushing yourself to learn PHP. Other developers can offer shortcuts, but you’re limiting yourself to the scope of what their solution/product can do.
You might want to sign up for a PHP learning course independent of filemaker to learn it. Stuff like Lynda.com and codecademy are pretty cheap resources with a wealth of content.
Yeah I really want to do good CWP with PHP , am doing a course with www.Udemy.com. Hope to get going soon...
Thanks for all your inputs on my posts ... its good to have good advice for newbies like me.
FMStudio Pro is what I have been using for years. www.fmwebschool.com. It is a Dreamweaver extension that makes the Filemaker connection and creates the php code. It is fairly robust, although there is no further development on it. The support is pretty good, and it is inexpensive.
It also writes buggy PHP code sometimes that can be hard to troubleshoot, and I’m not sure that the base coding standards are up to date with PHP 5+.
I don’t recall as well if it writes secure database calls using prepared statements (PDO), but that’s important for secure development.
I haven’t used dreamweaver since CS3, but I recall that the UI code quality of the HTML/CSS was sometimes poor when your design got complex. Hopefully it’s improved as well.
it's absolutely wonderful to start with a 'canned' solution. It may help you to learn what is going on and why within the PHP. However, like the PHP assistant (previous server version), what you get may be limited. PHP does soooooo much more than just what you may use within the FMP API for PHP. But you know that! so much to learn, so little time.
Interesting. Not very full featured. Seems like a slightly nicer version of what was available with IWP.
I recall talking to someone else outside of technet about this site, and I think they read somewhere that they put their brand on your stuff as well, not sure since I haven't tried it, but something to watch out for.