Tim Dietrich

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Introducing FMWebFrame

If you look very carefully at my site, you might notice that I've ditched WordPress. Here's the scoop...

One of the things that I've been working on lately is a new Web application framework that I'm calling "FMWebFrame." I'm using my own site as a test of the framework.

FMWebFrame is a simple, lightweight web application framework for developing custom Web applications using the FileMaker API for PHP. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to develop dynamic web sites and web services that are driven by FileMaker.

Some of the framework's features include:

  • Automatic creation of FileMaker database connection objects.
  • An easy-to-use interface for querying FileMaker using a SQL select statement.
  • An easy-to-use, yet flexible function for accessing images and documents stored in containers.
  • Seamlessly handles caching of query results and container data.
  • Provides a library of FileMaker-to-PHP translation functions, so you can use the FileMaker functions that you are familiar with in your PHP code.
  • Provides support for custom 404 mapping. This allows you to use SEO-friendly "permalinks" in your Web apps.

I'll be providing more information about FMWebFrame in the weeks ahead. I'm still adding functionality and refining things, and testing the framework on several FileMaker/Web integration projects that I'm working on.

Stay tuned!