I'd like to check whether I'm going into dangerous territory. The
challenge I face is that we have a FileMaker Server 8 installed. This
is the standard version, not the unlimited/advanced version with built-
in Instant Web Publishing. So, I can't just run IWP (Instant Web
Publishing) from the server.
It will not be cost effective to upgrade to FM Server Advanced. What
is the feasibility of going this route:
1. FileMaker Server 8 hosts file "Z".
2. FileMaker Pro 8 (Client) hosts file "A". File A has a relationship
to file "Z". I want to use file A as a window onto file Z. So, there
will be one record for every record on file Z. All the fields in file
A will be calculation fields with a formula that pulls through related
info from file Z e.g. "Z::PersonName". This will allow me to display
info from file Z within file A.
3. IWP - Users with a browser can view the info they need via an IWP
link to the machine running FileMaker Pro 8 client ie the file they
link to is File A.
Whether it will work is one thing-I have not tested it yet. Equally
important is to check what kind of problems I'll face in the future ie
what the pitfalls are. Here's my list:
a) It's a hassle to add new field
b) File A has to run periodic check for new records in File Z
c) Scripting complex behaviour - Luckily the IWP users will have view
only access. So, I won't need to replicate any scripting from the main
file. All they'll be doing in searching and viewing using FileMaker's
built in functions, not via script buttons.
d) File A must always be open to enable IWP.
Can you offer me any encouragements or warnings?
Thanks very much
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