A possible customer has requested me to check out some marketing flyers for a few applications which fall under the managing contacts / scheduler category. Both use Filemaker his or her after sales. It appears such as these two applications are offered as web applications. Anyway I never heard about Filemaker within 10 years, therefore it was surprising to determine it appear two times within the same sitting. It began out like a MAC platform db system.

I'm more a fan of SQL Server, MY SQL, etc, before make any comments on Filemaker, Let me know a few of the benefits and drawbacks from the system. It should be a lot more than Access for Apple computers, but I have not stumble upon it as being a person within the client / server or web application arena.

Thank you Mike Thomas


  • It's cheap


  • It's cheap(ly made)
  • It's non-standard (simple to find MySQL/Oracle/MSSQL/Access experts but nobody knows Filemaker)

Using subpar and/or nonstandard technologies only produces technology debt. I have only seen it utilized in shops in which the devs originated from old-fashioned Apple, I have never found a decent dev that really loved (or desired to) by using this niche product.

For me the product is available since it is Access for Apple computers, also it acquired a good enough userbase and existing programs that enough people bought each upgrade to help keep it running a business. You will find many items available on the market that also exist since it is customers are kept in, not because it is a good choice.

I'll admit to prejudice about this subject -- Sometimes and among the bigger FileMaker development shops available, and also have written the odd book about them. We really employ many respectable designers who love using FMP. I'll keep it brief. :-)

FileMaker Professional is really a rapid application development tool. It's mainly client-server, although it has some very respectable web posting abilities which work nicely for a lot of programs. It's not SQL-based, but comes with ODBC and JDBC connects, plus an XML/HTTP interface.

So far as lock-in, FileMaker Corporation is continuing to grow sales continuously, with very significant development in new customers who're drawn to the platform's solidity and simplicity of use.

I believe Matt Haughton nailed it -- for the best programs, FMP is just the best option going. Nevertheless, your customer is searching at applications designed in FMP Professional, and you have to evaluate individuals applications by themselves merit. They might be good cases of FMP development, or they might not.

To understand much more about FMP's fitness for that task, we'd have to learn more concerning the suggested application and users list. Are these indeed web applications, or client-server? The number of customers is going to be utilizing it? Will they work on a couple of site, or could they be spread over the Internet?

Pleased to elaborate further if there's more interest.