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Xojo Web Apps on FileMaker Cloud Server

Your client or you yourself may have a FileMaker Cloud server. Beside using it as a way to host FileMaker solutions you can actually do more with that server.

Data Files on FileMaker Cloud

Did you know you can put data files to be delivered by Apache web server into the /FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot folder?
You may need to login via ssh and set permissions on the folder to be writeable for you. Just inside the httpsRoot folder, you can upload any file you like to offer for download:


In this folder you can upload PDF documents or video files and than link them in emails or a WebViewer.

As an example, you can use MBS Plugin functions in a script to write files into this folder:

MBS("Text.WriteTextFile"; "/FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot/test.txt"; "UTF-8")
MBS( "Container.WriteFile"; "/FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot/test.pdf"; MyTable::MyContainer )

Now the files there are distributed by Apache Server to all users with the right URL, e.g.


This can greatly reduce the load on your FileMaker server for distributing files as well as allow you to provide files to users without using a FileMaker connection. If needed your solution can also write an .htaccess file to provide a simple password protection to a folder.

Xojo Console Apps

You can build Xojo console apps for Linux 64-bit, upload them to the FileMaker Cloud Server and just run it via ssh. That is no problem and no additional libraries are needed, unless you use a declare or a plugin with dependencies. For example some MBS Plugins for LDAP or SQL connections need additional libraries.

Xojo Web App as Standalone

You can build Xojo Web Apps and run them on this servers in addition to your FileMaker Web Direct solution.
A stand alone server can run there and use a higher port number. To allow the service, you need to login and run the app as daemon, e.g. with a & operator. See Xojo’s deployment documentation for linux for details. For your AWS server, please check security group settings (external firewall) and add a rule to allow the port. Also login to your server via ssh and add a rule to the internal firewall:

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=9001/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

This example open port 9001. For me port 9000 is blocked by some other service.
Now you can use your web app with an URL like http://yourname.filemaker-cloud.com:9001/ in a browser.

Xojo Web App with CGI

While stand alone can be more responsive by using web sockets and skipping apache + cgi as extra layers, you may prefer to use apache. The apache Webserver will do the SSL encryption and the CGI script will automatically launch the Xojo app on demand.

First, you need to install perl cgi module:

sudo yum install perl-CGI

And edit httpd.conf in /FileMakerData/HTTPConf to add another load module call:

LoadModule cgi_module /usr/lib64/httpd/modules/mod_cgi.so

Further down, you need to uncomment the AddHandler CGI line:

AddHandler cgi-script .cgi

Further down, we also need to allow ExecCGI for the folder, so you add this directory configuration:

<Directory "${HTTP_ROOT}/htdocs/httpsRoot">
Options +ExecCGI +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews
AllowOverride All

Restart server here to apply changes. I didn’t figure out the command to restart just apache, but if you know, please post a comment.

Finally you can upload your Xojo web app to a subfolder in /FileMakerData/HTTPDocs/httpsRoot/ and start it. Permissions must be correct: directory writeable, config.cfg writable and cgi and app itself be executable. But otherwise it should just work as like any other web deployment.


By having both FileMaker and Xojo apps on the same server, allows us to intermix both for building solutions. Using one server for both instead of two is a great cost saving. FileMaker 16 platform allows rapid database app design and provides REST Data interface as well as functions based on CURL to query services. With Xojo we can build custom services to run on the same machine and do things like pushing data from/to FileMaker. We’ll see what great solutions can be build by combining Xojo with FileMaker here in the future.

xDev Magazine and xDevLibrary's Huge Black Friday/CyberMonday Sale

We got notice about another sale for this week:

Thanksgiving is here and you get to save in our biggest sale of the year this weekend! Friday through Monday (November 24-27), take advantage of our generosity and get 20% off just about everything at our stores!

Just use coupon code CYBERMONDAY to get the discounted price during checkout.

For xDev Magazine, this means 20% off subscriptions, renewals, books, bundles, and more! The only limitation is the minimum order amount must be at least $25 and already-discounted bundles (such as the popular "Welcome to Xojo" bundle) are excluded.

XDevMag Store - Subscription Renewals

For xDevLibrary, you can save 20% on all digital books, articles, tutorials, and more -- everything offered on the store! Just use coupon code CYBERMONDAY to get the discounted price during checkout.

Xojo Developer Library

This is a once-a-year sale, but it only lasts through CyberMonday (Nov. 27, 2017). Hurry to take advantage of the great deals!

Big Xojo Sale For Black Friday

We got an announcement for the Black Friday sale at Xojo's store:

This Black Friday sale is THE biggest sale of the year for developers! Everything Xojo is 20% off for one weekend only!* That means new licenses, renewals and upgrades to Xojo Pro are ALL 20% off this Friday, November 24th through Monday, November 27th! In addition, all 3rd party products and the XDC Training videos are 20% off! Shop now!

Xojo licenses are available in the following options:

  • Xojo Pro - Get one license for Desktop, Web, iOS and Raspberry Pi, plus many extras like priority support and beta access. Also, your Xojo Pro license will work on up to 3 machines. Bonus, all current Xojo Pro users will automatically get access to Android when it is available.

  • Xojo Desktop - Develop and build apps for macOS, Windows and Linux.

  • Xojo Web - Build web apps that can run on Linux, Windows or macOS servers and support Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.

  • Xojo iOS - Create native iPad and iPhone apps.

  • Xojo Raspberry Pi - Build console (non-GUI) applications that can run on Raspberry Pi.

Interested in upgrading to Xojo Pro? You can check your upgrade price here and come back during the sale to save an additional 20%. While you are there, grab some of the powerful 3rd party products to help expand your development!

And please, don't forget to help spread the word - tell your friends about this sweet deal to get them started with Xojo! Visit Xojo.com on Friday for the biggest Xojo sale ever! 

Xojo offers a 90-day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your purchase you can get a full refund.

If your license is set to auto-renew during the sale, you don't need to do anything. Your auto-renewal will automatically process with the Black Friday discount.

PS: MBS Plugins are on sale on Xojo's store, too. But if you prefer to buy directly from us, we'd love to offer the same discount.

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr8

New in this prerelease of the 17.5 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.5pr8

New in this prerelease of the 7.5 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Transparent Screensaver for macOS

Still my favorite screen saver. Have you tried it?

Nickenich, Germany - Monkeybread Software today is pleased to announce the release of Transparent Screensaver 2.4, an update to their popular screensaver utility for Mac OS X. The utility adds a variable transparency overlay screensaver to the list of screensavers in Preferences. With the screensaver running at 50% the effect is one of dimming the desktop and all open windows; 0% is black; 100% is completely transparent. With the screen lock option engaged, the user can continue to view their iMessage Buddy List, iTunes Library, or any open process or window, while waking their computer from screen saver mode is password protected.

If the user wishes to remain logged in to their computer, but prevent others from using it, he can lock the screen. This is done in System Preferences - Security - General. By selecting "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver," password authentication will be necessary to leave screen saver mode. With Transparent Screensaver the user can continue to view the desktop and all open windows while the computer remains inaccessible to others, screen locked.

Feature Highlights:
  • Transparent screensaver dims screen
  • Screen may be locked in transparent screensaver mode
  • Screen may be monitored while computer is inaccessible in screen saver mode
  • Prevents burn-in, maintains privacy, and protects security
  • Simple to use and install utility
Version 2.4 makes Transparent Screensaver Retina compatible. The utility is self-installing after download, allows variable transparency from 0% to 100%, supports a variable screen update rate of 0 to 30 frames per second, and includes two additional screensavers: pure white and pure black. Although screen burn-in (permanent damage to a monitor from continuous display of a single image over many hours) is less of a problem with modern LCD screens than CRTs, Apple still provides an optional screensaver function when there has been no input for three hours or less. At 50% or less transparency, Transparent Screensaver provides both protection from burn-in and the ability to monitor a locked screen.

"MBS Transparent Screen Saver is an ideal solution to privacy, security, and burn-in issues in Mac OS X," stated MBS CEO Christian Schmitz. "It incorporates all the benefits of a screensaver, while preserving screen visibility."

System Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later including macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • 242 KB
Pricing and Availability:
MBS Transparent Screensaver 2.4 for Mac OS X is currently available as shareware, which is free to test for 30 days. A license is available from MBS for 15 US Dollars, or 10 Euro. Review copies are available on request. This update is free for all registered users.

Convert to MP3 with new Shell commands and ffmpeg

Today we provided an example to a FileMaker developer. The job is to convert the sound from a video (or audio) file to an mp3 file. As we recently got the new Shell functions, we can now use ffmpeg easily in FileMaker with a script like this: 

Set Variable [ $shell ; Value: MBS( "Shell.New" ) ] 

Set Field [ Shell::Output ; "" ] 

Set Field [ Shell::Error ; "" ] 

Commit Records/Requests [ With dialog: Off ] 

# Where the app is:

Set Variable [ $executable ; Value: "/Applications/ffmpegX.app/Contents/Resources/ffmpeg" ] 

# option: overwrite file

Set Variable [ $s ; Value: MBS( "Shell.AddArgument"; $shell; "-y" ) ] 

# option: input file

Set Variable [ $s ; Value: MBS( "Shell.AddArgument"; $shell; "-i" ) ] 

# Path to input file

Set Variable [ $InputFile ; Value: "/Users/cs/Desktop/movie.m4v" ] 

# and output file

Set Variable [ $OutputFile ; Value: "/Users/cs/Desktop/sound.mp3" ] 

# Run it!

Set Variable [ $s ; Value: MBS( "Shell.Execute"; $shell; $executable; $InputFile; $OutputFile) ] 

Set Variable [ $error ; Value: "" ] 

Set Variable [ $result ; Value: "" ] 

If [ MBS("IsError") ] 

Show Custom Dialog [ "Failed to run" ; $s ] 


# Loop while app runs and collect messages


# Wait a second or till it quits

Set Variable [ $s ; Value: MBS( "Shell.Wait"; $shell; 1) ] 

# And read output

Set Variable [ $error ; Value: $error & MBS( "Shell.ReadErrorText"; $shell; "UTF-8") ] 

Set Variable [ $result ; Value: $result & MBS( "Shell.ReadOutputText"; $shell; "UTF-8") ] 

Set Field [ Shell::Error ; MBS( "Text.ReplaceNewline"; $error; 1) ] 

Set Field [ Shell::Output ; MBS( "Text.ReplaceNewline"; $result; 1) ] 

# exit when done

Exit Loop If [ MBS( "Shell.IsRunning"; $shell) ≠ 1 ] 

End Loop

# We are done

Commit Records/Requests [ With dialog: Off ] 

End If

Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS("Shell.Release"; $shell) ] 

As you see we prepare new shell and than you can loop and call Shell.Execute with the next input file. When launch works, we run a loop to wait for result and collect output from both channels, stdout and stderr. The messages are put in the fields and when the tool is done, we exit. The script is universel and can be used to run any shell tool on Mac, Windows and Linux. Just make sure the paths are correct.

The new Shell functions are coming with 7.5 release in the next weeks. You can try the beta today.

PS: Instead of wait, you can use also the FileMaker Pause Script Step to pause.

MBS Workshop in der Schweiz

Am 21. November 2017 findet eine MBS Schulung in Meilen am Zürichsee statt. Wir treffen uns ab 9 Uhr im Restaurant Löwen in einem separaten Schulungsraum. Nutzen Sie die Chance die 5000 Funktionen des MBS FileMaker Plugins kennen zu lernen und neue Ideen für Ihre FileMaker Lösungen mit zu nehmen.

Geplantes Programm:
  • Präsentation zum MBS Plugin mit einem Überblick über die Funktionalität.
  • Demonstration von neuen Funktionen in der Version 7.5 (beta).
  • Entwicklung einer Dokumentenverwaltung:
    • Scannen von Dokumenten mit verschiedenen Optionen, automatisch und mit Dialog.
    • Für Windows mit WIA Treiber
    • Für macOS mit ImageCapture Treiber
    • Ablage der gescannten Seiten
    • OCR der Seiten
    • Umwandlung in PDF Dokument mit PDFKit für Mac
    • Umwandlung in PDF Dokument mit erkanntem Text mit DynaPDF für Mac/Win/Linux
    • Ablage der PDFs mit Text für Volltextsuche
    • Suche in PDF Dokumenten
  • Web Formulare ausfüllen
    • Beispiel zum Ausfüllen von Formularen in einem Web Store als Arbeitserleichterung
    • JavaScript ausführen
  • Zeit für Fragen
Die Teilnahme kostet 150 Fr. und ist vor Ort zu bezahlen. Mittagessen im Restaurant inklusive.
Maximal 12 Teilnehmer. Anmeldung bei uns: Anmelden

Am gleichen Tag lädt die Medio-Ingeno AG zu einem FileMaker Event ein: fmnext.ch
Ab 17:30 Uhr gibt es im Gewölbekeller im Restaurant Löwen in Meilen ein buntes Programm mit Vorträgen zu FileMaker.

Batch Emailer Application for Xojo as a sample project

For over ten years I use my own email sending applications to send newsletter to a group of email addresses. I recently talked with other Xojo developers and maybe some of them like to use this application for their own needs. Please note that this app is developed over 10 years, most settings are hard coded and the app and code is not necessarily pretty.

But here are features:

You can copy & paste a list of emails addresses with tab separated name and possible info text to the text area on the left. Than you can put in plaintext in the textarea in the middle. There is a also a tab panel to include html if you want. But I send 99% of my emails with plain text only. You can pass a subject list in the textfield on the top. The debug checkbox allows you to send email to yourself to test. The paste button allows you to paste email text with subject line as first line to the fields.

On the right you have the log listbox with messages from sending. On bottom left you can add an attachment. You also enter on the bottom the sender email addresses. As you are Xojo developers, you can enter your defaults in the Xojo IDE of course. Send button starts sending emails. The delay checkbox allows you to send emails with a delay, so you are not marked as spam sender by too many emails per minute.

The application uses the MBS CURL Plugin to build emails and send them. We use the CURLSMultiMBS class to run several CURL connections in parallel and get emails send quickly. But we also use this multi interface to prepare thousands of emails and push them as needed to be sent.

Please modify send method (and other places) to match your needs. This includes putting your name everywhere, your smtp credentials and server, your email address, the recipient for debug sending and a few other things. The email can contain %name% for the name of the recipient as well as %text% for some extra text parameter in the email recipients list.

The application writes a few log files in the app folder for emails sent including all the CURL debug output. When email sending fails, you will see we reduce the recipient lines on the left to the ones failed. Usually we than try it again to see if they go through second time.

Download: massemailer.zip

Please try it, please modify it and let me know what you made from it!
I’ll include the example with MBS Plugins and if you have changes, I could include them.

MBS Workshop @ Denkform

In Zusammenarbeit mit der DenkForm GmbH bieten wir eine Schulung zum MBS Plugin an. Am 7. Dezember 2017 (auch 1. März 2018) können Sie in Hofheim am Taunus an einer eintägigen Schulung teilnehmen. Lernen Sie die über 5000 Funktionen einmal näher kennen und wie Sie sie effektiv einsetzen. Sammeln Sie Ideen und verbessern Sie ihre FileMaker Lösungen durch den Einsatz unseres Plugins.

Das Monkeybread Software Plugin für FileMaker stellt eine vielseitige Erweiterung der eigenen Datenbank dar. Der Kurs bietet nicht nur einen tiefgreifenden Überblick in die Benutzung und Entwicklung, sondern bietet auch die Chance das Plugin günstiger zu erstehen.
  • Einführung in das MBS Plugin
  • Überblick über die Funktionsbereiche
  • Neues im MBS Plugin dieses Jahr und in der dann aktuellen Version 7.5
  • Rundgang durch ausgewählte Beispiele
  • Gemeinsames Implementieren von Plugin Funktionen in eine Datenbank:
  • Upload/Download mit CURL auf einen HTTP/FTP Server
  • Ausfüllen eines Formulares auf einer Webseite
  • Bilder bearbeiten
  • PDF Verarbeitung
  • Druckerfunktionen
  • Adressbuch und Kontakte abfragen bei Mac OS X.
  • Fragen und Antworten
Die Teilnahme kostet 99 Euro inkl. MWSt. und Verpflegung. Trainer ist der Plugin Entwickler und Monkeybread Software Geschäftsführer Christian Schmitz persönlich.

Details und Anmeldung bei der Denkform.

Im Anschluss besteht die Möglichkeit zum FileMaker Rhein-Main Stammtisch zu kommen. Bei einem leckeren Abendessen im Restaurant Bella Bari in der Nähe der Denkform können Sie sich mit anderen FileMaker Entwicklern aus der Gegend austauschen.

PS: Die Mindestteilnehmerzahl wurde erreicht und die Schulung findet statt.

Session ideas for next MBS Xojo Conference

During the London conference we got a few ideas for sessions:
  • Screen Layout best practice
  • Intuitive design of applications
  • Weak areas of Xojo and best practice to handle them
  • Xojo Versions, why you may use one version over the other for a project
  • GDPR, the new data protection rules in Europe and best practices
  • Brexit and how it affects your business as UK/EU developers
  • Tips to optimize projects for performance
  • Beginner Session to introduce Xojo to people new to the platform.
    (This could be put in a separate room and run in parallel to a advanced topic)
Maybe someone likes to volunteer and present about them?
Or you have more great ideas?

As I make conferences for the community, you are welcome to join and do great presentations. In Berlin I was quite happy to have so many presenters that I could reduce my own part to only one session. A thing that did not work for London, where I had to make three sessions myself to fill the schedule.

The next Xojo conference in Europe will be the MBS Xojo Conference in Munich in September 2018. See you!

Parsing VCard file

Today we had a client who needed to read in VCard files. The following script shows an early version of the script which loops over the desktop folder to import VCF file. For testing there was only one file there, so we skipped creating record as we simply wrote always in the same record.

# Loop over files on desktop

Set Variable [ $folder ; Value: MBS( "Folders.UserDesktop" ) ] 

Set Variable [ $files ; Value: MBS( "Files.List"; $folder; 1+4; ".vcf" ) ] 

If [ MBS("IsError") = 0 ] 

Set Variable [ $count ; Value: ValueCount ( $files ) ] 

Set Variable [ $index ; Value: 1 ] 

If [ $count > 0 ] 


# Read in vcard

Set Variable [ $filename ; Value: GetValue($files; $index) ] 

Set Variable [ $filepath ; Value: MBS( "Path.AddPathComponent"; $folder; $filename ) ] 

Set Variable [ $text ; Value: MBS( "Text.ReadTextFile"; $FilePath; "UTF-8" ) ] 

If [ MBS("IsError") = 0 ] 

# Normalize end of line characters

Set Variable [ $text ; Value: MBS( "Text.ReplaceNewline"; $text; 1) ] 

# Create new record here

# Process all text lines

Set Variable [ $LineCount ; Value: ValueCount ( $text ) ] 

Set Variable [ $LineIndex ; Value: 1 ] 


Set Variable [ $Line ; Value: GetValue($text; $lineindex) ] 

If [ Left ( $line ; 2 ) = "N:" ] 

# Name

Set Variable [ $z ; Value: Middle ( $line ; 3; Length ( $line )) ] 

Set Variable [ $list ; Value: MBS( "List.CSVSplit"; $z ) ] 

Set Variable [ $FirstName ; Value: GetValue($list; 1) ] 

Set Variable [ $SureName ; Value: GetValue($list; 2) ] 

Set Field [ CON::nameGiven ; $firstName ] 

Set Field [ CON::nameFamily ; $sureName ] 

Else If [ Left($line; 6) = "EMAIL;" ] 

# todo

Else If [ Left($line; 27) = "PHOTO;ENCODING=b;TYPE=JPEG:" ] 

# Photo as base64 coded JPEG:

Set Variable [ $data ; Value: Middle ( $line ; 28; Length ( $line )) ] 

Set Variable [ $LineIndex ; Value: $LineIndex + 1 ] 


Set Variable [ $Line ; Value: GetValue($text; $lineindex) ] 

Exit Loop If [ Left ( $line ; 1 ) ≠ " " ] 

Set Variable [ $data ; Value: $data & ¶ & $line ] 

# next

Set Variable [ $LineIndex ; Value: $LineIndex + 1 ] 

Exit Loop If [ $LineIndex > $LineCount ] 

End Loop

Set Variable [ $LineIndex ; Value: $LineIndex - 1 ] 

Set Variable [ $image ; Value: Base64Decode ( $data; "image.jpg" ) ] 

Set Field [ CON::imageOrLogo ; $image ] 

End If

# next

Set Variable [ $LineIndex ; Value: $LineIndex + 1 ] 

Exit Loop If [ $LineIndex > $LineCount ] 

End Loop

# Commit record

End If

# next

Set Variable [ $index ; Value: $index + 1 ] 

Exit Loop If [ $index > $count ] 

End Loop

End If

End If

To look in detail, we use Files.List to list the files. Mode 4 for visible items only and 1 to limit to files. We loop over all file names and use Path.AddPathComponent to add file name to the folder path. For the text we read it and replace all end of line characters with the mac version. When we hit the name entry in the lines, we get the first and last name. For a photo we need to collect all the lines for base64 decode and than display image in container. 
The script is not yet ready and probably needs some more work to cover all keys, but it may be a good start for other people. 

MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr7

New in this prerelease of the 17.5 plugins: Download: monkeybreadsoftware.com/xojo/download/plugin/Prerelease/.
Or ask us to be added to our shared Dropbox folder.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.5pr7

New in this prerelease of the 7.5 MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

MBS Xojo products overview from London Conference

ThumbnailAt the MBS Xojo Conference in London, I did a presentation about MBS Plugins, our Kits and what is new and changed in 2017.

Video is available here: MBS Xojo Products (English and 50:11 minutes)

Please watch and let me know if you have questions about MBS products.

The next Xojo conference in Europe will be the MBS Xojo Conference in Munich in September 2018. Please join us there!

Upcoming changes for 2018 in MBS Plugins

For 2018 we change a few little things on the pricing/licenses.
  • For our FileMaker plugin we add a new tier 100 seats and move up the price for unlimited seats in a company. To secure old pricing, you can update in advance in 2017.
  • For updates we will only accept update order until 12 months after a license expired. We usually recommend to extend maintenance at the time the license expires. If you miss that 12 month deadline, you have to buy a new license. There may be a transition period where we remind all people with expired licenses to update.
  • We already implemented trial licenses and use those to give new users a way to try the plugin for a month without getting warnings about missing license keys. This allows better testing, especially on projects with server software.
  • For 2018 we plan to offer the option to get subscriptions for the plugin. Which simply means that Paypal or Share-It or we directly will automatically bill you for updates unless cancelled. Simply a way to make ordering easier and not miss to update in time. The license will be perpetual as usually and continue to work, even if you cancel the subscription.
  • Some clients already have maintenance contracts. They define what licenses get automatically issued and billed as well as what support service is included. If you like to get such a contract, you can contact us.
  • Plugin business is growing nicely over the years. For 2018 we may be finally at the point where we can add staff. So I am looking forward to get another C++ developer and maybe someone for writing tutorials. This may be a lot of work to make some processes available to be run by several people instead of just one or two, but I hope this will get sorted out quickly.
  • On the trip in the UK the main political topic has been Brexit. Nobody knows yet what the conditions for my sales to the UK will be in 2019 as well as how much value the pound will have. But to secure todays pricing, you can order MBS Plugin licenses and updates for up to 5 years in the future.
  • Due to changes in Xojo 2017r3, all Xojo customers must upgrade to 17.5 plugin (for 64-bit DLL fix).
  • All FileMaker users need to upgrade to recent plugin version if they plan to use next FileMaker version. While older versions may work, we fixed issues and I would hate if you waste time debugging them once again. FileMaker Cloud should only be used with 7.5 and forward (Linux linking problem got fixed).
As usually with 60000+ functions in Xojo and 5000+ functions in FileMaker, it is unlikely you may find a bug. But some fixes like the boolean return value issue on FileMaker may affect hundreds of functions. So please do yourself a favor and stay current. If you find a problem, please try the latest version to check if your problem was fixed already.

5000 Functions in MBS Plugin

Last year in summer I reported we reached 4000 functions.

Only 17 months later I write documentation for the upcoming 7.5 release and just noticed that we hit the 5000 functions goal!

I don't want to list all 1000 functions we got since June 2016, but here the list of topics added in the creation order:

SmartCard, ImageCapture, Updater, Java, TouchBar, WIA, Certificates, AVPlayer, DirectoryWatcher, iOSDevice, Registry, WinSendMail, UNNotification, WindowsUserNotification, MailComposer, MessageComposer, SocialComposer, BinaryFile, ImagePicker, CoreImage, ScriptWorkspace, Debugger, ImageView, CoreML, iOSKeyboard, iOSApp and Shell.

Please take the time to checkout what functions we got there and maybe you can use a few of them in one of your projects? The new Shell functionality for macOS, Windows and Linux looks promising and may be a big help to run command line tools. (

Greetings from MBS Xojo Conference in London

The MBS Xojo conference is running well currently and presentations run here all day. We had presentations from David Cox, Trisha Duke, John Dear, mMarc Zeedar and me.

Yesterday we had a training day for Xojo with a nice group. We looked into using dictionaries and threads, using helper tools with shell class, using controls for iOS, Web and Desktop projects and much more.
Later that evening we went to the Jimmy's restaurant for an excellent dinner.

If you are in London, interested in Xojo and you like to join dinner tonight, please send me a message.

The next Xojo conference in Europe will be the MBS Xojo Conference in Munich in September 2018.
Please join us there!

Prefetching records from databases

When you do queries to a SQL database, you should know that in worst case, there ia a request over the network for fetching each record. So everytime you call MoveNext or FetchNext methods, the database driver may go and request the next record from the database server. This can be quite time consuming if you need 10000 rows and you do 10000 network roundtrips, each with a few milliseconds.

But you can ask our SQL functions to do prefetching and get more records in advance. For example you can use a prefetch size of 100 records. On the first record query, you get the network request to get 100 records. Than your 2nd to 99th query return immediately with data in practically no time.

The picture on the right side shows how long record fetching takes in milliseconds on a test application. The batch size is 10, so getting 10th, 20th and 30th record takes each 70ms, which all the records between take only a small amount of time.

In Xojo with SQLDatabaseMBS, SQLCommandMBS or SQLConnectionMBS class:

dim nBulkSize as Integer = 1000
c.Option(SQLCommandMBS.kOptionPreFetchRows) = str(nBulkSize)

Please note that this is a setting which applied on the database connection will propagate to all commands running on that connection.

In Xojo with JDBC using JavaDatabaseMBS class, you can use the JavaResultSetMBS.FetchSize or JavaStatementMBS.FetchSize properties to enable the same batch loading.

In FileMaker with MBS SQL functions, you can call

MBS( "SQL.SetConnectionOption"; $Connection; "PreFetchRows"; "100" )
MBS( "SQL.SetCommandOption"; $Command; "PreFetchRows"; "100" )

to do the same.

I hope this helps you for your network based database access. If you use SQLite, please do not forget to use a big cache.

FileMaker Experience Event in der Schweiz

In der Schweiz organisiert die Firma Medio-Ingeno einen FileMaker Experience Event für den 21. November 2017, 17.30 Uhr in Meilen am Zürichsee.

Mit folgenden Vorträgen:
PDF Funktionen mit MBS Plugin und DynaPDF, Christian Schmitz (MBS)
iBeacons und FileMaker, Alexis Gehrt (Database Designs)
Adressen über GoogleMaps mit FileMaker abfragen (REST-API / JSON), Rico Meier (Medio-Ingeno AG)
Ergebnismenge in FileMaker zwischenspeichern (FoundSet), Martin Schwarz (Medio-Ingeno AG)
FileMaker als Service-/Datenquelle (Data API), Christoph Dunkake (Medio-Ingeno AG)
ScriptLog: Was der Debugger nicht kann, Christian Sedlmair

Wir freuen uns, dass Michael Valentin, Business Development Manager der FileMaker GmbH dabei sein wird.

Link zu Programm und Anmeldung.
Falls jemand schon vorher da ist, sieht man sich vermutlich an der Bar oder im Restaurant.

Older blog entries:

2017-11-06 This week Xojo Training and Conference in London
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2017-11-06 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr6
2017-11-05 SyntaxColoring in FileMaker for macOS High Sierra coming
2017-11-04 Transparent video playback in Xojo
2017-11-04 Trial license keys
2017-11-03 Import Calendar Items into FileMaker
2017-11-02 Disable edge touch gestures in full screen windows
2017-11-02 Video to show CoreML functions in MBS Plugin
2017-11-01 xDev Magazine Issue 15.6 Issue
2017-11-01 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.5pr5
2017-11-01 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr5
2017-11-01 CSV functions in MBS FileMaker Plugin
2017-10-30 Formatted Text Control 3.1.9
2017-10-29 MBS Video von der FileMaker Konferenz 2017 in Salzburg
2017-10-27 The office application for a market garden shop in Xojo
2017-10-26 FileMaker Developer Conference 2018
2017-10-26 FileMaker Cloud with MBS Plugin
2017-10-26 MBS Xojo Plugins, version 17.5pr4
2017-10-26 MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 7.5pr4


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