FileMaker Developer 5 Ships — FileMaker Inc. has released FileMaker Developer 5, a collection of tools, utilities, and documentation enabling the creation of stand-alone databases and customized Web publishing solutions. FileMaker Developer 5 retains the capability in previous developer editions to create customized stand-alone database applications for Macintosh or Windows systems, although (as in FileMaker Pro 4.0 Developer Edition) these solutions lack FileMaker’s database sharing capabilities. FileMaker Developer 5 comes with JBDC and ODBC drivers (for connecting to FileMaker data over a network) and documents FileMaker Pro 5’s JBDC, ODBC, and plug-in capabilities for developers looking to integrate products with FileMaker Pro 5 or extend its features. Publishing databases to the Web using anything but FileMaker Pro 5’s Instant Web Publishing apparently also qualifies you as a developer in FileMaker’s eyes: FileMaker Developer 5 documents XML and custom database publishing capabilities built into every copy of FileMaker Pro 5 and FileMaker Pro 5 Unlimited. Excerpts regarding XML publishing are available for free via the Web, and hints of additions to FileMaker’s CDML capabilities can be found in FileMaker’s TechInfo articles if one looks very carefully. FileMaker Developer 5 is $500 and includes FileMaker Pro 5; owners of FileMaker Pro 4.0 Developer Edition are eligible for a $100 rebate. [GD]
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