What a week

This week was great. We had so many things going on here.
  • First I visited a company and gave a full training day for Xojo development. Desktop and Web apps, controls and database access. Just a bit to learn Xojo and what is different to other tools.
  • Another client came to our office for a Xojo training and co-development day here. Some clients really enjoy having a helping hand on how to implement something.
  • Stefanie joined the FileMaker training day at MKV for beginners. I think that really helps her learning FileMaker.
  • I worked on two custom Xojo plugins for two companies to wrap some private C++ libraries.
  • Stefanie wrote an article for FileMaker Magazin, which will be published in the next months.
  • She also wrote an article for Xojo Developer Magazine. I hope she can be a regular writer for both magazines and regularly write something for the blog.
  • And the usual remote help for various clients. Like getting load balancer script running for a client with several Xojo web apps. Helping a client with using MBS Plugin in iOS SDK.
  • For the plugins we fix bugs and add new functions as we are contacted by customers.
Now lets enjoy the weekend a bit and maybe do a little trip with family to enjoy some time in nature, maybe walk to a castle.

Text to Webviewer Script for FileMaker

Today we got a handy script to convert text to html for the webviewer with clickable links:

The script looks like this:

Set Variable [ $text ; Value: Text To WebViewer::Text ]
Set Variable [ $html ; Value: MBS( "Text.EncodeToHTML"; $text ) ]
Set Variable [ $html ; Value: MBS( "RegEx.ReplaceAll"; $html; "(http|https)://([\w_-]+(?:(?:\.[\w_-]+)+))([\w.,@?^=%&:/~+#-]*[\w@?^=%&/~+#-])?"; "<a href=\"\0\" target=\"_blank\">\0</a>"; "Caseless¶greedy") ]
Set Variable [ $html ; Value: MBS( "Text.ReplaceNewline"; $html; 4 ) ]
Set Variable [ $html ; Value: "<html><body><p>" & $html & "</p></body></html>" ]
Set Field [ Text To WebViewer::HTML ; $html ]
Set Web Viewer [ Object Name: "web" ; URL: "data:text/html;charset=utf-8;base64," & Base64Encode ( $html ) ]

As you see, we use Text.EncodeToHTML to encode any special characters as html entities. Than we use a regular expression to find all links and make them clickable. Next we replace the line endings and load the html into the web viewer with a data URL.

This works fine for MacOS and Windows. You can even put it on the FileMaker Server and use it for Web Direct.
For iOS, you may need to have plugin in your own iOS app or do the processing via PSoS. Finally you can load html to web viewer on iOS.

Fixing a broken time machine backup

If you see a dialog like this, your backup may be broken or just have a little problem with the disk image. So usually we try to repair it instead of starting over. This are the steps necessary:

First turn of backups and mount the Time Machine disk and check what the name of the disk and the sparse bundle inside is, so you can adjust the names. hdiutil will return the disk number, which must be used for the next two calls:

sudo su -
hdiutil attach -nomount -noverify -noautofsck /Volumes/DiskName/BackupName.sparsebundle
fsck_hfs -dfy /dev/diskXs2
hdiutil detach /dev/diskXs2

After fsck_hfs repaired the disk image on your time machine, you may need to remove the nouchg flag for the sparse bundle:

chflags -R nouchg /Volumes/DiskName/BackupName.sparsebundle

In the plist file inside the bundle, you may need to remove the decline date where the backup was marked broken:


And set the VerificationState back to zero:


If you did all the steps, you can enable backups again and let it continue with the same time machine sparse bundle.
We did those fixes a few time already and usually fsck reported just a minor problem.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.1pr3

New in this prerelease of version 9.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Scroll through records with mouse wheel on MacOS

As you may know we already made functions to catch scroll wheel events for FileMaker on Windows and trigger a script to move between records.

FileMaker Pro Advanced 17 misses the feature for mouse wheel navigation for the navigation view in the toolbar.

For MBS FileMaker Plugin 9.1, we added MacOS support for FM.MouseWheelScriptTrigger function, so you can use it with the toolbar. If needed, you can enable/disable the feature at any time with FM.EnableMouseWheel and FM.DisableMouseWheel functions.

The Mac version of that function is a bit more clever than on Windows as we only capture the scroll wheel events while the mouse is over the right window area. Even works, if the window is background and you scroll with mouse over the window.

Coming soon for next plugin version. If you like to try today, you can email us.

FileMaker Stammtische diese Woche

Wer nach anderen FileMaker Entwickler sucht, kann sich FileMaker auf der Events Webseite oder auf der FileMaker Magazin Webseite nach Stammtischen suchen.

Diese Woche finden drei FileMaker Stammtische statt:

Am 13. Februar 2019 gegen 19 Uhr in den Räumen der "Studiowerk - Musikmanufaktur" in Braunschweig.
Am 14. Februar 2019 gegen 19 Uhr im Ristorante Pizzeria Capri in Neu-Ulm.
Am 14. Februar 2019 gegen 19 Uhr im Restaurant Beaulieu in Bern.

Herzliche Einladung mal vorbei zu schauen, falls ihr in der Nähe seit.

Am Besten für den jeweiligen Stammtisch beim Organisator anmelden, damit die Bescheid wissen, wer kommt. Und die Organisatoren schicken gerne regelmäßig Emails rund um an den nächsten Termin zu erinnern, die Themen bzw. Termin- oder Ortswechsel bekannt zu geben.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.1pr2

New in this prerelease of version 9.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

FileMaker Developer Conference 2019

The website for the FileMaker DevCon 2019 is now online: FileMaker DevCon 2019

Please join us 5th to 8th August 2019 in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Monkeybread Software has a booth as usual and we'll be there for a whole week.

You can book the conference for 2 days ($999 USD) or 3 days ($1299), but I would suggest to add training day for ($399) and make it a 4 day conference. And if you come from far away, please make sure you have a day before/after to enjoy some extra activity with other attendees, like a visit to a Disney Park.

Hotel room is $189 including resort fee, but plus tax.

MBS FileMaker Plugin, version 9.1pr1

New in this prerelease of version 9.1 of the MBS FileMaker Plugin: Download at monkeybreadsoftware.de/filemaker/files/Prerelease/ or ask for being added to the dropbox shared folder.

Workshop zum MBS FileMaker Plugin @ Denkform

For our German speaking clients we have a workshop day:

In Zusammenarbeit mit der DenkForm GmbH bieten wir eine Schulung zum MBS Plugin an. Am 7. März 2019 können Sie in Wiesbaden an einer eintägigen Schulung teilnehmen. Lernen Sie die über 5700 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
  • 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 119 Euro inkl. MWSt. und Verpflegung.
Details und Anmeldung bei der Denkform.

Im Anschluss geht es noch zur Pizzeria zum FileMaker Stammtisch Rhein-Main.
An jedem ersten Donnerstag im Monat findet ab 19 Uhr der FileMaker Stammtisch Rhein-Main statt, zu dem jeder herzlichst eingeladen ist.

FileMaker Conference dotfmp.berlin 2019

Did you sign up for FileMaker Conference dotfmp.berlin 2019?

Only 20 tickets are left for sale and this may sell out soon.

This conference is organized by Egbert Friedrich and takes place from 6th to 8th June 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

As the conference is in english, this is your chance to meet people from around the world at a conference in Europe. And for a lot of people it's easier to get to Berlin than to cross the atlantic and deal with US immigration officers.

dotfmp is an effort of various leading European FileMaker Developers. It is meant to bring all kinds of higher level developers together to share knowledge, educate and challenge each other.
dotfmp starts at the 5th June 2019 in the later afternoon with a relaxed "Beer and Sausages" in one of the most famous Berlin Beergarden. The session days itself last from 6th until 8th June with various socializing events in the evenings. Additionally we offer support on 10th June to see more from Berlin and its surroundings.
dotfmp is a 3 Day-Unconference, Meetup, Hangout or Barcamp. It is an informal and self-organized effort to meet on a personal base.
dotfmp takes place in one of the most famous spots in Berlin. The GLS Campus is located in a vibrant area with a very short walking distance to all the famous restaurants.
We feel there are far too few possibilities to talk to, learn from, and hangout with fellow developers in a relaxed and informal environment. And we'd like to share work and get feedback from people chewing on similar challenges.

If you like to join the conference and present something, please register soon.

FileMaker Stammtisch in Hamburg am 7. Februar

Am 7. Februar treffen sich interessierte FileMaker Entwickler in Hamburg zum Austausch von Neuigkeiten, Erfahrungen und Tipps & Tricks.

Diesmal zeigt Holger Darjus, warum Wiederholfelder oft unterschätzt werden.

Wo: K&K Verlag, Große Brunnenstraße 43, 22763 Hamburg
Wann: Donnerstag, 7. Februar 2019, ab 19 Uhr

Soweit ich sehe, sind wir dann auch in Hamburg und stehen gerne für Fragen zum MBS Plugin zur Verfügung.

siehe Einladung zum Hamburger FileMaker Stammtisch und Stammtisch Hamburg Webseite

Würde mich freuen Euch dort zu sehen.

Wenn noch Bedarf ist an Beratung/Schulung/Entwicklungshilfe vor Ort, dann bitte melden wegen Terminvereinbarung.

UserNotifications framework for Mac

The UserNotifications framework has been in iOS since version 10. With MacOS 10.14 Apple added this framework for the Mac, so we have the same classes in iOS and MacOS. With MacOS 10.14 Apple also deprecated NSUserNotification API.

To MBS Plugins, we now add UserNotifications API for MacOS in both our FileMaker and Xojo plugins.

For Xojo the new plugin part UNNotification contains all the classes to wrap the framework. As usually, we make this thread safe for Xojo, manage memory automatically and convert data types for you.

For FileMaker we compile the same code as for iOS for MacOS. Our existing UNNotification functions simply work for MacOS, too. There are a few little differences like location based notifications are not supported and there are no launch images for MacOS. If needed we could add new functions for actions beside just bringing FileMaker to front.

If you like, you can try soon those new functions with the next betas.


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