FMEasyWeb: An Introduction

Tim Dietrich announced a new open source piece of ‘Easy’ software (free, powerful software like FMEasySynch, FMEasyMaps, and much more):  FMEasyWeb:

I originally started working on EasyWeb more than four years ago. The goal was to provide a lightweight, minimalist, extremely fast and extremely reliable browser-based tool for accessing FileMaker databases. I wanted EasyWeb to work in both desktop and mobile browsers — which, back then, was a somewhat challenging goal to achieve. …

With all of the advancements that we’ve seen on the Web development front in recent years (including HTML5, improvements in CSS, better compatibility between browsers and the proliferation of frameworks and libraries such as jQuery), it seems that developing something like EasyWeb and achieving that original goal of getting it to run everywhere is much more realistic. Combine all of that with the rock solid reliability of FileMaker Server, the powerful and flexible FileMaker API for PHP, and my experience developing FMWebFrame, and the goal of developing EasyWeb seems much more attainable.

But the bigger question is, is there a need for EasyWeb? Does it make sense to develop it?

I think the answer to both of those questions is “yes.” From what I’m seeing, there is a lot of pent-up demand for Custom Web Publishing (CWP) solutions – solutions that can be developed quickly, that scale easily, that are affordable, reliable, and secure. However, there a lot of FileMaker developers out there that simply don’t have the experience or skill set to develop CWP solutions. …

Our goal with EasyWeb is to have it do the work involved in developing basic CWP solutions. With EasySync, all of the PHP that is needed to bring a CWP solution online has already been developed, and it’s abstracted to the point that it works with just about any FileMaker database that you throw at it. It works “out of the box,” providing key database functions that include list and form views, finds, adding, changing, and deleting records, and more. It takes the FileMaker API for PHP and pushes it to the limit to make all of that happen. And it makes use of the advancements that we’ve seen in HTML5 and CSS, making it as easy as possible to customize the look and feel.

Visit the site and read up on this.  It is really big news, and I can’t wait for it to come out.  FMEasyWeb is based on FMWebFrame, an impressive piece of work in and of itself.  Visit the demo site and give it a trial run.  And now imagine it on steroids.

via Tim Dietrich | Blog | FMEasyWeb: An Introduction.

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