Interface to FileMaker Pro from Perl

Posted on 2004-11-15
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I have a number of legacy systems written in FileMaker Pro. I want to create an upgrade path going eventually to Perl and MySQL.

To do so however involves re-writing numerous FileMaker Pro applications and I want to see if there is any intermediate step where I would keep some applications but interface to their databases from the Perl application (ideally runnng on Linux)

Does anyone know if this can be done?

Question by:icd
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    Accepted Solution

    Depending on your version of FileMaker, there are a few options.
    You can import data to FM via an ODBC connection. You can also access FM data from an outside application via ODBC, though the older version ODBC drivers are slow. The newest version is pretty good.

    Within FileMaker 5.5 and up, you can use the Execute SQL script step to run SQL commands against an ODBC data source, so you can do stuff like updates, deletes, indexing, field and table definitions, etc.
    There is a PHP-based approach to interacting with FileMaker via XML called FX.PHP. You might get some insight from that. If it can be done in PHP, it should certainly be possible in Perl as well.

    If you're willing to spend some money, there are many additional options, such as SQL plugins, and OmniPilot's Lasso, which is a web application server that talks to both FileMaker and MySQL, among others.

    The latest version of FileMaker, version 7, is also a great upgrade path for older FileMaker databases. It eliminates most of the size limitations of previous versions, and has much better ODBC and XML support than previous versions.
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    Thanks billmercer that answer gives me plenty of options to go on for now.


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