FileMaker Pro integrates data structure, business logic, and user interface creation tools into one easy-to-use package. If you are new to FileMaker Pro, this means that you can focus on your organization's needs rather than the computer software technology. If you are an experienced developer, the combination of these three tools facilitates rapid application development.
If you develop SQL databases today, you are probably used to first building your data structure, then writing your business logic, and finally creating your user interface. With FileMaker Pro, you'll create and refine as you go.
The FileMaker Pro Platform includes support for sharing your database over your network, web publishing, and integrating your database with other data sources.
Whether you have a team of two or a department of hundreds, you can share your databases over your network.
There are two technologies to create a FileMaker Pro data-driven website that allow you to display, create, modify, find and sort FileMaker Pro data: FileMaker WebDirect and Custom Web Publishing
FileMaker Pro complements Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL. The External SQL Data Source feature establishes a live two-way connection between FileMaker Pro and these SQL data sources.
FileMaker Pro utilizes open ODBC and XML computer software technology standards to share data with other applications.
FileMaker Plug-in Support
FileMaker Pro supports a plug-in architecture that can extend the feature set of the application. This download includes the SDK header and library files that can be used to create your own external functions. Once compiled, FileMaker Pro users can access the functionality of the plug-in through the Specify Calculation dialog box within FileMaker Pro.