[FX.php List] Development under FM8

Kevin Futter kfutter at sbc.melb.catholic.edu.au
Mon Apr 17 19:04:15 MDT 2006

On 18/4/06 10:18 AM, "Steve Winter" <steve at bluecrocodile.co.nz> wrote:

> In my initial exploration this morning I think I've discovered that there
> is no way to test/develop custom web content using FX.php without FMSA...??
> Please tell me I'm wrong...?

You are, unfortunately, 100% correct. Thankyou FileMaker.

> I travel a lot of the time with my work, and am used to having a complete
> setup on my laptop (Apache, php, FMD, web companion) which enable me to
> test and develop content where ever I am, then upload to the appropriate
> server...it seems that this isn't now going to be possible...?

You'll only be able to manage it if you can connect to your remote FMSA
installation to retrieve data for your testing pages.

> Could I bite a very expensive bullet and install FMSA and FMD on my
> laptop simultaneously...?? Mind you, I think I'm going to
> need another FMSA license anyway by the loos, and more hardware, so I can
> set up a development server... not so happy about that at $1,800 NZD for
> the software alone...!!
> How are others handling this new situation...?

We made the mistake of buying separate copies of FMS and FMSA, thinking that
it would mirror our existing set up with FM Server (v5.5) and FM6U. Of
course, we soon discovered it doesn't work that way at all. Luckily, we are
just in our testing phase, and the existing solutions are all PHP anyway, so
I just point my local test pages at the FMSA box. I don't do any off-site
development for FM, at least not for the web, so I don't have your exact
problem. But I certainly do empathise.

But of course, since you can't connect the web server module to FMS - it has
to be FMSA - we may be forced to buy a second license for FMSA. Grrr ....

Kevin Futter
Webmaster, St. Bernard's College

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