I am able to reproduce this on multiple occasions now. I have a Filemaker 16 application that is primarily a front end of ESS tables. MS SQL. Introduction. The External SQL Source (ESS) of FileMaker Pro allows you to view and update data in an ODBC database without writing any SQL code. It was decided that the best approach was to move a few primary tables from FileMaker to mySQL using ESS. Of course, we had to maintain all.

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You may also add ESS tables to existing databases – the steps are the same. Tim 3, 1 4 This article is for the rest of us. Imagine that the original request would be: Please contact us at support actualtech. This will allow importing from joints in the future currently not supported by the function Finally, this second parameter is optional, so you can inject SQL functions in the query: To decide wether a record matches and must be updated, 3 columns had to be used as matching keys.

As of writing this article, you can download the Oracle Instant Client here Please note that you must download 32 bit versions of both of the following files: If you do not have access to the Oracle server to run this application, you should ask the system administrator or Oracle DBA for this information.

But although we want to import these 4 columns into 4 FileMaker fields: In certain cases, it may filemaket permitted obtain a limited access DW system account used only for querying non-sensitive data, such as MIT directory information. We worked very closely with the client’s internal team, together making course adjustments as the project proceeded and the specifications evolved. Note that on Mac, a third party driver is required Actual Technologies.

The project cycle consisted of iterative rounds of development supported by the creation of a collection of documentation resources including: At this point you will filejaker prompted to give a name and description for your DSN.


You can just accept the default values esd the “Edit Data Source” dialog: Vincente, This topic you mentioned here above has been of quite some concern for us. Data in these shadow tables is live and up-to-date with the external source.

FM16 and ESS Issue

When Warehouse data is displayed in a FileMaker solution using ESS, the user must first authenticate to the Warehouse, and the user’s Warehouse authorizations govern what data the user is able to see.

The Instant Client is completely free of charge, however they do require you to create an oracle account as well as accept some terms of use before you can download it. Open up your database and go to Manage External Data Sources. Your email address will not be published.

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I recommend looking into setting filemakeer a static port for your services, more information on how to do this This article does not go into detail about setting up or configuring the Oracle server itself. If we were writing raw SQL, this would be a simple join. Two script steps allow interaction with Filrmaker sources: If you’d like to add plug-in functionality to a mobile solution, there are a number of options available.

Do not share Data Warehouse passwords with anyone.

ODBC Import technique

The FileMaker portion of the system allowed us to do things that would either be impossible using web technology or would take much more time and budget to implement. Execute SQL can also modify the structure of a database. Also, the database creator has a “View” Foreign Concept to us Filemaker Developers with this same data called “dbo.

So you will be able to edit your scripts and the server can perform them. Do not import Warehouse data into local FileMaker tables unless you have a good reason to do so. And that is a very bad idea. Since the Warehouse data is not actually stored in the FileMaker file, unauthorized users will not be able to view the external Warehouse data. Anyone who has worked with Filemaker at length has at some point run into performance issues with queries and batch operations taking longer than we would like them to.


The user’s permission to view ESS data in FileMaker is governed by the authorizations granted by the external data source additional restrictions may be defined at the FileMaker privilege set level, though there is rarely a need to do this. If there is a field with Base64 text, within FileMaker I can decode it to get the image.

MySQL, for example, simply requires you to specify the location of the server IP addressusername, password and database name. You’d probably want to add that to your select statement or a view, rather than add it to the table; but, you could filemmaker a trigger that would maintain the field using that definition.

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Now you should be able to add table occurrences from the Oracle database to your relationship graph. Any time these fields are triggered, the calculation will be fired, and the executeSQL function will be invoked, passing in your new value to filemaked database! Have you never been bothered by inconsistent database structures between a data source and your own application?

The operating system must be restarted for the system environment variable change to take effect. What thoughts do you all have? Finally, you can view your ESS table by selecting its layout from filejaker Layout list: