UPDATE:   I got re-tweeted by Sencha Inc. it blew out my bandwidth at screencast.com. That is totally cool!

I have been doing a lot of work with JavaScript lately. Specifically looking at how to build cross platform mobile web apps that connect to FileMaker.  There are some pretty cool libraries available out there that significantly reduce the works load. I had some time at LAX waiting to fly out to pause on error. So I whipped up this little demo using SeedCode Complete running on my FileMaker server in the Cloud and local <a href=”http://www.sencha.com/products/touch/”>Sencha Touch</a> Application.  Check it out.

One of the interesting things about this app is that it requires no server side code at all.  There is no PHP, no Groovy, no Java, no nothing, other than FileMaker running on the sever.  You can write server side code and that probably makes sense to do so in the long run for anything complex but it is not required. In this demo we are using javascript to connect directly to the XML gateway on FileMaker Server.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this application is that it will work on any mobile device that has a webkit baked browser  So we are not limited to just iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads.  This will work in on WebOS, Android, Blackberries. Windows Mobile 7 support is around the corner.

And Perhaps I should mention that this is not limited to Mobile devices either.  SenchaTouch is based on on <a href=”http://www.sencha.com/products/extjs4-preview/”>ExtJS</a>, one of the most powerful libraries around for building rich web based applications.

Here is the movie.  Hope you enjoy!

3 responses to “FileMaker And Sencha Touch”

  1. Zac says:

    Hi Todd, this is a great demo, as integrating Sencha and Filemaker is something I’ve been wrestling with for a while. For educational purposes, is there any chance you could put up some more information about how you implemented this, or make your test app available for me to dissect?

    • Todd Geist says:

      Hi Zac,

      You know, this was done with an older version of Sencha Touch. I am not sure it is that useful with the current version. And in fact I am not sure I even have this code anymore. Sorry 🙁 SenchaTouch 2.0 is in beta right now it should be released pretty soon. If I get a chance I will try to to post something on how to use FileMaker with SenchaTouch 2.0. as soon as I can. Thanks


  2. Vincent says:

    This is indeed a great demo. I have a few Filemaker databases that i would love to build Sencha Touch interfaces for. A demo showing how to link Sencha Touch 2 with Filemaker would be greatly appreciated.


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