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XML and JDBC

In addition to using CDML to access a FileMaker database on the Web, FileMaker now supports both XML and JDBC. This is wonderful news for the future, because unlike CDML, which is a proprietary standard (it only works with FileMaker), XML and Java are both open standards that many companies support or have committed to support in the near future. FileMaker Inc. has made it clear that they consider XML to be the future of the product. Its flexibility and power make it a very promising environment for publishing data.

Neither of these technologies is something you'd pick up overnight. For the average FileMaker Pro user, JDBC is inaccessible in the short term unless you are already a programmer. It is a bona fide language much closer to C++ than HTML. Although XML is somewhat more approachable, it's more complex than CDML because it's both extensible and object-oriented. In addition (at the time of this writing) XML is also only supported by one browser: Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5.0. Unless you are working in an environment where you can dictate which browser people will use to access your database, these are serious stumbling blocks. Until support for XML is more common, we think you're better off concentrating on CDML with HTML.


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