I have finally committed to developing Shomi (Show-me) as a full-blown product. Shomi is going to help developers introduce the magic of FileMaker to potential clients, as well as help developers estimate projects better than ever before. Shomi is the foot-in-the-door that we’ve always wanted.
I started down the road of building it with native FileMaker fields, but it proved to be too costly in terms of the number of objects (1,000+ on one layout). This slowed FileMaker down even in a local copy, and made maintenance highly annoying.
Enter our Dallas FMPUG meeting. When demoing the concept, the suggestion was made to convert it to using a webviewer for displaying the fields, and so I started down that path. A few weeks later, I have successfully auto-built the fields portion of the Employees form in the demo. And it’s flippin’ sweet.
I hope to have a movie up soon about how it works, but until then, here are some screen shots that give you a little peek under the hood.