If you do any so-called AJAX development, you may be familiar with [JSON]. This terse “object notation” lets you turn just about any set of data into a compact plain-text string that can easlily be shuttled across the network or from one program to another. Most AJAX libraries have built in support for JSON. We’ve just posted the [FileMaker to JSON Converter], an XSLT template that adds direct-to-JSON support to FileMaker Server Advanced. With this little beauty installed, dynamic web applications, ruby scripts, dashboard widgets, and gadgets can talk direclty to FileMaker with ease.
## The Inspiration
1. XML is a pretty heavy-weight format for simple data exchange. If it is being compressed, the problem is largely mitigated, but most web servers aren’t configured to compress HTTP data in-transit. And FileMaker’s XML is particularly large since it includes so much ancillary information (and all the tags that go along with it). I wanted a more svelte means of retrieving data.
Without further ado, we’re pleased to make [the FileMaker to JSON Converter] available free of charge. This XSLT stylesheet adds direct-to-json support to you FileMaker Web Publishing setup. It is really cool.
The download, and complete documentation can be found [here].
Let us know what you think 🙂