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Replacing FileMaker with Free Software?

Slashdot discussion - Replacing FileMaker with Free Software?:

jhealy1024 asks: "I'm looking for a way to replace our FileMaker DB solution with an open-source RDBMS. Problem is, FileMaker's GUI and report design tools are pretty darn good, and I can't find a suitable replacement. Anybody out there have a solution that doesn't require me to take a year off to hand-code a replacement solution?"

UNIX_Meister responds: "I think there's something here that is escaping most of the /. readers. Filemaker has a nice GUI for creating applications - RAD type functionality. We're not talking about a GUI to manage a mysql database. I'd like to be able to create an application that uses a database backend quickly. Something like Oracle Forms & Reports of old, or Access, or ??? Think "glade" "mysql/postgresql" perl's report writing

I've been looking for something like this in the OSS world for years, and in that time, like the author of the article, could have written one."

Wed, 01 Sep 2004 12:28:17 +0000