This is a very interesting year!
There are even more projects in this year as in the years before.
We got customers who need to do homeoffice (a), we got customers who were in the lockdown (b), we got customers who need new tools for their projects (c), we got on-going projects with very interesting changes (d) - and there are new projects/customers as well (e).
Besides of customers with older FM versions who need to migrate to more or less current versions (f) and customers running their own applications who just need some support in some areas..
a) results often in webd solutions, partly brand new solutions
b) results in changing structure, adding modules
c) can lead to non-FM solutions
d) besides of maintenance, often in combination with API, implementing new requirements, etc. Some with ISO certification (ISO 127'000/1 / software development). One with the need of the data API (FMS)
e) from expanding existent solutions to brand new ones
f) is multi-problematic, some are easy, some discover issues we've never met before, some with issues only for v19
not so cute when adding webd to existing solutions, but could be really cool and a really fast development when starting from scratch. We do recommend webd instead of FMGo in the meanwhile, because it is more robust concerning updates... customers here just can not update to every new version for several reason.
Licensing is a mess. We got small, non-profit solutions for 3-5 people (no problem, there is the 5-user lic') with the 'obligation' of letting some third party partners viewing data or entering some data - what becomes way to expensive. There are open-source solutions out there that fit the needs for a price that covers just the FM licinsing.. (maria-db, ruby, etc.)
the new, upcoming centOS version is promising! We suspect that the requirements are lower - so cheaper hosting is possible. A small centOS server is available for 10 bucks (we don't think that this 1GB machine would be enough...), a traditional FM hosting starts with 55 bucks or 75 bucks, depending on data location (in- / outside of our country) - often with limited access (only 2..5 files, etc.)
API (data API)
A whole new world. I'm using my centOS server for trying out - and postman. Eats a lot of time..
I even got a xojo project for getting some information - wich is another new world, hard to get, too hard..
We got only one customer who is on 19. While 19 seems to rock on my devices, many people can not go 19 because of hardware requirements and because of issues (I had to alter my own applications because of layering issues with tab controls, the current Go19 is too slow - I'm writing more stuff on a sheet of paper (!!))
Almost too much for one poor human
We are living in an interesting world (-:
(I'm sending this posting in the soup now - otherwise, it will be never finished...)