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Java is a general purpose programming language which is ideal for web applications as well as more demanding uses such as credit card authorization and web services. It is similar to PHP in this sense, but it goes beyond PHP's capabilities to allow things like multithreaded applications, low-level network communication, remote procedure calls, in-memory data structures, complex GUIs, high performance calculations, mobile device capability, and full-fledged object-oriented programming. In many ways, it is the ideal complement to FileMaker, which lacks the capability to interact directly with external applications.

Here are some ways that these FileMaker and Java can be used together: