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Can you hear me running - faster?

Can you hear me running - faster?

February 10, 2021

Our guest today is Nick Lightbody from the UK, who you may not be familiar with but, behind the scenes, Nick has had and continues to have enormous influence on the work we do, because he is intently focused on getting FileMaker to perform better and faster. In Nick's words

"Performance is the most underdiscussed subject and yet it is the object of most complaints."

In this fascinating discussion, Nick talks about the work he does and its implications, and it will give all of us some really powerful strategies for having our solutions work better, plus insights on things that we should all be aware of. We think you'll be particularly intrigued by Nick's thoughts and usage of repeating fields for very high performance solutions.

Walking in Carlton’s Shoes

Walking in Carlton’s Shoes

January 27, 2021

In this episode, we are visited by the one and only Richard Carlton from RC consulting Inc.  Richard Carlton is a long time veteran of the FileMaker Community. With his 28 years of experience, he has built a team of 32 FileMaker developers and supporting staff throughout North America. Richard is best known for his video courses on the FileMaker Platform, developing “FM Starting Point” Business Software (free to everyone). RCC is involved with every facet of the FileMaker platform including: training, development of custom apps, and large scale deployments with organizations. So, needless to say, Richard has a treasure trove of experience that he shares that with us in a refreshing and candid way. Our conversation includes a wide range of topics including Claris and their future direction, what it's like training new FileMaker developers, the opportunities of a live daily broadcaster, as well as many other stories of life in Richard's shoes.

Punishing Performance

Punishing Performance

January 6, 2021

In this PodCast, we highlight yet another hero in the FileMaker market, Wim Decorte of Soliant Consulting. As long as there has been FileMaker, it seems like Wim has been there helping people on the message boards, writing white papers and presenting at Claris DevCon/Engage. He even created an open source FileMaker product, called the Punisher, aimed at testing a FileMaker solution over the network. We’ll discuss the Punisher and where you can get it, as well as optimizing performance on FileMaker Server, FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go. Specific subjects include FileMaker Server logs, Linux, AWS, backups, 3rd party software, hardware, WebDirect and security. Come join us for this lively conversation with one of the smartest developers in the FileMaker market!

Going Vertical

Going Vertical

December 2, 2020

Developing a vertical market FileMaker solution is something that many developers have wanted to do but few do it because they don't have the depth of knowledge as to how to go about it. In this fascinating conversation Michael Rocharde & Marc Larochelle, both of whom have developed successful vertical market solutions, talk with John Mark Osborne about all the different things that have to be taken into account. Using case studies we disect the different methods of deployment, how you find a niche market to develop for, the importance of strategic partnerships, protecting your solution and much, much more. At the end of it you will know, without a shadow of a doubt, whether you want to enter this potential very lucrative but inherently risky arena. Buckle up.

Analyze This!

Analyze This!

November 11, 2020

In this episode, we are joined by a very special guest, Nick Orr from Goya, in Australia (https://goya.com.au). Nick is the creator of BaseElements, a FileMaker analysis tool which has been around since 2006 and which is one of the preeminent analysis tools for FileMaker developers. We’re also joined by our regular guest Marc Larochelle from Productive Computing (https://www.ProductiveComputing.com). Marc has created a dedicated course for BaseElements available at Productive Computing University (https://www.ProductiveComputingUniversity.com) and brings his personal experience and expertise with this tool into the mix. Yes, we are talking a lot about BaseElements itself, but the conversation is far reaching and fascinating.

We believe that every FileMaker developer should be using an analysis tool whether it be BaseElements (www.baseelements.com.au) or Inspector Pro from Beeswax (https://www.beezwax.net/products/inspector-pro) or FMPerception (www.geistinteractive.com). These tools will help your development and allow you to find errors and unused elements in your code that would otherwise be easily overlooked. They are well worth the price of admission.

Thanks for listening and, as always, we'd love to hear from you with your thoughts and comments by emailing info@firesidefilemaker.com.

UI vs UX

UI vs UX

October 21, 2020

Every once in a while, we find ourselves with a guest who brings a totally unexpected and fascinating viewpoint. These are the episodes that go way beyond the 'you should listen' and reach ‘you must listen'. Today's podcast is one of those episodes. We are joined by Darrin Southern, from CadenceUX in Melbourne, Australia, for an absolutely incredible conversation which starts with the somewhat 'new' concept of UX (the User Experience) and then veers off into some very intersting territory. Both John Mark and I learned a lot and you will also.

Please let us know your thoughts by emailing info@firesidefilemaker.com

These are a few of our favorite things - Part 2

These are a few of our favorite things - Part 2

September 30, 2020

In Part 1 of this podcast John Mark and I talked about the major and significant features of all FileMaker versions back to the very beginning or rather when Claris bought it from Nashoba. In Part 2, we start with FileMaker 9 and go all the way up to the current version, Version 19.

These are a few of our favorite things

These are a few of our favorite things

September 9, 2020

In this two part podcast, John Mark and I go back deep into the past to discuss the most important and influential features released in each version of FileMaker. Many, if not most, of these fetures are still in use today but they have all paved the way for the deveopment powerhouse that FieMaker is today. Even though, nobody really needs to know when these features came about, we think you will find this episode more than a little interesting and, as always, we'd love to hear your comments.

Part 1 covers all the way up to FileMaker 9 and Part 2 covfers from 9 to the current version, FileMaker 19.

Were you Engaged?

Were you Engaged?

August 11, 2020

Last week, the 1st Claris Engage conference took place, virtually, over a 2 day period. John Mark and Michael plus our special guest Marc Larochelle (from Productive Computing) reminisce about previous DevCons and then, at 11 minutes in, we start to discuss the conference itself. (All of the sessions are available to watch at https://filemakersupport.force.com/en/s/engage#engage-content). Login and then click on Academy, fill in the simple questionnaire and then click on Engage On-Demand). Whether you were able to attend the biggest FileMaker event of the year or not, you can get the complete rundown from our perspective where we highlight what we believe are the most important take-aways applicable to any professional FileMaker developer. Please join us in the conversation!

Our last podcast had a very special guest (Darren Terry) discussing the calculation dependency tree.  If you haven't listened to it yet (and almost 1000 people have), we strongly recommend that you take the time to do so. John Mark, Marc Larochelle and myself all learned a lot and found it one of the most fascinating conversations we've had in a long time.

https://firesidefilemaker.podbean.com/e/the-calculation-dependency-tree/

The Calculation Dependency Tree

The Calculation Dependency Tree

July 22, 2020

We invited Darren Terry on our show to talk about the calculation dependency tree (what triggers calculations to fire). What we got was so much more than we expected. Darren’s close ties with Claris engineers and dedication to the platform has given him insight into how FileMaker works under the hood. To put it simply, both of us were flabbergasted at how much he taught us about FileMaker. Come join us in this in this "can’t miss" PodCast about the calculation engine and whatever else comes across Darren’s big brain. (Our regular guest, Marc Larochelle had this to say "You can plant an entire garden while learning about dependency trees."

Original "Shaking the Dependency Tree" Article from FileMaker Hacks

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