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Are You Secure?

Are You Secure?

December 4, 2019

It's more than safe to say that Steven Blackwell knows more about, and has had more influence on, FileMaker security than anybody in the industry. His contributions are legendary and his knowledge is extraordinary. We are honored that Steven accepted our invitation to discuss the subject and we hope you will join us for a fascinating conversation discussing all things security.

Your Host Awaits

Your Host Awaits

November 13, 2019

With the release of Cloud 2.0, hosting a FileMaker solution has become more complex due to a myriad of choices. With our special guest Marc Larochelle, we’ll go through the assortment of hosting options while comparing and contrasting them. By the end of our conversation, you should have a good idea what flavor of FileMaker hosting is best for your business.

Supporting documents you might find useful

FM Server versus FM Cloud for AWS: https://www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-cloud-for-aws/compare.html

FM Server versus FM Cloud 2.0: https://www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-cloud/docs/fms_vs_fmc_wwe.pdf

FileMaker Cloud for AWS tech specs: https://www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-cloud-for-aws/1-17-technical-specifications.html

FileMaker Cloud Tech Specs: https://www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-cloud/2-18-technical-specifications.html

FileMaker Server Tech Specs: https://www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-server/18-technical-specifications.html

FileMaker Platform (version 18) deprecation list: https://support.filemaker.com/s/article/Deprecated-and-removed-features-in-FileMaker-18?language=en_US

 

Keeping Things in Context

Keeping Things in Context

October 30, 2019

In FileMaker, context is everything but what does that mean? How do you know if you are in the correct context and what happens if you're not? Most programming errors are due to being out of context. In this podcast, we discuss everything related to context, using real world examples, so that developers fully understand this most important concept. We also talk about all of the different places where context is important, starting with the relationship graph. In the process, we discuss relationships, the differences between tables and table occurrences and explain anchor-buoy, perhaps the most commonly used method for managing the relationship graph.

A View from 30 Years of FileMaker Experience - Part 2

A View from 30 Years of FileMaker Experience - Part 2

October 23, 2019

Marc Larochelle, CEO of Productive Computing, is a FileMaker veteran with almost three decades of experience. Part 2 of this exclusive interview continues where we left off and sheds a lot of light on the ever changing world of FileMaker.

A View from 30 Years of FileMaker Experience

A View from 30 Years of FileMaker Experience

October 16, 2019

Marc Larochelle, CEO of Productive Computing, is a FileMaker veteran with almost three decades of experience. In this exclusive interview, we get his expert perspective on subjects like APIs, Cloud 2.0, hosting, AWS, plug-ins, the development process, Claris Connect and much more. Marc’s keen insight into the FileMaker market will help you understand the complexities of this ever changing environment. With so much to talk about with an industry leader, we’ve broken it up into two parts with Part 2 being released next Wednesday (October 23rd). Please come join us around the campfire and enjoy our conversation with Marc.

The Ubiquitous Calculation Engine

The Ubiquitous Calculation Engine

October 2, 2019

The calculation engine is everywhere in the FileMaker interface and for good reason. It adds additional functionality wherever it's employed. It enhances scripting, allows auto-entering related data, provides record level access, hides objects and so much more. To say the calculation engine is invaluable is an understatement. We’ll discuss the ins and outs of the calculation engine in all the different areas where it is used so as to provide a big picture view of this crucial feature.

Is Certification Right For You?

Is Certification Right For You?

September 25, 2019

The FileMaker certification exam has been around since FileMaker 7 and is defined as a credential that demonstrates to clients, peers and management your FileMaker skill level. To this date, it’s still the only real method for measuring that level. In this Podcast, we discuss the history of certification, what is required to pass it and generally everything you need to know to be successful. We also ponder whether the effort is worth it? What are the advantages and disadvantages of certification? Will certification translate into more business? Can you do just as well without it?

Developing the Interface

Developing the Interface

September 18, 2019

FileMaker solutions can live and die by the interface alone. It’s the first thing a user sees and can sway their opinion in the first few seconds of them seeing it for the first time. It’s so important but many developers don’t give it much thought. How do you develop an interface that clients want to use and which makes it easy for them to do their job? Do you use a standard theme or do you take the time and trouble to develop a custom theme that you can use over and over again? How do you size the screens? How much color should you use? How do you take into account that some of your users may be color blind? These and more points are considered to give you a well rounded look at interface design.

K.I.S.S.

K.I.S.S.

September 10, 2019

KISS stands for Keep it Simple, Stupid. It’s a funny acronym but a very important concept to apply to the FileMaker development process. Too many developers over-engineer FileMaker solutions, charging clients more than is necessary. KISS is about elegance, about making it easier for someone new to take over a project without having to wade through complicated, modularized scripts that are almost impossible to debug. We live and breathe KISS and hope that, after listening to this podcast, you will too.

WIP your business into shape

WIP your business into shape

September 4, 2019

The Workplace Innovation Platform (WIP) is a newly defined technology category, by G2.com, for which FileMaker is the leader. There are 27 other software applications on the list and FileMaker was voted the best in the category. While the category itself is new, FileMaker has been WIP compliant for more than 30 years making it very hard for all of its competitors to catch up. Come find out what makes FileMaker uniquely qualified as a visual design and full-stack development application, collaborative, secure, integrative and supportive like no other WIP tool on the planet.