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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

FileMaker 19 - A Revolution in the Making

FileMaker 19 - A Revolution in the Making

May 25, 2020

John Mark Osborne and Michael Rocharde are proud to release a special 2 hour episode discussing the release of FileMaker 19 and what it means for Claris, the developer community and ultimately its customers. At first glance, there doesn't appear to be all that much that is new. But, a closer look reveals a version that is about to revolutionize the way FileMaker solutions are developed. With our regular guest, Marc Larochelle of Productive Computing, we discuss every aspect of the FileMaker 19 release.

Interesting and Useful Links

Marc Larochelle - Productive Computing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=lwN_Tp5iOEs&feature=emb_logo

Matt Petrowsky - ISO Productions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=T3dgfugxcBI&feature=emb_logo

Richard Carlton - Richard Carlton Consulting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=kRDXfpMrjvM&feature=emb_logo

Soliant Consulting

https://www.soliantconsulting.com/blog/javascript-filemaker-start/

DB Services - Creating Add-Ons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=s9hUY7BgI1w&feature=emb_logo

Soliant Consulting - Wim Decorte on Machine Learning

https://www.soliantconsulting.com/blog/machine-learning-models-filemaker/

Soliant Consulting - Wim Decorte on NFC

https://www.soliantconsulting.com/blog/nfc-scanning-filemaker-go/

DB Services on the new FileMaker solution upgrade tool

https://dbservices.com/articles/filemaker-solution-upgrade-tool/

Developer Tools Part 2

Developer Tools Part 2

May 20, 2020

In Part 1, we discussed all of the tools within FileMaker itself. In Part 2, we discuss many of the external tools that are available to all developers to help their efforts. It's a fascinating discussion and we almost guarantee that you'll discover new tools that may well become essential to you and your work.

Developer Tools

Developer Tools

May 6, 2020

In this two part podcast, John Mark & I, are once again joined by Marc Larochelle (CEO of Productive Computing) for a discussion about the tools that are available to FileMaker developers at all levels. This part mostly covers the internal tools and options that are available inside of FileMaker and in Part 2, we'll be discussing some of the external (commercially available) tools that could enhance your development efforts. We hope you find the discussion interesting and enjoyable.

Part 2 will be released on May 20, 2020

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