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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

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Part 2

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Part 2

April 22, 2020

This episode is a continuation of our examination of the 179 script steps in FileMaker 18. We talk about the ones you should know intimately, the ones that you need to be aware of and use occasionally and finally the ones that you should never, under any circumstances use.  As always, we'd love to hear your comments so please email us at info@firesidefilemaker.com

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

April 2, 2020

In this episode, John Mark and I discuss all the 179 script steps in FileMaker 18. We tell you which ones you should know intimately and which ones you should avoid using. It's a lengthy topic and this is Part 1 of 2 parts;' the second part will be released on April 23.

A mea culpa from Michael Rocharde.

Apologies to all our listeners for the long delay between episodes; it's completely my fault but there are, of course, extenuating circumstance including a move to Spain (took almost 2 weeks to recover from the jet lag and exhaustion) and being placed in lockdown two days after arriving. We'll now be back on our normal schedule but releasing a new podcast every 3 weeks, instead of every 2).

A special thanks to all who wrote and asked when we were releasing a new episode.

Working with Client Solutions

Working with Client Solutions

February 26, 2020

In this podcast we are once again joined by Marc Larochelle, President of Productive Computing, for a far-reaching, and absolutely fascinating, conversation about data migration, the Separation model (we get Marc's insights and opinion on this subject so its not just a rehash of stuff we've already talked about), live updates (working on a live copy of the database at the same time as other users are working on it), syncing and some different ways of implementing it, setting developer flags on new scripts for testing; having separate servers for development, testing and production, using a terminal server (remote machine) to perform tasks locally where it would take too long to do it over a WAN and finally performing scripts on servers.

You did what?

You did what?

February 12, 2020

Inexperienced developers often program FileMaker in a particular way because they saw someone else on a video, blog or other resource perform the same series of steps. It even happens because the developer simply follows the client’s request. There isn’t one set of programming for generalized solutions. It’s up to you as a developer to think about the best way to solve a programming problem with all the tools at your disposal. In this podcast, we examine the pros and cons of Quickbooks integration, calendars, web enabling, the data separation model, live development, main menus, dashboards, reporting, progress bars, building solutions from scratch as opposed to using a starter solution, un-stored calculations, custom menus, backing up, organizing the relationship graph and testing scripts and calculations as you go.

Should you modularize?

Should you modularize?

January 29, 2020

Modularization, generally, refers to scripting where you take a section, or sections, of one script and create a sub-script from that which is subsequently called (or invoked) from the original script. There are lots of reasons, and some significant benefits, as to why you might want to do this but there are also a number of gotchas and reasons why you might not want to. In this podcast we discuss the pros and cons of modularization so that you can make your own decisions as to whether it is right for you or for the solution you are working on.

Developing In-House

Developing In-House

January 15, 2020

You need to develop a solution for your business but you have little or no FileMaker™ expertise. Should you hire an expert or do you want to take the time to learn FileMaker? If the latter, do you have the time to learn it and is it a good use of your time? Many in-house developers drastically underestimate the amount of time it takes to learn FileMaker, let alone actually program a complex FileMaker solution. And don't forget about the time it will take away from running your business to produce the solution. In this Podcast, we'll explore both options and if you choose to do it yourself, discuss some of the available resources that you can use to learn FileMaker.

What if … ?

What if … ?

January 1, 2020

"What if?" is, perhaps, the most important question that you will ever ask yourself. It's the starting point for all our FileMaker development! We ask ourselves this question all the time when faced with challenges. It’s a philosophy for creating the best FileMaker solution possible. It enables you to create faster, better and simpler code that ultimately benefits your client with a more sophisticated FileMaker solution. Come join as we discuss how FileMaker is the best platform out there for trying out new concepts and getting immediate feedback.