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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.