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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.

Keeping It In Sync

Keeping It In Sync

December 18, 2019

Today we talk to Jesse Barnum, President of 360Works and one of the best known people in the FileMaker community. We talk mainly about synchronization and their new product, MirrorSync6, but the conversation goes far beyond just that; plugins, FileMaker Cloud, Claris Connect and other subjects. You should find it fascinating listening; we certainly did.

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?