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Podcast Episode 136 :: Live at DevCon in Phoenix 2017

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Matt Navarre talks with several people live at DevCon in Phoenix 2017.

 

Like this? Check out more podcast at FileMaker Talk.


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Podcast Episode 129 :: Cris Ippolite from iSolutions

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Cris Ippolite from iSolutions and Matt Navarre talk about training, Lynda.com videos, and the Idea to iPad project with Apple stores and FileMaker.

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Monthly FileMaker Meetup – November 2016

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We had a great Monthly FileMaker Meetup about FileMaker Cloud. Thanks to Matt Navarre for the presentation and providing the delicious Hogan’s Goat Pizza and beverages. Thanks to our event host, Ken Skeen and Hanna Andersson. If you have any questions or want more details, please reach out to Shawn (shawn@app.works).

RSVP for the PDXFM Open Mic Night on December 7.


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FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced Training – November 2016

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Date: Monday, November 7, 2016 and Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Event location: AppWorks conference room
Description: FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced Training
Taught by: Matt Navarre
Hosted by: AppWorks

AppWorks’ FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced Training is here! Space is limited, so please sign up now to reserve your spot.

What: This intermediate to advanced two-day intensive training course will be taught by Matt Navarre, founder of AppWorks. Using FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced, Matt will delve deep into all that FileMaker 15 has to offer the intermediate developer that wants to hone his/her skills and for the advanced developer that is looking to stretch his/her knowledge.
Two days of lecture will conclude with an hour or two at the end of class for hands-on assistance with a project you are currently working on, or a project you’d like to get started on.

Materials to be covered in class include

  • Focused training on FileMaker Training Series 15 for Intermediate to Advanced developers
  • Highlighting what has improved and what is new in FM 15
  • An opportunity to pick Matt Navarre’s brain

What to bring to class

  • Your own laptop — with FileMaker 15 Advanced installed
  • Your own project to work at the end of class (if you have one)
  • Any questions or specific problems you’d like to solve in FileMaker
  • Your sense of humor

Sign up here


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Button Bar Techniques! Part 3: Dynamic Text Resizing in FileMaker

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By Thomas H. Meglasson III

Have you ever been limited by screen real estate in a solution?  Have you ever had a field that you thought would only ever have a few words in it but user’s decided to write an essay in?

Sometimes the data in a certain field can vary greatly.  It is a waste of layout space to size the field to show the largest possible amount of data, but also not optimal for users not to be able to see all of their data because a field isn’t big enough.  This is especially true with number fields, where FileMaker chose to display an incredibly helpful ‘?’ if the number is to long for the text field object.   

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Button Bar Techniques! Part 2

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By David J. Weiner

In our first blog post on the topic of FileMaker 14 button bar techniques, I outlined why we love them so much (calculated labels!), and the main reason they’re so useful (calculated labels!). In our second post on Button Bar Techniques, I delve into the first of several actual tricks we use them for. And, as I looked over some of the examples that I’ll be explaining, it occurred to me that one thing that these techniques all have in common is that the formatting of the button bars is typically invisible — entirely, or partially.

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Button Bar Techniques!

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By David J. Weiner

Button bars, for me, are the single most useful new feature introduced in FileMaker 14 (aside from the Script Workspace, which is a beautiful thing). Interestingly, the reason I find them so useful has nothing to do with their primary intended use case: the navigation bar. Sure, a simple and neatly-aligned navbar is great to have, and being able to switch segments from a regular button to a popover and back again is truly useful for speed of UI design, but the killer feature of button bars is the calculated label. This feature alone is, as they say, worth the price of admission. It means that you can display output from FileMaker’s calculation engine right at the user interface level, which, prior to FileMaker 14, was not available without creating a calculated field or resorting to script or Let statement variable tricks.

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FileMaker Developer Conference 2016 – “Aptitude for Apps”

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The countdown has begun! FileMaker announced today that the 21st annual Developer’s Conference, or DevCon as it’s affectionately known, will be held July 18-21 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This is the largest gathering of FileMaker developers in the world, with 1,500 of our closest friends gathering in one place to geek out about FileMaker. This year is shaping up to be rather exciting, as the theme is “Aptitude for Apps” – focusing on creating and enhancing the capabilities of creating custom apps for the desktop, iOS and the web. Attendees will get the first peek at the future direction of the FileMaker Platoform and learn from other developers’ tried-and-true skills in design, mobility and app creation.

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Monthly FileMaker Meetup – March 2016

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Our FileMaker monthly Meetup group met this last Wednesday in a new space! It was beautiful and the conference room was enormous – with a convenient wireless presentation system for laptops to present on a giant projection screen. Our many thanks goes out to Ken Skeen and the fine folks at Hanna Andersson that graciously offered their space for our meeting, to Gerald Chang of Eight2 for providing drinks and Chris Irvine of ThreeProng.com for bringing the pizza and co-hosting the meeting!

Our topic was: FileMaker Alternative Modal Dialogue Showcase. The idea was to show alternative methods for creating a modal window, without using a custom dialogue. It was great to delve into the different ways in which developers will tackle and solve the same problem in different ways.

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From Database Developer to Web Developer Thanks to WebDirect

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By Thomas Meglasson III

I don’t know PHP, and my HTML and CSS skills are rudimentary at best. Nevertheless, I recently became a web developer!

Fortunately, with FileMaker’s WebDirect, I don’t need those skills to make a beautiful website. I build it all right in FileMaker, using skills I already have, and then publish straight to the web with a FileMaker Server.

I was recently tasked with creating a conference registration system for a large association’s annual convention. They expect around 900 to 1,000 registrants this year. The system had capture the demographic data of the registrants, look up their membership data if needed, let them choose their attendance options and pay for both the conference and a membership renewal.

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