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DevCon Scholarship Award: Announcing our Runners-Up!

2015 DevCon Scholarship Award: Announcing our Runners-Up!   by Molly Connolly and Cris Ippolite   We spent many hours sorting through the applications that came in for the 2015 DevCon Scholarship. Every essay told a story of each developer’s career passions and we found each applicant’s commitment to ongoing FileMaker training very persuasive. Trust us when we tell you that it was a difficult decision to make! Before we reveal the 2015 DevCon Scholarship winners, we’d like to share the awards given to the two runners-up: Brendan McKenney and Courtney Yuska. McKenney and Yuska both receive a seat in the upcoming JumpStartFM training course. JumpStartFM is ...

Can FileMaker Training Help You Make More Money?

Can FileMaker Training Help You Make More Money?   One of the most visited posts on Thorsen Consulting's blog is this one: How Can FileMaker Developers Earn More Money? If you browse the post, you'll see that there is a relationship between lifelong learning and career earnings. Developers who participate in professional development programs and work to apply what they've learned tend to command higher salaries over the course of their careers. It's easy enough to agree that we'd all like to invest in professional development, but sometimes it's not that easy to do! We've all got work and family demands that often ...

Senior FileMaker Developer Reflects on JumpStartFM Online JumpStart Training Course

  Seasoned Developer Reflects on JumpStartFM Course   The deep experience and broad skill sets on the JumpStartFM team of instructors means that even senior FileMaker developers will find challenges within the coursework. The JumpStartFM team of instructors is led by Molly Connolly and includes David Knight; Cris Ippolite; Matt Navarre and Debbie Zempel. Here are some reflections on the course from James Bardwell, a senior developer based in Spokane, Washington. James Bardwell, a senior developer and founder of a local FMPug in Spokane, Washington completed the June 2014 JumpStartFM online training program. Bardwell began using FileMaker 3.0 in the early 1990’s for his ...

2015 DevCon Scholarship: Molly Connolly and Cris Ippolite on FileMaker Talk Podcast

 2015 DevCon Scholarship Details!     Molly Connolly and Cris Ippolite discuss the 2015 DevCon Scholarship opportunity on the FileMaker Talk podcast. Hosts Matt Navarre and Matt Petrowsky get the scoop on what a winning application will look like. Get all the details via this brief podcast episode. Want to apply? Click here!  

Devcon Sponsorship Application Details–Applications Now Being Accepted

Welcome! On behalf of myself and Cris Ippolite we thank you for taking the time to check out this valuable learning opportunity. Cris and I are both seasoned FileMaker developers whose careers took off after attending the 1997 Devcon in Monterey, California. It was at this conference that we met other developers and gave us both confidence that there was a great need for our services. One of the greatest problems facing the FileMaker Community today is lack of qualified developers. As such, Cris and I are each offering to fund a first time Devcon attendee's conference pass. We understand that ...

Apply for a Devcon 2015 Scholarship

Starting April 6 and ending on May 1, 2015 we will be accepting applications for anyone interested in winning a free conference pass to Devcon. We will award two free conference passes. The main qualification is this would need to be your FIRST Devcon (we're trying to bring new people into the community!). Put a few minutes to draft a brief essay starting with “iSolutions and Thorsen Consulting should send me to DevCon because…”

June 2015 Dates Announced for FileMaker Online Training Course, JumpStartFM

Molly Connolly has announced dates for the next FileMaker online training class, JumpStartFM. The course begins June 1, 2015 and concludes June 25, 2015.FileMaker professionals who register before May 1, 2015 will receive an “early bird” discount that saves $250 on the usual course fee. FMPug members receive an additional discount of $250.

FileMaker: How to Hire a Junior Developer

  Molly Connolly's presentation, "How to Hire a Junior Developer," provides valuable insights on hiring, training, and evaluating junior FileMaker developers. Click the image below to view the presentation on the FileMaker Technical Network:      

FileMaker Developers Conference 2014

  FileMaker DevCon 2014 is just around the corner and I’m busy planning my schedule and getting ready for my presentation. I look forward to attending DevCon each year and I’m always glad to connect in person with friends and colleagues from all over the world. I’m also excited about exploring San Antonio – I’ve heard it’s a fun town and the River Walk  is something everyone should make time for. I thought I’d share my schedule and I hope you’ll join us at one of these events: Tuesday, July 29th at 9 a.m. – “Onboarding New Developers.” You’ve hired a smart, capable individual who ...

Top Five Quality Assurance and Testing Checks for FileMaker Developers

“Top Five” Quality Assurance and Testing Checks for FileMaker Developers compiled by JumpStartFM participants and Debbie Zempel.
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