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Simple (But Not Obvious) Best Practice Techniques for FileMaker Developers

Simple (But Not Obvious) Best Practice Techniques for FileMaker Developers By Molly Connolly I’ve been a FileMaker developer since 1989 and there are a lot of goofy techniques I use that save me time or just plain cover my butt. I tend not to mention them because I think they are obvious OR someone clearly has a better/more exciting way so I don’t want to put out something that seems silly or dated. But you know what? After several years of training junior developers I realized there is no way for them to learn these types of things because no one else ...

Cris Ippolite on Designing Effective User Support and Training Materials for FileMaker Products

The ultimate goal for any FileMaker developer is to ensure that clients are comfortable with new products and embrace the application(s) in their work. Effective training, documentation and ongoing support is a critically important element but can be costly and time consuming for developers. Cris Ippolite, president and founder of iSolutions, Inc., addressed these issues and offered ideas and solutions in his presentation, “Best Practices for User Support & Training” at the 2013 FileMaker Product Developer Conference in Chicago.  This session is one of more than a dozen included in the audio package available on the conference website*. During the “Best Practices ...

JumpStartFM FileMaker Training Class Review

Last week we sent a note to past participants of JumpStartFM asking them to share upcoming dates with colleagues. Bob E. participated in the class last year and replied with this wonderful note: “Molly has put together a wonderful class that is beneficial for both veterans of FileMaker, and newcomers alike. The topics covered, coupled with classes led by some of the most respected developers in the FileMaker community, made it a truly fun and educational experience. Molly’s JumpStart training gave me the confidence I needed to pursue a career developing in Filemaker. Thanks to Molly, I now get to do ...

How Much Should FileMaker Developers Charge? Kirk Bowman on Value Pricing

How much do FileMaker developers make? How much should FileMaker developers earn? According to Kirk Bowman, your bank account balance is a direct result of your pricing strategy. Is your pricing too low? In a compelling presentation at the 2013 FileMaker Product Developer Conference in Chicago, Bowman suggested developers make pricing a "core competency" and outlined strategies to help increase your income without sacrificing the quality of the work you deliver to clients. Kirk Bowman's presentation, "The Art of Value," is available for download in the 2013 FileMaker Product Conference audio package. All 2013 sessions can be downloaded for $125*. *FMPug members get ...

Online FileMaker Training Course June 2014 Registration Open

Thorsen Consulting has opened registration for the next “JumpStartFM” FileMaker online training course. Scheduled for June 2 – 26, 2014, this online class is for developers looking to take their FileMaker skills to the next level. Participants come away with a solid understanding of FileMaker and its capabilities, a set of marketable skills (QA, testing, basic design) and a long term plan to lead them to certification and high-level development expertise. JumpStartFM students attend 12 online classes between June 2 and June 26, 2014 and complete project work on their own time. One-on-one feedback from expert instructors means the hands-on project assignments can ...

FileMaker Virtual Training Program “Jump Start” Your Career as a Developer

It's official! I'm going to be offering my FileMaker Junior Developer training again. The class runs June 3-June 27, 2013. Who should attend this class? I originally designed the course to help companies onboard new employees who had little to no FileMaker experience. The idea was the company saw potential in this person but didn't have the immediate resources to train them. My goal was to help these junior developers develop skills that they could use to immediately assist their organization with useful (billable!) work. By "earning their keep" they would then free up additional resources within the company to continue to ...

Should I hire an intern?

Lately business is looking up and companies are talking about hiring interns versus a full time or junior developer. I love interns but I think it is a completely different hire than hiring a full-time, junior developer. Interns are typically college students who are eager to add qualifications to their resume. My experience is interns can be extremely useful but rarely turn in to full time employees. I suggest people develop intern programs if they have low level tasks that need to be managed in order to free up other employees. Throw the intern a FileMaker Training Series book, ask ...

How to hire and train a Junior Developer

Since I'm typically talking about business topics at Devcon--as opposed to technical issues--I usually have a small crowd. This year for my session on "How to hire and train a junior developer" I was surprised to have a packed room. I've known that hiring and recruiting is a huge issue in the FileMaker community and has been for years, but I was surprised at how many people (consultants, business owners, in-house developers) were interested in the topic. It's obviously a top concern at FileMaker as well. This is the first year I looked out into the audience to see top FileMaker ...

FileMaker Product Conference in Chicago

I just returned from Devcon and was thrilled to find so much interest in having a short, 2-day conference focusing on the needs of business owners who develop products using FileMaker as a platform. We are currently negotiating the hotel rates but the dates are set and registration is open. FileMaker Product Developer Conference October 23-24 Chicago, IL http://fmproduct.eventbrite.com I'll be posting more information on content and speakers but wanted to give advance notice to anyone who is planning their busy schedules this fall.

Apprentice Series: Bullet Proofing by Dave Knight

Today we had the pleasure of having Dave Knight, President of Angel City Data talk to our group about how to bullet-proof your systems by using great testing and development procedures. As Dave says, "If your boat springs a leak, you don't want it to sink." Given the you can never anticipate all the variables that could affect your system, Dave's suggestions really give everyone a great starting point for making sure they've identified and ferreted out any key problems, before a solution is released. General tips that are great both for the novice and as reminders for the experienced user include: 1. ...

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