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dotfmp Pan-European Unconference for FileMaker Developers

The dotfmp Pan-European Unconference for FileMaker Developers will meet June 2-4, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. dotfmp is a chance to talk with and learn from other FileMaker developers in a relaxed environment. This conference is very affordable - there is no cost to attend the meeting and discounted hotel rates start at 131,00 euros per night (you can help offset the organizers' expenses by making a contribution here.)  Check out the schedule of dotfmp conversations on the website.

News and Events from the FileMaker Community and MightyData

MightyData shared some recent news and events from the FileMaker community and was kind enough to include a link to JumpStartFM, Molly Connolly's online FileMaker training course that begins June 2, 2014. Head over to MightyData's blog to check out other FileMaker resources mentioned in MightyData's blog post, including links to updated FileMaker technical briefs; access to a recorded learning session, "An Introduction to Calculations" and a recorded web seminar, "Idea to iPad - Document Management."

Molly Connolly’s Recommended Favorites from the 2013 FileMaker Product Conference

Extensitech mentioned some of Molly Connolly's projects on the company blog this week. The post included a mention of our upcoming JumpStartFM online FileMaker training course and a discussion of a few of her favorite presentations from the 2013 FileMaker Product Conference. Click on over to Extensitech's blog to read the complete post!

How Much Do FileMaker Developers Make?

  How Much Do FileMaker Developers Make? by Molly Connolly I recruit and train FileMaker developers for custom software solutions and have extensive knowledge of compensation in our field. Here are some salary numbers that I put together to help you get an idea of what junior, mid-level, and senior FileMaker developers earn: Technical Lead A Technical Lead is currently the most sought after FileMaker position in the industry. A technical lead not only has great technical chops, but they are able to perform needs analysis, architect solutions, interact with customers and above all—manage other developers. This person helps you grow your business. This person ...

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 ...

Download Audio from the 2013 and 2012 FileMaker Product Conferences in Chicago.

Are you looking for best practices on technical issues? Do you sometimes feel as if you work in a vacuum? Are you curious about how other developers maintain a successful business? If the answer is yes, you might be interested in downloading the audio from last fall’s FileMaker Product Developer Conference. Listen to discussions about architecture, deployment and support. Hear what people have to say about the costs and challenges of hiring full-time employees, managing sub-contractors and outsourcing. Find out how other experts estimate project hours. Mark Anderson, founder and developer of the FloristWare POS system said, “I was unable to attend ...

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