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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 ...

Apprentice Series: Certification Prep Cris Ippolite

In today's seminar, Cris Ippolite, owner of i-Solutions generously gave us a sneak peek of his Devcon presentation on preparing for FileMaker Certification. Not only was this a great overview of how to prepare for the test, but he provided valuable insights into how the required material can help improve our day to day development skills. Ippolite is a certified FileMaker Trainer and in addition to teaching directly from the FileMaker Training Series materials, he has produce a series of videos on Lynda.com that we are using in our training. The examples on lynda.com are less complex than the FTS materials which ...

Apprentice Series: Needs Analysis with Jason Mundok

In our series today, we had the pleasure of hosting Jason Mundok. Jason is a FileMaker developer, consultant and coach. Jason is also a talented artist and musician and runs a creative company called The WoodStove House. Today Jason helped talk our team through a series of exercises necessary to understand client needs and managing customer expectations. One of the things Jason and I did was run through a sample initial interview. A few nice things our apprentices were able to pick up are some elements that we may not even think to point out in career because the questions are ...

Apprentice Series: Developer Tools with Matt Navarre

One of the things new developers often miss out on is the opportunity to use existing dev tools or 3rd party tools to enhance your work habits. In today's session, we were fortunate to have Matt Navarre, President of MSN Media join us to give an overview of developer tools. For new developers, and seasoned developers as well it's a treat to see how someone else uses the tools. I always pick something up whenever I watch someone else work and this session was no different. Matt started out by outlining the features of Script Debugger and Data Viewer. I appreciated how ...

Molly Connolly to speak at 2012 Devcon

I'm looking forward to speaking at FileMaker Devcon in Miami...

Apprentice Training Program

I'm excited to announce a new training program I'm offering to help junior developers get up to speed on top development techniques.The goal of the program is to help jump start a new hires FileMaker development skills. I recently had the opportunity to talk to Matt Navarre about the program on his FileMaker Talk Podcast. I'll be posting more information about the program in the coming weeks as our first "cohort" is scheduled to kick-off April 1st. I'd love to hear from you if you have ideas about training junior developers or if you are interested in the program.

Consulting vs In-House: What’s best for you?

If you know FileMaker Pro and you're great at it, you will be successful no matter what type of company you choose. The question is, will you be happy? A measure of success should also take into account what the best environment is for you given your particular goals and incentives. Here are some generalizations worth considering as you review you opportunities. Consulting Consulting companies for the most part are going to have a fairly wide portfolio of clients. This is attractive to people who enjoy learning new industries and processes. It can also be overwhelming because you're charged with learning an entirely ...

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