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Kris Weyling’s career path includes stints as a meat packing worker and wool grader in New Zealand to studying economics and then programming, which led him to developing customer solutions using the FileMaker Platform.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: Tell us more about yourself.

  • Kris Weyling

    Weyling: At 20, I took a “temporary” job at the local meat processing plant located in Invercargill, New Zealand. Five years later, I was a wool grader, but the job was seasonal. Plus, job stability was shaky. I decided at around 24 to start studying toward a degree, staying on as a wool grader during the season but studying during the off-season.This lasted just two off-seasons until I opted to quit the wool grading job and start studying full-time.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What did you ultimately study?

  • Kris Weyling

    Weyling: At first, I drifted from statistics to accounting and then to economics. I settled on economics, because it seemed like a smart vocational choice. But it soon became clear: although I was interested in the material, I wasn’t passionate.

    Then I had time and open space in my curriculum to explore a different topic. I came across a Java programming paper.The idea of learning a programming language interested me. The following semester my major changed to information science. I parlayed my ex-major of economics into a minor.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What happened once you started getting into software development?

  • Kris Weyling

    Weyling: My academic results skyrocketed, simply because I was so engaged. The final year of my studies involved working in a group to design, build and maintain a fully functional information system for a real client. It combined point-of-sale functionality, inventory, costing and payroll. We built and deployed the system using a Java desktop front-end and an Oracle back-end. The project took months, and required our group to integrate a lot of disparate technologies. I can say now with confidence that if we had built it in FileMaker, even without professional training, it would have taken a fraction of the time.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: After that, how did you become a FileMaker developer?

  • Kris Weyling

    Weyling: The evening of my final exam, I started putting out job applications in database and software development. FileMaker Developer at Digital Fusion was the first job I applied for, and the one I was most excited about. I stopped the job search immediately after Digital Fusion asked me to come in for an interview. I didn’t know anything about FileMaker, but the recon I did before applying for the job told me FileMaker and Digital Fusion would suit me perfectly due to the mix of problem-solving and technology FileMaker development offers.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What do you like most about being a FileMaker developer?

  • Kris Weyling

    Weyling: With FileMaker, it is so easy to put together a solution – all you need is a solid idea. Also, FileMaker constantly improves its platform to match or exceed current technologies and trends like mobile.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: How has FileMaker made a difference in your life?

  • Kris Weyling

    Weyling: After spending time as a manual laborer, where most of my workday comprised clock-watching, I feel incredibly lucky to be in that rare position that I enjoy going to work each day. I get an enormous feeling of satisfaction from my career.

I get an enormous feeling of satisfaction from my career.
- Kris Weyling, FileMaker Developer, Digital Fusion Limited
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