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Finding a good (with a capital G) career

A successful development career with Beeswax in Oakland all started when his mother, also a FileMaker developer, gave him a FileMaker training manual over a summer break.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: Tell us more about yourself.

  • Jeremy Bante

    Bante: I play the piano and love music. I run. I climb. I hike. I grow bonsai. I’m 30 years old and went to Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, double majoring in math and music. I have always been a left brain/right brain person.

    Dad and I both have annual passes to Disneyland, and I try to get down there every month. I live with five roommates and two cats in a converted warehouse – very punk industrial. I’m into photography, but I did not care for the taste of most professional photography. In other words, don’t bother asking me to shoot a wedding.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: How did you learn about FileMaker?

  • Jeremy Bante

    Bante: When I was in high school, my mother, who is a FileMaker developer, handed me a training manual over summer break. I got through it in about two weeks and right away started helping her on client projects at $15 an hour.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: Why did you decide to make FileMaker development a full-time career?

  • Jeremy Bante

    Bante: It took a long time to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I was spending other people’s money to go to college. I left college in 2008 when the recession hit, and my friends were barely getting jobs waiting tables. Initially, I considered the work I was doing for my mother a side job, but then after college I realized I had talent and interest in FileMaker development as a career. I decided to find a well-paying job within the FileMaker community. I started working at several development firms and then went to Beezwax, a firm with about 50 developers, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. FileMaker development is dynamic, collaborative and fun. It’s a good (with a capital G) career.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: Do you specialize in any specific types of solutions?

  • Jeremy Bante

    Bante: As a math major, I am the go-to guy for adding the data-analysis components into our solutions. For instance, I created a solution a couple of years ago when I was at another firm for a grocery store chain that wanted to predict inventory demand based on historical data. These are the kinds of situations where I come in. With the FileMaker Platform, I can help make data readily accessible and easy to understand. Even very smart people often need help parsing data and statistics, and the FileMaker Platform makes that easy to achieve.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What do you like about the FileMaker Platform?

  • Jeremy Bante

    Bante: My first introduction to programming and interface design was with the FileMaker Platform. I started developing using other tools at a pretty young age, When I went to college and started learning FileMaker, I discovered that most people think there’s a dichotomy between a user-interface designer and a developer. That’s absurd. With the FileMaker Platform, UI design and development roles are blended. With just one tool and the same person fulfilling both aims, the solutions are more powerful and useful, because there are fewer disconnects. The FileMaker Platform is also attractive because the solutions instantly span devices – iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows and the web.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What do you like most about FileMaker?

  • Jeremy Bante

    Bante: I like the fact that I can create something simple and have it running in a very small amount of time. This allows for quick requirements gathering, prototyping and fast iteration. With FileMaker, lines of business can drive solutions versus IT, which is often weighed down by so much process that projects take months and even years. Schools and businesses can be much more agile and evolve their FileMaker solutions quickly to keep pace with demands.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What are you working on right now?

  • Jeremy Bante

    Bante: Finding good affordable housing in the Bay Area can be tough. I built a tool that makes it easier to find diamonds in the rough and snatch them up. It scrapes data from new listings and websites and collects related data from other sources such as geolocation, public transit, crime rates, and so on. It saves a ton of research efforts and is helping me and potentially others succeed in the fire hose that is the Bay Area housing market.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: How long did it take you to become proficient in FileMaker development?

  • Jeremy Bante

    Bante: Proficiency is hard to define. The beauty of the FileMaker Platform is that your skills can become valuable right away. They did for me in two weeks. But then you can continually build knowledge as your career progresses. It’s a very rewarding path, backed by a collaborative community of smart, helpful peers on websites, forums, and blogs, and at the FileMaker Developer Conference.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What advice would you give to others considering making FileMaker development a career?

  • Jeremy Bante

    Bante: Two things: It blew my mind when others thought development and UI design were two different things. For people like me who are right-brained and left-brained at the same time, the FileMaker Platform is perfect. I can develop solutions that are beautiful and elegant, without the complexity and frustration involved with most other development tools. The other point is that a career as a FileMaker developer is lucrative, and you instantly become part of a highly supportive community.

FileMaker development is dynamic, collaborative and fun. It’s a good (with a capital G) career.
- Jeremy Bante, Senior Developer, Beezwax
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