Business without Boundaries - FileMaker Developer Conference - San Antonio Texas July 28-31, 2014

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9:00 AM
Save to Calendar Building a Very Successful FileMaker Go Business
9:00 AM
Business

Roy Gordon (Practical Solutions for Educators)

Session Description

Over the past three years, I have transformed my company into a very successful FileMaker Go company. This transformation required a lot of hard work and preparation. The combination of FileMaker Go 12 becoming a free app and the new iOS friendly features in FileMaker Go 13, have created a huge window of opportunity for FileMaker Go solutions. This session will focus on how a company can benefit from this window of opportunity.

What you should know

Basic understanding of FileMaker Go. This session is beginner level, although advanced and expert users would benefit.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Go
What You Will Learn
  • Planning and marketing your FileMaker Go 13 solutions
  • Effectively pricing your FileMaker Go 13 solutions
  • Distributing and upgrading your FileMaker Go 13 solutions
  • Utilizing FileMaker Pro 13 features to create dynamic FileMaker Go 13 solutions
Save to Calendar Designing the FileMaker 13 Starter Solutions
9:00 AM
Design

Dr. Don Levan (Vanguard Custom Software)

Session Description

This presentation will examine the design process, interaction design, visual design, and trade-offs that went into creating a FileMaker 13 Starter Solution. This will be presented in collaboration with Heather Winkle, the Manager of User Experience, and Chih Hsiao, the Senior User Experience Designer at FileMaker.

What you should know

The basics of using FileMaker’s design tools.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
What You Will Learn
  • How to design a complex solution that will run on more than one platform
  • How to create an environment that is familiar without requiring all elements look exactly the same on each platform
  • How to create an effective visual style
  • How to evaluate and make design decisions
Save to Calendar FileMaker and Web Services: The Continuing Story
9:00 AM
Web

Steve Winter (Matatiro Solutions)

Session Description

Though SOAP web services are still very common, times are moving on and FileMaker 13 has given us some fantastic new tools in the form of new verbs for the InsertFromURL script step. During this session, we’ll look at ways to interact with RESTful web services to send and receive information from our FileMaker solution using this script step. Often results are returned as XML or JSON and we’ll investigate ways in which these two data sources can be processed using custom functions or simple text calculations depending on the complexity of the data.

What you should know

Experience with calculations and scripting would be advantageous.

Products & Technologies
  • Custom Web Publishing
  • XML
  • PHP
What You Will Learn
  • Know your InsertFromURL script step verbs
  • Accessing remote web services to send and receive data
  • Handling JSON for returned results using custom functions and/or text functions
  • Transforming received XML for importing to FM using XSLT
Save to Calendar The Need for Speed: 360Works' Free MirrorSync Tool
9:00 AM
Vendor Demo

Jesse Barnum (360Works)

Session Description

Have you been asked to create a mobile version of your FileMaker Pro solution? After the initial excitement, what happens when your users discover that they must have constant network access to access the solution? And that the cellular access they have in the field is a tiny fraction of their LAN speed? Jesse and Sam Barnum of 360Works will show you how your users can have their cake and eat it too with MirrorSync. They will demonstrate how MirrorSync can be used in a server to server environment, bi-directional sync between FileMaker Server and Wordpress running MySQL, and will demonstrate exciting new features of MirrorSync 2.

10:45 AM
Save to Calendar Deep Dive Scripting - Using New and Old Features for Audit Logging
10:45 AM
Core

Wim Decorte (Soliant Consulting)

Session Description

The new “Perform Script on Server” feature gives us a unique way to get at the data that is stored on the server as the user is modifying the same data in their session. Perfect for audit logging. Using advanced scripting approaches, this session will explore new features such as "Perform Script on Server", "List Of" summaries, get(modifiedFields), and a lot of existing features such as ExecuteSQL, GetNthRecord, event triggers and established techniques like "Named Buckets" and "HyperList" A lot of focus will be given to the performance of the various ways of capturing, comparing and parsing data. At the end, we will have a full working audit log approach, fully FileMaker native that also works on FileMaker Go.

What you should know

Basic familiarity with scripting - the session will explain each concept and feature used along the way.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
What You Will Learn
  • Where is the data until it is commited
  • How can we easily log all changes made from anywhere in the solution
  • There are always five ways of doing something, which is faster?
  • Learn some old features that you probably never used
Save to Calendar FileMaker WebDirect from a Web Developer’s Perspective
10:45 AM
Web

Mike Beargie (Anvil Dataworks)

Session Description

Learn to understand FileMaker WebDirect layout objects from the perspective of a web developer. Discover the origins of FileMaker WebDirect objects with roots in CSS3, HTML5 and other script packages. In this session, you will explore tools and techniques to troubleshoot and optimize your FileMaker WebDirect layouts. You will also get tips and tricks for developing your FileMaker WebDirect solution and discuss when FileMaker WebDirect is the best solution versus Custom Web Publishing or Web Applications.

What you should know

Some familiarity with, or have seen a FileMaker WebDirect installation.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • Learn to troubleshoot and optimize FileMaker WebDirect layouts
  • Explore the history of FileMaker WebDirect objects in CSS3, HTML5 and other technologies
  • Develop FileMaker WebDirect layouts and scripts with performance in mind
  • Discuss real-world applications where FileMaker WebDirect is a great solution
Save to Calendar Icons, Fonts & Colors, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
10:45 AM
Design

Yann Liqueur-Salzédo (infografix)

Session Description

Icons, fonts and colors are the backbone of modern visual design. After a quick reminder of the User Interface Design principles, we will review each of these three elements and explain how to use them to get better looking solutions. The FileMaker Platform embraces various devices and the web and we will discuss the specifications of cross-platform development.

What you should know

FileMaker layout tools

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
What You Will Learn
  • You will learn the basics of software visual design
  • How to avoid errors and keep a design simple
  • Tips and tricks to find material and speed up your work
  • Which icons, colors and fonts are ideal in a cross-platform development
Save to Calendar The Business Case for FileMaker - A Sure Winner with the FileMaker 13 Platform
10:45 AM
Business

James Wesolowski (Colibri Solutions LLC)

Session Description

FileMaker 13 provides great new opportunities for consultants and in-house developers to sell the FileMaker platform into their clients’ organizations. In this session, we will review available materials to market FileMaker 13 effectively, highlight new platform features and their place in the FileMaker value story, explore the process of pitching FileMaker solutions and writing effective proposals, and discuss Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return on Investment (ROI) as part of the FileMaker cost proposal. The goal of this session is to provide new tools and knowledge for turning the superior FileMaker 13 Platform into new opportunities and sales.

What you should know

This session is intended for developers and in-house personnel tasked with moving their clients and stakeholders to invest in a FileMaker 13 solution.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • Understanding the value story of the FileMaker 13 Platform
  • Speaking with decision makers about FileMaker
  • Highlighting compelling features to prospective clients
  • Using total cost of ownership and return on investment as part of a cost proposal
Save to Calendar Tools for Best Practice Development
10:45 AM
Vendor Demo

Nicholas Orr (Goya Ltd.)

Session Description

Nicholas Orr will show you how to bring best practice ideas and processes to your FileMaker development. Utilizing BaseElements during development and RefreshFM for solution delivery, he will demonstrate techniques and ideas that will improve every developer’s skills. With nearly 15 years of development experience, Nick has encountered almost everything there is to do in FileMaker, and everything that could go bad with a solution. But with the right tools and the right processes, it’s easy to build solutions that don’t go wrong and that your users love to use.

12:00 PM
Save to Calendar The Evolution of Successful FileMaker Development Companies in Latin America
12:00 PM
Special Interest

Session Description

In this session, we will hear from FileMaker Business Alliance developers in Latin America about the great opportunity to develop with a small budget in a challenging economy. Learn how to be creative and generate systems to empower customers. Developers from Latin America will also share their experiences of doing business with FileMaker within the region.

Save to Calendar Marketing Content Best Practices
12:00 PM
Special Interest

Leslie Kareckas (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

Discover how to write attention-grabbing copy for your website, brochures and emails that not only showcases your business but also speaks directly to your customers. Then learn how to develop compelling imagery to go along with your messaging. See how to create great looking screen shots, videos and other graphical elements that will get your solutions and services noticed. Whether you’re just learning how to market your business or you’re looking to pick up some helpful tips, you’ll benefit from attending this marketing session with Leslie Kareckas and Anne Anderson. Leslie and Anne are Product Marketing Managers at FileMaker, Inc. bringing years of experience and expertise to share.

2:00 PM
Save to Calendar 60 Power Tips - Develop Faster Than Ever!
2:00 PM
Core

Sheldon King (Proficient)

Session Description

Habit is human. As developers, particularly of the self-taught type, we learn how to do something and stick with it as long as it works. This fast-paced session will power through 60 of the best habit-busting FileMaker development tips to help you lift your efficiency. Sourced from 20 years of experience, hundreds of journals, dozens of volumes and some of the leading lights of the FileMaker community, there’s something for everyone amongst this smorgasbord of shortcuts, torrent of tricks, and repository of rare knowledge to help smarten your working practice.

What you should know

Basic to advanced understanding of FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
What You Will Learn
  • Tricks for getting around FileMaker faster
  • Power through layout design
  • About plug-ins and third-party software that are worth their weight in gold
  • To use FileMaker to automate development
Save to Calendar Build iOS Solutions Using FileMaker Pro 13
2:00 PM
Mobility

Nicolas Hunter (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

Building solutions for touch devices can be uncomfortable without the right knowledge and tools. During this session, you will learn all about how to design, optimize and organize FileMaker solutions for both iPad and iPhone while exploring the most innovative and efficient techniques. Learn how to get from a workflow designed for the desktop to create a great experience for touch interactions. You will also discover how FileMaker can save you time in designing smartly for both iPad and iPhone with minimum effort in creating and debugging solutions.

What you should know

Layout design skills for desktop and essential FileMaker layout objects behavior.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Pro
What You Will Learn
  • Differences between designing for iOS devices and desktop computers
  • Essential techniques for designing solutions for iOS devices
  • Optimizing workflows in your solutions
  • How to organize large FileMaker solutions for iOS devices
Save to Calendar Extending FileMaker with APIs
2:00 PM
Innovation

Brian Voll (Avant Garde Information Solutions, LLC)

Session Description

One of the great things about FileMaker is that it can be extended beyond its own boundaries with relative ease. One way to extend FileMaker’s capabilities is to integrate your FileMaker-based solution with one of the countless solutions that offer an application programming interface (API). The options are endless, ranging from using Google to calculate the driving distance between two addresses to downloading orders from your Amazon storefront into your inventory solution to managing VerticalResponse email campaigns right from your CRM solution. This session will provide guidance on how to incorporate APIs with your solution, including best practices for ensuring the integration is as seamless as possible for your end-users.

What you should know

The actual FileMaker knowledge required to build integrations is actually quite basic. Depending on the integration and its complexity, a working knowledge of another programming language would be required, but for a top-level overview (that this session will be) no additional programming language is required.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
What You Will Learn
  • Request data using Insert from URL script step
  • Using PHP to integrate with APIs
  • The importance of error capturing
  • The importance of logging
Save to Calendar User-Centered Design with FileMaker Pro
2:00 PM
Design

Deepali Gokhale (infoCypher)

Session Description

User-Centered Design is a process in which the needs, desires, and limitations of the end users of a product, service, or process are prioritized. In the realm of FileMaker development, that process is made of four interative stages: Discovery, Design, Development, and Testing. In this session, you will be presented with tools and methods for prioritizing users in each stage of the design process.

What you should know

No prerequisites necessary.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • CWP/XML/PHP
What You Will Learn
  • Discovery: Validating what you’re building
  • Design: Designing user tests before designing the product
  • Development: Building for validation
  • Testing: Validating your solution
Save to Calendar How to Ensure a File Has No Damage
2:00 PM
Vendor Demo

Winfried Huslik (Huslik Verlag GmbH)

Session Description

How various structural errors in a file are detected, how you can possibly repair them, and what to do when the home remedies fail will be demonstrated. To provide a better understanding, we will discuss some basics about the internal structure of FileMaker files.

3:45 PM
Save to Calendar Location in Depth
3:45 PM
Mobility

Jeremy Bante (Beezwax )

Session Description

The location functions for FileMaker Go enable users with iOS devices to know where they are; but there's more to building rich, location-aware applications than just knowing where you are. This session covers using the location functions, but also several other location-oriented techniques such as determining distance and direction between locations, geocoding, location-based finds, and integrating with iOS navigation apps.

What you should know

Comfortable with FileMaker scripting and calculations.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Go
What You Will Learn
  • Using the Location and LocationValues functions to get your current position
  • Using geocoding web services to get the locations of addresses, and addresses of locations
  • Calculating distance and direction to points of interest, and performing location-based finds on your data
  • Integrating FileMaker Go with iOS navigation apps
Save to Calendar Real World Theme & Style Planning
3:45 PM
Design

Bob Shockey (Alchemy Consulting Group)

Session Description

FileMaker 13 gives us two very powerful new features: styles and themes. Explore how to make the best use of these important design tools, taking into consideration the typographic aspects of the information being presented, along with other elements like backgrounds and popovers. See how to plan out the various aspects of a theme, using the data’s hierarchy and structure. Learn to use styles to lend consistency and structure to the visual design of your FileMaker solution.

What you should know

Working knowledge of FileMaker layout tools.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
What You Will Learn
  • Planning for themes and styles
  • Using styles to gain consistency in design
  • Using information hierarchy to assist in style planning
  • Understanding capabilities and limitations of themes and styles
Save to Calendar Redesign in FileMaker 13
3:45 PM
Core

Ibrahim Bittar (Eikonsys)

Session Description

Do you have an old solution that you want to rebuild but don't know where to start? This session will show you the process to completely rebuild an old FileMaker Pro 5 solution in FileMaker Pro 13 from scratch, taking advantage of all the new features. You'll also learn about user interface design and the decision process used to determine which feature goes where. We'll show you how to properly use styles, popovers, sliders, custom themes, along with the tools we already know. If you are new to FileMaker 13 this session will blow your mind.

What you should know

Attendees must have a basic understanding of FileMaker such as how to create layouts, buttons and simple scripts. A basic background of graphic design and image edition would be desirable but not limiting.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • Establish graphic design rules that give certainty that the functionality is intuitive to the user
  • Learn how to properly use styles and how to save time and effort with them
  • Using the hide object feature to minimize user errors
  • Optimize code for FAST WAN access and in preparation to FileMaker WebDirect
Save to Calendar Selling FileMaker Licenses - Why Should I?
3:45 PM
Business

Julie Sigfrinius (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

Many developers are laser focused on developing the structure and features of custom solutions for their clients. Some developers miss the opportunity to provide “one-stop-shopping” for their customers when it comes to the FileMaker licenses that are needed when a solution is deployed. FileMaker provides an easy, competitive and cost effective way for FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA) members to resell software licenses with their solutions profitably. Non-FBA members are welcomed.

What you should know

Any organization, whose primary line of business is developing and selling FileMaker products and services and is interested and considering the FileMaker Business Alliance program.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • The margin opportunity for the developer
  • How to select the best licensing program for your customer
  • How to make the purchase either online or with FileMaker Sales
  • When should I join the Solution Bundle Agreement (SBA) program
Save to Calendar Stop developing, listen, lessons from BeProductive
3:45 PM
Vendor Demo

Douglas Geddes (BH&A)

Session Description

The business world indeed knows no boundaries. Ideas grow. Businesses evolve. Growing while staying productive in such a fast-paced world requires solutions built around customer needs. Are your customers located down the road, or around the globe? Or both? Do they speak your language? Or should you be speaking theirs? What standards are they operating under? Who cares? BeProductive is designed to meet all these requirements - and many more - to grow businesses beyond boundaries.

5:30 PM
Save to Calendar Closing Session
5:30 PM
General

FileMaker Staff

Session Description

Rest assured, it’s not over until it’s over. For the finale, we will share a business update, highlights of the week, followed by next year’s dates and surprise location.

What you should know

All attendees welcomed.