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

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9:00 AM
Save to Calendar 5 Lessons for FileMaker WebDirect
9:00 AM
Web

William Heizer (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

FileMaker WebDirect is an amazing new technology! Because it is new, there are many details the community is learning as time goes on. This session will cover the five lessons that FileMaker Solution Consultants have learned about FileMaker WebDirect since its release.

What you should know

Basic FileMaker Pro development skills, building layouts, and writing scripts.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Server
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • Performance differences from a native client
  • Infrastructure recommendations
  • Impact of themes and styles
  • Solution design implications
Save to Calendar Conducting the Essential Foundation Phase
9:00 AM
Design

Sara Severson (Soliant Consulting)

Session Description

In this session, you'll get the tools you need to conduct a thorough and project-appropriate foundation phase. We will start with why and when you should conduct a foundation phase, then dig into the how — how to implement the most useful tools (use cases, wireframes, a nonfunctional requirements list, and an in/out list). Real-world examples—successful and…less so—will serve as inspiration.

What you should know

No prerequisites.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
What You Will Learn
  • When and why would you conduct a foundation phase
  • Common tools: Use cases
  • Common tools: Wireframes
  • Common tools: Non-functional requirements, In/Out list
Save to Calendar On Boarding New Developers
9:00 AM
Business

Molly Connolly (Thorsen Consulting, Inc.)

Session Description

You’ve hired a smart, capable individual who fits your company culture but now you need to get them up to speed? How do you introduce them to maintaining your existing systems? How do you teach them FileMaker Pro from scratch when you barely have time to keep up with the work that you have? Or, for a semi-experienced developer, how do you create a training plan that helps them fill in gaps in their experience and move forward on a path towards continuous learning? This session will provide a framework for developing a short and long-term training plan for your new hire. It will focus on both technical and logistical steps in ensuring your new hire is being productive and able to move forward with or without direct supervision. Sample training exercises and community resources will be provided.

What you should know

For developers or hiring managers looking to mentor and train new developers.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
What You Will Learn
  • Learn about existing resources you can leverage to help train your new hire
  • Develop a training plan for new developers that focuses on their strengths to maximize productivity
  • Implement procedures to help new developers with overall communication and learning
  • Identify ways to evaluate progress and measure success
Save to Calendar The Year in Review
9:00 AM
Core

John Sindelar (SeedCode)

Session Description

This session is a fast paced survey of the coolest FileMaker work we've seen over the past year, with a focus on the amazing things our peers are doing in FileMaker Pro 13. We’ll look at the scripts, solutions, and interfaces that shows FileMaker in new ways. From this collection of examples we’ll extract principles you can apply in your own projects. This is why you come to DevCon – to see the completely new and amazing things folks are doing with the FileMaker Platform. Come get blown away.

What you should know

No prerequisites. Everyone, regardless of skill level, will benefit from this session. Get some new ideas and find new ways to think about old problems.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • A fast-paced look at the most interesting FileMaker work seen in the last year
  • Check out the techniques and insights employed by some of the most innovative developers out there
  • Groundbreaking techniques made possible by FileMaker Pro 13
  • Learn new ways to think about FileMaker so you can apply the principles behind these innovations to your own work
Save to Calendar Under the Hood of the Excelisys Business Tracker 4
9:00 AM
Vendor Demo

Doug West (Excelisys)

Session Description

With over 100K downloads, the Excelisys Business Tracker 4 (eXBT4) has become an essential tool for many successful businesses. Come and see the latest enhancements in this efficient jump-start solution for FileMaker 13, including consistent development standards without resorting to anchor-buoy, innovative inventory management without record-locking conflicts, companion features for mobile devices, using ExecuteSQL to minimize the relationships graph, forward-looking design with UUIDs for simplified synchronization, popovers, custom styles, and custom themes in FileMaker 13, and user-definable interface elements with the option to rename, rearrange, and disable modules.

10:45 AM
Save to Calendar From Developer to Designer
10:45 AM
Design

Matthew O’Dell (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

FileMaker gives us many tools to build solutions quickly and easily, but how do we know we’re building the right solution? The ability to answer this question is one of the main differences between a developer and a designer. This session will cover topics that Matthew has learned over the past ten years on how to think like a designer rather than just a developer. Key topics covered include how to create visually appealing solutions for the non-visual designer, how to ensure the right problems are being solved, and how to build easily understood solutions.

What you should know

An intermediate understanding of FileMaker’s layout, scripting, and data modeling tools.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
What You Will Learn
  • Explain the benefits of incorporating design in the development process
  • Provide steps for creating a visually appealing solution
  • Describe approaches to ensure user problems are solved in the right way
  • Demonstrate techniques for building an easy-to-understand solution
Save to Calendar Engaging Design, Snappy User Experience, and Creative User Interaction
10:45 AM
Innovation

Vincenzo Menanno (Beezwax)

Session Description

We all strive to present our clients well organized, responsive solutions that keep the user informed and productive. We’ll discuss some modern methods to address these challenges. We'll look at "Opportunity Moments," and creative ways to provide feedback. To get your creative ideas going, we'll introduce you to "feature slam" — to combine features you would never think of using together. What if database interaction could be done through Siri? What if that 30 minute import you run every Friday only took a few seconds? What if clicking on a segment of a chart could drill into data? ...what if? We'll inspire you to come up with your own "what if” questions and creative ways to answer them.

What you should know

Relational database design, editing layouts and scripting

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Server
What You Will Learn
  • Dramatically improve performance with few changes to your solution
  • What and how much can you off load to the server
  • Keep your user informed even if the task is not happening on their computer
  • Explore performance gains when creating, updating, deleting, and reporting
Save to Calendar Security: The Threat Landscape and the FileMaker Platform
10:45 AM
Core

Rosemary Tietge (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

With data breaches headlining the news, data protection is top of mind and a priority for business of all sizes. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal cited this alarming statistic, "Firms with 11 to 100 employees are attacked more than ten times as frequently as the next larger tier (100 to 1000 employees)." In addition, businesses need to comply with an alphabet soup of regulations, requirements, and standards. Fortunately, the FileMaker Platform can help organizations protect their valuable data and minimize the risk of data loss and non-compliance. This session will survey recent data breaches, information security best practices, key areas FileMaker customers must comply with, and how you can mitigate those risks by employing the security tools in the FileMaker Platform.

What you should know

Basics of managing accounts and privilege sets (in Manage Security)

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
  • Active Directory
  • Open Directory
What You Will Learn
  • Current threats and security industry trends
  • Information security best practices
  • Resources for learning about specific regulations and standards
  • How FileMaker fits in those practices
Save to Calendar Supercharge your Workflows with Barcodes
10:45 AM
Mobility

Greg Lane (Skeleton Key)

Session Description

FileMaker is a great platform for building barcode-driven workflows. With the addition of FileMaker Go 13’s ability to natively read barcodes using the built-in camera on an iPad or iPhone, we can build even better mobile workflows that make data entry and retrieval faster, more accurate, and more enjoyable for users. This session will share practical tips for building rock-solid workflows. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of native scanning versus hardware scanners and other third-party tools. We’ll also provide an overview of techniques for generating barcodes within FileMaker.

What you should know

Some experience developing with FileMaker Pro (including writing calculations and scripts) is recommended.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to build powerful, easy-to-use workflows using the native barcode scanning feature in FileMaker Go 13
  • Explore other methods for scanning barcodes in FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of various barcode formats
  • Discover ways to generate barcodes within FileMaker
Save to Calendar Delivering FileMaker Solutions: Beyond the Basics
10:45 AM
Vendor Demo

Joe King (Worldcloud, Inc.)

Session Description

Install FileMaker Server, connect users using FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go and/or FileMaker WebDirect and you’re done- right? In this app-centric world we live in, there are a number of factors that go beyond the basics which determine the success of your FileMaker solution(s). We, at Worldcloud, focus on the delivery of FileMaker solutions — we go far beyond “simple hosting.” In this session we will discuss: how to easily monetize your FileMaker solution with residual/ SaaS income, how FileMaker logs can help improve your solutions, how to deliver live 24 support without going broke, utilize custom portals to look more professional and easier to deploy, and how to enhance FileMaker WebDirect with Adobe PDF and other functionality.

12:00 PM
Save to Calendar Preparing for FileMaker Certification
12:00 PM
Special Interest

Cristoffer Ippolite (iSolutions, Inc)

Session Description

Preparing for the FileMaker Certification exam doesn't stop with just taking a FileMaker Training Series class. This session will review all the resources available to those who wish to properly prepare for the exam. Recommended reading and additional study guides will be reviewed as well as a discussion on how and where to take the exam. This session will introduce attendees to the "next steps" for preparing for certification and will point to specific resources and tips. Attendees will also have time to ask questions about FileMaker Certification. (Lunch will be provided.)

What you should know

Anyone interested in FileMaker Certification

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
  • FileMaker WebDirect
  • CWP/XML/PHP
  • xDBC
What You Will Learn
  • Exam logistics
  • How the exam process works
  • Additional resources for preparing for the exam
  • Next steps for becoming certified
Save to Calendar K-12 Education Discussion
12:00 PM
Special Interest

Leslie Kareckas (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

Join this special discussion for K-12 in-house developers and independent consultants attending DevCon. This is a great opportunity to hear from other educators and learn about the FileMaker solutions they are developing in their schools and districts. Plus, you’ll be able to discuss trends in the K-12 market, ask questions, exchange ideas and meet other liked-minded K-12 developers.

Save to Calendar About the Solution Bundle Program
12:00 PM
Special Interest

Julie Sigfrinius (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

Do you have a commercial solution that you would like to sell bundled with FileMaker software to customers? Join us to learn about the FileMaker Solution Bundle Agreement (SBA) program. Learn how to get greater volume discounts on FileMaker software bundled with your commercial solution offerings. The Solution Bundle Agreement is a software discount program designed for FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA) members who want to distribute FileMaker software with their professionally developed solutions. FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Server are available for special volume discounts in this program.

Save to Calendar Medical Professionals Special Interest Meeting
12:00 PM
Special Interest

Tohru Hibino (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

If you are a physician, medical researcher, or if you work in the medical industry, you are welcome to attend this afternoon luncheon to discuss and network with other fellow medical professionals using the FileMaker Platform. Seating is limited.

2:00 PM
Save to Calendar Exploring Apple's Human Interface Guidelines
2:00 PM
Design

Mark Baum (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

Intimidated by design concepts? Human interface guidelines are your friends. They give expert advice on how to improve user experience, making your interfaces more intuitive, easy to learn, and consistent. This session will provide an overview of the Apple Human Interface Guidelines with the hope of inspiring new approaches to your development work.

What you should know

Familiarity with the basic options available in Layout mode for building interfaces.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
What You Will Learn
  • Overview of the Apple iOS HIG
  • When to break the rules
  • How FileMaker tools support the Apple iOS HIG
Save to Calendar Essential Data Modeling: Avoiding the Nightmare and Getting it Right!
2:00 PM
Core

James Medema (Surefoot Database Consulting)

Session Description

Do you find it difficult to estimate the size (and budget!) of a project? Do you sometimes struggle knowing how to start a complex solution with new clients? Have you ever felt "stuck" when working in a database of endless complexity and confusion? Boosting your data modeling skills can help! Learn how to master a data modeling process to consistently create complete, clear, rock solid data models that can accurately inform your estimating and guide your development! Remember, if you get your data model wrong, it won't matter how talented you are.

What you should know

Familiarity with creating tables and fields in FileMaker Pro and the basics of the relationship graphs. Beginner developers can still learn a lot from this session.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
What You Will Learn
  • Top four reasons why every developer needs to master data modeling
  • Nightmare relationships graphs and how to avoid them
  • How to start a data model when you know nothing about your client’s business
  • Effective strategies for making your ERD and your client best of friends
Save to Calendar Get Plugged in at FileMaker
2:00 PM
Business

Julie Sigfrinius (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

Are you taking advantage of all that FileMaker, Inc. has to offer? Are you maximizing your relationship opportunities to grow your business in partnership with FileMaker? This session is for new developers who are considering joining the FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA), and for current FBA members who want to review and confirm they are getting the most out of their membership.

What you should know

Interest in joining the FileMaker Business Alliance or is an current FBA member.

What You Will Learn
  • Why should you consider becoming a FileMaker Business Alliance member
  • The types of membership levels, programs, and requirements
  • The co-marketing opportunities with FileMaker
  • How to engage with the FileMaker sales teams
Save to Calendar FileMaker WebDirect - Best Practices & Real World Case Studies
2:00 PM
Web

Scott Love (Soliant Consulting)

Session Description

FileMaker WebDirect extends FileMaker to the browser but it’s important to understand what “FileMaker in a Browser” really means. This session will bring real world case studies together from across the FileMaker community and present lessons learned, best practices, and comparisons to how traditional FileMaker Pro solutions differ somewhat in their design and general use. These examples will serve to inspire and demonstrate where databases make best use of FileMaker WebDirect technology. Without being deeply technical, this session will end by distilling some good development approaches with a particular focus on performance for systems meant for FileMaker WebDirect audiences.

What you should know

Basic grasp of FileMaker development to some degree and minimally understand how multi-user FileMaker databases are hosted and accessed.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • Explore FileMaker WebDirect—what it is, how it is best used, and how to approach a FileMaker WebDirect project
  • Delve into case studies—be inspired by real world examples from the community
  • Learn best practices—cover concepts for both deployment and development
  • Keep an eye on performance—review approaches to ensure best possible browser experience
Save to Calendar Extend FileMaker with Powerful Web Services, Made Really Easy
2:00 PM
Vendor Demo

Chaim Bacon (feedzon Limited)

Session Description

Not to be missed! feedzon will be explaining how you can reap huge benefits from integrating our powerful and low cost web services into your FileMaker solutions, including our fascinating new approach to synchronization for FIleMaker Go to FileMaker Go, FileMaker Pro to FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Server to FileMaker Server or any combination of those. In addition, we’ll show our new Google Calendar integration service and powerful data mapping & visualization service. Lastly, we will discuss our Optical Character Recognition (OCR), barcode generation, transfer (FTP), SMS, text to speech conversion, translation, Twitter integration and our address lookup services. Most feedzon services can be integrated into your existing FileMaker solution in just a few minutes with no use of plug-ins, to work with the FileMaker Platform, Instant Web Publishing, and Custom Web Publishing. Powerful web services made really easy!

3:45 PM
Save to Calendar Guided User Interaction
3:45 PM
Design

D. Todd Weller (Cross IT Services & Solutions, LLC)

Session Description

In any database solution, the preservation of data integrity is the primary goal of every developer. With the FileMaker Platform, there are many “out of the box” features that provide the required data validation and verification. This session takes the next step and examines a number of techniques that allow the developer to guide the user through the solution in the layout layer and help preserve data integrity. We will look at the features used to present choices in such a way that the correct business processes are followed for the given solution, spotlighting some new features of FileMaker 13.

What you should know

General knowledge of FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
What You Will Learn
  • Use of custom menus to control navigation and execute scripts instead of the Menu Item’s default action
  • Demonstrate the method for automatic layout selection and redirection depending upon application version
  • Control data views with popovers, slide controls, and object visibility
  • Improve data entry accuracy with the new iOS keyboards and “Insert from Device” script step
Save to Calendar Modular Design
3:45 PM
Core

Todd Geist (geist interactive)

Session Description

We will explore the newest tricks and tips for building reusable, sharable, maintainable chunks of FileMaker code. We will dive under the hood of some of the most popular Modular FileMaker Modules (mFMs) that are hosted at ModularFileMaker.org. We will also look at new modular design tools FileMaker 13 offers, in particular, slide panels and popovers provide great containers for building modules. Finally, we will discuss how you can share modules with the FileMaker community.

What you should know

Experience in writing FileMaker scripts and calculations, and designing layouts

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • How to build FileMaker modules, portable re-usable chunks of FileMaker code
  • How to write smart, self-aware code that handles errors and detects and responds to it’s environment
  • How to extend slide panels and popovers into custom widgets
  • How to build a full application out of FileMaker modules
Save to Calendar Using FileMaker as a Powerful Business Intelligence Tool
3:45 PM
Innovation

Luke Rochester (Biznet)

Session Description

Business Intelligence (BI) was once the domain of IT geeks and programmers. Now with FileMaker even non-programmers can build dashboards for phones, tablets, web browsers, and PCs. With FileMaker, you cannot only connect to multiple sources you can also build mini-apps to “fill gaps” in your information such as collecting targets for KPIs. In the relationships graph in FileMaker Pro, you can see exactly how information is connected and more importantly, you can include collaborative tools in your solution. Collaborative BI accessed via mobile devices will play a significant role in the future, and FileMaker developers are well placed to embrace this.

What you should know

Basic knowledge of FileMaker.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker WebDirect
  • xDBC
  • FileMaker Server
What You Will Learn
  • What is Business Intelligence and what are the benefits
  • How FileMaker helps with data integration, transformation, storage and distribution
  • How FileMaker allows for “gap filler apps” and is perfect for building a data warehouse
  • How FileMaker will be a catalyst for the future of BI ... Collaborative Business Intelligence
Save to Calendar What’s New in FileMaker Go 13
3:45 PM
Mobility

Cristoffer Ippolite (iSolutions, Inc)

Session Description

The FileMaker Go app has been one of the most exciting recent additions to the FileMaker Platform. Understanding what can be done with your database on FileMaker Go is key to integrating iOS devices into your databases. FileMaker 13 includes several key new features that can greatly enhance your FileMaker Go layouts. This session will introduce you to each of them with examples and demo files provided for attendees including: using the “Touch Keyboard Type” option for choosing the right iOS keyboards, using “Insert From Device” to scan bar codes, detecting gestures and orientation changes and using slide controls and popovers to create animated effects in your FileMaker Go layouts.

What you should know

Exposure to FileMaker Go and FileMaker calculations and scripting

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Pro
What You Will Learn
  • Choosing the iOS right keyboard type for your FileMaker fields
  • Detecting gestures and orientation changes via Script Triggers
  • Integrating popovers and slide controls to create animated effects in FileMaker Go Layouts
  • Bar code scanning and inserting from device
Save to Calendar Develop Fast, Work Fast, Have Fun (not only) with FileMaker Pro 13
3:45 PM
Vendor Demo

HOnza Koudelka (24U s.r.o.)

Session Description

Do you wonder how the performance of FileMaker 13 products compares to the previous versions? Are you curious how fast you can develop with FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced? Do you want to spend less time hunting and fixing bugs in your solution? During this session, HOnza will show you a FileMaker 13 solution you have never seen before. You will find and fix a bug in the solution, optimize the solution to perform faster, develop a new feature, and make users of the solution become more efficient. Are you ready to have fun doing all this hard work? All this will be done directly at DevCon!

8:00 PM
Save to Calendar DevCon Developer Cup
8:00 PM
General

Developer Relations

Session Description

Can you parse bad data sources without blinking an eye? Can you build scripts and reports with one hand tied behind your back? Well, show off your skills at the first DevCon Developer Cup. The competition will consist of sixteen contestants competing in five rounds of challenges. They will need to use all of their FileMaker skills to build quick and elegant solutions to common problems that all FileMaker developers face. Join us to see who will be crowned champion.