Pause On Error, the FileMaker development unconference series that started back in 2009 as a way to bring FileMaker developers and enthusiasts together for a couple intense days of sharing, discussion and feedback, is heading over the big pond (or Atlantic Ocean rather) for an event in London on October 20 and 21. Pause[x]London is the first in a new approach to the unconferences. The steering committee is licensing the concept to anyone interested in hosting their own version of Pause On Error. The idea remains the same, though. The event is self-organized and free to attendees (limit 100), with the help of some nice donors/sponsors.
Pause[x]London will be trying another new concept: speaking via Skype. Our good buddy, Mark Richman, from Skeleton Key in St. Louis will be leading a session on (what else?) WAN performance. Only he’ll be doing it in his fuzzy slippers from the comforts of his digs in St. Louis. We’ll be keeping our eye on this, as this brave new session style could mean great things for future Pause events AND user groups like the Philadelphia FileMaker User Group.
If you can make it to Pause[x]London, do yourself a favor and get there. The Pause On Error events are a great way to build community around FileMaker development and get access to some of the best minds in the business.
Over the past ten years, the annual FileMaker Developer Conference (DevCon) has been a truly enjoyable experience for me. It’s the one place on the globe that the best and brightest FileMaker talent gather for a little under a week to share ideas, learn techniques, find answers to challenges, collaborate, and get a few hints about the future of FileMaker.
This year’s conference was held at the gorgeous San Diego Hilton Bayfront where we enjoyed temperatures in the 70s with low humidity and a pleasant breeze. The accommodations and facility was top notch, with plenty of space for the conference and all of the normal hotel patrons.
Pause On Error III (POE3) came and went this past February. This version of the increasingly popular FileMaker unconference was held at the Ace Hotel in New York City, where well over a 100 FileMaker developers gathered to share and discuss ideas about software development, mostly, but not necessarily, of the FileMaker kind. Colin Keefe and I represented IT Solutions. Here are my thoughts about POE3 and the energy and commitment surrounding the global FileMaker development community.
Enjoy this guest post by our friends at Skeleton Key in St. Louis.
I used to use the keyboard shortcut in previous versions of FileMaker Pro to get to the “object info” window. One of the things I didn’t like about FileMaker Pro 11 is not being able to get to the inspector without using the mouse. Then I found the shortcut. You may have known this from the start, but if you did shame on you for not telling me
While in Layout Mode on Mac OS X you can use Command+1 to go to the Position tab of the inspector. Command+2 takes you to the Appearance tab and Command+3 takes you to the Data tab. Use Control instead of Command on Windows. Once there, the tab key will navigate you through the items on that inspector tab.
Also if you have multiple inspectors open at once (one showing each tab), then these keyboard shortcuts will switch inspectors for you instead of switching tabs on the current inspector window.
Thought you might want to know about this hidden gem!
Our good friends, Don Levan from Vanguard Custom Software and Ernest Koe from Proof, are facilitating a three-day Craft of FileMaker Seminar called Fundamentals of Exceptional Interface Design. The seminar will be held in New York City on October 13-15. Don and Ernest have both presented sessions right here in Philly at the Philly FileMaker User Group!
Learn how to design applications and interactions that your users will rave about, skills that cannot be outsourced, and practices transferable to any software development platform – from two veteran DevCon speakers.
For more information about this seminar, including cost and registration, click HERE!
On Tuesday evening, August 24, at the IT Solutions office, I shared this video with the Philly FileMaker User Group during our Annual DevCon Recap meeting…having a little fun at DevCon! Thanks for all of those who made cameo appearances and agreed to go on camera (including two FBA Excellence Award Winners!!!)