The FileMaker Training Series, now in its fourth edition, has been launched today and is available for purchase at filemaker.com.
The FileMaker Training Series is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. It offers a series of 13 training modules that cover a comprehensive set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development.
The FileMaker Training Series is targeted at intermediate to advanced FileMaker developers, but anyone that creates databases can increase their knowledge from these time-tested materials. This series is a key resource for becoming a FileMaker Certified Developer.
IT Solutions Consulting, the sponsor for PhillyFilemaker.org, is pleased to announce that we’ll be offering a three day FTS training session August 22-24:
This course is taught by FileMaker Authorized Trainers and PhillyFileMaker regulars Colin Keefe and Jerry Salem. If you don’t know them from the user group, you can catch a little of their training styles on filemakeracademy.com, where both recently conducted webinars:
You can find the schedule here. Now might be an appropriate time to pick up the $300 early bird discount – there’s a lot of great stuff in there. One interesting change in the Conference is the addition of Vendor Demos as a Conference Track – you’ll see them sprinkled through the posted schedule.
PhillyFileMaker’s own Jerry Salem of IT Solutions will be presenting on Tuesday at 2PM. Feel free to ignore all other tracks in that slot and give Jerry your full, undivided and devoted attention.
Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street: System Documentation
Why bother writing comments or documentation or following standards in the back end; especially if all the users ever see is the user interface? Now ask yourself another question: if you are hit by a bus, will your clients, colleagues, or development teammates be able to understand the code you have written to a degree that they can complete the project without you? Even in the rare cases where the answer is “yes,” inheriting your undocumented code may well jeopardize the project by delaying the schedule and putting it over budget. The simple act of following standards and creating documentation will make you a better programmer and will also help you to remember design choices you may have made years ago. What exactly are the things you should document? This session will help you make wise choices about the type of documentation to keep for a system, and also to create documentation that will actually help you and others understand your solutions.
Products & Technologies
What You Will Learn
Learn to comment an entire solution to remember what you did months or years in the past
User documentation is just as important for the developer as for the users. Make it work for you!
All choices are made for good reasons, those reasons may not be true anymore, and what were those reasons?
Give yourself the discipline to be a better developer
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.
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!!!)
Lee Lukehart, SavvyData, has been at the forefront of data visualization for many years. When FileMaker 11 was released with the new FileMaker Charts tool, Lee wrote a white paper and presented a webinar on the feature for FileMaker TechNet members. Lee’s company, SavvyData, also recently put together a couple classes in the San Francisco area on the topics of Charting and Business Intelligence. Lee and I had a chance to chat at the 2010 FileMaker Developer Conference.
Mark Richman, Skeleton Key, presented a packed session about FileMaker and WAN performance on Monday of the FileMaker Developer Conference. It was so popular he was rescheduled to repeat the session on Tuesday afternoon. Mark joined me for an interview to discuss his session and the latest happenings at Skeleton Key.
Matt Navarre, MSN Media, joined me for a chat at the FileMaker Developer Conference 2010 in San Diego about vertical market solutions, FileMaker’s Quick Find feature, and of course his FileMaker Talk podcast. Matt is moderating several panel discussions at Devcon this year, hopefully a growing trend for future conferences.
On Tuesday, August 17, at the FileMaker Developer Conference I had a chance to chat with FBA Excellence Award winner Molly Connolly, Thorsen Consulting, about several panel discussions that she is moderating at this year’s DevCon. It’s always a pleasure to get a chance to chat with Molly. Hopefully we can get her out to IT Solutions sometime in the months to come for a user group meeting.