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My New FileMaker Book

My New FileMaker Book

It’s taken a very long time indeed but FileMaker & You, Volume 1 is finally finished. 200+ pages of step-by-step guides, tutorial videos and many expert level tips, tricks and techniques that you can quickly and easily implement in your solutions. FileMaker & You has primarily been written for the novice to intermediate developer, many of whom are likely to be working as in-house...

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Thank you, Bruce Robertson

Thank you, Bruce Robertson

I don’t know Bruce Robertson. I have met him once and chatted for a couple of minutes but I don’t know him. Probably a lot of people reading this won’t know him either. But what I do know, along with a large number of people in the FileMaker™ community, is that we all owe Bruce an incredible debt, not only for his continuous contributions to the community itself but for...

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The truth about spreadsheets

If you’re using spreadsheets to run your business, you’re not running your business; your business is running you and its running it badly. Watch this 3 minute video to discover why: and then if you want actual, indisputable evidence Database vs....

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Why FileMaker? – Video

Watch this short video to find out exactly why you should be using FileMaker™ to run your business.  Learn why it is the choice of tens of thousands of companies including Fortune 500 ones.

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We don’t have time!

How often do you hear yourself, or people you work with, saying “We don’t have time to do that!”? As a developer, I hear it from clients on a daily basis and they are right; they don’t.  But the reason they don’t is that they spend a lot of their time running around, like chickens with their heads cut off, performing administrative tasks that either don’t have...

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App-titude

Everything’s an app but is an app everything. In this short video, I explore exactly what an app is and dispel some misconceptions....

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Easy Implementation

Are you considering a new system but frightened of the amount of work you will have to do before you can get started? In this short video, I discuss the two ways that you can switch over with a minimum amount of work, delay and...

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FileMaker™ & Accounting Programs

This 3 minute video explains the differences between accounting programs and FileMaker™ and will help you understand or explain why you should be using FileMaker™ to run your...

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The times they have a changed

The images above are of two completely different items and you might wonder what they have in common. In fact, they have nothing in common other than the loaf of bread is approximately the same size as the first hard drive which I bought in 1987 to go with my first computer, the Mac Plus. The hard drive was 10MB. Yes, that’s right. 10 Megabytes. When I bought it, it cost $1000 which was a...

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More Date Magic

More Date Magic

In my last post, I showed you how to build a value list of available resources for a single date using guides as an example. In this one, we’re going to take it a stage further and work with a date range. For our example, we are using a property management system to manage vacation rentals.   When we have an enquiry, we enter the arrival and departure dates into global date fields and...

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Creating a Podcast Graphic

Creating a Podcast Graphic

My friend, Dan Feldman, came up with an idea for a podcast he wanted to do and he was bouncing titles off me to get some feedback. The concept of the podcast was to discuss Agile (generally recognized as being a methodology for getting projects completed) but to discuss where Agile has gone, since its early days, and where it is now going. Finally he came up with the title ‘Agile and...

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Date Magic

Date Magic

It’s a common scenario.  You’ve got a reservation system of some kind or another and you have a limited number of resources available.  When you add a reservation (for a specific date), you want to be able to only select the resources that are available; in other words, they haven’t already been booked for another reservation on that same date. This is not a terribly...

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Chris Manton

Chris Manton

I found out yesterday (April 7th 2016) that Chris Manton had passed away from cancer; the FileMaker community has lost one of its giants and the world has lost one of its kindest and most generous souls. I had known Chris for some years; we had worked together briefly for ADS and had struck up a solid friendship, both of us being British, with an acerbic wit and an irreverence for most things....

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Punctuality

Punctuality

There are some things that I am absolutely obsessive about and top of that list is punctuality. I would rather be an hour early than one minute late and I also don’t want to have to rush so I always allow plenty of extra time to get to where I’m going. This, of course, means that sometimes I am very early and have to hang around but that’s what coffee shops are for, isn’t it? Seriously, it...

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Confidence

Confidence

I don’t think anybody would disagree with the statement “To be successful, you have to have confidence in your abilities”.  But what is confidence and how do you get it?  Or just as importantly; what happens when you lose it and how do you lose it? Let’s first talk about confidence and try to define it.  IMO, confidence is a state of awareness of one’s own...

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Lost without GPS

Lost without GPS

We would, quite literally, all be lost without GPS.  In the last 10 years or so, it has transformed our lives in so many ways; much more than just being able to get to your destination without the use of a map.  Maps themselves have all but disappeared and, only the traditionalists still use them; they are now about as common as typewriters. GPS units have allowed us to get lost; to go off the...

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Relationships

Relationships

Relational databases, of which FileMaker™ is one of the best, are built around relationships.  Yes, I know that is obvious if you understand relational databases, but not everybody does.   For those who only have a very vague idea of what relationships are, below you will see the relationship graph for a reservation system that I’ve designed. The purpose of showing this is not that you...

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Resources

Resources

As a FileMaker™ developer, I know that it’s really easy to just focus on your own thing and not look anywhere else for solutions or tools that would help you be more efficient and/or effective.  We tend to suffer from the NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome and view everything else with suspicion, that is, if we look at it at all. I’m constantly putting together resources and material...

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App-titude

App-titude

Everything’s an app but is an app everything? In the old days, when I was young and Moby Dick was still a minnow, we worked with databases; that was what they were and what we called them.  The term ‘database’ however was widely misunderstood and, some people even made the sign of the cross, when they heard it said out loud! Nowadays, everything is called an ‘App’ (short for ‘application’;...

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YouTube or Vimeo?

YouTube or Vimeo?

Up until very recently, I’ve posted all of the different videos that I’ve made to my channel at YouTube.com and, for the most part, it is a great place to do so. However, I now have an account, a paid one admittedly, with Vimeo and am posting new videos there instead of YouTube.  There is a very simple reason for this; if, for any reason, I need to replace a video, with Vimeo I just...

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