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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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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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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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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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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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Fixed Price Projects

Fixed Price Projects

A lot of people hold the belief that a fixed price project is the only way to go.  Clients looking to have a project done think that it ensures their project will cost an amount that they are willing to spend on it and, an hourly basis project can very easily get out of control and end up costing considerably more.   Developers who take on fixed price projects do so for a variety of reasons;...

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Why FileMaker™?

Why FileMaker™?

Of all the database applications out there, FileMaker has numerous advantages. Firstly it is cross platform which means it runs on Windows, Macs and IOS devices, using FileMaker Go (which I refer to as a thin client).  This gives any company that is using it multiple deployment options and can be used on a mixed network effortlessly.  Compare this to Microsoft’s Access which only runs on...

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Accounting Programs & FileMaker™

Accounting Programs & FileMaker™

There are many different accounting programs available today ranging from the very inexpensive (Quickbooks) to the very expensive (Great Plains). No matter what the cost is, they all, fundamentally, do the same thing which is keep track of the financials, or the Big Picture, for a business. What they don’t do at all well, because they weren’t designed to do it, is keep track of the...

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Transforming a Business

Transforming a Business

As developers, we rarely see, or understand, the difference that what we do can make to our clients businesses. We deliver the solution, support it and change it but that’s, generally, about it. I’ve just returned from spending two days with a client on site. While I was there I took the opportunity to do video interviews with the owner and the 4 department heads. I wanted to find...

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