Thanks!

This is the time of the year that our national tradition is to express our gratitude. Some of us are thankful for more transcendent things (you know who you are), and others are thankful for more material things, like the bounty that is hormone-fed poultry and the awesomeness that is big guys pounding each other on a field of battle for possession of a ball made from the skin of yet another sacrificial farm animal. To each his or her own. That’s what makes America great!

But, us? We are thankful for all the great people that have joined us this year in our frequent forays into the fundamentals of FileMaker. Good people, good times. Thanks!

This month we have a special presentation by Alan Bird on FileMaker Cloud. Initial response to this new product in FileMaker’s deployment line-up has been guarded because there are still some of the more advanced uses for FileMaker that are simply not supported by it (no Custom Web Publishing with PHP, for instance).

What has become clear, however, is that FileMaker Cloud makes FileMaker Server way more accessible to the casual to intermediate non-technical user than ever before. What you get is most of the huge advantages of using FMS, and next to none of the hassle of buying all the hardware and software and security certificates, and setting it all up so that it works smoothly and correctly.

It is so simple that Alan would like to show you how now anyone can afford, and is able, to take advantage of FileMaker Server as much, or as little as they’d like. (Yes, you can now rent a totally decked-out FileMaker server by the hour! Great for testing or sperimentin’!)

Learn about this game-changing approach to FileMaker hosting this Tuesday. You won’t want to miss it.

As usual, we will round out the program with a discussion of one or more specific FileMaker subjects and have time for open discussion of all things FileMaker, and some things tech.

No matter whether you have never played with FileMaker Server at all or are an old hand at it, you will learn something in this meeting.

See you Tuesday!

And don’t forget: Our December meeting will be on the 13th. Please mark your calendar now for our annual Holiday Treat Fete.

This month, our normal day and venue:
Tuesday, November 22nd (4th Tuesday)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentations and discussion

Universal Design
1234 South Third Street (in the heart of Old Louisville)

Register at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion:
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*BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag (Soft drinks provided)
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DevCon in Revue

Yes, it’s last minute, but have a heart.

A full week of sleepless nights and days of “drinking from the firehose” and rubbing shoulders with the elite of the industry and then “just a nap” that lasted 18 hours, and some semblance of reality is returning to our brain. (We even felt a pulse a few minutes ago, so the prognosis looks good.)

What came out of all of that is some really cool stuff to share about the state of FileMaker and some neat-o tips and tricks to show off.

Ryan McDaniel and Jonathan Fletcher both attended and have much to share.

See you Tuesday!

The DevCon Team

This month, our normal day and venue:
Tuesday, July 26th (4th Tuesday)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentations and discussion
Universal Design
1234 South Third Street (in the heart of Old Louisville)

Register at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion:
sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag (Soft drinks provided)

Pause on Error Preview

In light of the fact that this month has a rare extra day, we decided to compensate by turning up the dial just a bit on this month’s presentations.

Remember last month when we mentioned that some of our members were going up to Cleveland in March for the mini-developers-conference known as Pause on Error? Well, as it turns out, three of our crowd (so far) are going so as to to represent Kentuckiana in a big way. And that’s not all! TWO of our intrepid journey-persons are actually on the conference’s schedule for presentations! As far as we know, no other city in the world is being represented so well. (Well, in numbers anyway.)

Why do you care? Well, we’re glad you asked that! It’s because those two brave souls will be giving a preview of their presentations to you, our loyal members, this month! (Even if you’re not so loyal, fear not: we’ll still let you come.)

Brent Hedden will be showing how he saved the University of Louisville a bunch of money by virtualizing several instances of FileMaker Server on just a couple of server boxes. Now, if you don’t know what virtualization is (in this context), it means that you can install multiple operating system instances on one computer and have them all think that they are the only ones on the machine. That means that a small company can leverage their investment in their hardware by getting more “bang-for-their-buck.” (As the Pilgrims used to say, “Several computers on one piece of hardware? What manner of witchcraft is this!”) Well, the truly scary part is that that magic is made possible by a nifty piece of FREE software. Brent’s prestiditation will show you just how to work such legerdemain. If you ever chant incantations (with or without the chicken blood) over FileMaker Server, you need to see this!

Jonathan Fletcher, OTOH, is experimenting with an exciting new approach to managing his table occurrences on the Relationship Graph. A relatively new way of arranging TOs on the Graph that has been getting some traction lately, “Selector-Connector” is a whole new way of looking at all those relationships and, ideally, drastically reducing the number of them required to get the job done. Jonathan has been attempting to take the concept to new levels of ease and flexibility and has discovered some exciting new techniques that, he says, have impressed him quite a bit. (Truth be told, Jonathan impresses pretty easily, so don’t trust his word for it, come on out and see for yourself!)

Again, both of these presentations will be on display in all their glory next month before a crowd of raucous and unforgiving FileMaker developers from all over the world. So come out this month and do some jeering and heckling. Because Brent and Jonathan need the practice.

Tuesday. Same place. Same time. Slightly higher setting on the geek-o-meter.

–Your DevGroup DevOps DevTeam

Our normal day and venue:
Tuesday, February 23th
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentations and discussion
Universal Design
1234 South Third Street (in the heart of Old Louisville)

Register at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag (Soft drinks provided)

Warm up to FileMaker

Well, FINALLY it got cold. Good thing! As everyone knows the 13th law of thermodynamics (the Conservation of Winter Energy, posited by Albert Einstein’s smarter brother, Brilliant) insists that we’ll have a really harsh rest of the winter to compensate for the “free ride” we’ve had so far. We would have hated to see the glaciers that would be forming in our driveways in February if the actual winter hadn’t gotten underway soon.

So now, it’s our second favorite time of the year: the time we huddle together for warmth and swap nostalgic yarns about our favorite rapid application development platform! And cocoa. Got to have cocoa. You know, with the little marshmallows in it? Yeah.

And this month, as part of our occasional series on FileMaker in the Real World, member Dr. David Geller will talk about how he uses FileMaker to streamline and systematize business processes in his surgery practice.

Next up: Brent Hedden will show us what the Base64 functions are all about. Did you know that you could save any kind of file, including a photo, as a long (long) string of text? Yep, you could then send it to someone, and upon receipt they could decode it back into the original file. Lots of uses for that one. Brent will show you how easy and how useful that is. Using FileMaker, natch.

Also, Jonathan Fletcher will show us three basic and/or easy ways to create new related records, including at least one really nifty one you probably never considered that will create related records for you totally without making you get up and leave the cozy comfort of your main layout.

And, totally FileMaker, but just not KENTUCKIANA FileMaker, it’s time once again for the national FileMaker “un-conference” known as Pause On Error. This conference, put on by members of the developer community at large with no input or support from FM, Inc., draws the top FileMaker gurus from across the country to hone their skills at presenting and showing off the latest techniques they are working on.

An inexpensive and very informal alternative to the major production that is the official FileMaker Developers Conference, “Pause” allows anyone to create a presentation, reserve one of the halls and present it to whoever shows up. That makes it a more eclectic, a more cutting edge, a more interesting, and, yes, a slightly more rowdy little brother of a conference.

Past Pauses have been held in Portland and New York and have all sold out quickly, but this year it’s being held in Cleveland (just one state over!). The dates are March 13, 14, 15 and registration slots are still available at http://pausecleveland2016.wikispaces.com.

And rumor has it that others of the KYFMDev community might be going, so let us know if you’re interested and we might be able to get a “party van” for the trek.

Regardless, See you next Tuesday.

–Your DevGroup team

Our normal day and venue:
Tuesday, January 26th (Back to the usual 4th Tuesday)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentations and discussion
Universal Design
1234 South Third Street (in the heart of Old Louisville)

Register at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag (Soft drinks–and cocoa–provided)

November Meeting

Hey, y’all!

Even though the days are getting shorter, be thankful that there are still plenty of hours in the day to learn new things about FileMaker!

This month we have a presentation on a simple approach to creating a glossary of your own. Pick your terms and make it as simple or as extensive as you need. This is a real-life “FileMaker 101″ project created by our own Alan Bird for his master class of Renaissance Academy students.

Also, this month we will learn about a handy new open source (that means “free”) solution for adding an audit log to your solutions. “What’s an audit log,” you say?” Good question! An audit log is a process whereby all changes to the data in a solution are logged as to who, what, where, and when the changes were made. It’s used often in situations where regulatory compliance demands it, most notably in health care, but more and more in other, more everyday, applications. There’s a variety of ways to do this, but this presentation will focus on a new approach that is made possible by the Perform Script on Server script step, new since FileMaker 13.

And, as usual, we will share a marvelous time of FileMaker fellowship as we chase new horizons in everyone’s favorite solutions tool.

See ya Tuesday!

–Your DevGroup team

Our normal day and venue:
Tuesday, November 24th (Our usual fourth Tuesday)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentation and discussion
Universal Design
1234 South Third Street (in the heart of Old Louisville)

Register at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag

Document Management Overview

It’s October. But, then, you already knew that. We’ll bet you also know that the fourth Tuesday of every month is the time we get together to slake our thirst for more FileMaker knowledge. And, we’ll also bet that you already know that this month will be no different. Well, ain’t we just so durn predictable!

Come join us Tuesday next as we talk about storing all kinds of documents and other files in container fields. We’ll cover how to get files into and out of FileMaker and how to store multiple documents per record. We even show you how to set up FileMaker so that all those high resolution scans you made of all your old album covers don’t blow up the size of your file so much that it becomes too big to manage.

In order to give you some perspective, we’ll examine a couple of real live workflows—on the desktop and on iOS—that take advantage of a variety of the cool features of FileMaker 14 that deal with storing documents and files.

If you’ve ever had your mind boggle by the sheer myriad of possibilities before you when it comes to document management in FileMaker, come have it all straightened out for you.

And as an extra special bonus we will watch a presentation given at DevCon 2014 called “60 Power Tips.” Some will go over your head; some you will already know, but some of them you will watch and say to yourself, “Why didn’t I know that before?”

So come on out and let’s do FileMaker.

Tuesday. Noon. Be there.

–Your DevGroup team

Back to our normal day and venue:
Tuesday, October 27th (Our usual fourth Tuesday)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentation and discussion

Universal Design
1234 South Third Street (in the heart of Old Louisville)

Register at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at
http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag

School’s Back in Session

Schools are back in session all over, but those of us who have “graduated” know there’s never a vacation to learning.

This month we will do what we always do: Try to take over the w-… (Oops. No, that’s someone else.)

We’re going to learn more about FileMaker!

Alan has been downstate a lot recently prototyping a student security registration system at an elementary school. He’s going to show us all how he implemented the system where car-pool line attendants can make sure the right person is picking up every single student every day. It involves, photos, scanning of QR codes and driver’s licenses, iPads and the web. He will talk about a variety of security features he put in this system and some of the technical hurdles he had to surmount in order to have a near-perfect rollout on a tight schedule.

In a related demo, Jonathan will show you how he resolved a technical issue that Alan ran into in the aforementioned security app. Jonathan’s presentation will show you some creative thinking and some functions you probably haven’t used before, and how it significantly reduced the complexity of a key module in Alan’s solution.

So come on out Tuesday for some continuing education in FileMaker.

Don’t stop learning!

–The Principal’s Office

Back to our normal day and venue:
Tuesday, August 25th (Our usual fourth Tuesday)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB
1:00 – 3:00pm – Presentation and discussion
Universal Design’s International Headquarters
1234 South Third Street (in the heart of Old Louisville)

Register at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag

Fourteen on the Sixteenth

June is special.

But, then you already knew that. We mean, though, that in addition to the kids being out of school, summer officially getting underway, and your tomatoes finally starting to bloom, we are also continuing our celebration of the release of FileMaker 14 with special guests direct from FileMaker HQ!

On June 16th, Regional Business Account Manager Mark Ringo and Consulting Engineer Rosemary Tietge will be demo-ing all the best features of FileMaker’s latest and greatest iteration of their internationally beloved application development platform.

You’ll gasp at the awesome new Script Workspace in all of its productivity-enhancing glory! You’ll thrill to the news that, yes, now all of the most popular mobile browsers (iOS and Android) are supported in a new, much-faster version of WebDirect (the world’s easiest way to put your data on the web)! And finally, you’ll positively melt for joy at all the cool new interface features you can put to work to make life easier for yourself and your users!

Rosemary’s been doing these presentations for over a month now (how much over a month we’re not allowed to say), and, boy, is she ever good at it! You will not be disappointed!

And, in keeping with the “special” theme of the month, we are providing a special lunch and meeting at a special location as well!

First, the lunch: catered by Jucy’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q of Pewee Valley (known for their “hickory-smoked, Texas-style” offerings), lunch will include barbecue, bread, cole slaw and the usual works. And you don’t even have to bring your own Big Gulp, because soft drinks are provided, too!

Then, the location: We’ll be meeting in the brand new (almost) Renaissance Academy just across the river (for those of us on the shady side of the Mason-Dixon line) in Clarksville, IN. [If you're already in Indiana: we're finally coming to you!] This high-tech non-traditional facility, just finishing up its first year of existence, is Clarksville School District’s entry into the nationwide network of “New Tech Schools.” Click on the location link below to get a Google map of the location. Enter your address there to get your turn-by-turns.

Let’s everyone come on out and show our friends from FileMaker just how much we appreciate their efforts on our behalf! And they’ll reciprocate by showing us all the great new things we can do with FileMaker 14!

See you at “Fourteen on the Sixteenth!”

–The C-Suite

The day and location has been changed (this month only!) from our normal day and venue:

Tuesday, June 16th (THIRD Tuesday!)
12:00 – 1:00pm – Catered Lunch! (BYOBA*)
1:00 – 3:00pm – “Presentations”

Renaissance Academy 806 Eastern Blvd., Clarksville, IN 47129

RSVP please (so we can plan accurately for the food) at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/

Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBA: Bring Your Own Big Appetite (Of course! What did you think we meant?)

It’s Here!

FileMaker 14 has hit the streets!
After months of speculation about what new features it might include and when, exactly, it might drop, FileMaker, Inc., has released yet another version of everyone’s favorite productivity enhancing development platform. And, yes, there is much to admire about our shiny new toy. Join us this month as users who have spent some time with FileMaker 14 share their impressions, awe, wonder, and even their frustrations with what they have found.

And, surprisingly enough (hmm, maybe not), June’s meeting will be all about “14″ as well [you might want to go ahead and resign yourself to this being a pretty common occurrence from now on], only then the presentation will be co-hosted by the FileMaker “mothership.” Regional Business Account Manager, Mark Ringo, and Consulting Engineer Rosemary Tietge, (she, all the way from Santa Clara, California) will be giving us the OFFICIAL scoop on all the latest goodies that 14 has to offer.

MAY MEETING:

Next week’s meeting will be on the usual 4th Tuesday (26th) at the usual 1234 S. Third Street, at the usual 12:00 noon. If you’ve found something interesting in FileMaker 14 come share it your Fellow FileMaker Fourteen Friends.

JUNE MEETING:
June’s meeting has been subjected to a displacement in the time-space continuum as it will be on the 3rd Tuesday (16th) instead of the usual 4th Tuesday and will be held at the brand new, high-tech Renaissance Academy in Clarksville, IN, instead of the South Third Street Mansion. The agenda will be be the same though, with lunch at 12:00 and presentations starting at 1:00. Lunch is provided this time, however, so no need to bring your brown bag this time. (You might want save that peanut butter and jelly for another special occasion.)

We’ll include directions in our next notice, but mark the date: June 16th. In addition, you, and over a thousand of your closest FileMaker friends from all over southern Indiana and Kentucky (that happened to have registered their copies of FileMaker), will be getting an additional notice from FMI promoting this event.To recap:

1. Mark the dates
2. Join us
3. Learn about 14!

See you Tuesday! (And another Tuesday next month.)

–The Executive Suite

At our usual scheduled time and place (except for June):

Tuesday, May 26th (Our regular fourth Tuesday of the month!)
Tuesday, June 16th Third Tuesday!

12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – “Presentations
1234 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203 (May)

Renaissance Academy, Clarksville, IN (June)

RSVP for the JUNE event only is at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/

Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB = “Bring Your Own Brown Bag” (Soft drinks provided.) [Lunch provided for June meeting.]

And They’re Off!

No, we will not be creating a handicapping app for your thoroughbred racing addiction this month. Sorry.

We will, however, be having the usual “gathering of the geeks” sharing lunch* and so much FileMakery Fine-ness.

Brent Hedden will continue his series on basic developing, going into more depth on script looping. He will demonstrate a novel approach to importing Excel spreadsheet data that solves some tricky issues. Even if you don’t use Excel (ew!) that much, you can probably use some of these techniques in your more refined and tasteful projects.

Jonathan will also be presenting an intro to FileMaker presentation that was written by FileMaker, Inc. senior marketing staff to showcase the best of what FileMaker has to offer in the shortest time possible. You’ve never seen FileMaker like this!

News of the Future: (cue the theremin music!) Our June meeting has been moved to the second THIRD Tuesday of that month so as to accommodate special guests from Santa Clara, pausing long enough on their whirlwind cross-country tour to show off the latest iteration of the world’s best-loved database development platform. Save the date, and spread the word. This one is absolutely the cure to that seriously debilitating case of Triskaidekaphilia you’ve been suffering from these past 16 months!

See you Tuesday!

–The Executive Suite

At our usual scheduled time and place:

Tuesday, April 28th (Our regular fourth Tuesday of the month!)
12:00 – 1:00pm – BYOBB*
1:00 – 3:00pm – “Presentations”
1234 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203

Registration for this event is at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/
Join in the discussion: sign up for our listserv at http://fmpug.com/mailman/listinfo/louisville_fmpug.com

*BYOBB = “Bring Your Own Brown Bag. (Soft drinks provided.)