May 26: FileMaker Iterates! Again.

Online is really working out for us. We will eventually get back together at the Bird Mansion, but we really like having people join us from all over, so we want to make that a permanent part of whatever we do from now on.

This month, with the official release of the latest iteration of Claris’ flagship product, we get to explore more details about it and what it will mean moving forward. We’ll have a combination of videos and live presentations to delve into all that is new in FileMaker 19.

Cool stuff awaits!

Join us online! Click below to register for a link to be emailed to you before the meeting.

This month: Tuesday, May 26th (Our usual 4th Tuesday)
Sign-on and discussions begin at 12:30
Presentations from 1:00 to 3:00 (-ish)

Location: Online*
Register for instructions at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/

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*Pants optional, pajamas permitted, bring lunch for everyone at your location

March 2020: Our First Virtual Meet-Up

We thought we would finally jump on the bandwagon and follow the latest fad.

These newfangled virtual meet-up thingies are taking the country by storm, so who are we to buck the trend? Until further notice, when you register for a meeting you will be sent instructions for logging in at the appropriate time. Join us on this new adventure! (Annnnd we already have our first registration from California. Boy, are they going to save a lot on gas!)

So what are we going to cover this month? Well, first up Martin Ramsay will regale us with tales of his exploits in xmChart, the cool charting tool that grabs the charting ball from out of FileMaker’s grubby little paws and runs away with it. The FileMaker add-on offers greater graphic capabilities including more charting types, colors and options and much more. Martin will demo xmChart’s powerful scripting language and show off some of the more interesting visualizations he has created for his clients. He also will delve into his philosophy of parameter-driven charts.

Following that up will be coverage of the latest product from the company formerly known as FileMaker, Inc. “Claris Connect” is a new integration tool created by a company that they bought last year. Claris Connect easily strings together a variety of online and database resources (including everyone’s favorite database tool) to create custom workflows that perform complex activities. After some intro videos from Claris, Jonathan Fletcher will build a real-world integration example involving a popular online emailing platform and FileMaker, and talk about his impressions of who CC might be for.

See you online!

This month: Tuesday, March 24th (Our usual 4th Tuesday)
Gather and discussions at 12:30
Presentations from 1:00 to 3:00 (-ish)

At: Online
Register for instructions at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/

Join in the discussion:
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2020 Vision

It’s a new year and a new decade, but it’s still the same old Kentuckiana FileMaker Developers Group. We’ll continue to have the same eclectic mix of the totally geeky, FileMaker-centric, and whatever tech subject you feel applies to the day. We’ll continue to meet the Fourth Tuesday of each month and will continue to be a BYOBB* kind of event. So, more of the same.

This month, we have two presentations.

First up we’ll hear from Dave (Sully) Sullivan of Mandelbrot LLC in suburban Chicago. Sully will demonstrate for us his explorations of Twilio’s APIs for various communications functions. With features for voice, text and automation, Twilio exposes its abilities through an array of APIs that allow any application to take advantage of them. So, from within FileMaker you can send texts, set notifications/alerts, get carrier info for a number, set up voicemail systems, route calls, leave voicemails, and combinations of the above that open up even more possibilities for automated communication.

Also, we’ll have a demonstration on picking a found set from multiple criteria from multiple fields. We will see a demonstration on an outside-the-box solution that uses a variety of FileMaker techniques with a page of predefined dynamic values that allows the user to drill down to just the records they need, no matter how complicated the criteria get.

This month: Tuesday, January 28th (Our usual 4th Tuesday)
Gather at 12:00pm for BYOBB*
Presentations from 1:00 to 3:00

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

Register at http://www.kyfmp.com/reg/

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*BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag

‘Twas the week before Christmas…

Hi, y’all,

It’s that time of year where we forego the serious stuff and just bask in the familial glow of the Fellowship of the FileMaker. As is our usual custom this time of year we’re celebrating the end of another year (11 and counting!) of the gathering of the group with food, prizes, food, conversation, food and desserts! (Did I mention food?)

Come Hungry:
Once again we’ll have barbecue for sandwiches, ribs, potato salad and Cole slaw from Jucy’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q of La Grange.

And, as if over-eating the best pork around wasn’t enough to literally turn you into a pig, we’re also throwing down the gauntlet to see who can wow with the best holiday dessert or treat, and then checking for snouts, flappy ears and curly tails.

See you on the 17th!

Don’t forget: Like we do every December, we’re switching to the 3rd Tuesday.
This month: Tuesday, December 17th
Gather at 12:00pm for a BBQ and BYOCC* pig-out

There are no formal presentations on the docket this month but we can talk about whatever tickles your fancy. If your fancy’s on the fritz, feel free to fix it with a healthy application of Graeter’s Ice Cream, and then join your place amongst the discussions with all the other doyens of data.

At: 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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*BYOCC: Bring Your Own Celebratory Confection

Functions and Selections

This month we have two presentations, one by our very own Brent Hedden and one by the illustrious Matt Petrowsky.

Brent will continue his series on using and combining functions to accomplish a variety of tasks in our scripts and calculations, including his favorite new functions in FM18.

Matt will show us his technique for selecting multiple items in a list or portal for actions of several records at once, to make selections more like what we have in Mac and Windows file lists.

And an extra special bonus this month: we are giving away a 3-month subscription to Matt’s FileMaker Magazine library of FileMaker educational videos. You get unlimited access to his catalog going back over a decade. You will also get notifications and access to any new videos he releases during the period of your membership.

See you on the 24th!

Once again on our usual 4th Tuesday:
Tuesday, September 24th
Gather at 12:00pm for a BYOBB* lunch
Presentations from 1:00 to 3:00

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

Tectonic Change

Just ONE more. We promise. Pinky swear!

Long-time FileMaker developer Brian Ginn has wowed us recently with his recounting of his journey from FileMaker solution to native iOS app. Finally, this month he will arrive at his destination, the iOS App Store. He’ll regale us with tales of his brave running the feared App Store gauntlet. He’ll keep us on the edge of our seats recounting the trials and errors that make the intrepid developer’s first contact with the strange and alien App Store Approval process such a daunting task. You won’t want to miss the exciting conclusion to the spine-tingling saga of his experience with “going native.”

Many of you now know that some major changes occurred in the FileMaker world last week. A new CEO introduced. A new name revealed. A new product added to the mix. Exciting stuff. We’re going to review the goings on at last week’s FileMaker Developer Conference and explore how it’s going to affect all of us who live in their world. We will have eyewitness accounts, demos and highlights from the most eventful DevCon to happen in, oh, the whole history of the FileMaker platform.

See you on the 27th!

Once again on our usual 4th Tuesday:
Tuesday, August 27th
Gather at 12:00pm for a BYOBB* lunch
Presentations from 1:00 to 3:00

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

Finally 18, after all these years!

I’m sure y’all have heard of someone who is in their 30s and is still living with their parents, afraid to go out into the world and start adult-ing.

Well, FileMaker was 34 years old last month and somehow has only this week finally turned 18! One could say it’s about durn time that it came out of the basement into the light and made its face known to the broader world.

In many ways it is doing just that. Its ability to connect with other programs and systems is very robust and is only getting more so with the latest release, known, interestingly enough, as FileMaker 18!

This month we will celebrate its coming-out-of-the-basement party with a survey of all that is new and good in our dear friend. We will look at how its new-found confidence has made it even more of an active and productive member of the world outside.

New features, connectivity, speed, functions, tricks-up-its-sleeve and—of course—new licensing practices (yay)! Come out and cheer on our hero as it takes its first tentative steps into adulthood.

See you next week!

This month, our usual 4th Tuesday:
Tuesday, May 28th
Gather at 12:00pm for a BYOBB* lunch
Presentation from 1:00 to 3:00

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

The Elegance You Didn’t Expect

Spring! (Need we say more?)

We’ve found that FileMaker people generally fall into two camps: those who have played around with the platform’s web technology and found it cumbersome, clunky and hard to get to work well, and those who think they understand it enough, but deign to eschew it because it’s not “real web.”

Well, this month’s speaker is neither: to him, WebDirect is a very powerful tool in his kit for serving serious mobile-platform customer needs.

Jonn Howell has been into FileMaker for longer than any of us mere mortals. He has done work for companies of all kinds including several Fortune 100 companies that you would recognize, is a long-time educator (he used to run a legendary side business called “FileMaker Bootcamp”) and has presented topics at Devcon a total of NINETEEN times!

From his secret mountain-top lair in smokey Northern California, Jonn has been developing a presentation that he calls “Elegant WebDirect” and will be presenting it to the DevCon in Germany this June, and is hoping to get the nod to air it at the FileMaker Inc’s stateside conference in August in Orlando. (Word is not back yet, but he will know by the time our meeting rolls around.) That the majority of his installed solutions for major corporate clients are mostly WebDirect makes him the expert wild WebDirect tamer to call!

Howell will demonstrate the best ways to plan, architect and build solutions for optimal performance and functionality when accessed with WebDirect. In addition to demonstrating his favorite tips and tricks for getting WebD to sing, he will finish up with a list of resources for enhancing your own WebDirect continuing education.

Holding all the usual qualifications of the typical renaissance man: a trained engineer, animal lover, musician, educator, thinker, big-time FileMaker lover and general all around nice-guy (he made us to say that last part), makes him the perfect speaker to kick off our Spring series.

And we, the lowly Kentuckiana FileMaker Developer’s group get to see it live and in person, FIRST! Yes, we are the first stop on his pre-conference tour to fine-tune this presentation. We get to learn about Jonn Howell’s explorations into pushing the boundaries of WebDirect before ANYONE else!

Come on out and give Jonn a big hearty welcome-to-Louisville greeting!

This month, our usual 4th Tuesday:
Tuesday, March 26th
Gather at 12:00pm for a BYOBB* lunch
Presentation from 1:00 to 3:00

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

Priorities for a New Year

It’s a new year, and amid the current crescendo-ing cacophony of cyber calamities it might be a convenient time to consider our critical content for conservation in case of cracks in our containment.

Brent Hedden attended the recent Pause on Security conference in Chicago, where FileMaker developers explored all things security in relation to FileMaker and surrounding environs. He’ll share the highlights of the conference and things he learned to further protect his users and systems at his place of employment. Learn what you should be considering to secure your FileMaker deployments and the tech around it.

Also, we’ll have a presentation on importing and exporting. We’ll go over a useful selection of the many ways to get data into and out of FileMaker, be it a simple text file or a complex system that needs to talk with FileMaker.

See you Tuesday!

This month, our usual 4th Tuesday:
Tuesday, January 22nd
Gather at 12:00pm for a BYOBB* lunch
Presentations from 1:00 to 3:00

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

Server Sanity and The Future

If you have attempted to work with the latest version of FileMaker’s powerful server product, you’ve probably been struck with a good bit of disorientation. FileMaker changed nearly EVERYTHING. On top of totally redesigning the UI, they actually moved some key features out to their new “Admin API” and some things even to the command line interface. That means that none of those features are simply a button away anymore. You need to either learn to type a lot in a terminal window, or use one of the several third-party tools that make great use of the new (but powerful) Admin API.

Alan Bird has trod that ground and has some stories about his journey and a demo of the tool he finally chose to reveal the hidden secrets of FileMaker Server 17. If you ever plan to have anything to do with Server 17, you need to learn from Alan’s experience.

Well, the abraded skin is barely healed over on our hypothetical knuckles due to the massive changes wrought in FileMaker 17, and the Mothership is already talking about where the platform is headed next. More changes are in the offing, but we think you’ll appreciate the boldness and creative thought that has gone into their germination. We’ll watch a show of their favorite things, including broad hints of turns further down the road, along with some head-scratchers to ruminate on.

FM “Next” is shaping up to be just as big a step forward as 17 was. Come check out what to expect a mere 6 months from now.

Tuesday. Alan’s place. Tell ‘em the newsletter people sent you.

This month, our usual fourth Tuesday:
Tuesday, November 27th
12:00 – 3:00pm – BYOBB*

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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In case you live in the eastern part of the state, Beverly Voth leads a FileMaker Group in Lexington on the second Saturday of most months at 1:00 PM at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library, 3000 Blake James Dr., Lexington, KY 40509. Info at https://community.filemaker.com/thread/190579. To get on her mailing list, contact her at beverlyvoth@gmail.com

*BYOBB: Bring Your Own Brown Bag