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The Fear

  Posted by John Sindelar, 07 November 2014 - - - - - - · 139 views

Reading The Soul of a New Machine,  Kidder 1981. Describing work on the Data General MV/8000 in 1979.Alsing [lead architect] thought that even under the best circumstances, several kinds of fear attend a debugging. One was the fear of “The Big Mistake”, the one that would be discovered late in the game and would require a major redesign–and with...

Drag & Drop Example File

  Posted by John Sindelar, 22 October 2014 - - - - - - · 135 views

Love this little demo we put together for FileMaker DevCon 2009. A customer recently asked about this and I thought folks might like to see it. The demo shows how to create a grid of buttons without having to use different script parameters on all the different buttons. It’s also a tidy example of scripts used in drag and drop.Enjoy!Downlo...

Project Management Grammar Hack: Time Words

  Posted by John Sindelar, 09 October 2014 - - - - - - · 143 views

Using time wordsProjects wander. Customers have unreasonable expectations. We make promises we can’t keep and that our customers misinterpret. Yet a simple grammar hack may help curb all of this.Consider the difference in clarity between these two versions of a project’s “next steps” we might send to a customer:“The project would cost $X,X...

Data Modeling Sessions (my favorite)

  Posted by John Sindelar, 24 September 2014 - - - - - - · 161 views

The data modeling sessions at Pause have always had a big impact and so far there are some great ones planned for October in Portland.Dave Graham – Workforce.org : Let’s Party! – pitfalls and benefits to implementing a Party Model and generalized frameworks in FileMaker.Jason Young – SeedCode : Wet and Dry Development in FileMaker checking...

Hover Tricks for FileMaker Buttons

  Posted by John Sindelar, 03 September 2014 - - - - - - · 253 views

A couple of demos showing how you can reveal additional text, or even new buttons, when rolling over buttons in FileMaker 13. We used to hide text from some button states by making the text unusually large, but Jason Young showed us a much better method. More in the video below.Download the “Hover Tricks” example file towards the bot...

The Running Test

  Posted by John Sindelar, 20 August 2014 - - - - - - · 234 views

Testing code is one thing, but how do we test our ideas. (I’m not talking about validating ideas with customers as in Lean Startup, but testing an idea against your gut. Is there a way to measure that?)When you’re small, opportunity costs are huge–your best customer is another customer you didn’t meet–so how do you...

JavaScript Functions in FileMaker

  Posted by John Sindelar, 07 August 2014 - - - - - - · 293 views

JavaScript Functions for Speed and ProfitThe movie below is from one of our most popular demos from “Year in Review” at DevCon 2014. I was talking about what a breakthrough custom functions were back in 2004 and how they unlocked a whole new kind of code-sharing among FileMaker developers. JavaScript functions in FileMaker may unlock...

20% Off DevCon Sale Continues

  Posted by John Sindelar, 04 August 2014 - - - - - - · 257 views

If you couldn’t make it to DevCon, SeedCode is extending our 20% off sale on all templates and add-ons through this week (August 8th).That’s 20% off our Pro Calendar (with WebDirect support), ProMaps, and 20% off the new faster GoZync for syncing FileMaker Go.See all products on saleImplementation packages are not on sale. Please get...

DevCon Meditation Challenge

  Posted by John Sindelar, 28 July 2014 - - - - - - · 200 views

With so much going on at DevCon–and so many friends to catch up with–it can be tempting to put yourself on auto-pilot for the whole conference, just reacting to what’s around you.You can feel a little aimless that way. And you can miss things. You’ve sacrificed a lot to be here so double-down on that commitment: join the...

Virgin Date Pickers

  Posted by John Sindelar, 25 July 2014 - - - - - - · 244 views

If you haven’t played with flights on Virgin America’s new site you should definitely check it out. A great rethink of the flight booking workflow, it’s also a nice argument for the long-scrolling site.Big, sexy date pickers are dear to my heart. Book a flight. Details on the redesign, Work & CO, and their use of AngularJS...

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