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JavaScript Portals for FileMaker: Clicking on Rows

  Posted by John Sindelar, 15 January 2015 - - - - - - · 90 views

Coming full circle with JavaScript and SQLexplorerHaving the opportunity to work on a project like SQLExplorer has been a highpoint in my FileMaker career. It was a great way to participate in the collective learning of the ExecuteSQL function by the community when it first hit the scene. But, it’s also been a great way to get a handle on...

FileMaker Templates On Sale

  Posted by John Sindelar, 15 December 2014 - - - - - - · 210 views

SeedCode’s year-end sale continues through Dec 31st.And we’re thrilled to have finished both the new SeedCode Complete template and the new calendar, DayBack, in time for the sale: the last mile of shipping a product–the wish-list features, sample data, and documentation–can seem to stretch on forever. We’ve rarely...

Printing PDFs in FileMaker WebDirect

  Posted by John Sindelar, 11 December 2014 - - - - - - · 194 views

FileMaker’s WebDirect offers some exciting deployment opportunities. However, not being able to create PDFs or print like we can with Pro and Go is a big limitation. For many of us, an invoice may exist in a database, but until it’s represented as a printable document, it’s just not a real invoice. Finding a solution to this fo...

The New SeedCode Complete: what we’ve learned about FM13

  Posted by John Sindelar, 26 November 2014 - - - - - - · 405 views

The new version of SeedCode Complete is almost here. This is the platform we use to start new projects and this new version lets us share a lot of what we’ve learned about FileMaker 13, about WebDirect, and about making solutions that are easy to maintain.If you’re new to Complete, this unlocked template links contacts to projects, i...

The Fear

  Posted by John Sindelar, 07 November 2014 - - - - - - · 246 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 - - - - - - · 195 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 - - - - - - · 195 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 - - - - - - · 190 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 - - - - - - · 309 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 - - - - - - · 275 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...

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