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  1. If you or any of your friends or family are suffering from anxiety about the coronavirus, this video offers some commonsense advice that may help. I hope it does. https://youtu.be/rKwzAGKI-J4
  2. You're very welcome. Brian Dunning's web site is a great resource for custom functions which is what you need. https://www.briandunning.com/filemaker-custom-functions/ I use this one https://www.briandunning.com/cf/1045 Michael
  3. Inexperienced developers often program FileMaker in a particular way because they saw someone else on a video, blog or other resource perform the same series of steps. It even happens because the developer simply follows the client’s request. There isn’t one set of programming for generalized solutions. It’s up to you as a developer to think about the best way to solve a programming problem with all the tools at your disposal. In this podcast, we examine the pros and cons of Quickbooks integration, calendars, web enabling, the data separation model, live development, main menus, dashboards, reporting, progress bars, building solutions from scratch as opposed to using a starter solution, un-stored calculations, custom menus, backing up, organizing the relationship graph and testing scripts and calculations as you go. https://firesidefilemaker.podbean.com/e/you-did-what-1581192795/
  4. Are you tired of working for somebody else? Do you want to make a 6-figure income rather than a 5? More importantly, do you want to control your own destiny; working the hours you want to? This short video describes the skills you need to master in order to become successful as an independent developer, no matter what your field or profession but is it for you? It's definitely not for everyone but if you're willing to take the risks in order to get all the rewards, you've come to the right place. https://youtu.be/V2rVUr6rn34 The video is a free introduction to an online course. For more information go to https://nautilusfm.com/course There are also a number of short introductory videos to the topics covered in the course at https://nautilusfm.com/coursevideos and even if you have no interest in taking the course itself, I think you'll find them valuable.
  5. People who are new to the database world and/or those who come from platforms, i.e., spreadsheets, that don't support normalized data, often get themselves confused as to what normalization is and why it is needed. In this short video we answer those questions and take you through a step-by-step process to normalize your data. https://youtu.be/4Ae6lqqfuHY (While this video covers a subject that all experienced FileMaker developers will know inside-out and is thus intended for beginners and some intermediates, it may be useful to show customers who wonder exactly how much work is involved).
  6. Supercharge your FileMaker searches with this incredibly powerful but simple technique.
  7. Modularization, generally, refers to scripting where you take a section, or sections, of one script and create a sub-script from that which is subsequently called (or invoked) from the original script. There are lots of reasons, and some significant benefits, as to why you might want to do this but there are also a number of gotchas and reasons why you might not want to. In this podcast we discuss the pros and cons of modularization so that you can make your own decisions as to whether it is right for you or for the solution you are working on. https://firesidefilemaker.podbean.com/e/should-you-modularize/
  8. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ9X8beb7lo5D4Yn_dr2A9Q?view_as=subscriber I'll be continuously adding videos to the channel; some with quick FileMaker tips, some with more detailed content about specific functionality as well as odd ones which don't fit neatly in any category. Please join me.
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