Databuzz now FileMaker 11 Certified

Databuzz is pleased to announce that Andrew Duncan recently passed the FileMaker 11 Certification Exam and is now FileMaker Certified in v8, 9, 10 and 11. FileMaker Certification is your validation that you are hiring an experienced FileMaker professional who has technical knowledge of the complete FileMaker product line and has passed the “Developer Essentials for FileMaker” certification exam

FileMaker 11 Certified

Databuzz eNews – July 2010 Released

We’ve just released our eNews newsletter for July 2010. You can view it online at:

http://www.databuzz.com.au/enews/enews_072010_generic.html

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FileMaker Announces Schedule for FileMaker Developer Conference 2010 in San Diego

FileMaker, Inc. have announced the sessions and workshops schedule for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2010, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate database developers, trainers and users. This year’s conference will be at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, August 15 to 18, 2010.
This year’s conference will feature more than 80 sessions and workshops, the most ever offered, led by recognized FileMaker experts. Key sessions will focus on FileMaker database development best practices and techniques including FileMaker Server configuration, content sharing between FileMaker and Microsoft Office, FileMaker and the Cloud, working with calculations and more. Conference sessions and workshops will also include detailed information about designing databases on a large scale and displaying information through reports.
Databuzz is pleased to announce that Andrew Duncan will be presenting two sessions at this year’s conference. The first session is titled “Integrating SMS/TXT Messaging to Your FileMaker Solution Session” and is part of the Integration/Web stream. In this session attendees will learn how to integrate the ability to send SMS messages directly into your FileMaker solution. The session will cover:
  • what is required to start sending SMS messages from FileMaker Pro – how to use simple FileMaker Pro native technologies to send an SMS (e.g. scripts steps, Script Triggers and Web Viewers)
  • when to consider using external plug-ins instead of native technologies and which plug-ins to use
  • when to consider using a hardware modem and how to configure ESS for this
  • how to receive incoming SMS messages directly into your FileMaker Pro solution
The second session is also part of the Integration/Web stream and is titled  “Building a FileMaker Pro/Custom Web Publishing Solution for Internal and External Users”. Many FileMaker in-house solutions often require limited access by external parties that do not use FileMaker Pro. In this session we will walk you through how to approach the development of a “hybrid” solution that has 2 types of users: in-house staff using FileMaker Pro and external customers/users using Custom Web Publishing. Find out when and how to use the FileMaker API for PHP to give access to external users to your FileMaker solution. Several case studies will demonstrate how these problems have been solved and what lessons we have learned along the way (things I know now that I wish I had known then).

Attendees can save US $200 on the conference price by registering by May 21, 2010. You can get all the details at the DevCon website

Databuzz now FileMaker 10 Certified

We’re pleased to announce that Andrew Duncan recently sat the FileMaker 10 Certification exam and passed!

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We aim to maintain our certification with each new version of FileMaker that is released. FileMaker Certification lets our customers know that we’re experts in the FileMaker industry and is the only credential sponsored by FileMaker Inc

FileMaker Pro 10 – Script Triggers

I’m in the process of updating one of my main solutions that previously used script triggering via the zippScript plugin under FM9 with FM10 native script triggers. zippScript worked really well and was a great all round script triggering plugin but one thing it couldn’t handle was keystroke based script triggers which are native in FM10. For many years I’ve yearned for a way to update a field that counts both the number of characters entered and the number of allowable characters remaining (this is for an SMS solution that has a max of 160 characters in the message field). With FM10 this is now a snap and combined with conditional formatting you can do some nice interface tricks (e.g. make the count field red when it exceeds a limit) and show a dialog when you hit 160 characters etc. I’ve put together a simple demo file for anyone that’s interested at:

http://www.databuzz.com.au/downloads/DB_SMS_Count.zip

I’ll hopefully have some more demo files online shortly.

Do you Twitter?

We’ve been reading a lot about Twitter lately and have now joined the Twitter community. You can see us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/databuzz or just click the Twitter logo below.

If we see that you’ve started following us we’ll endeavour to follow you also.

Databuzz eNews – December 2008 Released

We’ve just released our eNews newsletter for December 2008. You can view it online at:

http://www.databuzz.com.au/enews/enews_122008_generic.html

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We’re FileMaker 9 Certified!

Andrew Duncan finally found time to sit for the FileMaker 9 Certification exam today and we’re pleased to announce that he passed with flying colours. We aim to maintain our certification with each new version of FileMaker that is released. FileMaker Certification lets our customers know that we’re experts in the FileMaker industry and is the only credential sponsored by FileMaker Inc.

 

FileMaker 9 Certified!

Latest Databuzz Newsletter Now Online

We’ve just released our latest eNews for October 2008. You can read it online at:

http://www.databuzz.com.au/enews/enews_102008_generic.html

FileMaker Developer Conference 2008

FileMaker Inc recently announced the details for this year’s FileMaker Developer Conference – DevCon 2008. This year DevCon moves back to Phoenix, Arizona after a few years in Orlando, Florida. For Australian attendees this is good news – connecting to Phoenix is much quicker than another long flight to Orlando from the US West Coast after 14 hours in a plane just getting to the US (even worse if you had to fly economy). It’s a shame the new V Australia flights aren’t taking off until December as finally we see some real competition on the route which Qantas and United have been sharing for years. I like the new timetable for the V Australia flights as well – Qantas seem to enjoy arriving in Los Angeles at 6am, having left Australia at 6am and if you’re like me you haven’t slept much on the way.

The conference is on  from July 13 to 17 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona and if you register by May 16 you will save US $200.00 (registration is US $1,195.00 and increases to US $1,395 after May 16). There are 3 tracks this year: Fundamentals, Advanced and Integration. You can get all the details here. FMPug also have a Scheduler formatted for handheld/mobile devices at http://www.fmpug.com/devcon.

Databuzz will once again be attending DevCon 2008 – this is our seventh straight year attending the FileMaker DevCon from memory – and we look forward to learning some new tricks and techniques which we can bring back and implement in our customer’s solutions.

 Andrew Duncan