Archive for September, 2010

2nd Meeting Benefitted All

We had a very personal, 10 person group for our second meeting. Not bad for a hot, Friday afternoon.  The La Pietra Atherton Conference room was cool , the new executive chairs comfortable, and the new ceiling mounted projector a pleasure to watch.  Members ranged from people looking for developers to help them with their projects, to independent developers wrangling a number of projects, to business owners looking to better leverage their FileMaker system.

We started on time and introduced ourselves and gave brief descriptions of our projects and top concerns.  Then it was on to seeing FileMaker Go in action, connected to a live database.  It was interesting watching an iPhone screen projected six feet wide. Wish they were always that easy to read.   One of the highlights was browsing Google Maps within a FileMaker web viewer.  The functionality of FileMaker Go seems unlimited.

Then it was on to the main topic of the meeting – Dynamic Menu – which combines many features of FileMaker into one highly useful solution: The security model, layout names, advanced scripting with global variables, conditional formatting, and button parameters.  The presentation and demo files will be available in SOLUTIONS later this weekend.

We wrapped things up with a quick demonstration of setting up a “join” file for a many to many relationship, and then unanimously agreed that the next meeting should focus on the relationship graph.  Milton will speak about “anchor buoy” relationship modeling.

So use the JOIN form or register on this site so we can let you know the date of the next meeting.

Have a great FileMaking weekend!

Agenda for 2nd Meeting

Two hours will go by fast so we’ll try to follow this agenda today.

Introduction to our website: 10 minutes

Solicit volunteers for house keeping duties: 10 minutes:

  • Time keeper – keep topics and presentations moving and within allotted duration
  • Track who volunteers to present at upcoming meetings – followup with presenters prior to each meeting
  • Take meeting minutes and post in News
  • Moderate the website – proofread posts and approve comments

Topic #1: 15 min. Briefly discuss Tech Republics article “We’re entering the decade of the developer” and how FileMaker will better allow us to surf that wave. Includes a real-world demonstration of FileMaker Go connecting to FileMaker Server over 3G.

Topic #2: 30 min. Using the Security model to abstract a navigation menu that automatically and dynamically displays available layouts based on the users group. (briefly shown at the July meeting), presented by Kent Roller.

Open Discussion: 30 min. Members help members on any topic at any level of difficulty.

Closing: 15 min. What would members like to cover in the next meeting?

Decade of the Developer

This Tech Republic article provides ample reason to develop your development skills.  FileMaker is the perfect platform to get up to speed and catch this fast moving wave.

The technology world remains in the midst of a relentless transformation and the changes sweeping the industry over the next decade will make developers, not IT pros, the new superstars.

HFMUG gets a home

As much as I wanted to publish an all FileMaker website using Instant Web Publishing, we need our website ready for the next meeting and WordPress is unbeatable for fast blogging.  But wait, look at this: Lauren Kuhlman has a great post on linking FileMaker and WordPress! That would be a good subject for one of our meetings.  So much potential, so little time.  Anyway here it is, our own website.  Glen can stop sending the invitations out for us now.

If you are not already on our email list to receive meeting announcements,  be sure to join in.  Meeting attendees must RSVP so our host knows how many to expect.

Our second meeting is this Friday, September 24, 3-5pm at La Pietra.  Glen Suarez sent the announcement to all those who attended the first meeting.  If you didn’t RSVP to him, please do so.