DIGFM: Deepen your relationship with the FileMaker Platform (2/14/2019; Santa Clara, CA)

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Meetup In-Person Event @ FileMaker, Inc. 5201 Patrick Henry Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054Online Event @ at 7pm

Thursday, February 14, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm (1:30 to socialize)
Santa Clara, California, U.S.A

400.pngWhat? A user group meeting on Valentine's Day? Sure, why not? Our meeting will be done by 4 PM PST, and our speaker guarantees to share something that will get you in the mood (or some kind of mood).


Tony White of Tony White Designs, Inc. (an active member of NYFMP.org and a FileMaker Fanatic) will present a bouquet of innovative and useful information about the FileMaker platform.


  1. We'll warm up with an overview of the FileMaker platform, based in part on the FileMaker Code Objects as ERD diagram, touching on:
    • Naming conventions that are objectively determined
    • How FileMaker code is optimally distributed across FileMaker Code Objects (and why)
    • Code readability and maintainability

      This segment will be a mix of conceptional overviews and real world tips & tricks. There will be something for everyone... from beginners to experts. For background, developers are encouraged to study the FileMaker Code Objects as ERD diagram:
      So come with lots of questions and feedback to share.

  2. Next up, a demonstration on how migrating layouts off of the Classic Theme and onto a Custom Theme can either take about a minute or as much as an hour. Got hundreds or thousands of layouts built in earlier versions of FileMaker, needing to get off Classic? This presentation is for you.

  3. Finally we will share a smörgåsbord (since FileMaker's available in multiple languages) of ideas about how to:

    • Work the awesome FileMaker platform to the fullest

    • Refactor code that, while perfect when built in FileMaker 11, we can build better in more current FileMaker versions.

    • Implement some creative uses of the FMP URL Protocol.


Bring your questions and suggestions. We are expecting to have a lot of group discussion and exploration.


About the Speaker

Before beginning his career in computer technology, TonyWhite first spent ten years working on Wall Street, then ran the local chapter of a national environmental organization. It was during those times that he gained the valuable business experience he brings to the roles he plays and the projects he delivers today: effectively running a business and helping his clients do the same.


In 1993, he made computer consulting his career and business as Tony White Designs, Inc., at first specializing in desktop publishing (Quark XPress, PageMaker, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator). After discovering the power of FileMaker Pro to create systems that run entire organizations, his business transformed to database design, using AppleScript and other technologies to create even more powerful custom solutions. These days Tony takes on a variety of projects, big and small, either by putting together a team or by working solo with the client.


After looking at where he is and where he's been, Tony would not change a thing. He has a great time helping businesses of all types solve problems and be more successful and productive using computer technology.


And, by the way, Tony's also a fan of permaculture.


Video recording here:

DIGFM: Deepen your relationship with the FileMaker Platform (2/14/2019; Video)


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In-Person Event @ FileMaker, Inc. 5201 Patrick Henry Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054FileMaker Auditorium

5201 Patrick Henry Dr.

Santa Clara, CA 95054


Online Event @ at 7pmJoin DIGFM online at 2pm


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