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DIGFM November Meeting - Matt Navarre, MSN Media

This is the November DIGFM Meeting, featuring a presentation by Matt Navarre of MSN Media. Be sure to visit the DIGFM website for details and links to the FMPug form to formally RSVP.

"Matt Navarre has been developing in FileMaker Pro for over 20 years. He co-founded Portland's Pre1 and now runs MSN Media, creating solutions for industries ranging from public health to auto parts. Matt is a tireless innovator on and advocate of the FileMaker Platform as well as a speaker at multiple FileMaker Developer Conferences.

Matt will discuss 'Relevance Ranking, Web History, and Search: Applying Web Methods to FileMaker'. Searching for results in Google usually finds what you're looking for. Using a web history to find a site that you’ve visited is usually better than having a ‘back’ button, which is based on your current session. During this meeting we will show some techniques, sample files and commercial solutions that focus on solving these challenges with pure FileMaker.

This session will discuss:
• Adding ‘record view history’ across multiple tables. This allows each user to see a list of recently viewed records and navigate to them with a click. It’s simple to implement, requires a triggered script, one table with just a few fields and a portal to display records on your home screen.

• The elements of single-field search: Pre-process, iterate, Rank and Display. We will examine these parts of fmSearchResults, a commercial program, and show how these ideas can be implemented into your solutions. This is not a sales pitch.

• Relevance rank in a system that learns. As users search for records, refine searches, and click results, relevant metadata is stored about that interaction. The next time a similar search is done, the Relevance table is searched, and the related record is displayed. We will discuss the concept of short vs. long clicks, linking searches to results, and implementing these ideas into your solutions.

As usual, we’ll have pizza and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m."

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  • Jay G.

    Christine - fmSearchResults is a mature, widely-used solution in the FileMaker community. In that regard, it's been well-tested.

    The best source to answer specifics about development/QA might be Matt Navarre, or SeedCode, which sells and supports the product. Here's the website for those who need it:

    November 25, 2013

  • Alexei F.

    Matt has done more with search than anyone in the FileMaker community. All FileMaker developers should hear what he has to say on the subject.

    November 14, 2013

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