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FileMaker Case Studies and Discussion

Note: This is at the same place where the last meeting was held, on Bathurst just south of Bloor, but in a different room and at a different time (7:00 PM, not 6:30).

 

This month we've got a double-header. Beatrice Beaubien will give us a sneak preview of the talk she's giving at this year's FileMaker DevCon (details to follow), and Jeff England has what promises to be a great case study, taking us through the database be built for a huge indoor amusement centre.

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Here's Beatrice Beaubien's description:

DevCon Presentation, FileMaker in Healthcare Short overview of The Hospital for Sick Children FileMaker at SickKids:

      • What it's like to work in the SickKids environment as a FileMaker developer
      • Scope of FileMaker applications and services
      • Rewards: what makes it worthwhile
      • Challenges and opportunities for professional growth as a FileMaker developer
      • Strategies for advancing the uptake and value of FileMaker in the enterprise space

 

This will be followed by a brief review of the whys and hows of becoming a Certified FileMaker Developer

      • What to expect (without giving anything away)
      • How to prepare for it
      • What the benefits are
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Here's Jeff England's description:

 

This session will be an overview of my five year project at Neb's Fun World. Neb's Fun World is the world's largest 5-Pin bowling center and is 3.5 acres of indoor space. My FileMaker solution runs the entire operation from reservations and employee management to actually interacting with bowling machines and keeping track of your bowling scores. Here are some of the main points that will be covered:

      • An overview of the project and how its impacted our business
      • The use of plug-ins and how the can be used to create value for your solution
      • How a friendly, sharp looking GUI is important for user adoption
      • How I have used the virtual value list to create dynamic and easily maintainable user interfaces
      • Some unique uses for FileMaker Go

If there is time I am open to answering questions anyone may have.

This will be a good chance to have a discussion about the decisions Jeff has made in solving the problems he's encountered in this monumental project. And, a FileMaker luminary just might show up.

Everybody is welcome, but there's a limit of 35 people in the room, so RSVP. We'll go out for drinks and food at a local bar after.

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  • Beatrice B.

    Awesome presentation by Jeff. What the field of Graphic Design lost, FileMaker gained; a very talented developer.

    June 21, 2012

  • Beatrice B.

    Thanks David and Doug. I really appreciate the comments and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to share my work. Just to be clear, I inherited the majority of the FileMaker solutions at SickKids, and built a fair chunk (I have a lot of work ahead of me to keep all of them consistent with the changing business rules at The Hospital, particularly the legacy solutions. Some of them go back more than 14 years).

    June 21, 2012

  • David P.

    A good night where developers shared some amazing solutions.

    June 21, 2012

  • David P.

    Beatrice, great overview of how Sick Kids uses FileMaker. It is amazing that one person can do so much, whereas different systems would probably require a team of people to accomplish the sames tasks.

    June 21, 2012

  • Steve S.

    Two great presentations. I really enjoyed hearing both of the main speakers.

    June 21, 2012

  • Doug G.

    Next, Beatrice gave us an overview of the use of FileMaker at Sick Children's Hospital: 750 FileMaker seats, 150 FileMaker applications, all built by Beatrice over the course of years. Again, amazing. It was a really good night.

    1 · June 21, 2012

  • Doug G.

    It was amazing to see Jeff's beautifully designed FileMaker database that not only allows remote control of each lane in a massive 52 lane bowling alley, but also handles scoring and on touch screens and intuitively allows bowlers to make adjustments that result in changing the pin setup for the next frame, using Filemaker to control the hardware. Everyone at the meeting was completely blown away.

    1 · June 21, 2012

  • John Valean B.

    Two very impressive examples of FileMaker development.

    June 21, 2012

  • Beatrice B.

    Jeff, thanks for the comment. After hearing about your implementation a few months ago, it was great to see your presentation and see the scope of your FileMaker programming skills. Neb's Fun World FileMaker solution is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    June 21, 2012

  • Jeff E.

    Also great presentation by Beatrice. Can't believe how many solutions she's created / maintained.

    1 · June 20, 2012

  • Jeff E.

    Thanks Dave glad you enjoyed it !

    June 20, 2012

  • David Z.

    Stuck without a babysitter at the last minute - where's the live stream when you need one dammit!

    June 20, 2012

  • David P.

    Great preso Jeff, great use of some external plugins to run a bowling alley with #FileMaker. Just shows how flexible the product is. He saved 300k with this solution. Great work.

    1 · June 20, 2012

  • David P.

    That FileMaker Inc luminary from Head Office is confirm. And no it is not me, although I will be in attendance as well.
    Thanks
    David Pong

    June 5, 2012

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