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FileMaker Fresh Look


It took awhile to arrange, but we're ready for another SOFA meeting. This month we're going to have Bill Staples from ICA Associates Inc., part of the Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA Canada), coming to talk about something that's important to all of us—communication and the tech professional. Communicating requirements, communicating with clients and communicating with other programmers. I have known Bill for years and he's a dynamic professional speaker who's sure to bring us a stimulating, provocative discussion.


Fresh Look

We're also lucky to be hearing from our own László Vajda, who is going to take a fresh look at repeating fields—the oft-denigrated vestige of FileMaker's flat file days is having a renaissance as a structured repository for arrays that allow you to do some pretty cool things. Here is his bullet-point summary. I'm looking forward to this.


    • Is there a contradiction between strict database concepts and the use of repeating fields?
    • Repeating field or related table?
    • From basic to advanced use of repeating fields in FileMaker
      • main differences between single and multiple repetition fields
      • speed up!: an example in detail
    • Conclusion: a pragmatic approach


Our December meeting will be sometime during the week of December 3 (probably Thursday December 6, but we might need to hold it Tuesday the 4th because of a venue conflict). The reason I'm giving advanced notice is because we have a special guest coming to town: Adam Aronson from Full City Consulting is a top-notch speaker from New York—he's always smart and he's always funny, and you're in for a treat. His company received the FileMaker Excellence Award for Business Partner of the Year, and he's also a recipient of FileMaker's Mad Dog Public Relations Award for his promotion of FileMaker Go. After catching just the last half of his talk on The Alchemy of Estimating at the Pause on Error event in New York over a year ago, I've been trying to get him up here and I'm very excited that he's agreed to come. If you could only leave your house once in December, you wouldn't regret going SOFA.

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