Fireside FileMaker™ is a podcast collaboration between John Mark Osborne and Michael Rocharde discussing FileMaker related topics. We’ll guide you through the ins and outs of complex FileMaker decisions within the warmth and comfort of a campfire discussion amongst friends. Download an episode and try us out & please leave comments. We would love to hear your thoughts on existing podcasts or suggestions for future FileMaker related episodes.

The calculation engine is everywhere in the FileMaker interface and for good reason. It adds additional functionality wherever it’s employed. It enhances scripting, allows auto-entering related data, provides record level access, hides objects and so much more. To say the calculation engine is invaluable is an understatement. We’ll discuss the ins and outs of the calculation engine in all the different areas where it used so as to provide a big picture view of this crucial feature.

I just wanted to say that this last episode of Fireside FileMaker on the ubiquitous calculation engine was great. That’s the kind of episode I’m looking for from experienced developers like yourselves. I love hearing about the philosophy behind programming practices, and actually learning something. It really helps in filling in knowledge gaps and making us all better programmers. Dusty Hanes

The FileMaker certification exam has been around since FileMaker 7 and is defined as a credential that demonstrates to clients, peers and management your FileMaker skill level. To this date, it’s still the only real method for measuring that level. In this Podcast, we discuss the history of certification, what is required to pass it and generally everything you need to know to be successful. We also ponder whether the effort is worth it? What are the advantages and disadvantages of certification? Will certification translate into more business? Can you do just as well without it?

I appreciate that both of you very busy gentleman took the time out to give a candid and transparent view of certification. The time spent listening to the podcast, was well worth it. Thank you both for your unique perspective. Mike

FileMaker solutions can live and die by the interface alone. It’s the first thing a user sees and can sway their opinion in the first few seconds of them seeing it for the first time. It’s so important but many developers don’t give it much thought. How do you develop an interface that clients want to use and which makes it easy for them to do their job? Do you use a standard theme or do you take the time and trouble to develop a custom theme that you can use over and over again? How do you size the screens? How much color should you use? How do you take into account that some of your users may be color blind? These and more points are considered to give you a well rounded look at interface design.

KISS stands for Keep it Simple, Stupid. It’s a funny acronym but a very important concept to apply to the FileMaker development process. Too many developers over-engineer FileMaker solutions, charging clients more than is necessary. KISS is about elegance, about making it easier for someone new to take over a project without having to wade through complicated, modularized scripts that are almost impossible to debug. We live and breathe KISS and hope that, after listening to this podcast, you will too.

Timeless advice for developers and life in general! Robert Jackson

The Workplace Innovation Platform (WIP) is a newly defined technology category, by, for which FileMaker is the leader. There are 27 other software applications on the list and FileMaker was voted the best in the category. While the category itself is new, FileMaker has been WIP compliant for more than 30 years making it very hard for all of its competitors to catch up. Come find out what makes FileMaker uniquely qualified as a visual design and full-stack development application, collaborative, secure, integrative and supportive like no other WIP tool on the planet.

This is Part 2 of a 2 part (90 minute) amazing conversation with Rick Kalman, Director of Product Management for FileMaker, and Robert Holsey, Senior Product Manager for FileMaker. Rick and Robert talk about, among other things, Claris Connect, the benefits of acquisition instead of strategic partnerships, save as XML, responsive layouts, Apple’s influence, live database development, moving to a web first strategy and changes to the relationship graph. We are extremely grateful that they took so much of their time to talk with us candidly and openly.

Part 1 was released last Wednesday (8/21/19). Steven Blackwell tweeted that it was an ‘Exceptionally significant PodCast’ and that ‘All #FileMaker developers should listen.’

This is Part 1 of a 2 part (90 minute) fascinating conversation with Rick Kalman, Director of Product Management for FileMaker, and Robert Holsey, Senior Product Manager for FileMaker. If you aren’t familiar with these two experienced Claris International employees, we consider them to be part of the backbone of the company. Rick and Robert share some incredible insights about what goes into releasing a new version, their vision for the future and their quest to make FileMaker the best tool on the planet. We are very honored that they took so much of their time to talk with us candidly and openly.

At the FileMaker Developer Conference last week, FileMaker, Inc. announced they had changed their name to Claris International and purchased Stamplay. This is a bit of déjà vu for anyone who remembers MacWrite, MacPaint and Claris Corporation. It’s a blast from the past that’s been modernized. We’ll share our thoughts on the announcement and even speculate as to what the future holds. Come join us for this exciting new era for FileMaker.

What are all the steps in the development process?  What are the things you must pay the most attention to?  How do you make sure that the project doesn’t go off the rails because you forgot something important?  How do you manage expectations, both yours and the client?  In this podcast, we discuss every aspect of the development process from that very first all important meeting (phone or otherwise) with the new client, all the way to deployment and beyond.  We offer different strategies and ideas that you can easily implement to make sure that every project you do has the best chance of success, leaving nothing to chance.

Are you a budding developer who wants to start his own FileMaker business? In this podcast, we talk about what you need to know to become a professional developer as well as how to drum up business by mastering the key skills needed to promote yourself and your services. Technical know-how and business acumen are the key to opening and maintaining a successful FileMaker development firm of one or more people.

We talk about our background and experience inside the world of FileMaker which we’ve spent a combined total of 6 decades working in, including how we got started and what we’ve been doing since then. We think it’s important for you to know that we are both experts in the field of FileMaker and there is nothing that we like more than talking about it and sharing our knowledge.

“Michael and I have created FileMaker example files, written blogs, recorded videos, presented in public and even published books but we have never had the opportunity to record informal chats about FileMaker, much like you would with a FileMaker colleague. We are excited that this medium will allow us to explore FileMaker in a way we’ve never done before”, says John Mark Osborne.

Too often, people abuse the capabilities of a spreadsheet when they should be using a database, like FileMaker. We’re hoping that our discussion will help clients and developers alike choose the right tool for the right job. In this podcast, we’ll cover subjects like multi-user sharing of information, security, limitations and much more. If you’ve ever wondered when to use a spreadsheet and when to use a database, this talk will answer your questions and help you to make the best decision.

In this episode, we talk about the data separation model, a semi-popular technique, used by a number of developers, where the interface is in a separate file from the data, allowing the interface file to be replaced at any time without having to import data into a new version. To say that neither of us are fans of the model would be an understatement, but we discuss what it is, why people use it, our thoughts on it and generally give it a fair shake. We also discuss the new data migration tool which automates the import of data from an old version to a new and how this has changed one of the key reasons for using the data separation model. At the end of it, you’ll come to your own conclusions but we hope you’ll find the subject matter interesting and the content thought-provoking.

I always felt like I should be considering the Separation Model but now feel fine ignoring it. xgdwm7

In this episode, we discuss FileMaker native technologies; what they are, when they should (or should not) be used and lots of other things that we believe you’ll find interesting. Like everything else, there’s a time and a place for external technologies but too often, these technologies are embraced by those who haven’t taken the time to explore what can be done using traditional FileMaker methodologies. We are both FileMaker purists, with a couple lifetimes of experience developing FileMaker solutions, who believe in doing things the FileMaker way first, (often faster, simpler and always easier for somebody else to come in and debug or make changes), and only use other techniques/languages when it makes absolute sense.