Just a reminder for all you harried FileMaker developers out there. In case you were waiting until the last minute, the last minute is here. FileMaker Developer Conference 2004 in Phoenix at the Mariott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has a $200 discount until June 30th. After that, you have to pony up the full price of $1199.
For your hard earned money, besides the conference sessions themselves – which have always been excellent, you get a full version of FileMaker Pro 7, meals, conference shirt, conference bag, binder and CD.
Here are some of the conference sessions that sound particularly appealing:
Chris Moyer: Implementing Custom Privilege Management in FM7
John Mark Osborne: Philosophy of Scripting and Philosophy of Calculations
Jerry Robin: Designing a Relational Database -Building the Database
Geoff Ryle: FileMaker Business Tracker – Explained and Intelligent User Interface Design
Corn Walker: Advanced Custom Functions with FM Dev7 and Interaction Design in FM7
Todd Geist & Danny Mack: Migrating to FM 7 – the Strategic Perspective
Bob Bowers: Migrating Existing Solutions to FM7
Andrew LeCates: FileMaker 7 Design Fundamentals
These sessions look really meaty. Here’s a pdf of the Conference Brochure. I’ll be there. Please, if you see me, feel free to introduce yourself.
If you’ve been a FileMaker customer for any time, you aren’t going to believe this. Mac-Res-Q is selling Mac and Windows versions of FileMaker Pro 6 for $79.99 right now. The only slight catch is you don’t get a box or user manual, just the CD and Installation code. More on my Studio Manager Bulletin blog. I don’t know how long this deal will last.
OK. I ordered my first FileMaker 7 book tonight from Amazon: Sams Teach Yourself FIleMaker in 24 Hours by Jesse Feiler. They are saying it is available and in stock now! There’s one review at Amazon from an experienced FileMaker user and she is quite positive about the book. Kinda doesn’t matter to me. It’s a FileMaker 7 book. I want it. Damages only $16.99.
By the way, Feiler has written lots of Macintosh books and two FileMaker books including one on scripting and calculations. I take that to mean he’s a pretty good writer and knows enough FileMaker to provide value.
I plan to buy several FileMaker 7 books. And a bunch are in the works. I’ll be writing more about books soon.
Little Known Fact Department
Those ordering FileMaker 7 can get a FileMaker 6 installation CD and installation codes as a free add-0n by making a request that FileMaker 6 be included so that they can gradually migrate to 7 and run FileMaker Pro 6 until they are ready to switch completely to 7.
I haven’t tried this request yet, so I don’t know all the particulars. But I’ve been assured by multiple parties that it works. Individual product purchases and upgrades may not be covered. Volume licenses are covered. It appears that the only way you get this deal is when you buy direct from FileMaker Inc.
If you have any question about your readiness for 7 and you don’t already have FileMaker Pro 6, buy yourself some extra flexibility. You don’t have to choose between 6 or 7. Get both. Purchasing 6 without 7 makes no sense and, at this point, purchasing 7 without 6 makes equally little sense.
FileMaker Pro 7.0 (please note the “.0”) is a new, complex product with immature support around it. As with any product upgrade of this magnitude, it has more bugs, limitations and rough edges than it will have once it is subjected to the scrutiny and demands of early adopters. This is not meant as criticism. FileMaker 7 is surprisingly useable and reliable – already. But, if you have a mission critical application, it’s too early in FileMaker 7’s product life-cycle to be switching over.
Anyone with a significant investment in FileMaker who is eager to gain the benefits of 7 should be working on migration preparation and planning, experimenting with FileMaker 7 development while still relying on FileMaker 6 for anything you depend on.
At the moment good information about FileMaker 7 real world behavior is still in short supply. One source I found recently, The Blinkerfish Logs, has a really nice post on FileMaker 7 as it pertains to portals, related records and script parameters. FileMaker heavy, Ernest Koe, has written some high quality stuff: potent, compact, important, useful information. Check it out!