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How I Got Started with FileMaker

The Support Group has been working with FileMaker for decades, since our founder Rich Coulombre started teaching a FileMaker Pro class at MIT, then at other schools, and then wrote a book on FileMaker Pro 2.

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Running Totals in a Portal

Reader Deborah wites:

I want to get running totals or summaries in my portal rows for number fields. Also, I want my portal rows to show a row number in a “self” relationship portal (I tried the Get(PortalRowNumber) function and could not get it to work). Hope that you can help. Thanks!
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Combinations: Turn Multiple Values into Records

This article originally appeared in our old Get ( Answers ) newsletter.  I recently heard again from Marcelo, announcing his new consulting company and FileMaker 11 certification (congrats!), and thought I should update this.  With some new features introduced in FileMaker 10, this technique is even easier to implement.

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Why Use FileMaker? Total Cost of Ownership and ROI

Is FileMaker better than other popular environments like MS SQL Server, Oracle Database Standard Edition, Salesforce.com Enterprise Edition, or Force.com Enterprise Edition?

Check out the free white paper from FileMaker, Inc., Supercharging Return on Investment with Rapid Application Development Tools - Total Cost of Ownership.  It details just how much better FileMaker Pro is than those other competing platforms in two critical areas: Total Cost of Ownership and Return on Investment.

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DevCon Webinar: FileMaker and Google Apps

DevCon is over; summer vacations are finally wrapped up.

Back in July, I presented a preview webinar of one of my DevCon presentations: FileMaker and the Cloud: Integrating with Google Apps.  We are now making that webinar recording available, as well as making the sample file available for download.

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Aha!

I’m an old school guy.  I started with an Apple II Plus in 1980 with a text-based operating system, audio cassette player for storage and a whopping 4K of memory.  I thought I’d died and gone to heaven after purchasing a 5 1/4” floppy disk drive with an incredible 113K storage capacity.

I was the guy you read about staying up all night working away on some software or other.  I loved to program, and lived for that “Aha!” moment when the solution to a problem suddenly appeared.  Researchers have shown that the “Aha!” moment is associated with the release of neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, and an array of endorphins.  That feeling is real and something I lived for.

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New Class: Scripting with FileMaker Pro

I’m pleased to announce The Support Group’s newest FileMaker training class: Scripting with FileMaker Pro.  Designed as a continuation of our Introduction to FileMaker Pro and Intermediate FileMaker Pro courses, this one-day class introduces scripting for those already familiar with FileMaker Pro and seeking to develop more useful solutions.

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Geolocation with FileMaker Go

UPDATE 4:

Geolocation is now natively supported in FileMaker Go 12 with the new mobile functions Location()and LocationValues().  Yay! For FileMaker Go 11, read on…

Elizabeth in San Francisco is one of many to ask this interesting FileMaker Go question:

Is there any way to get the latitude and longitude of the phone in FileMaker Go and store them in a database?

My first reaction was “unfortunately, no.”  FileMaker Go can’t access the GPS features of the iPhone, and since we can’t use plug-ins with Go, there’s no opportunity to add that feature.  But never say never, right?

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FileMaker Go is a Go

Today’s the lucky day for all of you that have been asking, “When is FileMaker going to make an iPhone app?” FileMaker Go is an amazing new iOS app that gives you access to your FileMaker solutions on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

We are incredibly excited about the possibilities now available for our customers—and for us personally, too!  FileMaker Go runs most .fp7 databases without modification.  Layouts are rendered almost identically as in FileMaker Pro; portals, tabs, and Quick Find work; technologies such as web viewers, script triggers, and External SQL Sources (think of the possibilities there) all transfer to your iDevice.  And you get the best of both worlds: you can connect remotely to an available FileMaker Server WiFi or 3G to access live shared systems, or you can copy a .fp7 file to your phone or iPad to carry your data with you.

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FileMaker 11v2 Updaters Now Available

FileMaker has released the v2 updater for FileMaker Pro 11, FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced, FileMaker Server 11, and FileMaker Server 11 Advanced.

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