FileMaker Developer Conference 2007

INT608 - Integrating with SQL-Based Applications Presented by: Steve Lane 
In this session, we'll look at how to use the new External SQLSource (ESS) feature in FileMaker 9 to integrate a FileMaker solution with one or more SQL-based products. By embedding a product's SQL tables in a FileMaker solution, it's possible to create a hybrid application that allows one-way or even two-way data exchange between FileMaker and SQL-based products such as content management systems, bug trackers, accounting systems or project management systems. 

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FUN206 - Introduction to Custom Functions Presented by: Steve Lane 
In this session you will learn what custom functions are and why they are such a great boon to FileMaker development. When and when to use custom functions and how they differ from regular calculation fields will also be discussed. Additionally, you will learn how custom functions help keep your solutions more abstract and flexible. 

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FUN211 - Profiting from Solution Documentation Presented by: Lee Lukehart
Producing good user documentation isn't trivial—but it can be streamlined by starting with docs produced early in the project. This presentation lists 40+ documentation types, suggests 7 that should be included with every solution, discusses factors to consider in selecting the others, and illustrates the shortest-path workflow for time- and cost-efficient production. Hint: Requirements > Use Cases > QA Scripts > User Guide. Note: This presentation focuses on planning concepts rather than implementation procedures.
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Steve Lane, Chief Technical Officer

Steve has been working in the areas of databases and software development for over twenty years. From a background in academics and higher education, he moved into the technology industry and has been leading software teams for the last dozen years or so, working with hundreds of clients of all sizes. He is a recipient of the FileMaker Excellence award and has co-authored six books on database development. After graduating magna cum laude from Yale College, Steve earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, as well as an M.S. In Computer Science from the same university.

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