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FileMaker DevCon 2016

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FileMaker Developer Conference 2016

Aptitute for Apps

  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, NV

  • 3708 Las Vegas Blvd South

  • Las Vegas, NV 89109

With more than 1,500 attendees from around the world, this year’s FileMaker DevCon featured 60 sessions over the course of four days, covering all aspects of FileMaker app development. The theme of the 2016 conference was “Aptitude for Apps.” Conference tracks included: core, mobility, design, innovation, web, and business.

FileMaker Developer Challenge

Soliant Consulting was proud to be the official sponsor of the conference’s popular Developer Challenge. This year, the event featured small teams of developers competing to design the best custom apps for local nonprofits, allowing attendees to make a difference will showing off their FileMaker skills.

  • Read the story about the behind the scenes preparations for the Developer Challenge.


FileMaker Training Series: Intermediate Training 201

  • Sara Severson
  • Mon, July 18 - 8:30 AM
  • Belmont 2/6

This training session provides high-level discussions of important intermediate concepts needed to create rich functionality in your custom apps. These include creating back end architecture, user interfaces, and automation. Use this session as a launching pad for ongoing FileMaker training or to start a new project with the FileMaker Platform.

FTS Advanced modules covered: Data Modeling, Layouts, Calculations, and Scripts.

What You Should Know

Attendee should have an understanding of the following, at the level covered by the FileMaker Training Series: Basics.

  • Modes
  • Views
  • Adding, editing, and delete records
  • Finding and sorting records
  • Creating tables and fields
  • Creating simple layouts
  • Printing

What You Will Learn

  • Data Modeling (1.5 hrs)
  • Layouts (2.5 hrs)
  • Calculations (2 hrs)
  • Scripts (1.5 hrs)

Track Details

  • Core-Scripting
  • Core-Relational Design
  • Core-Data

FileMaker Training Series: Advanced Training 301

  • Bob Bowers
  • Mon, July 18 - 8:30 AM
  • Belmont 4/8

In this training session, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about and gain hands-on experience with many advanced FileMaker Pro concepts. Topics will include the ExecuteSQL function, complex scripting, reporting using virtual lists, and a deeper look at various layout tools and Relationships Graph techniques.

What You Should Know

Attendees should already have a solid understanding of FileMaker fundamentals such as those covered in the Intermediate Training courses.

What You Will Learn

  • Data Modeling
  • Layouts
  • Calculations
  • Scripts

Building Developer-Friendly Custom Apps

  • Makah Encarnacao
  • Wed, July 20 - 9:00 AM
  • Belmont 4/8

We all work hard to create user-friendly custom apps, but what are you doing to make them developer-friendly as well? In this session, you’ll learn best practices for building a custom app that’s clean and intuitive on the inside as well as the outside. Be kind to future developers — and be kind to the future you! This session will include a takeaway file for reference.

What You Should Know

This session provides valuable information for developers of all levels.

What You Will Learn

  • How to handle custom app modifications so that they are well-tracked and well-documented
  • How to make your comments effective, and discover non-obvious ways to make comments
  • How to organize your custom app so things are easy to find
  • How to label your fields, layouts, tables, scripts, and custom functions effectively for development

Track Details

  • Core-Relational Design
  • Core-Scripting
  • Core-Documentation


Bob Bowers

CEO and co-founder of Soliant Consulting, Bob is widely known for his expertise in the field of software development. He is a recipient of the FileMaker Excellence Award and has co-authored seven books on FileMaker Pro database development. In 2008 he was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. After graduating summa cum laude in Music and English at Wabash College, Bob earned a master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Chicago. In this spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and banjo.

Makah Encarnacao

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Cognitive Science, Makah started working at Soliant Consulting, where she received a solid foundation in FileMaker basics and best practices. She could not be happier with how her career has grown there: nine years and seven certifications later, she is now a Project Technical Lead as well as co-founder of their new pro bono committee. Makah resides in Albuquerque with her husband, their 2-year-old little girl, and their 7-year-old pup. Last year, she placed fourth in the Developer Cup Competition – you may recall the videos of her training for the big event!

Sara Severson

Based in the wilds of Washington state, Sara is a technical project lead for Soliant Consulting. Originally a marketing consultant, she has been a FileMaker developer for 14 years: six as an in-house developer, and the most recent eight with Soliant Consulting. Sara was the lead writer for FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13 and 14. She is also a certified developer and a administrator. If she's not working or family-ing (and yes, "family" in this case is a very active verb), she's buried in a book, playing outside, or ideally buried in a book outside.