Thank you for the post @mark_baum. It is truly sad. He will be missed greatly.
Because the phrase “he made a dent in the universe” is taken...perhaps we can say that @winfried “made a dent in the FileMaker community”. That was my experience of him.
His impact lives on.
We met with Winfried Huslik at several FileMaker Developer Conferences in the US. And I have spoken with him on several occasions and had some very interesting e-mail conversations whenever we met FileMaker files who needed to meet a real expert. Last time was August this year.
I still remember when getting together at the bar after the reception on one of the first evenings of FileMaker Devcon in, I believe that it was Phoenix. Remembering each other from previous times we shook hand and sat together. Some of my other Danish friends sat down and presented them self, as we Danes do, by first name. Winfred Huslik frowned and kindly corrected them with something like, as I remember it: "Typical for you Danes, no formality, no titles." In some way he was right, when meeting in a professional context maybe the titles is not so important, and in Denmark we do not mention this type of scout marks, but Winfried Husliks old time European culture did definitely add value to a conversation, and did make sure that the conversation was lifted to a higher and more informed level.
I am sure that other here can share more interesting anecdotes than those few we remember.
Winfried was one of the best testers of new Filemaker versions and for his testing of FileMaker 8 he was awarded an iPod with inscription from FileMaker.
In the future you will still meet the generosity of Winfried Huslik, just go to FileMaker Pro templates, downloads, & help where you will find Custom Functions developed and given to the community.
Over the summer 2015 Winfried Huslik was still active here at the forum and when I was contacted in August by a customer who had a severely damaged +5 GB data file after their very old server had crashed many times without backup, Winfried Huslik did a tremendous job and saved them.
We will for sure miss a very special and extremely dedicated and knowledgable FileMaker File Mentor and one who was always willing to share what he knew was right and important.
Carsten Levin & Bo Sigaard
What a tremendous loss to the community. I'm not sure if FileMaker knows the FM file format better than Winfried knew it. Sadly, from discussions at DevCon 2015, it sounded like he was not planning on passing along his secrets. Now that he is gone, backups are even more important.
God bless, and prayers of comfort for his family and friends.
Winfried's expertise saved a couple of inherited FileMaker systems for me in the past. I appreciated his helpfulness and incredible knowledge. My thoughts and prayers for his friends and family.
Whilst I never met Winfried in person, I did have the privilege of conversing with him on a few occasions and of course, used FMDiff in the past too. Sad news indeed. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
I feel so sad. Winfried was not just a developer with an incredible knowledge - he was a friend
Sad to hear. Winfried saved one of my db's some years back with his amazing knowledge and tools.
That's sad news. Vale Winfried.
Sad to hear. When I went to my first DevCon, he was the first person I talked to. We were having file corruption problems, and he was an enormous help.
He will be missed.
That's funny - in the nicest possible way. He was also the first person that I spoke to at my first DevCon (2009).
His tools and his helpfulness were exemplary. An honour to have known him.
Oh my, I somehow missed this when it came out a couple of weeks ago. Yes, Winfried was a very kind and patient person. I noticed he wasn't so mobile at last Summer's Devcon, but he was kind as ever when I chatted with him and I can say it truly was a pleasure knowing him. He enriched my life.
His Facebook page has the service listed as 29 FEB in Augsburg.
Regarding File Repair Service and the products FMDiff and FMVis Winfried has prepared that supporting the FileMaker community will continue. His successor Juergen Gesswein has been working many years with Winfried on programming his tools.
There are new versions out and future development is also going on.
FMDiff, FMVis and File Repair Service are still alive.
Please check out www.fmdiff.com.