DIGFM: FileMaker Collaboration, Performance, and Insight with InspectorPro (9/8/2016; Santa Clara, CA)

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September DIGFM Meeting

FileMaker Collaboration, Performance, and Insight with InspectorPro


You are invited to attend the next FileMaker user group meeting in Santa Clara, CA. The DIGFM group is a collection of FileMaker enthusiasts who meet monthly to share ideas and best practices of using the FileMaker Platform.


InspectorPro is designed to be the perfect companion tool for FileMaker Pro Advanced, extending the Database Design Report (DDR) to provide more comprehensive analysis of the schema, scripts and design elements in your FileMaker solutions. Most importantly, every new version of InspectorPro is built using the latest version of FileMaker itself, and takes advantage of new features in our favorite custom app development platform.


In this presentation, we’ll cover the newest iteration of InspectorPro, both as a developer tool and as a case study in building modern FileMaker solutions:


Server-side Performance - InspectorPro 6 introduced a new feature called “Perform DDR on Server”, leveraging the power of FileMaker Server to offload processing from your local copy of FileMaker Pro. The key is FileMaker’s PSoS (Perform Script on Server) — we’ll look at the results of this method, to free you from long waits, and how InspectorPro is crunching large DDRs.


Team Collaboration - Heading into the future, FileMaker development often involves more than just the solo “Citizen Developer”. These days you may have multiple developers building different parts or versions of a solution, and other stakeholders who want visibility into work being done. How do you improve collaboration between those whose hands are touching code, as well as those observing from not too far off? We’ll examine InspectorPro as a solution running on FileMaker Server, and some ways to improve team collaboration.


Detailed Insight - How can I clean up an inherited FileMaker solution, or my older databases? What are best practices for inspecting references and dependencies, and looking for problems across scripts, calcs, layouts, security, schema, and more? Whether you have a solution you’ve been building for years, or are just getting started, there are plenty of important details that analyzing your FileMaker solution can provide insight into.


We have a number of surprises up our sleeves that we can’t wait to show you. Hope to see you there.


Auditing at the intersection of PSoS + Transactions + Popovers (of all things):
With these 3 tools and techniques, one can do some pretty amazing things when it comes to auditing. It’s something that we have been using more and more of lately with great results. We’ll look at the building blocks of how to add this technique into your solutions and give your users the insights they are looking for.


About the Speakervince-menanno.jpg
With over 20 years of full-time experience as a master consultant, as well as a dedicated developer of FileMaker-related products, @Vince Menanno has been a featured speaker at many industry events including FileMaker Developer Conference (DevCon), FM Conférence, CQDF, and dozens of FileMaker Developer meetups.

In addition to his work as Director of FileMaker development at Beezwax, Vince is the author of InspectorPro, a leading FileMaker development tool that provides in-depth FileMaker solution analysis and advanced data visualizations.

Born to an Italian family and having grown up in Montreal, Vince now lives in the hills of Oakland, with his wife, son and daughter. His most recent passions lately include visualizations, sharp knives, organization and architecture. Vince looks forward to sharing these presentations to our group.


Date & Time

Thursday, September 8th
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


FileMaker Auditorium
5201 Patrick Henry Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95054


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