Hello. This will be my 6th DevCon. I still clearly remember my 1st one. It was a game changer. Like you, I stumbled into FileMaker and learned on my own. Going to DevCon helped to solidify my understanding thus far and give me a great roadmap of where I should go with my professional development.
I recommend you always go to classes just above your current level. So I'd do intermediate training. During the actual conference, go to the advanced stuff; it will stretch you and show you where to focus your learning.
Last year, for Vegas' DevCon, I wrote a post about how to make the best of it:
FileMaker DevCon: A First-Timer's Guide - Soliant Consulting While the theme is no longer relevant, the advice, I believe, is☺
Don't use apps.
Well, actually you do use at least one: FileMaker.
Thank you so much! Looking forward to finding out all the stuff I’ve missed!
Duh, yes I do… ☹
Keep in mind that these days "app" is a buzzword and is often used to refer to a FileMaker Solution.
I attended a DIGFM session remotely and loved the idea the presenter used:
We used to develop databases. Then we started working with solutions. Now we are developing custom apps.
That's a good progression; we're getting away from boring databases and developing full-fledged apps.
First time attending the FileMaker conference. Have been using FMP for 4 years, managing a small academic database. Not sure whether to go to the 'beginner' or 'intermediate' training. Don't use apps. Any advice?
Beginners sessions are for people learning how to do things or learning about them before trying them. If you have built a database and are using it, you're going to be at least in the intermediate group. I would only go to a beginner session if it is on a topic you have never touched in FileMaker and there may be a few of those you want. But I would focus on intermediate from what it sounds like for your situation.