Is there any subforum where Newbie like me can post questions?
Hi. Feel free to ask questions in the New to FileMaker group. Myself and a few others are there and patiently answer your specific need.
How long have you been in FileMaker? There's a cadre of folks new to the platform that will start up soon. You can ping RosemaryTietge and ask her for more details.
Thank you for the reply. I Started using July 13, 2018, and started posting yesterday.
I'm asking because I feel like I'm scared.
ipc wrote: I'm asking because I feel like I'm scared.
Totally understandable to feel scared; if it helps: we've all been a newbie, without exception.
Know that we already LIKE you because you posted.
The green trophy next to some of the names is a group that is dedicated to helping you (& others) to have a good experience on the forum! If at any time you get lost, you may send a message to one of us. We will get you back on the path!
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We'll guide you. It can feel overwhelming, but there's a lot of great folks to follow and to learn from. I can send you a direct message about who those folks are.
There's sometimes noise on this forum, but we'll make sure you get the best information possible.
Check out this:Tutorials on how to make an app — FileMaker Custom App Academy for great tutorials on getting started.
Advice to those new:
Learn how to post screenshots, those, images of layouts, calculations, your relationships and your scripts can all clear up a host of misunderstandings. There's a "picture tool" in the tool bar that will insert an image from your computer directly into your reply.
Check out the "advanced editor" when you get a chance. It enables you to attach a filemaker file to your posts and replies. Thus, you can post a small file illustrating your question, others can download it, look at it and reply back, sometimes by posting a modified copy of your file to examine and test.
Keep in mind that "crystal balls" are notoriously unreliable. When you ask a question, we only have what you tell us on which to base an answer. If information is missing we have to either guess or ask you more questions. Better to share a bit too much detail than not enough.
We often can only guess at what level of knowledge/skill you have. Some people, for example are new to FileMaker but very experienced in other Database systems and thus understand the concepts and just need to figure out the odd bits unique to Filemaker. Others have never touched a database before and they are going to need more detailed, simple responses at first. We experienced users often use acronyms/jargon/abbreviations unique to the database work or the FileMaker platform and that can confuse the new person. If you can't understand a reply, ask for an explanation and one will be forthcoming.
Be patient with us.
Sometimes a question gets "dog piled" by helpful suggestions from folks all replying at the same time. They often can list more than one way to solve the issue and this can make it confusing for you. Just hang in there, sort through the suggestions and pick the one that looks like the best option and pursue it further if needed.
Keep in mind that people are people. We make mistakes, get ruffled feathers and sometimes people cross the line of appropriate behavior. If that happens to you, drop the discussion or ignore that post and hang in there. Those instances are rare here, but do happen. Don't let one offensive reply keep you from learning filemaker.
Be specific with your questions. General questions like "I'm going to use Filemaker to manage my business, how do I do that" require a big time commitment and many will not respond. "How do I get my date field to only show the name of the month" on the other hand is more likely to get one of those "dog pile" responses with more help than you really need. If you do have a big project, try to break it up into smaller stages and get help with each one in turn.
Above all, welcome and have fun, the waters are fine in here.
If you ask a general question, us patient folks will be able to help flesh it out. Don't fret about your question; don't spend hours trying to craft it perfectly. Ask, and we'll get to the bottom of it.
beverly wrote: ...The green trophy next to some of the names is a group that is dedicated to helping you (& others) to have a good experience on the forum! ...
...The green trophy next to some of the names is a group that is dedicated to helping you (& others) to have a good experience on the forum! ...
"philmodjunk" is also an excellent resource.
I agree that Phil is the best, but my comment wasn't '"philmodjunk" is also an excellent resource.'
I would ask the moderators, that if they didn't like my comments, I feel it would be better to remove them completely (after all I understand it's your forum, your rules, not a democracy) rather than change what was said. Seems fair, right?
I encourage the OP to follow the advice given on this thread. Always ask questions. Almost all members like to help.
The more frustrating part to me was I'd try to figure something out for days-research, change something, try something else, only to ask a question and get a solution (usually simple and elegant) rather quickly. It's a balancing act sometimes trying to guess how long to bang your head, and when to ask.
So ask before pulling out hair.
Hi ipc and welcome,
I joined this Community in 2012 and did my first Filemaker development in 1997!
I still ask this Community questions and always will because there's stuff I don't understand about Filemaker and problems that I have never encountered before that I need advice on.
There are some very, very experienced people here, and they all have something in common, they want to help no matter if it's the first time you have launched Filemaker or the ten thousand's time. They had a first time too!
Ask questions and follow their advice and ask more questions. And no doubt in a few year's time you will be helping 'newbies' too.
It's what this Community is about. Friends who want to help!
PS. Thanks to all here who have helped me and continue too.
It may also be helpful for newbies who are posting to let us know if English is not your first language. Learning a new technology is hard enough and kudos to those who post questions in English and need to translate the answers in their own language.
If I know that English is not your first language then I'll consciously try to stay away from colloquialisms that may not be familiar.
One other piece of advice that I try to follow: before I ask a question on the forum, I do a search to see if I can find the answer in the FM Knowledge Base or in another forum thread. If I read through that material and I still don't understand, then I'll mention that in my post (e.g. "I read through the article on join tables, but I still don't get why...")
Please cool it folks.
On the encouragement of an MVP I submitted my name in nomination days ago. I would have stood back and let others nominate me if they saw fit but it was pointed out that if I filled in the answers, I’d be sure that the facts were accurate.
Josh and many others looked me up and expressed appreciation during DEVCON and this was before they handed me a heavy chunk of glass that TSA found interesting when they spotted it in my luggage.
If I am added to the group, I hope that will help me to better help others. If not, I continue as I am with no hard feelings. I need no one to defend me.
And interesting changes ARE coming our way.
As you can see from the previous posts there are a number of people out there willing to help a "Newbie". We've all been down that road and you can learn a lot from the people who have replied to your question. I've been developing for over 20 years and I get great ideas from all of them as "development" is an on going process of learning new techniques and gaining new knowledge. This forum has some of the best minds in the Filemaker community -- learn from them.
Another great way to learn is by downloading sample databases on this site and on the Filemaker website. Looking at how others do things will give you ideas of your own and increase your knowledge base. Before you know it, you'll be answering questions on here. Have fun, enjoy and embrace the learning process.
So don't be afraid and just walk towards the light and you'll be fine. ( lol )
I too am new to FM and really appreciate all of your help.
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