It was nice to finish up the first full regular day of Devcon. Those in the Gold package spent yesterday doing the FTS training classes to help get ready for FM 13 certifications. Since I'm not a Gold package, I missed those. But it was fun arriving late in the afternoon and meeting a lot of other people there and getting registered. It is fun seeing a lot of people from years before as well as from Technet. Always good putting a name with a face.
I know I forgot a lot, but now, shouts out to Richard & Jay, John (tall guy from last year, I forget your last name), John from Japan, Matt from Oregon, Josh & his friend (Indata guys), FileMaker guys (David Head, Julie Sigfrinius, Jeff ???, Darrin Quick), Dennis Burnham, Charlie & Levi from Pennwell, Heather McCue, Mike Beargie (hope I spelled it right), Robert Gold, Jake from CNS, Brad Stanford (Mr. Non-conformist), Salman Sheikh, Gary Amstutz (Oklahoma), Mike Wallace and Richard Carlton, and many others that I just have forgotten.
Last night was the Welcome Session and was under non-disclosure.... so we can't talk about it, but I can say if the majority of things they showed come out in FM 14... it will make my development processes a lot better! Boy I wish we could talk openly about it.... oh well. But for of you who were there, you know what I mean! Probably the one thing we can confirm since it is public anyway is that FileMaker continues on something like 60+ consecutive quarters of profitability.
I went to the intro to Solutions Bundle Agreement programs with Julie Sigfrinius presenting. I'm an SBA guy already, but a lot changed in this last year with FileMaker policies, so I went to make sure there wasn't anything new I needed to know about. It went well and it was fun chatting with David Head about security afterwards. He's FM's technical guy for security and always fun to see this really tall guy talking with his thick Aussie accent.
This afternoon I went to the Feedzon vendor session on web services. It was interesting and basically showed how they are making a number of web services easier for FileMaker developers, but along with a service fee. I rather enjoyed the session, but would probably try to get the APIs to work on my own before paying a service. But if you can't seem to get something to work and Feedzon already has it done, it may make things simpler for you if you don't mind a small monthly fee (mostly about $20+ a month, so not too bad). Unfortunately, I had to miss about half of his presentation since my hotel room was messed up and had to get it straightened out. Oh well.
The last sessions I attended was the Design Panel. I think it mostly stated the obvious and didn't get anything new out of it. The challenge with design is that good designers are naturally gifted artistically and that is not my gift in life. Matt O'Dell lead the panel and did a good job keeping the discussion lively including the tweets from the audience.
Well, tonight is the Developer Cup to have competition on solving a problem with a solution quickly. It will be interesting to see what all is done and who does it quickly and who wins the Developer's Cup. Winner gets their name on a trophie to be stored at the Wedge and they get to keep a wrestling type fake gold buckle - haha. I look forward to it.
For now, I think it is time to go out to the lazy river and relax.
If you're at Devcon, text me at 214-522-5525 and we'll catch up!