FDS gives you a development copy of FMS13, designed for use as a development server and not a production server. There was a release of the FMPA13 beta release back in 2013, however the key that came with that has since expired. I assume the same will be for future releases.
FBA only makes discounts available to you for FM licenses, along with your listing on the website and other perks, but no copy of FMPA.
So I don't believe that either will get you a full use unrestricted copy of FMPA13. You are correct that trainer level members get a copy for use in their classrooms.
My suggestion would be to go to Devcon, which includes a copy of the latest release of FMPA. But if you're in Australia, it might just be cheaper to shell out and buy it.
For any developer, aspiring or veteran, a copy of FMPA is mandatory, and should be considered a cost of doing business.
Are you sure?. I'm a FBA member and I get my copy of FileMaker Pro Advanced every new release.
Not really sure, it's been a few years since I really looked into the FBA program myself, and I have gotten my last three versions of FMPA from devcon.
Even so, FBA requires a yearly renewal of what, $500? a license is $549 for FMPA13, and also they are running a buy one get one free promo right now.
The advantages to FBA membership I think are lost on a beginner developer who's purpose is learning. That way if his future career change nets him a job at an existing development shop, he won't have to explain why he's running his own FBA outfit. Also, don't forget that FBA membership requires an application process, including a demo file of an in-the-wild solution or product.
If I was the above theoretical person, I would sign up for FDS to get the development copy of server, then use the BOGO promotion and purchase a copy of FMPA13.
I agree with you, FBA is for people who wants to make a living from FileMaker development and take advantage of other features of the program, in fact, the FMPA13 license is just a "side benefit", compared with the rest of benefits of the FBA program.
If someone just wants to learn FileMaker, the best way is to buy a copy of Advanced and get the basic training course from the FMI website, which is free by the way.
If youare more a classroom guy, there are a number of onsite training options. Not sure if there are training centers in Oz but surely you can get help here .
From the FDS About:
Development License of FileMaker Server
This is a testing environment license for FileMaker Server offered only through the FileMaker Developer Subscription. This license allows you to build and test solutions for deployment with FileMaker Server without having to purchase a full version of the server software (license allows up to 3 client, 3 web connections, and 1 FileMaker WebDirect connection to access hosted FileMaker solutions).
From the FBA FAQ:
Is there FileMaker software included with an FBA membership?
Yes. All FBA companies will receive one NFR (Not For Resale) copy of FileMaker Pro Advanced when they join. Your FileMaker Pro Advanced license key is located in “My Profile” and you can download your software from “My Software.”
These are two separate programs.
Thanks for confirming one NFR copy of FileMaker Pro Advanced is provided as part of the FBA membership.
However, where did you find the FAQ and answer?
Looking at the FBA FAQ web page below, I cannot see a matching question or answer.
The web page is .com and not a .com.au flavour which might have differed from the mothership version.
Thanks in advance.
Log into the FMI Developer Community web site.
On the left side about 1/2 a page down is a section labeled " Community Information"
The very first article is the FBA FAQ.
The next section below that is "My Software"
The third item listed is "About the FileMaker Developer Subscription".
Thanks for that. I was looking on the public FBA web pages and not the secure FBA web pages.
Sorry I cannot mark your first reply as Correct Answer and assign the kudos points to you.
I forgot to tick the Question box when I created my original post.