The full conference schedule has not been announced yet, keep an eye on
(the link is correct, don't know why the title comes up as 2014).
There is a separate training day before devcon and it sounds like the Core track is the one you'd want.
These two pieces give you a starting point:
Simplicity delivers performance:
Design principles for performance
If you want to continue a discussion before DevCon I suggest that you give a little more detail on what you have and what the problems are - you can be sure that others on this list will have seen and solved just about anything you can come up with.
The FMI URL is
FileMaker Developer Conference 2014 <http://www.filemaker.com/learning/devcon/index.html> uses the URL above.
If it is in the programme
all first timers should go and see Darren Terry
Shaking the Dependancy Tree
"If you want to continue a discussion before DevCon I suggest that you give a little more detail on what you have and what the problems are..."
+1 to this. Your original query isn't very specific. "Optimize" can mean performance - "I need it to run faster" - or it can mean user-friendliness - "My users need a very obvious interface and workflow". From the way your original question is worded, I suspect you might mean the latter, in which case the Design track at DevCon would be worthwhile. However, if the solution's performance is slow and you need it to respond faster, then topics such as optimization for the WAN, proper normalization, avoidance of performance-expensive strategies, etc., would be more appropriate.
Can you upload an empty copy of your file?
I'm sure that many people here can give you some advice.
Thanks for the suggested readings. I am sure they will assist me in getting
optimal results based on the client's needs.
Let me add that I look forward to getting more involved in the online FM
community as driven by what I need to learn next. Eventually, my goal is to
contribute as well as consume knowledge. Where was such support 20 years
ago where it was you and the manual and nothing else?
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On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 8:22 AM, NickLightbody <email@example.com>
The discipline of just formulating a question for the list often, in my case, renders an answer.
I have only been working pretty much full time FM since 1998 - and in that time it has certainly changed a great deal, but still remains easy to get started and also easy to make some very bad design decisions early on before one knows better that can cast very long shadows - so it pays to do sufficient research to understand the basics - essentially what to avoid - before one commits too much effort.
I suspect it is easier to get started today in good order today than it was a few years ago. The biggest issue for folk with big legacy solutions is how to bring them into the modern era, in my view it is often easiest to rewrite from scratch.