An ecosystem for FileMaker developers

The FM Developer Bundle includes everything you need to start a new FileMaker project.

9. July 2020By Karsten Risseeuw5 Minutes

FileMaker developers face new challenges with every project. Meanwhile, there are also recurring challenges. Can’t these “same challenges over and over again” be elegantly wrapped into one simple starter solution? This article is about ways to do that.

Developed in italics for developers

Developed in italics for developers and those who want to become one. The FM Developer Bundle is a new product bundle with three proven components. Together they offer something like a quick start for new FileMaker projects or a turbo start for budding FileMaker developers. The maxim is to keep everything as simple as possible. So no complex systems, but tried and tested simple structures. There are also modular development approaches and clearly defined tasks.

Start file, design templates, licensing models

Three products stand for three tasks. FM starter is the versatile and tidy start-up file for new FileMaker projects. The new FM designer is a collection of FileMaker designs, already perfectly tailored for FM Starter. For everyone who would like to sell their software as a standard solution, there is FM registrations. This enables activation codes to be generated for standard solutions. These three products together make that FM Developer Bundle.

Learning by doing

FileMaker developers are usually career changers. You come to FileMaker because it’s incredibly easy to create solutions for your needs. With increasing competence, the requirements naturally also increase. And vice versa: If the requirements for a project are high, you may have to strengthen and expand your own skills.

The simplest solution is not always the best. Most of the developers I know have learned their way around FileMaker. However, building experience takes time. Couldn’t you look over the shoulder of another developer to see how he or she did it? That could make the process easier.

For many FileMaker developers, learning by doing is part of everyday life. Those who can fall back on the experience and working methods of other developers not only benefit from the know-how of the other person, but also from the experience they have gained. FM Starter is such an «experience file». It shortens training and shows proven ways of working with FileMaker.

As is well known, many roads lead to Rome and no developer has combined all truth or experience in himself. So there are many possible solutions. FM Starter wants to be as open as possible and does not introduce a programming style, but rather project structures. Project structures can be recorded intuitively and the already built-in functionalities can be configured almost completely via a separate user interface. Such ideas and solutions accelerate the learning process immensely.

The basis and further development

The FM Developer Bundle provides a solid basis for new FileMaker projects and offers standard functionalities that are easy to use. A simple user administration is included as well as a 100% dynamic navigation. The start file is also multilingual. If you want to incorporate things like this later, it is very time-consuming, if not impossible. However, if there are already well-integrated components in the start file, this greatly simplifies new projects. That is the power of FM starter Solution.

The further development can therefore begin right from the start. The foundation is laid, via FM designer you can also import and apply new color schemes and designs in no time at all. A completely new project with proven basics is created in a flash. It’s that easy. The development of the actual tasks can now begin with practically no delay.

Does the need arise to create a product from one project? That is also possible! If you want to be able to sell the same product to multiple customers, then this helps FM registrations with it. The program file can be on a website and it can be activated using registration codes that are sent to the buyer after the purchase. The decryption of the codes is already built into FM Starter. If the processing of license codes is now switched on in FM Starter (just check the box), you can start soon. A new software product is defined in FM Registrations and the secret keys are transferred to the start file. Complex processes are already implemented and clearly documented.

This is what a vertical start with FileMaker can look like.