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FileMaker zealot and all round good guy Egbert Friedrich is putting together the next European FileMaker Unconference, having previously run the successful Berlin PauseOnError in the past.

WebDirect: Early Days for the IWP replacement …

The introduction of WebDirect at the expense of Instant Web Publishing has added a much enhanced toolset to the developers armoury. There are considerable improvements in function that can avoid the clunky, compromising and design limited results of an IWP solution. WebDirect offers the following specific feature improvements that are now supported where they were…

My Time As An Apprentice

As some people may or may not have known, I am Linear Blue’s other apprentice alongside Jacob Unsworth. I am the Web Development Apprentice whereas he is the FileMaker Developer Apprentice. Although we work closely together, even our desks are across from each other, we both have completely different skillsets and work in completely different…

Everything on the Go

Over the last decade we’ve seen a huge amount of change in the way we use IT. This is everything from what we’re using mobile phones for to the games we play and everything in between. I did a presentation for a company a little over a year and a half ago which talked about…

Boost your Libraries

For those waiting to see what happens to the Node.js controlled Lego car, right now it is stuck in the pit lane waiting parts. I can say though that I have had fun linking up the motors and testing with my iPhone just a little teaser there.

The downfall of Flash

I’m not talking about the superhero here; I’m talking about the video and animation creator and player that millions of people came to love and use on a daily basis.

Are we there yet?

I decided to take a break from my story having started at Linear Blue around 6 months ago, as everything is settling down and becoming easier for me. Instead I’d like to talk about where we might be going in the future in terms of the technology we use day to day.

Raspberry Pi GPIO and Node.js

My last post talked about JavaScpipt and how exciting it is to be programming in this language. With this post I thought I would continue and explain a little bit more why it is exciting. A few months ago at Linear Blue the web team began looking into Node.js and in particular it’s ability to…

FileMaker – Instant Web Publishing [IWP] … R.I.P.

I’m sure we can think of some examples of where the deployment of Instant Web Publishing [IWP] for a solution has been successful and served to meet purpose for the end user. There are many examples, however, where IWP has been considered but the limitations proved too much of a stretch to be incorporated into…

Reporting gotchas in FM 12 & 13

FileMaker 13 has been with us for a few weeks now and with it comes a new set of gotchas. I thought I would share a couple of things to watch out for when producing printed (pdf) reports (one of which was introduced in 12).