Guest post from Ulrich Bogun, Xojo evangelist for German speaking countries and living in Berlin:
The Ellington Hotel where the conference takes place is close to the Kurfürstendamm which used to be the Berlin boulevard during cold war times. While the Kudamm (the „official“ abbreviation) has lost its position which was taken by the East Berlin boulevards, it is still home of expensive boutiques, and as such you probably will not find much cheaper hotels in the close vicinity. If you want to look, however, here’s a list of some situated close enough to take a walk: kurfuerstendamm.de/berlin/hotels/
If you are looking for night life after the conference, you might want to look a bit more to the east. Mitte, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg offer food, music, dance and drinks all night (well, there is no closing hour in all of Berlin, but in these districts you won’t have to search more than a few minutes).
If you want some nostalgic flair the https://www.ostel.eu mimics a East Berlin (GDR) hotel during cold war times ;)
In general, public transport is quite good in Berlin, and you can expect bus, subway or railway waiting times not longer than a few minutes in these core districts, but I would advise you not to choose a district too far away from the center. Berlin’s public transport is a mixture of subway, S-Bahn (public railway), tram and buses. All share the same tariff, which means usually a ticket for 2,80 € (tariff AB) allows you to travel once from Berlin’s eastern to its western outbounds. See ticket shop and the journey planner. You’ll find a map of the transportation system here too.
You may buy a week ticket at the airport when arriving. Tegel is within AB range and a week ticket costs only 30 Euro and you can take U/S-Bahn, tram and busses anywhere.
And places to go? There’s simply too many of them. This site gives a good overview.
If you should be taking a walk around the Ellington, you will inevitably find the Tauentzienstraße which leads to the famous Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche. Strolling around the Kurfürstendamm might lead you to the Story of Berlin museum (if you are interested in German history): story-of-berlin.de, and if you want some recreation and are into excellent tea I would very strongly recommend you to sip a cup of Berlin tea at kingsteagarden.de.
If you still can stand technology after two days of technobabble, the Deutsches Technikmuseum shows reconstructions of the first computers, Z1 and Z3, explained by the son of computer pioneer Konrad Zuse himself.
The historical core of Berlin is the Nikolaiviertel with the Fernsehturm, the Alexanderplatz and the Museumsinsel (island of museums) close by. IF you stay longer, taking a ship tour along the Spree allows a very different view of Berlin.
Nightly places to visit for dancers and young tourists are the arena-berlin.de (which is close to where I live, so if you want some guidance, join me after conference day’s end) and several clubs along the Warschauer Straße like the matrix-berlin.de. View the areas on Google maps – there’s literally something for every taste around.
This little function can be called anywhere to optimize a PDF. Of course you should initialize DynaPDF in startup script of your solution. But than you can call OptimizePDF function everywhere and pass in a PDF container value. The PDF is optimized and returned.
If you like add further parameters to decide what optimization to do. The example be low uses a good default setting to reduce PDFs for email delivery.
# Custom Function OptimizePDF(InputPDF)
# Optimizes PDF and returns either new one or old one in case of error.
Saturday 03 December 2016 at 5:23 pm
Both yesterday with Xojo and today with FileMaker people wondered how many developers are there in Spain.
So here is a map with plugin users, which is of course only a fraction of the developers out there:
Blue is Xojo and others are FileMaker. Maybe you can spot yourself?
Saturday 03 December 2016 at 11:28 am
I just got this morning a nice email from a plugin user in Sweden:
I have been working as a full time FileMaker developer in my one-man company since 1986, and have stumbled on the MBS plugin from time to time over the years but never taken the time to dive into it. But now I needed to upload via SFTP, and that made me download and start learning the plugin - and I was totally blown away!
I have spent about two days writing and rewriting Custom Functions with the MBS plugin as the base, and I will from now on ONLY use this plugin for more or less everything. I also love the Trace, Notifications and Dialogs that I can run from calculations, and I now understand that the MBS plugin is like a sphere surrounding and enhancing FileMaker in a way I didn't thought possible. And for the SFTP...? It works like a charm and was very easy to implement.
I started to work with software development in the 1980's, so the "toolbox" that the MBS plugin is supplying me with is perfect for my way of thinking and building solutions.
I am also very happy for all the example databases, for without them I wouldn't have realized the potential of the plugin but just have focused on the SFTP
HuConn - Human Connection
The conference is in total four days, but first one is training and keynote, last day is FBA only. This is a change from previous conferences and the reduced cost for FMI could lead into cheaper tickets which may bring more new faces to the conference.
If you like to speak, you can apply for a session. Please make your FM 15 certification first if you are not yet certified. Speaking has the advantage of 4 free hotel nights and a free ticket to the conference.
Wednesday 30 November 2016 at 8:37 pm
You saw the Webinar today about the FileMaker Roadmap?
You learnt what is coming next summer and what is coming or not coming for summer 2018.
In the webinar, they talked about external script steps and plugins for iOS SDK. While I already have learnt about those at DevCon and made changes to my codebase already, I'd love to hear ideas from you. If you participate in a FileMaker beta program, feel free to contact me if you like to test plugins.
So please let me know your wishes:
Ideas for MBS Script Steps. Which function is important enough to offer it as a simple to use script step?
Which functions would you like to use in the apps built using the iOS SDK?
Which features from the roadmap could be made available via plugin today in FileMaker 15 or older?
Selected wishes may show up in future plugin releases, some maybe before Christmas!
Monday 28 November 2016 at 10:45 am
Am 16. Dezember 2016 treffen sich ab 15 Uhr FileMaker Entwickler im Restaurant Bärenblick im Alternativer Wolf- und Bärenpark Schwarzwald in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach.
Es empfiehlt sich etwas früher zu kommen und eine Runde durch den Park zu machen und den Bären zuzuschauen.
Der Eintritt in den Park ist obligatorisch und kostet 5 €.
Ich versuche selber dabei zu sein bei diesem Termin. Wer kommt noch?
Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 2:34 pm
Just updated the installation decision graph for FileMaker 15:
This got much more complicated with 15 being 64-bit only on Mac and 14 available in 32/64bit on Windows. We even got a new Linux target with FileMaker Cloud.
And I added two new graphs to decide what license to be ordered:
I hope those help you! Please send me your comments, so I can improve them in future and fix any mistake.
As usual, if the license options don't fit your use case, maybe we can define something special for you.
Thursday 17 November 2016 at 3:55 pm
Yesterday I visited an meeting from the Apple Store business team in Frankfurt about backups. Very basic stuff, but I learnt a few little details I missed before and got a few new business contacts.
But please take a moment to check your backup situation. Here is my recommendation:
1. Bootable USB SSD drives
Get 2 or more USB SSD disks. Size should be bigger than your internal hard disk.
Using an application like Carbon Copy Cloner, you regularly create a clone of your boot disk (and other important data). Keep one of them at home and take one with your when traveling. In case your Mac is stolen, you can get a new one and simply boot from that disk without restoring first. Back at work in minutes!
For this you keep them separated. e.g. disk in jacket with you while laptop stays in hotel room. Just keep the separated, so one can be stolen.
And Carbon Copy Cloner can be configured to copy whenever the disk is attached. This way you can attach it before you do something else and go away.
2. Time Capsules or NAS
Get 2 or more Time Capsules or some similar NAS systems. We want automatic backups as they happen automatically and we don't need to start them manually. I recommend having at least two separate Time Capsules located in different rooms. Just to avoid having them die in the same water event. And of course having two makes it more likely that one actually is usable for restoring.
The Time Capsules can store 100+ backups from last months or years easily. And as they are local and you can use them over Ethernet, restore can be quick with 40 MByte/s copied. For restoring a folder you deleted last week that will be much faster than a download via Internet!
3. Remote Backup
Having a backup which works everywhere and even provides restoring when your house burns down, is a key element. You an either use a service like BackBlaze or crashplan or in Germany maybe Cloud Backup from Domainfactory or Telekom to do online backups.
Or be your own backup provider and use a software like Arq and provide your own hosting with your own Amazon, Google, Dropbox or SFTP storage account. This eliminates the middle man for management and can be less expensive, especially if you have that storage already. With Arq you can backup to several services in parallel. For SFTP storage in Germany, I can recommend the storage box from Hetzner with up to 20 TB.
The good thing is that even in an Internet Cafe you can work on a document and regularly it is uploaded.
4. Test Recovery
A backup is only as good as recovery. A good exercise when you buy a new Mac is to take the chance and try to restore to that new Mac for a test. Just to see if you remember the required login data, password and procedures to get back the last version of the data.
Backup should be mandatory for everyone. At least for business in Germany you can get penalties if you loose some tax relevant data. And some things I learnt over time: Have always at least two disks. When restoring, the disk is used heavily, so it is likely to die soon. And please encrypt all disks! And for software developers, additionally use version control.
Thursday 17 November 2016 at 12:11 pm
If you like our FileMaker SDK extension and you like to modify it for your needs, you can get a license for it.
For 499 Euro or 599 USD (plus VAT If needed) we offer you a package including full source code, up to 2 hours of online training to help with setting up your copy and you contribute to the development of this project.
We would help you to install Xcode if needed, modify the project with paths to build for you. And change the scripts to build the final SDK copy for you. And of course we change the branding so it has your name, URL scheme and function names. And if time permits we may start and add your own functions.
Of course you can also request custom functions to be added and just pay for the creation.
Eigeninitiative, Einsatzbereitschaft, hohe Lernbereitschaft
Allgemeine oder fachgebundene Hochschulreife oder vergleichbarer Abschluss
Gültiger Reisepass und Einreiseerlaubnis USA
Ein Job bei Monkeybread Software ist ideal für Menschen, die Ihre Zukunft nicht in großen, bürokratischen Unternehmen mit Ellbogen-Mentalität sehen, sondern viel Freiraum und ein freundschaftliches Betriebsklima schätzen.
Wir freuen uns auf Ihre/Deine Bewerbung, bitte inkl. Foto an email@example.com senden.
(this offer is for German speaking people from our region as we prefer working in our office together.)
Changed EventMonitor to detect Control-Click with left mouse button and report it as right click.
Improved localization for features like variable detection, search boxes, contextual menu. Now supporting all languages FileMaker supports (cs, de, en, es, fr, it, ja, ko, nl, pl, pt, ru, sv, tr and zh)
Monday 14 November 2016 at 1:49 pm
For the next prerelease we add a windows print switch feature. The plugin will trigger the print or print setup dialogs in FileMaker, set the values you may want to have and closes the dialog for you:
Wednesday 09 November 2016 at 9:40 pm
Today I discovered that FileMaker is available in Czech, Polish, Russian and Turkish versions. So I updated my texts for the MBS Plugin and for the next prerelease our additions to the script workspace should be localized in 15 languages. See this screenshot in Russian:
A lot of work and probably not everything correct with all those languages and different grammar/translations. So please, if you see something wrong, tell me soon.
The search field should show localized text as well as copy button. Contextual menu should detect "Perform Script" calls in all languages and correctly figure out the script name. The detection of variables should correctly identify the "Set Variable" script steps. Also the if/loop detection should find the matching entries in all languages.