About this Event
Databases are used to organize information, but many databases require hours of programming to make them work, and even then are 'ugly' and/or simplistic. FileMaker Pro is one of the only desktop database programs which has been shipping for 20+ years and runs on both Mac and/or Windows. It is easy enough that anyone can 'upgrade' from Excel, yet powerful enough to be used by large public corporations. Using FileMaker, anyone can build modern, attractive solutions to run a business, organize projects, or
In this introduction, we will get an overview of the product line, discuss possible applications for 'makers', then use FileMaker Pro to create a database designed to track 'maker' projects- projects, equipment needed, supplies, tasks, sketches/ revisions/ photos, and notes. FileMaker can organize most 'any' data but this project is designed to focus our thinking around a 'tool' which most of us can relate to. The 'classic' example file would be customer tracking- clients, products, orders, etc; however, we will attempt to focus around a 'maker-centric' project. In the future, we can add web publishing, sales tracking, QuickBooks integration, shipping integration, and/or many other functionalities which we have yet to think of.
Lastly we will 'share' the database on a server and use the iPhone/ iPad to discover how easy it is to share data on multiple devices and/or multiple users. This will be a 'baking show' type class, so each user will have access to a copy of the 'finished' project to customize as they like...
trial version/ description of FileMaker at: http://www.filemaker.com/
Users may bring their own laptops, iPhones, and/or iPads to follow along; but will be not be required. Other classes will be offered 'as demand merits'.