Happy New Year & Thank You! Paying it forward…

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During the Holiday Season, more than ever, our Skeleton Key Crew and Brightsource IT team turn our thoughts gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. And in this spirit, we say simply but sincerely: Thank You and Best Wishes for the Happiest New Year.

As our holiday gift, we have made a donation to support Employment Connection, providing meals for individuals attending their World of Work job readiness training.

Holiday Office Hours

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Skeleton Key and Brightsource IT will be closed on December 25 through December 26, 2014 and January 1, 2015, in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day. We will be open during our normal business hours during the rest of the holiday season. As always, you can reach us in an emergency outside business hours by calling Skeleton Key, 314-353-4300 or Brightsource IT, 314-561-6600 and pressing 9.

We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

FileMaker Training: Online & Classroom 2015 Schedule

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Our 2015 FileMaker training courses are scheduled!

Our trainers are Certified FileMaker Developers, who have been developing custom solutions at Skeleton Key for many years. Please visit each page for information, dates, and to register. If you would like an individual invoice, please contact us. We offer a multi-person discount for companies that would like to send more than one trainee. Please contact us with interest in this discount. We offer on-site training for companies that qualify. Please contact us if you’d like training for your staff members at your company’s location.

Restoring a FileMaker client’s found set within a server-side script

During my Developing with Perform Script on Server session at the 2014 FileMaker Developer’s Conference, I mentioned a method for restoring the client’s found set within a server-side script. This blog post discusses a general-purpose technique that works well in most situations. The information in this article should help you determine when it’s appropriate and how to objectively evaluate other techniques.

FM Academy Recorded Webinar: Using FileMaker From Anywhere

Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar, Using FileMaker From Anywhere, presented by Alan Kirtlink, a Senior, Certified FileMaker Developer, Trainer & Coach with Skeleton Key.

If you missed the webinar, or would like to review it again, the video is posted below. Or, you can click here.

This webinar covers the various ways you can connect to FileMaker, from beyond the local network and help you determine which is best for your organization.

In this recorded webinar, you will hear:

Voted “Best Consulting Firm” in St. Louis Small Business Monthly

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Skeleton Key was recently named one of the best consulting firms in St. Louis by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. A business technology consulting firm, Skeleton Key was one of only 16 companies voted as the best.

Custom Keyboard Use and FileMaker Go

One of the most frustrating aspects of developing for FileMaker Go has to do with the iOS keyboard. At times, the keyboard can be unpleasant to use and restrict the usable space on your layouts. The following technique of using a custom keyboard can be used as an alternative way to enter data.

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Developing for FileMaker Go presents the developer with some unique challenges that are not always obvious at first glance. Some normal layout techniques may not work well with a touch interface and you really need to put some thought into the workflow and how the user will interact with your layouts. Other things like button and font size need to be increased for better use and fidelity.

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Using the Mac OS X Color Picker with FileMaker Pro

I love FileMaker 13′s new style tools! It makes creating and maintaining a consistent theme style for a project, incredibly simple.

After attending the FileMaker DevCon session, Layouts: Under the Hood, I love them even more.

A tool that I’ve been using lately, to aid in creating custom themes for our clients, is the built in Mac OS X Color Picker, specifically the color palette tab.
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Our #FileMakerDevCon Recap: FileMaker DevCon 2014

Confession: I’m late in writing this blog. After all, FileMaker’s 2014 Developer Conference (DevCon) was 2+ weeks ago. Referring to Mark Richman’s common advice: don’t let perfect be the enemy of good, I decided to write it anyway. It’s still relevant and good news. I hope you agree. ;)

DevCon in San Antonio

By all accounts, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa hosted a beautiful and spacious conference this year. What the weather lacked with the 100 degree and 90% humidity, the hotel amenities made up.

DevCon Developer Cup Champion

On Tuesday, 7/29, our very own Certified Developer, Chris Schmitz won the first annual DevCon Developer Cup Challenge!

STL Meetup: Join Us For DevCon Recap FileMaker Users

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You are invited to join our local FileMaker User Group. This group is for experienced FileMaker Devs, FileMaker users who’ve poked around under the hood and want to dive into development, and anyone else who wants to learn more about FileMaker. We aim to cover general FileMaker development, advanced techniques, plugin integration, external data access, external tool integration, etc. It’s really easy to build a crappy FileMaker app; but, with a bit of know-how, it’s just as easy to build a killer one. FileMaker STL will help you get there.

Join us on Tuesday, August 5th at 6pm as we cover what happened at this year’s annual FileMaker DevCon, that took place in San Antonio, TX the week of July 28th. We will give a general overview of the event, summarize topics, and point out helpful techniques that were covered.

Each person must RSVP to attend the meetup.