L5SimpleFM v 1.0 – A Composer and Laravel 5 friendly PHP package for interacting with hosted FileMaker data

TLDR Overview

L5SimpleFM is a PHP package used to provide a simple, readable, declarative syntax for accessing data hosted on a FileMaker Server from a composer-friendly PHP project. The package also has a ServiceProvider class which allows it to be easily pulled into a Laravel 5 project.

Join Us for FM Academy Webinar: Options for Licensing FileMaker Platform

Join us Tuesday, September 22, for a free one-hour webinar at 2pm (EST)/ 1pm (CST)/ 11am (PST), as Mark Richman presents Options for Licensing FileMaker Platform. During the webinar, he will explain the different options for connecting users to FileMaker solutions, and demystifies the various options for licensing the technology.

Help iOS users save their data

I ran into a situation recently where a user would not or could not remember to commit their changes before exiting their FileMaker Go solution on their iPad.

The truth is it’s easy to complain that the user isn’t using the system as it was intended. Complaining about the user doesn’t really solve the problem, and we are problem solvers. This is custom software; it should work the way the user works, not the other way around.


In this case, the user was using an iPhone or iPad Mini. He pulls it from his pocket, opens a work order, adds some photos and notes, and then sticks the device back in his pocket. Then he does some work (like replacing a window in a building) and then takes some more photos of the completed repair.

FileMaker Training: Developer Essentials Class in Nashville, TN Area

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Skeleton Key will be taking our 3-day Developer Essentials, FileMaker Training class to the Nashville, Tennessee area from Tuesday September 22 to Thursday, September 24.

The course will be hosted at:

Goodall Homes, 323 Maple Street, Suite 100, Gallatin, TN 37066

Seating is limited. Register ASAP, if you are interested in attending this training class.

We Are Hiring: Developer

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We are hiring!

Are you ready to make a meaningful career move? Is it time for you to step into the big leagues and make databases for professionals?
Do you want to develop more than a FileMaker database?

To be successful in this developer position you must have thick skin, be a fast study and thrive on doing the hard work to get the job done. You should be excited about working in a team environment where accountability is high and your opinion is valued.

Up to Speed FileMaker Training Class, Referral & Alumni Discount










    • Alumni – Thank You and Discount

    Skeleton Key is offering all of our alumni – anyone that has attended one of our training courses in the past, discounts on future classes. As an alumni, you will receive a 10% discount when you take your second class with us. In addition, any alumni who takes a third class, will receive a 20% discount on it, and any subsequent classes.

    We want to take this opportunity to thank you again, for choosing us for your FileMaker training needs. We know that there are other companies that offer FileMaker training and we appreciate that you chose us.

    • Referral Program

    We believe word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising and we want to say thank you to those who recommend us. When you refer a first-time student to Skeleton Key for training, you will receive a referral for 10% of the cost of their class.

    We also support a referral program with our other services such as Coaching and Application Development.

    • Up to Speed FileMaker Training Course

    Finally, we are introducing a new class that we think will be particularly useful to alumni. The class is called Up to Speed and it is designed to familiarize experienced FileMaker developers with the new features in the FileMaker product line.

We’re headed to FileMaker DevCon 2015

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Mark Richman, President, Greg Lane, VP of Application Development, and Alan Kirtlink, Senior Developer and Trainer, are headed to Las Vegas, Nevada from July 20 – 23 to participate in FileMaker, Inc.’s annual Developer Conference aka DevCon. They’ll be staying at The Cosmopolitan, host hotel of more than 60 DevCon sessions. They will join over 1,200 FileMaker developers to network, catch up with colleagues and take advantage of the variety of session topics including design, core development, mobility, web, business, and innovation to further their knowledge with tips, best practices, and techniques to continue building powerful business solutions for our clients. Both Mark and Greg will have the honor to host four of these sessions.

Apple’s FileMaker introduces version 14

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 12, 2015 – FileMaker today announced a new version of its development platform that speeds creation of custom solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. FileMaker 14 brings point-and-click simplicity to automating business processes, delivering desktop-style application functionality to mobile web browsers and providing productive, engaging experiences on desktops, iOS devices and mobile web browsers.

The announcement coincides with the 30th anniversary of FileMaker software. FileMaker was the brainchild of a bootstrapped startup founded in Massachusetts by four entrepreneurs intent on creating easy-to-use database software.

“FileMaker 14 is the culmination of 30 years of helping customers exploit the latest platforms – from Mac and Windows then through iOS devices and mobile web browsers today – meeting users’ rising expectations for data accessibility, simplicity and mobility,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc. “With FileMaker 14, creating compelling cross-platform solutions and designing for the times is simpler than ever – even if you’ve never developed any solution before.”

New features in FileMaker 14

FileMakerSTL – FileMaker URL Presentation

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Happy New Year & Thank You! Paying it forward…


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.