FileMaker Certification Program for Developers announced

FileMaker, Inc. today announced the FileMaker Certification Program for Developers. With over 60,000 advanced FileMaker developers worldwide, the company has deployed a training and testing program to provide a common set of developer proficiency standards related to its recently launched FileMaker 7 product family. The certification program http://www.filemaker.com/certification, which begins today, is effective worldwide. Successful completion of the certification program provides developers with a designation of “FileMaker 7 Certified Developer.”

“There are thousands of in-house and consulting developers throughout the world who create FileMaker solutions to help organizations gather, manage and share information,” said FileMaker president Dominique Goupil in the press release. “FileMaker Certification will increase the value of being a FileMaker developer and give power users a benchmark for creating effective FileMaker 7 solutions. The certification program also formalizes the widespread FileMaker expertise that already exists in the industry.”

One of the most popular information management applications, FileMaker Pro is installed and used in 70 of the Fortune 100 companies, 49 of the top 50 U.S. undergraduate schools every one of the largest 250 K-12 school districts in the U.S. and also within leading creative service agencies.

The FileMaker Certification program, which has already certified nearly 50 FileMaker Developers, tests candidates on the essential knowledge required to develop and deploy business or organizational solutions using the complete FileMaker 7 product family, including FileMaker Pro 7, FileMaker Developer 7, FileMaker Mobile 7, and FileMaker Server 7 and FileMaker Server 7 Advanced.

Certification tests are offered in more than 3,000 Prometric testing locations worldwide. Candidates can schedule a certification exam at Prometric’s web site http://2test.com. The exam, currently available in English only, will be available this fall in the following additional languages: French, Italian, German, Swedish, Spanish and Dutch.

Although no pre-requisites are required, FileMaker recommends that candidates take the FileMaker Professional Training Series II, the most comprehensive training available for FileMaker 7 products. The instructor-led class training includes 13 training modules, demo files and exercises and more
than 450 pages of in-depth technical information. To learn more about training or to sign up for a training course, go to http://www.filemaker.com/professionaltraining.

In addition to FileMaker Professional Training, the company offers a variety of resources, including its upcoming FileMaker Developer Conference, August 29-Sept 1, J.W. Marriott, Desert Ridge, Phoenix (http://www.filemaker.com/devcon/), that will better prepare a candidate for certification testing. Beyond product manuals, FileMaker provides updated technical briefs at http://www.filemaker.com/upgrade/techbriefs.html, and the TechInfo Knowledge base at http://www.filemaker.com/support/techinfo.html.

FileMaker Pro is used by millions of individuals and workgroups around the world to be more productive and efficient. Business, education and government customers rely on FileMaker to manage people, projects, images, assets and other information. In addition to being the number one-selling easy-to-use database software, the award-winning FileMaker product line also includes a
range of scalable servers, mobile database products, low-cost Applications that automate basic business tasks, ready-to-use Starter Solutions, and tools to create and share solutions from the desktop to the web. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc.

7 Comments

  1. FileMaker is to Oracle like OS X is to Windows 98.

    FileMaker can even be easily integrated into your website and you don’t need to know an ounce of HTML. This includes collecting information from your website as well as publishing the results there.

    It handles and display ALL types of data including QuickTime movies as well as image and audio files. Like all Apple software, creating a layout is all drag and drop.

    Windows XP and Mac OS X swap data seamlessly. They also offer a FileMaker Mobile 7 version for Palm OS and Pocket PCs.

    Apple offers a free 30-day trial at https://www.filemaker.com/downloads/trial_download.html .

  2. To apaterso: If “first choices” means you’re very accustomed to working with MySQL and Oracle, then Filemaker won’t seem all that friendly to you. However I can say (as one who spent years developing in both the SQL and Filemaker environments) that FMP is hands-down the friendliest dbase app that is also capable of handling big-boy solutions. The latest version (7) employs a design model more similar to traditional dbase environments, and adds a ton of powerful new features. One of the best Mac apps ever. If you’re a Mac database developer, you owe it to yourself to download that link (above) and give it a look.

  3. “One of the most popular information management applications, FileMaker Pro is installed and used in 70 of the Fortune 100 companies, 49 of the top 50 U.S. undergraduate schools every one of the largest 250 K-12 school districts in the U.S. and also within leading creative service agencies.”

    I had no idea it was that popular! That’s sweet.

    I worked a little in FMP6, and I didn’t like the interface all that well. But the screen shots for FMP7 look nice.

  4. “FileMaker is to Oracle like OS X is to Windows 98.”

    You’re kidding right? FileMaker isn’t even an SQL database, they’re not even used for remotely similar applications.

    One is a for little desktop databases, the other is for large-scale multi-user databases. Unless you are a programmer or a DBA, Oracle is not your database. Filemaker is made for people who are only used to desktop applications.

    Try making a database that stores Gigabytes of data and has hundreds of people accessing it simultaneously in Filemaker. That is what Oracle is for, it’s a database server, not a desktop application.

  5. “FileMaker is to Oracle like OS X is to Windows 98.”

    You’re kidding right? FileMaker isn’t even an SQL database, they’re not even used for remotely similar applications.

    One is a for little desktop databases, the other is for large-scale multi-user databases. Unless you are a programmer or a DBA, Oracle is not your database. Filemaker is made for people who are only used to desktop applications.

    Try making a database that stores Gigabytes of data and has hundreds of people accessing it simultaneously in Filemaker. That is what Oracle is for, it’s a database server, not a desktop application.

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