As has become the norm at FileMaker DevCon Joel Shapiro of JSFmp organised a meet-up of users who are integrating FileMaker with external systems. Many of those who attend are using CWP to build FileMaker-backed web applications, but there are also plenty of people working on other integrations as well.
Recently we had a client we’d not heard from in over 6 years get in touch to ask us to help them migrate their application from its current infrastructure to a new home – something we were more than happy to help them do. In the process we also had to take a look at the code to make some tweaks and adjustments and it was one of those ‘oh my goodness’ moments, where you review something that was ‘cutting edge’ at the time, but now looks terribly dated!
It was this experience that led Director Steve Winter to give a brief talk at the user group entitled ‘Steve’s top ten tips to being a better developer’. One of the things which really seemed to resonate with attendees was his saying “You should be embarrassed by code you wrote 2 years ago”. The message basically being, if you’re not embarrassed by that code then you’re probably not growing as a developer – something we should all be focussing on!
Here are the slides from the session which may be of interest to both those who attended and those who couldn’t make it!
Steve also received a number of questions about the modified version of the FileMaker PHP API which we have updated to be compatible with PHP version 7.x. For those looking it’s on GitHub and Packagist.