Tim Owen - Session Detail

Enhanced container fields and storage ranked 1st on FileMaker's list of Improved performance and usability features in FileMaker 12 and FileMaker Server 13 added the ability to define additional/alternate paths for database files as well as separate paths for container data, in anticipation of solutions that might need to manage multiple terabytes of container data. However, there were no sessions at either of the last two DevCons dealing with the high-end use of these new capabilities. So, in developing two FileMaker media archive solutions over the past year, each involving around 5 terabytes of container data, I had to figure it all out by trial and error and discovered in the process that the official FileMaker documentation can be misleading. This is your chance to learn from my experience - including the more than 10 hours I spent on the phone with FileMaker tech support in trying to resolve various issues that threatened the viability of the projects - and your chance to share your own experience and insight into the brave new world of FileMaker managed container storage.

So, now you have a FileMaker database with five terabytes of media container data…What do you do with it? Digital media archive databases intrinsically present conceptual challenges in user interaction design, because they are resources and typically do not have easily defined 'work flows' or 'business logic.' What is the best way to provide the capability and interface for the user to search for what they want to see? What are the limitations and caveats when using WebDirect for such an interface? Some of these challenges will be discussed in the context of the above mentioned projects.

The presenter, Tim Owen, has been working as an independent FileMaker consultant-developer since 1994, focusing on the non-profit sector, and is a FileMaker Business Alliance Member and a FileMaker Speaker (having presented on behalf of FileMaker Inc at a film festival conference some years ago, though never at DevCon). Tim operates principally as a sole practitioner through his company, Tim Owen Consulting, LLC. (www.timowenconsulting.com).

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