FileMaker Developers in Southern California (FMDiSC) meets monthly in the Los Angeles area. There is no charge to attend meeting. Our monthly meetings are a local center for the exchange of technical information, discussion of timely topics, and for networking (people not computers). Please see below for current news or for more information, please view our About page.

We generally meet on the second Friday morning of each month. Our meetings are currently being held at the Bresee Youth Foundation, which is located at 184 S. Bimini Place in Los Angeles. You can find a map to their address here.

June 2009 Meeting Announcement

Hello again, FMDiSC members and FileMaker enthusiasts!

Our next meeting for FileMaker Developers in Southern California (FMDiSC) will be this Friday, June 12th, from 9:30AM to 1:00PM. If you've never been to one of our meetings before, just feel free to show up -- no need to RSVP. We'd love to see you at the meeting! New members are always welcome!

Our first presentation ALWAYS starts PROMPTLY at 10:00 AM SHARP, so please do not come late or you will MISS something very important! To accommodate for this, we'll be doing some quick housekeeping announcements at 9:50am and then we'll immediately dive into our first presentation PROMPTLY at 10:00am SHARP.

See agenda details below.

Bresee Youth Foundation
184 S. Bimini Place
Los Angeles, CA 90004
We meet in the the multipurpose room.

Directions: Bresee is near the corner of 3rd Street & Vermont, in Koreatown/Central Los Angeles. If you're at the corner of 3rd Street & Vermont, just go North on Vermont, then take a right on 2nd Street. The first street you come to is Bimini Place. It's on the corner of 2nd & Bimini Place. More detailed directions are available at Bressee's Website.

Parking: Street parking. (We are not currently authorized to park in the Von's parking lot.)

Donations: As always, there is no fee for the meeting or for FMDiSC membership.  At each meeting we take up an FMDiSC donation collection for anyone who would like to contribute a tax-deductible donation to Bresee.  If so, please bring cash or check made payable to Bresee Youth Foundation. Bresee has been gracious enough to allow us to meet at their facility for FREE since December 2002, and they have allowed us to book our meetings there for the next several months... so let's show them our appreciation! If you'd like to make a non-financial donation to Bresee, please email Debbie Cohen-Sitt at .

Agenda for this months' meeting:

Okay, guys, this is what we've got for the June meeting.  A festival of new presenters, yay!

9:30-10am, schmoozing
10-11am Deryk True and Acrobat document distribution
11 - 11:30 extended break for your nattering pleasure
11:30 - 11:45 Housekeeping, new members, announcments, etc.
11:45 -12:15 Ralf Mandt-Rauch, Applescript, web, iCal integration
12:15-12:30ish John Maxwell web viewer data scraping
12:30 -1pm Tips & Tricks by Dave Knight, Bob Shockey, Christopher Gauntt and Dina Torok.
1pm, run in circles, scream and shout.

1. Deryk True: Acrobat document distribution:
Data Gathering for FileMaker - Sometimes the most challenging part of data management is gathering the data. Deryk will present a case study of collecting large amounts of data from 650 locations, replacing an older paper-to-manual-input system. The tool was the latest version of Acrobat, using a new feature to distribute forms and then collect the responses in a low-cost and IT-independent manner.

2. Ralf Mandt-Rauch: Applescript, web, iCal integration
There has been a dearth of ecommerce solutions available to the Mac community. Ralf will present a brief overview of his company's new program, called eShox. It contains an online store called eShox Store which utilizes PHP and MySQL and an eShox Manager built in FileMaker Pro. He'll be concentrating on the seamless integration with the Mac OS and demonstrating how data is interchanged between the eShox Manager and Address Book using Applescript.

3. John Maxwell: web viewer data scraping
John will be demonstrating the process of scraping html code from web viewers, parsing the data, and populating fields with the data.

4. Tips and Tricks
Dave Knight, Bob Shockey, Christopher Gauntt and Dina Torok will show various tips on subtle, cool, value-list tricks: Set Field by Name allowing the removal of a big chunk of code from layouts; a trick to allow changing the background color of any object just by hovering the mouse pointer over it; 
a cool custom function used to turn script parameters into local variables in a subscript.

Thanks to Ralf Mandt-Rauch for providing food for the meeting.
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