Pause On Error, Portland 2010 Schedule & Room Guide


NOTE: we are expecting nearly 80 100 110 people. We cannot all fit in one room. It is GOOD to have overlapping sessions. There are plenty of slots open. If you are considering hosting one, please do. Session creators, please consider offering your session more than once. We'll likely have most of these sessions in one of the three or four suites we've reserved, so you don't *have* to do your session in your own room. Though if you want to, go for it. 


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Adding a Session


  1. Click Edit at the top of this page.
  2. Start typing in one of the cells below, following the format already here (try not to paste into these cells). Even if you're not sure about presenting something, throw it in as TBD so folks can see what you're thinking about.
  3. Then grab a word or two in your topic and click the URL icon. Select PBWorks Page as the link type and it will make a new page for you. Visit your link to complete creating the page.
  4. Doesn't have to be fancy. Topics can be as informal as showing someone your laptop over a beer or as fancy as the FMPug presentation you've never had the nerve to present. Rooms are TBD until we check in and get room numbers.
  5. Conflicting sessions are a good thing as rooms are VERY  small. Feel free to go long and
  6. If you want to do something outside the schedule or offsite, just write it down. 


One of the roles of the Pause Steering Committee is to "curate" the session schedule so that we all get to enjoy the best possible unconference. We'll probably come back here and adjust the timing of things and assign rooms once we get closer to January. We'll do our best to keep you in the loop of any changes.



Presentation/Logistics Support


  1. If there is a blue link indicating Stuff/Help Still Needed, it means we are still looking for help or equipment to present or record.



Room 414:

Sindelar's Suite 

Room 404:

EK/Proof Suite

Room 412:

Navarre's Suite

Room 400:
  Howell's Suite

Logistics Status
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All Day

8am - 5pm


Welcome Room


Suite 200 


Come to Court Bowman's Suite to check out changes to the schedule, ask questions, or just relax and...

9:00 am- 10:00 am 

Blue Collar Labor: FileMaker Testing and Implementation


Open forum to talk about testing and implementation best practices.


Host: Gerald Chang, Eight²

Video: http://bit.ly/9DxD46

Data Integrity And Transactions


Host: Danny Mack


You think that your users' data is reliably being written to the server... and, in the worst case, you can safely revert to backups... this may or may not be true.

 Similarities between classical symphonies and databases from the perspectives of design elements, linear and non-linear user experience, movements, layers, and textures...


Host: Matt Navarre

Video: http://bit.ly/9sDqOH

Data Modeling

Party model, General vs. Specific models


Demonstration and discussion of techniques that...



Dave Graham

Bit Tailor, LLC

10:15 am-11:30 

Migration Strategies

Continued discussion and strategies for Development, QA, and Production approach to development.


Host: Vincenzo

Video: bit.ly/bosvUN

FileMaker MVC

Applying MVC concepts to modular and large FMP projects for ease of maintenance and extensibility.

Host: TBD, Proof

Video: http://bit.ly/c8Vzlx

fmSearchResults Exposed

See the guts of this cool search tool and learn how to adapt it to your solution. What search problems does it solve, and what was the author thinking?


Host: Matt Navarre

Video: bit.ly/chBH6H

HTML Reporting

Combine scripting and calculation techniques to display HTML reports in web viewer or browser: covers dynamic design, content and columns.

Host: Lance Hallberg
Pause For Lunch           
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Project Management: Reality or Snake Oil?


Poss continuing in Gerald's room after 2pm


Host: Gerald Chang, Eight²

Google Mapping in FileMaker, a Study of Techniques


Explore different techniques for bringing Google Mapping into FileMaker solutions. 


Host: Micah Woods and Mike Lee

Video: bit.ly/chz7Zx

Value Pricing - Part 1: Not Just for Sole Proprietors


At DevCon 2009 I participated in a business panel discussion as an advocate for hourly billing. Since then I researched value-based billing and found it to be superior in...


Host: Kirk Bowman, MightyData


Presentation Layer Separation


Do you use the separation model, but still use globals and calc fields to present your dynamic interface? Let's explore how to de-couple the interface from the schema and end up with a more flexible, extensible presentation layer...


Host: Caleb Ruth, Data Performance LLC




2:15 pm - 3:30 pm 

Parameter Pandamonium


This will be an open discussion of different techniques used for passing parameters to scripts and instantiating variables based on those parameters.  Audience participation will be encouraged.


Host: Darren Terry, PDM

Elite Reporting Techniques


This will be a fast-paced session for intermediate and advanced developers, showcasing a variety of tips, tricks...


Host: Kevin Frank

Global Variable Domination 


Simply taking a walk through one of my most recent solutions (happens to be Theme Library 4 - no pitch here) and showcase the various ways I use Global variables to make a really trim solution with a lot of advantages.


Host: Matt Petrowsky

Video: http://bit.ly/bYBZod

What's Faster? 


Comparing the performance of common FileMaker operations.  Discover the methods to give your clients the optimal user experience.


Host: Jason Young

3:45pm -5pm

Splitting the Work


was: Design Decisions. now: the difficulty of managing FileMaker developers, sharing code, and productivity.


Host: John Sindelar

Inventory-based manufacturing systems.


Unique ID nomenclature.



Host: Steve Gerow

Video: http://bit.ly/awm1GW

Automated testing for Filemaker?


We'll review an approach to scripting that supports automated testing, look at its pros and cons, and...



Host: Allen Poole

Phone Solutions including Voice Over IP


I'll go over the known options for making calls from FileMaker with the use of VOIP.




Host: Agnes Riley

FM on the Windows Platform

Round Table Discussion

Host: Kevin Frank

Location: TBA

Pause for Drinks     

Drinks: Clyde Common


Cancelled: Instrumental-only, musician-only jam session

Location: Matt Navarre's house

Chocolate Tasting Festival: with Jimmy Jones [Howell's Suite]

7:00 p.m.





Room 414:

Sindelar's Suite 

Room 404:

EK / Proof's suite 

Room 412:

Navarre's Suite

Room 400:

Howell's Suite


All Day

8am - 5pm






Welcome Room


Come to Court Bowman's Suite to check out changes to the schedule, ask questions, or just relax and...

9:00 am- 10:00 am 


Typed Dictionnary


A demonstration and discussion of the dcTypedDictionnary functions that were briefly talked about during the Parameter Pandamonium session. Typed is the key word here, as in data typed…


Host: David Lalonde

Lessons learned in building products


I will share and discuss the 11 lessons we have learned in building products, and how they differ from custom software, as well as how they have shaped our newest product focusing on data synchronization.


Host: Court Bowman

Gettin' Groovy with ScriptMaster


FileMaker is a cool tool - no doubt. However, you can only go so far with FMP. When you really need to exercise some power, the world of Java/Groovy opens up far more than you could ever imagine...


Host: Matt Petrowsky

Tagging vs. Linnaeus


Using a real-world example of a particularly challenging categorization task, we'll look at data-layer...


Host: Allen Poole



10:15 am-11:30 

Data Modeling Workshop


Let's get together to review some in-depth demos that we didn't have time to cover in yesterday's session. Advanced CRM topics, etc...



Dave Graham

Bit Tailor, LLC.

Bootcamp Diaries

Experiences in teaching FileMaker centric software practices, development standards, conventions, training developers for collaboration. Wins and losses, building community.


Host: Jonn Howell / Laramie Ericson

FileMaker Wish List 


Creative people always want FileMaker to do MORE! But we're not very patient so when we need to extend the power of FileMaker we make our plugins...


Host: Jesse Barnum & Sam Barnum 

Video: http://bit.ly/cIRe0X

Data Visualization

Charting & Dashboards!

Sure, graphs & gauges are cool, but...



Lee Lukehart, SavvyData

Chuck Melton, Anvil Dataworks



At times, we need to take localization issues into consideration during development. Let's discuss techniques we use to deal with these issues, and how we think FileMaker Pro could deal with them...


Host: David Lalonde

Location: 202 or 200 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Plenty of Pie!

Finding lots of work in good times (& bad)


Host: David Knight


Applescript Bold and Fearless

Applescript can add powerful features to Filemaker. We will explore and demonstrate a wide range of methods, some simple, some...


Host: Bruce Robertson

Fun with FM Search Results 

I am going to show a few ways that I have Use FMSR to do things like search for duplicates while a record is being made as well as using it for value lists and the like.



Host: Oreste Schiavone 


Deploy Your Soluiton


In this session we'll go over different ways to get your solutions out there. From Citrix, Terminal Services, Hosting providers, using installers... 


Host: Angelo Luchi, The Drooling Dog

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

FileMaker: Design Patterns Work Group


Design patterns have prooven to be a powerful idea for both interface and code design (Model View Controller is one example of such a pattern. See the FileMaker MVC session above for more info.) ...


Host: Don Levan



FileMaker Interface: Extreme Makeover Edition


Guess what?  You don't have to have a degree in Graphic Design to create beautiful, intuitive interfaces for your clients.  


Host:  Deborah Norton,

          Fiddlehead Software

FileMaker Talk: live podcast recording 


Most conventions have a live podcast recording somewhere in the mix. This is ours. The panel discussion will mainly be geeky FileMaker issues, taking live questions from the studio audience.


Hosts: Matt Navarre and Matt Petrowsky

Error Capture Techniques and Modular Scripts


A new technique in error capture, use less screen space while expanding functionality of your error capture. Also, a meaty modular script explained. Walk away with code you can use again and again.


Host: Lauren Kuhlman

3:45pm -5pm

Introduction to Mac & iPhone Programming for FileMaker Developers


FileMaker development prepares one quite nicely for doing iPhone & Mac app development...


Host: Don Levan

Value Based Billing: Part 2 The Project: How to determine what your client _really_ wants.


Host: Colleen Hammersley

Video: http://bit.ly/bcw3Sd

Tips & Tricks

Yes we'll throw in the obligatory killer keyboard shortcuts, but we'll also look at useful third-party tools, interesting services, and cool FileMaker techniques.


Host: Tom Fitch

FileMaker Community 

Let's talk about user groups and how to best facilitate them, what the community needs and the wealth of...


Host: Audrey Akhavan

XM Charts for fun and profit 

Informal session

Host: Kevin Frank

Location: TBA


Wrap Party 


Wrap Party  Wrap Party  Wrap Party Pause for Drinks: Clyde Common