FileMaker is a workplace innovation platform that allows developers to rapidly build custom software solutions that run on macOS, Windows, web, iOS, etc. FileMaker development consists of building database structure (tables, fields, and relationships), layouts (screen/report design), and scripts that automate functions. FileMaker has its own scripting language but can also utilize JavaScript in webviewers and integrate with nearly any other software app or service via APIs. FileMaker has its own IDE (integrated development environment) and database engine. FileMaker can be considered low-code because you can build a lot of basic functionality into an app without knowing extensive coding techniques.

There are two general groups FileMaker users: (1) those that primarily utilize an app created with FileMaker by someone else and (2) those that are developers that create and update custom apps using FileMaker.

Claris FileMaker is ranked as the top Workplace Innovation Platform. Its great low-code toolkit allows custom business apps to be built quickly. It’s so flexible that you really can solve almost any business problem with it!

For the person who wants to DIY a FileMaker solution as a developer, here are six great resources from Claris to get you started.

Getting Started

1. Claris Academy

Claris Academy includes many instructional videos and archives of sessions from the annual Claris Engage conference where you can learn about the latest features of the platform and techniques for developing your app.

2. Claris Marketplace

At the Claris Marketplace, you’ll find hundreds of pre-built templates, apps, plug-ins, and add-ons to get your solution started. Search for “LuminFire” to find our free starter solution as well as many of our other FileMaker solutions.

3. DIY eBook for building a custom app

This eBook provides some helpful guidance for first steps.

Getting Help

4. Claris Community – New to FileMaker

There are many people on the Claris community boards who will answer questions for free. They are a helpful and friendly group of people with a broad knowledge base.

5. Claris Knowledge Base

The Claris knowledge base is a great place to look for answers to common questions about FileMaker.

6. Claris Events

Look for virtual or in-person events near you where you can meet other people who can help you learn new ideas and techniques. For example, our local FileMaker Pro User Group meets almost every month of the year.

LuminFire Can Help, Too

In addition, our LuminFire website has hundreds of articles and sample files you can download for free. If you’re serious about building your own solution we highly recommend downloading our free BrilliantHub starter solution. It will get you up and running quickly and save you many hours of work.

If you want to integrate your solution with external systems, look to BrilliantConnect or Claris Connect to get the job done.

If you’re looking for assistance or just want to discuss your dream solution with someone who has built hundreds of successful apps and websites, give us a call for a free consultation.

Tim Cimbura – CEO and Software Engineer

Tim is an expert in creating custom business solutions that make businesses more effective, productive, and profitable. He specializes in rapid application development with the Claris platform including FileMaker and WordPress. He also knows Apple macOS technology inside and out.