October 29, 2008 in FileMaker (E)
[prMac.com] Escondido,CA - On the eve of its 10 year anniversary, FMForums looks back in celebration of this milestone event. Over the past decade, nearly 50,000 members have collectively shaped FMForums to be the largest and most renowned FileMaker-based forum. Continually recognized as the front runner when it comes to the exchange of ideas, techniques and information, developers at every skill level agree that FMForums is an indispensable - and free - FileMaker resource. A wide range of users and developers continue to frequent FMForums in an effort to expand their skills, their knowledge, and in turn share their expertise with others. Stephen Dolenski, founder of FMForums, explains its success didn't happen overnight:
"For the first few months we had a few dozen posts, at best. But gradually, word of mouth lead users and developers to our site, some searching for answers, while others were looking to share their knowledge with others. As the participation grew, so too did the number of respected community leaders. Today we have a considerable number of people who offer-up invaluable advice in areas covering everything from database theory, development and deployment. It has been incredibly gratifying to witness the increase in skill level, to observe so much reciprocation and see - first-hand - developers grow more proficient in their field. It's really rewarding to be part of it all."
However, the growing number of visitors is certainly no accident. The mounting number of people visiting FMForums is a direct measure of the growth in the FileMaker market share. Many would agree the FileMaker suite of applications is fast becoming more than a desktop database program, but rather a "platform" for launching mission critical solutions for organizations, departments, or companies, regardless of size. As FileMaker continues to evolve and grow, so too does FMForums. FMForums recognizes the need to raise the bar for developers, by advocating training, certification and also encouraging community awareness. FMForums is a proponent of utilizing and participating in community resources, such as those offered by FMPug and FindFileMakerDevelopers.
Built on the premise that knowledge is vital; FMForums actively utilizes advertising as a form of member education. The company maintains the hand-picked advertisements serve as an avenue to open members' eyes to the various tools, products, applications and services available in and around the FileMaker community - a way to keep its members atop of the resources available. Through its reputation, member use and frequency, FMForums has proven to be a profitable advertising avenue for companies who serve the FileMaker community.
Stephen concedes the first ten years of running FMForums has been quite a journey. He and his team are grateful for its continued success and they look forward to ushering in another memorable decade.
* Free Assistance from Certified Developers - many members are certified, providing advice & counsel, free of charge
* Topic Based forum - members post topics by feature or function
* Post sample code - provides others ability to comment and suggest optimizations
* Post screen shots - excellent method to visually explain your postings
* Post sample files - great way for others to work with you on your solution
Located in Escondido, CA, USA, FMForums.com was founded and launched in 1999 by Ocean West Consulting, Inc., a Certified FileMaker(R) solution developer. With over 16 years experience, using the power of FileMaker to develop customized relational databases to suit the needs and functions to variety of innovative, companies. All databases are developed with the highest level of professionalism, using the latest techniques and tools, with emphasis on function, and design. All Material and Software (C) 1996-2008 Ocean West Consulting, Inc. / All Rights Reserved. Independent entity, not affiliated with FileMaker Inc. FileMaker(R) is a registered trademark of FileMaker Inc.