FMburgh Survey Results for June 2021

At the June meeting of  FMburgh (the Pittsburgh FileMaker Developer Group), the agenda included a round table discussion focused on the topic Would You Rather…? We looked at the many areas where FileMaker developers have options to implement a specific feature. As part of our post-meeting survey, we asked the attendees what their preferred methods were i.e. buttons or button bars, and global variables or global fields, etc. We also asked what features of FileMaker 19 have benefited users and developers the most one year after its release. Finally, we learned that the majority of FileMaker developers see themselves as vanilla ice cream. All of the answers revealed at the June 2021 meeting of FMburgh are listed below.

Q1) Having attended the “Would You Rather…?” roundtable discussion, you… (Select all that apply)

0.00% – Will begin using only global fields from this day forward.
16.7% – Are going to use button bars exclusively in all future development.
33.3% – Want to better understand the differences between passing parameters as a JSON object versus using Let notation.
50.0% – Vow to only declare $ and $$ variables using the Set Variable script step.
83.3% – Plan to answer all future questions by saying “It depends.”

Q2) May marked the one year anniversary of the release of Claris FileMaker 19. Which new feature(s) of the platform have provided the most benefit to you as the user and/or developer of FileMaker solutions? (Check all that apply)

0.00% – Siri Shortcuts support in FileMaker Go
0.00% – Create smarter apps with Apple’s Core ML
16.7% – Host FileMaker Server on Linux
16.7% – Create apps directly in FileMaker Cloud
33.3% – JavaScript integration
66.7% – Card Window support in FileMaker WebDirect
66.7% – Execute FileMaker Data API script step
66.7% – Build and leverage drag and drop add-ons

Q3) Which flavor of ice cream best represents you?

33.3% – Vanilla
0.00% – Chocolate
0.00% – Cookies N’ Cream
0.00% – Mint Chocolate Chip
16.7% – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
0.00% – Buttered Pecan
16.7% – Black Raspberry
0.00% – Strawberry
33.3% – Moose Tracks
0.00% – Neapolitan


If you responded to the June 2021 survey, we thank you for your participation. And whether you did or not, we also thank you for checking out the results. To join in on the fun, click here to submit your answers for August’s survey.