FMburgh Survey Results for March 2024

Following the March 2024 meeting of FMburgh (the Pittsburgh FileMaker Developer Group), we asked the attendees why they use the Claris FileMaker platform and what data formats they’ve used when importing or exporting data. We also learned more Claris FileMaker developers see themselves as Lt. Cmdr. Data than any other Star Trek: The Next Generation character.

Q1) What are the reasons you choose the Claris Platform over another development environment? (Check all that apply.)

33.3% – I want to keep coming to FMburgh meetings.
33.3% – Return On Investment
66.7% – Flexibility
66.7% – Rapid Application Development
100% – Cross Platform Support (desktops, iOS devices, the web)
100% – Ease of Use
100% – It’s what I know.

Q2) When building FileMaker solutions that share data with third-party programs, which data formats have you used? (Check all that apply.)

0.00% – dBASE III and IV DBF format (Import/Export)
0.00% – XML format (Import/Export)
12.5% – Claris Connect (not a data format, but the tool to move data from one application to another)
12.5% – HTML table format (Export Only)
25.0% – Merge format (Import/Export)
37.5% – Comma-separated values format (Import/Export)
37.5% – Custom-separated values format (Import/Convert Only)
37.5% – FileMaker as a Data API consumer
37.5% – Tab-separated values format (Convert or Export)
50.0% – FileMaker as at Data API source
50.0% – FileMaker Pro format (Import/Export)
62.5% – Microsoft Excel format (Import/Export)

Q3) Imagine you serve aboard the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D). Which Star Trek character would you be?

12.5% – Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
25.0% – Cmdr. William Riker
0.00% – Dr. Beverly Crusher
12.5% – Counselor Deanna Troi
0.00% – Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
50.0% – Lt. Cmdr. Data
0.00% – Lt. Tasha Yar
0.00% – Lt. Worf
0.00% – Guinan
0.00% – Wesley Crusher


If you responded to the March 2024 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 April’s survey.