Thursday, November 03, 2005


MacGyver of Software Development

This morning I was thinking about a couple of random projects I've been working on lately, and something occurred to me. At my last job, we used a product called FileMaker Pro to make our solutions.

Yes yes, get the laughing over and done with Grant and Stilly. Finished? Good.

For anyone who doesn't know, FileMaker is a database building package. In a lot of ways it's like MS Access - it's meant to make building an database application quick and easy, but in a lot of ways it goes well beyond what Access offers. You could build an entire application in FileMaker that didn't have anything to do with a database if you wanted (sure, it would suck, but you could do it).

The tools on offer could be pretty limiting - for example there wasn't native SQL support until version 7 (which came out at the beginning of 2004). But one of the things I always enjoyed about my old job was trying to do something specific with the limited tools that were available. It wasn't so much a case of "when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" but more how do you use a hammer to cut a piece of wood in half. All programming has an element of that - you often have to take the existing tools to build what you actually need - but this was like being the MacGyver of software development.

I think it was Grant who was impressed that a client was seeing TRIM as an engine rather than a solution on it's own. It occurred to me this morning that I've only ever seen it that way.

Hi Simon. I've been looking for educational software information and came across your site. I was really after educational software related info but I came across your site and found it a good posting even though MacGyver of Software Development was'nt exactly what I was after. Thanks for the read
Hi there Simon. I am looking for recent information on fax software and found your site. It makes an interesting read. I see that I found it when looking for fax software related information and I'm glad I stopped by and had a read - thanks for taking the time to put the info together - great post = have a nice day.
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