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Sliding Problems
If your object(s) are not sliding, start by checking to see if there is any object in the path of the object you want to slide. It is possible that your sliding object is bumping up against an object that is set not to slide or even touching another object. If your objects paths seem to be clear, try this technique: Duplicate your layout, select all the objects, and set them all to slide. If your layout previews correctly, you'll know the problem was that not all the objects were set to slide. Another thing you should know about sliding is that objects need to be vertically aligned to the top edge in order to slide through unused space. Unfortunately, container fields default to being aligned vertically to the center. Objects will slide in Headers, Footers, Title Headers and Title Footers but the part size will not be reduced. Lastly, Portals, Tab Control and Slide Control objects will slide but not in all scenarios. These objects were designed to be viewed on screen so will will not necessarily slide in all ways a field does.



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FileMaker Developer Worthiness
Top 10 ways you know your developer is NOT worthy:
  1. Spells "FileMaker" with a lowercase "m"
  2. Uses inches or centimeters instead of points in Inspector
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  4. Creates a solution with one file for every table
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John Mark Osborne

John Mark Osborne of Philosophy of FileMaker

My Passion
The first time I touched FileMaker was when I worked as a graduate assistant at San Jose State University. I was handed a FileMaker database and told to fix the labels. I can't say it was love at first site but it did begin a lifelong love affair with FileMaker. Not until I started working in technical support across from a guy named Michael Whitney did that spark ignite a fire of passion for this unique product. I'm not sure Michael knows how much he meant to my FileMaker career but kudos to you buddy and the fun we had sitting across from each other.

My Career
For the past twenty years, I have been making a living as a database developer at my company Database Pros. This entire web site is driven by FileMaker! I first started working with FileMaker because I really liked the product. I've done just about everything in the FileMaker market from writing a book, recording videos, speaking at the Developer Conference, teaching live classes, editing multiple magazines, running a popular FileMaker web site, speaking at MacWorld and probably a few other things I've forgotten over the years.

Where Am I?
I live in Chino Hills, California with my beautiful wife Aida but I grew up in Silicon Valley. I have two children, Liza and Ryan. Both children have graduated college but still come over often for meals at our house. I also have a food blog so I try my new recipes on my wife and children. If I could make a living cooking, I would but FileMaker enables me to cook all I want. Thanks FileMaker!

Fun
I have a few hobbies. I usually have a nice craft beer while I'm cooking (but, not while I'm developing FileMaker) and I'm also brewing me own beer from time to time. Cooking is my main hobby though and something I do almost daily. I do enjoy the company of my dogs on our early morning walks but the day is mostly devoted to FileMaker. Night time turns my interests towards Anime like Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, Ruruni Kenshin, Bleach, Attack on Titan, YuYu Hakusho, Dragonball Z and so many more that I can't name them all here.

What is the Philosophy of FileMaker?
When I was in college, I was fascinated with philosophy classes and how philosophers think through the subject they are trying to prove or disprove so thoroughly. Philosophers focus on a subject like a laser and attack it from all sides, to a degree that most people consider ridiculous. I have used the philosophical methodology throughout my database development career to reveal advantages and disadvantages in order to choose the best solution for the problem at hand. I'll apply the same approach to writing this blog, never leaving any details out or holding back because it is a trade secret.

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Please support this free web site by purchasing some of the FileMaker products that are linked from the banners or go directly to the databasepros.com web site and check out the solutions, consulting, training and other options. I also have beginner, intermediate and advanced video training with over 3 hours provided for FREE. Thanks so much!

All FileMaker, All Mac
Instead of taking the easy way out and choosing one of the many plug-and-play blogging platforms out there, I decided a blog about FileMaker had to run on the FileMaker platform. So, I developed my own blog solution, customized to my particular requirements. Not only that, all the beautiful screen shots, custom artwork, late night coding and endless hours of writing are done on a Macintosh. Even the server hosting the FileMaker solution is a Macintosh! I'm proud to support the most innovative technology company in the world!