Tim Dietrich

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I'm Tim Dietrich - a software developer and writer.

In my 20+ years as an IT professional, I've worked on many different types of projects. I've developed complex business systems and database solutions. I've launched successful businesses and Web sites, including an extremely popular site for healthcare professionals, and an alternative search engine. I've developed several iOS and tvOS apps and popular open source software solutions. And most recently, I served as the Developer Evangelist for Airtable, a San Francisco-based startup. Please see my portfolio for a list of the projects that I've worked on.

Technical Background

I went "solo" in 2008, and created what quickly became a very successful database consultancy, developing a wide range of solutions - custom inventory systems, accounting systems, contact management systems, and more. I helped start-ups, small businesses, non-profits, government agencies, educational institutions, and Fortune 50 companies achieve amazing results. The organizations that I worked with included the Library of Congress, Siemens, the University of Virginia, and many more. To read what they've said about my work, click here.

Prior to "going solo," I held positions such as Senior Developer, Senior Analyst, Software Engineer, and so on. To learn more about my experience, take a look at my resume.

Education and Certifications

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University, where I studied Computer Science with a concentration in Information Systems. I also hold certifications in Evernote, FileMaker, and Microsoft SQL Server.

My Writing

When I was in middle school, one of my teachers told my parents, "He's going to be a writer when he grows up." It turns out that she was right.

The common thread that has run through my career (besides technology itself) has been writing. It has been a part of everything that I've done, and has played an important role in the success that I've had. I've written content for the Web sites that I've worked on, scripts for the webinars that I've hosted and videos that I've created, user guides and manuals, proposals, and more.

In 2014, my first book, The FileMaker Pro 13 Absolute Beginner's Guide, was published by Que. I wrote it to help "absolute beginners" become familiar with and learn to use the FileMaker database platform.

In 2015, I self-published the ICD-10-CM Code Reference Guides - a series of reference e-books that are designed to make it as easy as possible for healthcare professionals to lookup medical billing codes.

I also post frequently to my blog, where I write about the products and services that I use, productivity tips and tricks, and more.

Additional examples of my writing can be found here.

Open Source Contributions

I've developed several popular open source solutions, many of which are designed to extend the FileMaker database platform. They provide functions such as two-factor authentication, auditing, mapping, barcode and QR code generation, and more. In 2014, I was awarded the FileMaker Excellence Award for FBA Development of the Year for FM EasySync, which enables users to sync data on mobile devices with hosted databases.

I'm also the developer of Luna, an open source, Xojo-based framework for creating RESTful APIs. With Luna, Xojo developers can quickly and easily develop feature-rich, professional, secure, and scalable REST APIs.

A complete list of my open source contributions is available here. They are also available on GitHub.

Simplicity and Minimalism

I'm passionate about simplicity and minimalism, and I believe that's reflected in everything I do. My philosophy is: "Keep it simple. Get things done. It can be that easy if you let it."

Do you have a project that you want to discuss?

Please contact me so that we can schedule a time to chat.