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FileMaker DevCon 2014: Sustaining the Passion

The 2014 FileMaker Developer Conference was another great conference, full of informative sessions, a few sneak peaks of things to come, and opportunities to network with other members of the community. Without a doubt, you left with a lot of great ideas, tips and tricks to try out, and a renewed passion and enthusiasm for the FileMaker platform.

As you settle back into your day-to-day routine, and as the summer winds down, here are a few things that you can do to help keep that passion and enthusiasm going...

Take some time to review your session notes. If you’re like me, you ended up taking a lot of notes from the sessions you attended. Take a few minutes to go back through them and see what stands out to you. I’ve said before that at every DevCon I’ve ever attended, there is always at least one tip - one comment that a speaker made - that makes the conference worth every penny that you spent on it. Go back through your notes, and I’m sure you’ll find at least one - and probably quite a few.

Don’t forget to download any updated session materials from TechNet. Many speakers post updated slides and example files. Don’t forget to log into TechNet to download them.

Stay tuned for session recordings. A number of sessions were recorded this year. This is a great way to review the sessions that you attended, and an opportunity to check out those that you missed. The recordings should be available sometime in mid to late September.

Set some goals, and schedule time to achieve them. Are there tips or techniques that you learned about at DevCon that you’re just itching to explore? If so, set some goals for experimenting with them, and be sure set aside time to achieve them.

Check out your local FileMaker Pro User Group, and see if they’re doing a DevCon review. The August and September FMPug meetings often include a DevCon recap. It’s always interesting to hear what other attendees thought of the conference, and to get the scoop on the sessions that they attended that you might not have. And if you weren’t able to attend DevCon, this is a good way to live vicariously through those who did!

Send thank you notes. Did you find a session to be particularly helpful? Did a speaker do a terrific job presenting their session. Send them a quick “thank you” message, and congratulate them on their session, too.

Keep in touch. DevCon is great way to meet other members of the FileMaker community. Be sure to keep in touch with them, and keep the dialog going. You might want to connect with follow them on Twitter, or connect with them via LinkedIn.

Put next year’s DevCon on your calendar. The 2015 conference will be held from July 20th thru July 23rd, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Time flies, so why not put it on your calendar sooner than later?

See you at next year's conference!