The idea for the directory came to me on Sunday afternoon. It's what I often refer to as a "lightbulb moment." My hope is that the directory will be a great way to connect users of my open source FileMaker solutions with consultants who support and make use of them. It will provide users with a good resource for getting support, and consultants with prospective clients. Time will tell.
It occurred to me that the easiest way to get the directory setup, along with a form that developers and consultants can use to apply, would be to use Airtable. So I setup a very simple Airtable base, along with a form view that can be used to capture data. A screen shot of the Airtable base is included below, along with the embedded form.
The directory itself is published using Airtable's API. A call is made to the API, and it references an Airtable view that includes a filter on it. Therefore, only records that have been approved are published. It was remarkably easy to code this up.
The FM Easy Consultants Directory is a great example of Airtable's ease-of-use and flexibility, and how you can use it to go from an idea to a working solution in no time at all.
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A screenshot of Airtable base used to manage the FM Easy Consultants directory. Click the image to see a larger view.