Developing iOS Apps (Filemaker GO) using Filemaker

Alistair Campbell, Edith Cowan UniversityPart of XW13

The workshop will be of interest to anybody interested in rapid development and/or prototype development of useful apps, with no coding, for deployment on iPhones, iPods, iPads and Macs. Attendees will learn how to develop one app that can easily recognise the device and display appropriate windows.

The workshop will include:

  • a short introduction to the new features in Filemaker GO and Filemaker,
  • the conversion of existing spreadsheets into apps (a number of samples will be given),
  • the development of a number of windows to display this information and how different types of data can be entered using standard database features,
  • issues that need to be considered when developing app, fonts, layout, navigation etc.,
  • exploration of the ability to capture signatures, audio and video along with pictures within the app with no coding required,
  • exploration of the ability to capture barcodes using a free bar code reader and sample FileMakerGO database, and
  • deployment issues, e.g. local vs server based

Attendees will leave with a number of personalised apps for their desired device(s).

Half of Alistair’s current role is as an ICT pedagogical officer, supporting staff within the School of Education at Edith Cowan University to implement ICT into their curriculum. The other half is involves research into the practical application of mobile apps for deployment on iOS devices in the assessment of authentic student work. He is currently working on projects involving university, primary and secondary education.