At Oakgrounds we continually seek to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and on developments that may make any apps that we create more beneficial and streamlined for our clients. With that in mind, several years ago Oakgrounds resurrected the *Marin Developer's Group for FileMaker and now hosts meetings through out the year to help local developers stay on top of their game. 

Our March meeting, Releasing A New Version of Your FM App? Doing Off-Line FM Developmentfeatured two presenters; Stuart Hite (Productive Computing) & Sam Barnum (360Works):

During the first hour, we learned how to use the FM Data Migration Assistant to automate the process of cloning and transferring data between two files (like a production and development copy, or reverting to a backup) with just a few clicks and eliminate lengthy complex scripting. How to perform migrations like a pro with a familiar, intuitive FileMaker user interface, cutting out the need to use Terminal on Mac or the Command Prompt on Windows to run the migration program were all demonstrated.

About the Presenter:
Stuart Hite earned his Bachelor’s in Computer Science in 1992 and has been developing software for over 30 years. For over 14 years, he was the primary in-house FileMaker developer and the top nationwide instructor for a large education organization. His most recent release with PCU is the extensive FileMaker Certification Preparation course.

Our second hour had a presentation by Sam Barnum from 360Works. Sam discussed how: 

360Deploy 2 leverages the new FileMaker Data Migration Tool, making the import process extremely fast while maintaining the ease and automation of 360Deploy. Vertical Market solution developers will especially benefit from 360Deploy 2, as it allows for simultaneous remote deployment to multiple servers.

About the Presenter:
Sam Barnum is a lead developer at 360Works, where he has a hand in many of the interesting and useful products produced. He lives in San Francisco with his two boys who are (promisingly) enthused about the binary number system, and are almost of the age where they can all start a band called Barnum’s Animals.


* To learn more about the Marin FileMaker Developers Group, please visit