MAX Session Highlight – Spry, PHP and FileMaker Pro

As we get closer to MAX, I’ll be highlighting some of the sessions I’ve noticed that are particularly interesting, unique or otherwise noteworthy- and the first is a rather unlikely combo of technologies that should present a really interesting look into spreading Ajax interfaces onto conventional – or perhaps even unconventional foundations.

In my first featured session, “Using the FileMaker Pro API for PHP with Adobe’s Spry framework“, FileMaker Pro expert Joe Scarpetta will take a critical look at how to meld the FileMaker PHP API with Spry on the front end to quickly build out rich functionality to an existing database application. This session reportedly rocked the house at the recent FileMaker Pro conference, and should be interesting to a much wider MAX audience as both a great how-to session on Spry as well as a peek into larger workflows melding database platforms, PHP and rich user interface components to build out rich, dynamic web user interfaces.

If you’re a designer faced with ‘skinning’ database apps for web or intranet delivery or even a PHP developer looking to extend your skills upward to more UI work, this is a session you won’t want to miss- make sure to add it to your MAX schedule ASAP. And keep posted- I’ll be highlighting several more sessions I’ve particularly been eyeing over the next few weeks on a variety of topics, although probably centered around workflow and such, as that’s a particular area of interest for me.