Do it yourself
Most of our customers integrate and customize SeedCode on their own: they integrate DayBack Calendar into their own files, skin it to look like their own layouts, and create new fields and layouts in the SeedCode Complete starter solution. Sometimes folks will ask if this is really hard, or if a “beginner” can get it done without help.
That depends on the individual, but I tell folks that we have excellent documentation with step-by-step instructions for things like linking the calendar to your file. In the course of following those instructions, “beginner” developers may visit some parts of FileMaker they haven’t used before, but if they’re good at following instructions they’ll get it working.
And of course they can always send us the files if they get stuck: we can often get folks unstuck quickly and at no charge.
Hiring us: implementation packages
But sometimes a customer won’t have the time to do things themselves, or they’re tackling something that’s a little further outside their comfort zone. For these customers we offer implementation packages so folks can have us code something a little more technical (or coach them through something technical) before they get their files back and continue work on their own.
Here’s a sampling of the kinds of things we’ve recently helped folks build with these implementation packages:
- Expanding on the filters in DayBack calendar to add more visual listing of resources
- Adding a new module to SeedCode Complete so it can track shared ownership of racehorses
- Letting users draw circles in ProMaps to build found sets of locations
- Integrating DayBack calendar into a law practice for scheduling court dates and mediation
- Creating “cluster maps” so managers can scout potential new hotel locations
- Creating a role-base login system for SeedCode Complete (video below)
- Re-tooling the invoices module in SeedCode Complete so it tracks shipments instead
Sometimes we’ll just add one little feature for a customer. Other times we’ll build a whole suite of enhancements. On a bigger project we’ll often pitch in on a couple of things in the first year, doing a few 3 to 10 hour engagements so that customers can get up and running more quickly than if they did everything themselves.
What it’s like working with us
We always try to break our custom work into small feature blocks; thing we we can code and delivery quickly. This helps ensure that we don’t outrun our understanding of the customers’ requirements, and gets usable software into the customers’ hands more quickly so that they can validate our work it’s being done.
Each time we deliver one of these small features, Dan will send over a short video explaining the work we’ve done so it’s easy for our customers to see if we’ve understood their request correctly. We thought you might like to see what this looks like in practice so here are a couple of actual delivery-videos from a couple of recent mods to SeedCode Complete:
Adding role-specific login and change-password routines for a law firm:
Creating a custom sidebar for quickly finding locations:
Implementation packages start at blocks of three hours (our rate for these is $190/hr) and are paid for in advance. You can purchase these online just like you purchase SeedCode templates. Here’s a link:
If you’d like to chat with someone about a package, or get some feedback on plans for your own mods, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we’d love to see what you’re working on.