The FileMaker Seven Series

NightWing Enterprises is proud to support and recommend the FileMaker Platform.
(picture taken at Claris (then FMI) Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA.)

The NightWing Enterprises team are
FileMaker Certified Developers


NightWing Enterprises is pleased to embrace the developer certification program sponsored by Claris Inc. We are proud to confirm that our team leaders were among the first developers in the world to meet the requirements for FileMaker Developer certification (with the introduction of certification for the FileMaker 7 product range). We have certified developers on staff for all versions for which certification has been available since v7!

In our view certification benefits customers and developers alike. It sets standards of development across the board, establishing goals for both amateur and professional developers. At the same time, it signals the maturity of FileMaker products, of FileMaker as a development platform and of the industry within which the process is occurring. Most importantly, however, certification provides clients and prospective clients with a level of confidence about the commitment and capabilities of those on whom they depend for technology advice and support.

The developer certification program, at its inception, was a significant step and confirms the industry standing of FileMaker and its established body of developers and professionals. Each major FileMaker version since the release of FileMaker 7 in 2004 has represented a significant increase in the scope of the platform and in the demands made of those who choose to work with it. We are among developers worldwide who have signaled a commitment to the technology FileMaker offers for the present and the future.

Certification is a carefully monitored and externally authenticated process by which a developer is required to demonstrate significant and detailed knowledge of the FileMaker Pro programming environment, including:
  • Product metrics, capabilities and specifications
  • Database design methodologies and data architectures
  • The calculation engine and advanced coding practices
  • Application automation and complex scripting challenges
  • Integration and interchange of data between platforms and products
  • Deployment options and optimal configuration considerations
Claris Inc. (then FileMaker Inc.) had this to say about the introduction of the FileMaker developer certification process:

"[Certification provides] validation that the consultant is a
FileMaker Certified Developer and has technical knowledge
of the complete FileMaker product line..."

Certification is an independent and externally run examination that presents developers with a rigorous and challenging test of their knowledge and capability. Having participated in this process we can confirm that the procedures and the tests themselves are thorough and fair. Whilst certification is not everything, we are confident that the 'FileMaker Certified Developer' badge can be taken to signify that its holders have a body of core knowledge pertinent to the development and deployment of complex and modern FileMaker solutions.

Ray Cologon
NightWing Enterprises Pty Ltd


Flight to FileMaker DevCon, Phoenix 2004

Image taken in transit to the FileMaker Developer Conference in Phoenix Arizona.