We have several committees working on school improvement and they want
to survey the entire students body, staff, etc. In some cases they want
everyone to do the survey at once which prohibits doing it via a web
browser as we have far fewer computers than we have people in the
I actually don't want to go down the road of bubble sheets but probably
don't have a choice. The leadership team, as a whole, is very keen on
As far as FilemakerServer goes, are you sure it is a true client server
model?We run Filemaker version 6 along with the server (I forget the
version number one back from the latest). We have OK performace over T-1
quality lines; anything less than that it is a dog. We installed
Terminal Server to rectify the perfomance issues. We experimented with
web based solution in version 6 and were dissatisifed.
Ed Crelin seemed to suggest that this was greatly improved in Verion 7.
I agree with everyone, that Filemaker is hand down the easiest databse
out there for the end user and people like us that have to develop
databases when we aren't professional database developers but we have
had performance issues across slower WAN links and we have not always
been satisifed with Filemaker support. We were running it on a Linux
server. At one point I needed to talk to their Linux guys about an
access issue and they knew less about Linux than I did. It was a most
unsatisfactory experience. We wound up moving the Filemaker server onto
a Windows box because their Linux people were completely unable to help
us solve the problem. Their linux support at that time wasn't even luke
I searched Filemaker newsgroups and I found people with similar issues
to ours but no solutions. If these issues are resolved in version 7
It was this experience with Filemaker support that caused me to start
looking at MySQL as perhaps being a better solution fo a central
databease that needs to be accessed by remote sites. Having to install
terminal server to service Filemaker seems like the tail is starting to
wag the dog.
David Tisdell. Computer Coordinator
Mt. Mansfield Union High School
211 Browns Trace
Jericho, VT 05465
[log in to unmask] (e-mail)
>>> [log in to unmask] 12/1/2004 2:40:07 PM >>>
In a message dated 12/1/04 9:13:12 AM, [log in to unmask]
> It is not a true client
> server databse app and I am seeing that need more and more.
If you use FileMaker Server it is. However, reading the bubble sheets
I'm curious, what are the bubble sheets you are scanning? We used to
them and Scantron for taking attendance at Spaulding High School but
system a long time ago because it was cumbersome and just too prone to
and breakdowns. At Barre City and Barre Town teachers submit daily
attendance electronically using Chancery SMS with two mouse clicks.
We will most
likely use the same system at Spaulding next year.
Tommy J. Walz
Barre Supervisory Union
120 Ayers St.
Barre VT 05641
This e-mail may contain information protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If this e-mail contains student information and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA, please notify the sender. Federal regulations require that you destroy this e-mail without reviewing it and you may not forward it to anyone.