Version 17 of the FileMaker platform was released earlier today (yay!), and I decided to use the announcement as a way to start writing about custom software development using the FileMaker platform. I'm new to the blogging world, but not to the internet or FileMaker, so please feel free to (gently) give me feedback on how I'm doing. If you have suggestions on topics for future articles, let me know via the contact form. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's get to it!