Product

OB New: an easy way to initialize an object

Discover OB New, the new command of 4D to initialize an object. This command allows you to either create an empty object or create it with some initial properties and values. OB SET is now becoming unnecessary in several situations, OB New is enough.

OB New also allows to re-initialize an temporary object in a loop or simply directly pass an object as a parameter to a 4D command requesting an object as parameter, as Get database measures or GRAPH commands for instance.

This new command changes your way to write 4D code in many situations. OB New creates an object and returns a reference to it. It allows more flexibility in your code. This command is the first of a series of new features related to  objects … Stay tuned !

Product 4D Write Pro Standard action

Create your own interface for 4D Write Pro

You want to quickly create a menu bar to manage your 4D Write Pro areas? You want to create your own contextual menu for your end-users ? You would like to create a color mosaic to change the document background? So this feature is made for you – and better, you do not even need to write a single line of code…

We added standard actions to handle 4D Write Pro areas. They can be defined at design phase or by programming. More than 80+ actions are available and to name just some of them: Font style (bold, italic, underline), Font color, Background color, Text alignment (left, center, right, justify…), Borders (style, color, width, radius…), Spellchecker actions…

Something important to notice, when assigned to interface objects, standard actions automatically handle the activation/disabling of the object depending on the context. Easy!

Tips Standard action for 4D Styled text

Discover all options to use Standard Actions

Some developers believe that automatic actions are for beginners. However they might have missed a lot of potential we added in the last years. Standard actions, such as First Record or color?value=red, can be assigned to a button in the user interface or by programming. The action can be assigned to a menu item, context menu, or invoked with a command. A benefit is that 4D also automatically handles the menu item or button deactivation whenever the action is not applicable (for instance, as if there is no next record).

And from 4D v16 R3, the list of standard actions is growing: over 100 new standard actions have been added for 4D Write Pro and Styled Text, allowing to build for instance a toolbar without writing a line of code!

News

Altura-free 4D Server Windows 64 bits coming soon

4D is moving forward to provide you with a full Altura-free Windows product line. This will allow us to internally use some modern technologies and make you benefit from it, such as support of Single Document Interface (SDI) windows for instance.

End of last year, we did a first announcement to share with you how we will proceed with the removal of Altura. With 4D v16 R2, we have delivered the Altura-free final version of 4D Developer Edition and 4D Volume Desktop Windows 64-bit. The last step is 4D Server, and this will happen in a near future. We are actually going to remove Altura library from 4D Server Windows 64 bits in a coming 4D v16 R-release.

News

4D v16 R3 beta test starts today!

I am pleased to announce that the beta testing of 4D v16 R3 starts today! So what are the new features available in 4D v16 R3 beta?

New perspectives using standard actions

4D v16 R3 is bringing wider possibilities using the standard actions mechanism. As a reminder, standard actions – such as First Record (existing) or color?value=red (new) – can be assigned to a button or a menu item in the user interface or by programming. A benefit is that 4D also automatically handles the menu item deactivation whenever the action is not applicable.

New commands to handle actions

Using INVOKE ACTION, you can trigger any standard action, optionally in the target context. To know if the standard action is applicable and valid in the current context, you can use the Get action info new command.

News v16 R2

4D v16 R2 is available!

Upgrade now and benefit from the power of 4D v16 R2. Rapidly create and deploy robust and beautifully designed applications that solve complex problems!

  • Use the 4D Write Pro ruler to easily control the position of elements
  • Query your object fields using criteria on array elements
  • Use the highly professional feature – instant snapshots of 4D data with VMWare vSphere or Windows Server 2016 Snapshot Support
  • Personalize the list box selection highlight color
  • Use the new rendering engine for Web areas based on Blink from Google
  • Use 4D entirely in 64-bit
Events

LR presents the new Cache Manager at 4D Summit 2016

Cache management is actually a key element of the database management, Laurent Ribardière presents at 4D Summit Portland 2016 the new cache manager he implemented in the 4D v16 64-bit version.

Before watching the technical presentation with details about the implementation, we recommend to start with these two blog posts, describing the feature benefit itself: