News

4D v17 R3 is here!

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4D v17 R3 is now available! 

To whet your appetite, here’s an overview of what this R-release has to offer:

  • Create your own object methods and move one step closer towards classes in the 4D language.
  • More 4D for iOS features for a customized mobile application with data formatters, personalized templates, and the ability to add your own icons.  
  • The ability to export the .4DB file into multiple text files as a first step towards full source control support – coming in a future release.
  • 4D Write Pro is getting more feature-rich with new commands and attributes to create complex and beautiful documents.
  • Import and export Microsoft Excel documents (.xlsx format) with 4D View Pro.

All of this and more awaits you!

News

2018 in Review: Our top 10 blog posts of the year!

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It’s that time of the year where we take a look back at ten of our most-read posts. What a year it’s been! From ORDA to help you write code in an object-oriented mode, to 4D for iOS to extend your existing business applications to mobile devices, and much more. 2018 was filled with huge product announcements and a plethora of exciting features! Let’s take a look at the topics that grabbed your attention in 2018:

News

Happy New Year 2019 from the 4D team

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At the stroke of midnight, we wave goodbye to 2018 and head into an exciting and productive 2019. Here’s a video of the 4D teams wishing you all a very happy new year … from all over the world, in several different languages.

Tips

Bootstrap and 4D transformation tags

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Do you need to access your 4D data from a web page but don’t have a designer in your team? Are you uncomfortable designing the pages yourself because deep down you believe that it’s full of complicated and unwritten rules? Well, have you ever thought about Bootstrap?
In this blog post, we’ll look at how to take advantage of Bootstrap’s framework to design web pages in no time! We’ll also provide you with a database example to see how it can be combined with 4D transformation tags.

Tips

4D Write Pro and the UI widgets

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4D Write Pro has no default interface because it’s meant to be embedded in your application. Therefore, it needs to fit your user interface design and provide just the right amount of features for your use case(s). We decided to provide you an easy way to create your own interface with Standard Actions. Since starting from scratch is not always easy, we’ve made widgets available that you can use directly. Better yet, if you’re a partner, you can even customize them (i.e., remove features, change the order/organization of tabs, buttons, etc.)!

In this blog post, we’ll go through the interface possibilities offered by 4D Write Pro.

Tips

4D Write Pro: WP commands and beyond

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We’ve received comments on the forum and TAOW about features that previously existed in the 4D Write plug-in but seem to be missing in 4D Write Pro. Yet, they’ve been available for a long time!

In this blog post, we’ll go through a list of existing abilities in 4D Write Pro that seem to have gone unnoticed. In another words, 4D Write Pro features you didn’t know existed.

After all, 4D Write Pro is not limited to WP commands!

Tips

A component to export the structure file

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Thanks to 4D v17 R3, you can export your structure file in multiple text files. For example, with only a few lines of code you can create a copy of your database every morning. You can use this to keep track of the history or to send your database to a colleague and see the changes when they’re done working on it.

We provide you a ready-to-use component with only two methods: one to configure the data to be exported, and the other to export your database.

Product

Better documents with two new attributes

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To produce a nice document, you need to respect some typesetting rules and fundamentals. For example, the grammar, spelling, and structure of your document shows the quality of your text. One of these rules concerns the distribution of paragraphs and tables over multiple pages.

4D Write Pro offers you two options to manage paragraph distribution:

  • Avoid page break inside paragraphs or tables, and
  • Avoid widows and orphans for paragraphs or tables.

 

Let’s dig into more details.

Product

Improving databases tests

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As a developer, you’re aware that improving the quality of your developments is often based on unit tests. In order to launch these tests, developers and QA teams need tools to launch 4D databases in different modes (single user / client-server) and distinct environments (Macintosh / Windows).

4D products can already be launched using command line parameters to allow automatic testing or deployment. What if you want to create your own update mechanism or you need to handle a server farm with hundreds of 4D Servers running? Maybe you want to specify which database file to use – or pass parameters on launch …