A new tool at your fingertips to analyze debug logs

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With 4D v17 R5, we’ve improved the debug logs by adding methods and allowing each process to be traced independently. With this R-release, we’ve gone a step further by shipping a debug logs analyzer tool to help you monitor process execution. You’ll be able to see which processes are the most consuming, the call chain with the corresponding running time, and much more.


CRUD and more in 4D for iOS

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CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete), a pillar of database actions, makes its debut in 4D for iOS in 4D v17 R6.

In 4D v17 R5, we introduced actions so you could better interact with your 4D for iOS apps. This included the ability to create actions to execute 4D code from your iOS apps. Things are getting even more interesting with this R-release, now you can easily manage and edit your app content using parameters.


Retrieve the current execution call chain

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When programming an application, you may need to know where you are in your code, especially when one method calls other methods, which may then call other methods. That’s why it’s very helpful to see the chain of methods, or the call chain, during the debugging process. For this, 4D v17 R6 provides the new Get call chain command to give you an insight into the executed code. Now you won’t have to worry about getting lost anymore!


4D v17 R6 Beta starts today

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We’re pleased to announce the launch of beta testing for 4D v17 R6! Without further ado, let’s take a look and see what this R-release has in store for you:


  • 4D for iOS apps are taken to new heights thanks to the ability to manage and edit your app content using parameters.
  • Advanced programming capabilities at your disposal: from the ability to retrieve the current execution call chain, to a powerful new tool to analyze debug logs – just to name a few.
  • Sophisticated search criteria and optimized coding with new ORDA advances. 
  • Style customization, the use of collections to read and write values and formulas, along with more control over your methods are the new functionalities added to the ever-growing list of 4D View Pro features.
  • The beta tests for 4D Projects continue with 4D v17 R6, making it possible for you to take full advantage of a source control system.

4D v17 R5 is here

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4D v17 R5, one of the most feature-rich R-releases ever delivered, is now available!

Since we can’t list all of the nearly 30 features in a single blog post, here’s an overview of what this thrilling R-release has to offer:

  • A built-in solution to encrypt your customer’s data at the table level! So easy to use and so transparent, that there’s no need to change your code.
  • If you have an existing code or need to access external records via ODBC, reading 4D object fields is now possible.
  • Set tasks with actions, and have your app content up-to-date in a snap with some of the new 4D for iOS features.
  • With links to 4D methods, along with the simplification and flexibility of multiple commands, 4D Write Pro has taken things a step further.
  • A powerful ribbon-based toolbar for 4D View Pro is available for quick access to different commands.
  • ORDA has its share of features, including the possibility to write generic code and optimized performance in client/server mode.
  • There’s no more need for special configuration if you need to run multiple clients connected to the same database on a single computer. Things have gotten a lot easier, just run the clients and it’ll work!

We’ve only scratched the surface of what this R-release has in store for you. See all blog posts for 4D v17 R5!

Guest Post

Thoughts and reflections on 4D World Tour 2019

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Blog post by guest author Kirk Brooks, a 4D developer from San Francisco: 

Visiting 44 cities around the world to bring all the latest 4D developments, 4D World Tour 2019 finally arrived in Atlanta on April 8–9th 2019. The two-day event featured sessions and workshops with the 4D team. For me, this was the best World Tour so far . . . and I’ve been to them all!

The first day is free and in previous World Tours, day one was more of a sales pitch and feature overview. Not this time! There were 17 demo databases to highlight and present many of the new capabilities involving ORDA, Form, dynamic forms, and a more refined preview of 4D for iOS. There were a lot of useful elements you can pull right into a project.


Write generic code with the latest ORDA features

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ORDA has its share of features with 4D v17 R5, including various ways to write generic code.

Writing generic code allows you to centralize your code to facilitate updating it. Not only does it enable you to write reusable code that can be used in different use cases, freeing you from having to reinvent the wheel again and again, it also lets you add extra functionalities on top of what you’ve already done.