Author: Fabrice Mainguené

Fabrice Mainguené

• Product Owner •

Fabrice Mainguené joined 4D Program team in November, 2016. As a Product Owner, he is in charge of writing the user stories then translating it to functional specifications. His role is also to make sure that the feature implementation delivered is meeting the customer need.

After obtaining a Bachelor degree in Computer Science at CNAM, Fabrice joined a small software publishing company as a Windev developer. Then he worked for different companies in industry and trade areas as a Windev and web developer as well as technical advisor on new features.
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A new way to send mails

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We know the importance of sending emails and common a task it has become in today’s applications. For example, imagine you’re in a business and you want  to send an attractive email based on HTML with a few images or even a video, and attach a file to it (e.g., a purchase order or an invoice). And you want to do all of this with just a few lines of code. Code that is easy to write and understand. Well starting with 4D v17 R4, the previous scenario is now possible. That’s why we’ve enlarged the feature set related to emails.

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Work with .xlsx documents using 4D View Pro

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Do you need to open a Microsoft Excel document directly in your 4D View Pro area, or convert a 4D View Pro document to Microsoft Excel format to send it to a customer? It’s now possible! Thanks to this feature, your 4D business applications have taken a further step towards better compatibility with the MS Office environment.

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Write your own methods for objects

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A new command is at your disposal allowing you to use formulas in your code. You can now encapsulate them in objects and call them when needed. There’s no more need to write your code as text. Now you can just pass your formula in your command and that’s it! This is a great addition, since your code isn’t text, you can benefit from Syntax highlighting and all the other advanced functionalities of the code editor!

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Check out the Code Editor enhancements

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The 4D Code Editor just got more user friendly! Say hello to character completion for quote marks “ ”, parentheses ( ), brackets [ ], and curly braces { }, as well as command blocks (For…End for, If … End if, etc.). But that’s not all, bracket matching has also been added to help you manage your collections, and the syntax for user methods is now displayed in the status bar just like a 4D command syntax!

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New look for file and folder dialogs on Windows

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The dialog boxes created by Select folder and the dialog box opened by 4D have now been updated with the latest version of Windows File Explorer. The overall user experience is improved, as you can now easily select your file or folder from different sources such as your computer, network or even your OneDrive account!

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Use methods and database fields in 4D View Pro

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With 4D v17 R2, it’s now possible to call 4D project methods and fields from within your formulas. This not only extends the possibilities of your 4D View Pro documents, but as the conversion process is continuously improved, calls to 4D methods and fields in converted 4D View documents are also preserved. 

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Preemptive Web Services Server and Client

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Preemptive Web Services allow your applications to take full advantage of multi-core computers resulting in faster responses for simultaneous requests. It’s not only powerful, it’s also easy: from the Method Properties of any method, just select the “Can be run in preemptive processes” option and you’re off and running!

A 4D method can be preemptive or not according to compilation options and the use of the language, as explained in this post.

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Create a 4D View Pro document offscreen

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Do you need to create a 4D View Pro document using code, without any user interface? It’s possible! Because 4D View Pro documents are objects, it’s very easy to create off-screen documents. You can create a new document in a variable of object type and manipulate it through its properties. When your document is ready, you can register it in your database, in a file, or display it directly in a 4D View Pro area.