Author: Roland Lannuzel

Roland Lannuzel

• Product Owner & 4D Expert •

After studying electronics, Roland went into industrial IT as a developer and consultant, building solutions for customers with a variety of databases and technologies. In the late 80’s he fell in love with 4D and has used it in writing business applications that include accounting, billing and email systems.

Eventually joining the company in 1997, Roland’s valuable contributions include designing specifications, testing tools, demos as well as training and speaking to the 4D community at many conferences. He continues to actively shape the future of 4D by defining new features and database development tools.

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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 …

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Migrate 4D Write documents stored in picture fields

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4D Write Pro has become a mature product with a lot of functionalities, surpassing the 4D Write plug-in in many areas (tables and bookmarks, for example). Furthermore, 4D Write Pro is 64-bits compliant, which is great since most operating systems will soon be 64-bits only. Migrating your documents from 4D Write to 4D Write Pro is a “must do”. In order to help you and your customers’ migrations, we’ve simplified the migration process with a ready-to-use component!

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ORDA – Genealogy – Episode three

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In the first  and second episodes of this trilogy, we demonstrated the basics of ORDA using list boxes, entities, and entity selections. We also showed the way to use similar list boxes with distinct data sources and how to use Meta info expression to improve the list boxes’ graphics.

Today we’re going to have even more fun, with less code!

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ORDA – Genealogy – Episode two

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In the first episode of this trilogy, we demonstrated the basics of ORDA using list boxes, entities, and entity selections. Today, we’re going a bit deeper by running some queries that will take advantage of recursive relationships. We’ll also have a quick look at how to display list boxes nicely using the “meta info expression” property.

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ORDA – Genealogy – Episode one

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We can all agree that ORDA is a great 4D V17 feature. A kind of revolution in the way of thinking and programming. 4D databases will never be seen the same way as before.

ORDA allows you to conceive advanced applications in less time, with more readable and clean code. To show you the power of ORDA we’ve prepared a series of tips for you, divided into three episodes. In this first episode, we’ll demonstrate how links should now be considered more as entities and entity collections, and we’ll show you how listboxes can now be based on entity selections, rather than selections or arrays.

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4D Write Pro: A new bar is born!

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the birth of a new element in the 4D Write Pro Family: a new toolbar for 4D Write Pro!

Thanks to a design on point, the user experience is even better for creating documents. 

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Flash news about 4D Write Pro and anchored images

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Flash news: 4D Write Pro anchored images now support 4D Expressions!

Since 4D v16 R6, it’s been possible to add anchored images to 4D Write Pro documents. Once inserted, these images were static, either defined with a picture variable (or field), or by a picture path. Today, you have more flexibility: a valid 4D expression can also be associated to an anchored picture!

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Table pagination in 4D Write Pro

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Tables are a great feature in 4D Write Pro since they open a whole new world of possibilities. Their flexibility allows them to hold as many rows and columns as needed, and the cells can contain paragraphs and pictures.

Things just got even better with 4D v17 R2 thanks to a new feature: table pagination! And you don’t have to manage the pagination yourself, it’ll be fully automatic. No more counting rows to check a page’s size or orientation. From now on, the tables are dynamically split when a page or a column break occurs.

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Times inside objects… (and everywhere else)

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Objects are at it again, continuing to demonstrate their utility to ease your life as a developer.

Using time (or duration) values inside of objects is now smoother and more intuitive. Beginning with 4D v17, times inside objects are set as seconds  – and not milliseconds!