ORDA: Breaking news for entity selection methods

When it comes to ORDA, 4D v18 R3 is full of good news! New member methods are at your disposal to further enhance your coding experience.

For starters, extracting data from an entity selection has been greatly enriched allowing you to build a fully customized collection with your entity selection data.

In addition, we’re providing you a way to indicate to an entity selection that its data needs to be refreshed from the server immediately, invalidating cached data.

Interested in some details? Keep reading, everything you need to know is below. 

extract data from an entity selection

The new extract() member method is available on an entity selection

You can now build a customized collection from an entity selection!

Example 1

In the extract() member method, you can specify the dataclass attributes you want to extract and their names in the resulting collection.

Given this simple database:

We build a $mailing collection of objects with specific property names: “recipient, “city”, “zipCode”.


and here is the resulting

$mailing collection:


Example 2

Note that dataclass attributes which are a related entity can be extracted as a collection of entities.

A possible use case is to handle a collection of entities from different dataclasses.

In the example below, we build the Form.partners collection which contains entities from the Company and School dataclasses.



// $companies is a collection of entities of Company dataclass
// $schools is a collection of entities of School dataclass
Form.partners:=$companies.concat($schools) // Form.partners is a collection


Then, the Form.partners collection is ready to be displayed in a list box!blank

Check the documentation for the refresh() and extract() member methods to learn more!

Refresh an entity selection

The new refresh() member method is available on an entity selection. It invalidates the entity selection data in the ORDA cache so that the next time you use the data, it triggers an update from the server.

By default, the ORDA cache expires after 30 seconds, so use the refresh() member method just in case you need up to date data immediately.


You have some attributes of the Form.invoices entity selection displayed in a list box and at a given time, you want to display updates done by other clients on those entity selection attributes. Easy! Just use the refresh() member method.

Form.invoices.refresh() // The Form.invoices entity selection displayed data will be refreshed from the server


• Product Owner • Marie-Sophie Landrieu-Yvert has joined the 4D Product team as a Product Owner in 2017. As a Product Owner, she is in charge of writing the user stories then translating it to functional specifications. Her role is also to make sure that the feature implementation delivered is meeting the customer need.Marie-Sophie graduated from the ESIGELEC Engineering School and began her career as an engineer at IBM in 1995. She participated on various projects (maintenance or build projects) and worked as a Cobol developer. Then she worked as an UML designer and Java developer. Lately her main roles were analyzing and writing functional requirements, coordinate business and development teams.