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07/09/2010

 

This blog post is the second in a four-part series written in French in September 2009.

 

Following the example of using two fields to mark a record with date and time, let’s now look at timestamps.

 

The principle of the timestamp is to combine in a single field, in the most compact way possible, the information needed to memorize the date and time. Of course, the less space we attribute for storage, the smaller the amplitude of possible values.

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03/09/2010

This blog post is the first of a four-part series written in French in September 2009.

 

Far be it from me to rip off Marguerite Duras (writer of Hiroshima, My Love) with such a title, just that I want to express how much timestamps have simplified my life and how much I love to use them. I could even say that timestamps are the bomb, pun somewhat intended…

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02/09/2010

The end of support and end of upgrades for the 4D 2004 product line are set for late October and mid-December, respectively.

Six years after its release and one year after announcing its “Sunset” phase, the end of upgrades to newer versions and support for 4D 2004 have now been officially scheduled.

 

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19/08/2010

This morning, as on most days, I was taking a stroll through my code. A little walk, cool, restful – kind of a country walk. The fact is: I’m back from vacation and during the week off, I successfully managed to not launch 4D for three straight days. After such a big break, any doctor will agree: You must go back into work slowly. Very slooooooooowly.

 

While modifying the code for a method, I was thinking that, after all, 4D v12’s new Method Edtior really rocks.

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16/08/2010

The "Early Bird" registration period for 4D Summit 2010 in San Diego, California, has been extended until the end of August. This is your opportunity to save up to US$200, as well as take advantage of a reduced hotel rate.

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11/08/2010

If you're still thinking about participating in the biggest 4D gathering of the year, here are a few reasons to convince you that it'll be worth the trip.

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06/08/2010

Over several posts, I am spending some time on major new features of 4D v12 (released last June). Today, I’ll focus on a new major major-new-feature: The PHP Execute command, which allows the execution of PHP code.

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29/07/2010

Every major new version of 4D brings with it some new features. Whether major or minor, what is immediately interesting for a developer does not necessarily have the same importance to another. And vice versa, when you think about it.

 

I readily admit that this is stating the obvious. On the other hand, this is my place to write such things, even when they’re obvious.

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22/07/2010

While a program is running, we often need to access to some types of object properties. For example, we can dynamically move and resize an object, change it to bold or italic, or modify the title of a button...

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12/07/2010

A powerful, application-wide search and replace tool lets you find any item in the development environment. Your search can be as broad (any object, text, “contains” a string, etc.) or as restrictive (search for a specific constant using the full name) as you want, with results easy to view, organize and manipulate.

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