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Maintenance & Security Center

A toolset for 4D database monitoring, maintenance, optimization, and backups. Can be run manually or automatically.

4D provides an integrated Maintenance and Security Center (MSC) that makes running and managing your databases much simpler and easier.

 

Database administrators (and, if you wish, users) now have access to a fully functional graphic toolset for 4D database maintenance, optimization, and backups.

 

4D Plug-in SDK

The open source 4D Plug-in SDK is an essential tool that simplifies the task of developing 4D plug-ins. It writes the code 4D needs to correctly load a plug-in, allowing you to concentrate on your own code.

One of the strongest points in 4D is its ability to integrate plug-ins, written in C or C++ language. Plug-ins add to the richness of the 4D language and interface.


Add new commands
Although the 4D language already contains one thousand commands, developers can use C or C++ to come up with more ways to enhance and extend its functionality. These plug-ins allow 4D applications to meet business-specific needs or to achieve complex integration with other environments.

4D ODBC Driver

Access your database from other applications via the ODBC protocol.

Thanks to the 4D ODBC driver, any application able to “speak” ODBC can access the data in your 4D databases.


This makes it easy to produce graphs and reports using your data with Crystal Reports or Microsoft Excel, or even to create a Microsoft Word report, merge it with a set of contacts, and e-mail everyone the resulting documents.

 

More openness
With ODBC is supported in both Windows and Mac OS, you can run fully cross-platform applications using these functions.

 

Web Services Server

4D has one-click integration with Web Services, making it easy to take advantage of the Web's openness in a 4D application.

Form Wizard

Lets you generate user-friendly dialog boxes to display your data.

Compiler

A cross-platform compiler. Compiled code runs faster and is more secure.

Integrated Backup

Run backups of your data, as well as a tool to restore data from an archive. All the parameters can be set programmatically to fully automate the backup system.

Compiled Components

Build code libraries or applications and make them reusable and integrable into other developments by simple drag and drop. Compiling the component makes it faster and lets you protect your source code.

4D Interpreted Desktop

4D Interpreted Desktop lets you deploy stand-alone, single user interpreted 4D applications on an unlimited number of machines.

“Interpreted” is similar to “compiled” in that 4D software is embedded in your application, so your users won’t need a copy of 4D on their computer to run the application. But unlike compiled applications, the source code is not protected from view. If you want to distribute compiled applications, you will need to upgrade to 4D Developer Professional.

 

Included in 4D Interpreted Desktop

• SQL database engine

• Interpreted application support

4D Unlimited Desktop

4D Unlimited Desktop lets you deploy stand-alone single user compiled or interpreted 4D applications on an unlimited number of machines.

4D Unlimited Desktop allows you to deploy compiled versions of your 4D applications to users. Your users will not need a copy of 4D on their computer to run these applications. Deployment licenses for office productivity applications 4D Write and 4D View are also included in 4D Unlimited Desktop.

 

Included in 4D Unlimited Desktop

• SQL database engine

• Supports both compiled and interpreted applications