September 26th Meeting – Subforms as dynamic data objects – Rethinking the 4D form, Kirk Brooks

September 26, 2018, 12:00 noon, CDT (UTC−5:00)

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Subforms as dynamic data objects – Rethinking the 4D form, Kirk Brooks

Kirk Brooks of The Energy House will introduce you to the new way of thinking about the whole structure of a 4D database as compared to simply figuring out how to make it do what 4D has always done before.  This 4D v17 demo encapsulates new approaches to interface development with a focus on object based definition of dynamic forms and subforms made available via component.

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August 8th Meeting – Configuration management for IT infrastructure using 4D, Balinder Walia

August 8, 2018, 12:00 noon, CDT (UTC−5:00)

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Configuration management for IT infrastructure using 4D, Balinder Singh Walia

Let’s dive deep into the cloud and check out a 4D demo application running on Amazon Web Services (AWS)! See how the entire infrastructure, like EC2 instances, web server config, networking, ports, passwords, etc., can be fully automated and managed by 4D and Ansible Automation and Configuration management tool.

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June 27th Meeting – List box going in a new dimension with ORDA, Thomas Maul

June 27, 2018, 12:00 noon, CDT (UTC−5:00)

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List box going in a new dimension with ORDA, Thomas Maul

ORDA (Object Relational Data Access) was the top highlight of 4D Summit 2018, is the main feature in 4D v17 and will have a huge impact on how you will write code in the future. But, it is not only about coding.  The “A” in ORDA is about accessing data, and this includes using data in forms, especially in a list box.

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April 25th Meeting – 4D with a Xojo Web app front end, John Baughman

April 25, 2018, 12:00 noon, CDT (UTC−5:00)
116 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 3rd floor
Please RSVP if attending in person

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Leveraging 4D with a Xojo Web app front end

John Baughman from BY’te DESIGN Hawaii will present an introduction to building web applications using the Xojo, formerly RealBasic, IDE. The basics of the Xojo IDE and deployment options will be covered as well as a look at the code he uses in 4D to communicate with the Xojo web app.  John currently has 5 Xojo web applications font-ending 4D databases and finds them especially easy to build, deploy, and maintain.

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Vote for the next 4D product name!

In our recent meeting, we noted that it seems 4D has used Marvel comics theming for their new product development on several occasions in the past.  Who is the Marvel fan at 4D?!?!  Check out the discussion here.

Perhaps we can offer some suggestions for which character to use next!

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March 7th Meeting – Fintech Application Platform by IP Ventures, Steve Brown

March 7th, 2018, 6:00 PM, CST (UTC−6:00)

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Fintech Application Platform by IP VenturesSteve Brown

Let’s take a look at e-Premium, a state of the art lending solution used by financiers, lenders, and financial institutions to acquire and manage both commercial and consumer loans across a diverse range of asset classes and portfolios.  This demo will be from a users perspective to see how the application functions and review the advanced interface concepts at play. Continue reading

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4D Matters

On this Martin Luther King Day, I’d like to share a recent quote from the director of the Art Institute of Chicago, James Rondeau.

James Rondeau

Art Institute of Chicago

Art museums matter. As a museum director, one of my essential responsibilities is taking forward the unwavering commitment of my community—colleagues, artists, philanthropic supporters and visitors—to champion the power of art and the experiences that makers, museums and audiences create and share to make sense of our collective past, present and future.

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