Sweetwater Sound is one of the largest online retailers of musical instruments and pro audio equipment in the United States and beyond. Since its start in 1979, Sweetwater has been making musicians’ lives better by providing every customer with a Sales Engineer. A Sales Engineer is a customer’s “person on the inside”, reaching out to share deals and promotions, following through on previous purchases, and helping guide a customer through any sized purchase. Whether you are buying a pack of guitar strings or building a professional grade recording studio, your Sales Engineer will be there every step of the way. But who is there for the Sales Engineer?
The web is a powerful platform! This statement is not new in 2019, but it is constantly evolving and giving developers new and creative ways to reach the end user.
This demo will highlight a 4D component that provides Web Socket communication from within 4D to a web client (Chrome/Safari/Firefox/Edge/etc). Web Sockets are a (semi-) new way to keep a connection open with a web client to the server for real-time communication.
January 16th Meeting – Kentika: an API for efficient electronic document management in 4D, Alexandre Bernard
Kentika is a French company that has been developing electronic document management (EDM) software in 4D for the last 30 years. Now with about 2000 installations, mostly in Europe and Canada, the PRO version of Kentika allows users to manage all kinds of documents and metadata as well as associated access rights and flows.
Using 4D v17 Dynamic Forms for Custom Label Printing, Tim Nevels
Tim Nevels, President of Innovative Solutions, will give us a backstage tour of a recent project he is working on in which printing labels is a major part of the database application. Literally thousands of mission critical labels are printed each day by each client in the format that they prefer — and in some cases require. The content and position of items on the labels change with every new client in order to support many different types of label printers and precisely positioned necessary label content. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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