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Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., Announces Release of BASh v1.5.7

Vero Beach, FL - Monday, June 4th, 2001: Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., today announced the release of BASh v1.5.7 for Macintosh and Windows. BASh is a 4th Dimension component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, encoding and cryptography routines, and much, much more.

BASh is the first 4D component publicly available after the release of 4D v6.7.0 by 4D, Inc., and 4D SA. And, in keeping with the tradition of offering high quality and services, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., has made the BASh component available for free to the developer community.

"We continue to expand the functionality available within BASh", said Steven G. Willis, President, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc. "Version 1.5.7 includes 2 completely new modules of code and over 20 new routines. The usefulness of the code within the BASh component continues to grow and the we pleased that so many developers continue to adopt it in their 4D projects."

BASh v1.5.7 contains 23 new methods, including 2 new modules of code. All total, the BASh component now consists of 246 methods across 24 modules of code. The manual is almost 325 pages long and describes every single method call in detail. As well, this release of the BASh component includes the documentation module, z_Library, as a separate 4D Insider library.

Developers Everywhere are Talking

"4D should put BASh in the box with 4D. This free component provides dozens of utility routines every 4D programmer is likely to need. I particularly appreciate that many of the most common, and tedious, conversion tasks are handled so gracefully. The dynamic variable assignment module is worth the price of the component alone! This code eliminates one of the 4D languages limits while treading lightly on RAM. Thanks to Deep Sky for their generosity in writing and upgrading this great tool. I've never gotten a 250 page manual with a free developer tool before."

 - David Adams, Island Data Management
      Kailua, HI
      dpadams@island-data.com, 20010215

"... the DSS part looks real cool and there's more than that in [BASh] which saves me from trying to wrap up my own versions of similar nature nicely..."

 - Mark Mitchenall, Mitchenall.COM
      London, England
      mark@mitchenall.com, 20001211

"I have been using the DSS module for some time now. It's rock solid code. The ability to use the DSS module to implement a type of 'pointer to local variable', makes programming 4D more intuitive and flexible. Combine DSS with ObjectTools and you have a very powerful solution to handle all those AreaList Pro objects in your database. And now it's bundled with a bunch of other useful stuff. So why not do yourself a favour, install BASh. You'll thank yourself for it, I guarantee it."

 - Phillip Hall, Sapphire Software Pty. Limited
      Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
      phillip@sapphire.com.au, 20001123

"Even if you only use the variable management system (DSS), this component will allow you to structure your code as never before. This and the other modules provided in BASh will provide even experienced developers with features that they would have been using for years if only they had been able to invest their time in the coding effort. Most of us have not."

 - John Macrae, C4i Limited
      Forncett St. Peter, Norwich, England
      jmacrae@c4i.com, 20001127

Features in the BASh component

The BASh component consists of many different modules of methods which provide extensive utility services in 4th Dimension applications. The list of modules currently available in the BASh component is:

  • ARR - Array sizing, management, and manipulation methods;
  • # BLOB - BLOB management and manipulation methods;
  • CODEC - encoding and decoding support for common formats;
  • CONV - conversion methods to handle data and type conversions;
  • CRYPT - encryption and decryption routines;
  • DATE - provides basic date manipulation routines;
  • DSS - Dynamic Stack Space; reusable variable management system;
  • DTS - Date-Time Stamps; generation and manipulation methods;
  • ENV - environmental information (program, OS, CPU, etc.);
  • FILE - path and file name utilities;
  • INIT - module and component initialization;
  • NULL - Variable clearing and initialization methods;
  • NVP - named value pair utilities and management;
  • PROS - process information accessors;
  • * PTEXT - parameter text replacement routines;
  • RES - resource management and utility methods;
  • SEM - Semaphore management methods;
  • SERNO - serial number generation and confirmation methods;
  • # STR - string manipulation, formatting, and filtering methods;
  • TIME - Time manipulation methods;
  • TYPE - Variable type comparison methods;
  • * URL - URL creation and extraction routines;
  • VAR - Variable utility methods;
  • WORD - manipulators for non-native four-byte values.
* - new to the latest release of BASh
# - expanded within the latest release of BASh

New Features in v1.5.7

Version 1.5.7 of the BASh component contains 23 new methods, including 2 new modules of code. Additions have been made to the BLOB and STR modules, particularly for searches and replacements.

PTEXT is a new module in this release of BASh. The PTEXT module provides direct replacement routines for parameter text values. This eases considerably the creation of templated values within 4th Dimension.

The URL modules is another new addition to the BASh component. The URL module provides RFC compliant routines for creating and parsing URLs. Nine different URL schemes are supported, including HTTP, FTP, MailTo, and File.

A case sensitive BLOB search routine has been added to complement the existing non-case sensitive BLOB search routine. As well, case and non-case sensitive search and replace routines for BLOBs have been added in this release.

New STR position commands have also been added in this version of the BASh component. Routines for finding the position of particular alpha, numeric, and alphanumeric values have been added to aid in parsing and filtering routines.

Version 1.5.7 also includes a new Affix BASh document for placement in the 4DX folder. The Affix BASh document contains all of the data and resources necessary for the BASh component to operate seemlessly in all 4D projects.

4D Pack, the plugin available from 4D, Inc., and 4D SA, is now a part of the BASh component. Macintosh and Windows versions of 4D Pack v6.7.1 have been included with the BASh component archive for ease of installation into all 4D projects.

All of the new methods within the BASh v1.5.7 release are readily upgradeable for current users of BASh. There are no changes required in existing code to begin using the new version of BASh.

Pricing and Availability

The BASh component is officially released as peepware. For those unfamiliar with peepware, it is similar to postcardware except that Marshmallow Peeps (more information about Marshmallow Peeps available at http://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/) are requested from those developers that find the BASh component to be useful in their 4th Dimension projects.

The BASh component can be downloaded by following the Downloads link on the Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., website, located at:


The BASh component can also be found by following the Freeware link on the 4D Zine web site and searching for "BASh". The 4D Zine web site can be found at:


About Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

Based in Vero Beach, Florida, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., provides software development, consulting, hosting, and colocation services. Founded in 1997, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., develops and supports a wide variety of software development tools and services to aid in the creation of custom applications and web sites for the Macintosh and Windows platform. For more information, please visit our home page at http://www.deepskytech.com/.

For more information contact:

Steven G. Willis
President, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.
(561) 794-9494

All trade names referenced in this document are the trademark or registered trademark of their respective holder.

BASh is copyright Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

4th Dimension, ACI, ACI US, 4D Compiler, 4D, 4D Server, 4D Client, and 4D Insider are trademarks of 4D, Inc.

4D Pack plugin is provided courtest, and with permission, of 4D, Inc.

AreaList Pro is a trademark of Foresight Solutions, Inc.

Macintosh and MacOS are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.

Marshmallow Peeps and Just Born are trademarks of Just Born, Inc.

ObjectTools is the sole property of Automated Solutions Group.

Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.


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