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Vero Beach, FL - Friday, July 6th, 2001: Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., today announced the release of BASh v1.5.9 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.
BASh v1.5.9 contains 12 new methods. All total, the BASh component now consists of 264 methods across 24 modules of code. The manual is over 330 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
"... 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
"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
"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
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:
# - expanded within the latest release of BASh
New Features in v1.5.9
Version 1.5.9 of the BASh component contains 12 new methods. Additions have been made to the ARR, BLOB, and CODEC modules.
A generic binary search routine has been added to the ARR module. This allows for very fast searching within a sorted array of values. A supporting routine for finding a range of exact values has been included, as well.
There are two new BLOB routines in this release. BLOB_XOR_Bytes will XOR the contents of two BLOBs and return the XOR contents into a third referenced BLOB. BLOB_Change_Case will change the case of the contents of a BLOB, allowing for direct uppercase and lowercase functionality within a BLOB.
There have been many additions to the CODEC module. Routines have been added to support encoding and decoding using UUEncode of texts, BLOBs, and documents. As well, routines have been added for generating Keyed MD5 hashes and CRAM-MD5 hashes.
Version 1.5.9 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 v1.5.9 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/.
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