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BASh v1.6.2 Released by Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

Vero Beach, FL - Friday, January 4th, 2002: Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., today announced the release of BASh v1.6.2 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 v1.6.2 contains 24 new methods and 2 new modules. All total, the BASh component now consists of 328 methods across 27 modules of code. The manual is over 380 pages long and describes every single method call in detail. The manual has been redone completely and now includes a complete bookmark listing throughout the PDF. As well, this release of the BASh component includes the documentation module, z_Library, as a separate 4D Insider library.

Developers Everywhere are Talking

"Just thought I'd let you know that your last message caused a light to suddenly flicker on in my head as to how 4D works. I've now got my database almost all rebuilt with most all of the functions I ever wanted, in less than a full day's work! Now, I'm going to venture into actually defining my relations (I've been doing this through Lasso) and putting a real user interface on the whole thing. Thanks for your help and thanks so much for your wonderful BASh component. I'm using the Date Time Stamps, Sequence numbers, some encoding and I've just started playing with the array module. I can't imagine having done all of this without BASh."

 - Tom Wiebe, The Image Foundation
      tom@imagefoundation.com, 20011208

"The real benefits here are that it (BASh) is already documented, thoroughly debugged, and from a top-notch programmer. Heck, I trust HIS code _more_ than my own! Mine doesn't have hundreds (or thousands?) of developers banging on it... I've been adding more and more of BASh to my everyday arsenal. You don't have to learn it all at once. The DSS component alone is worth the added "clutter". I personally think BASh is a great little treasure chest."

 - Doug Hall
      doug_hall@aidt.edu, 20010905

"If you are using 4D 6.7.x, get a copy of the BASh component from DeepSky. Once you read through the documentation, you'll realize how much time it will save you-the string, date/time and array handling methods are worth the download time in themselves. I haven't gotten into other things yet, but..."

 - Bradley S. Criss
      bscriss@home.com, 20010808

"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, Lamina Limited
      Forncett St. Peter, Norwich, England
      jmacrae@lamina.co.uk, 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;
  • INT - interruption manager;
  • NULL - Variable clearing and initialization methods;
  • NVP - named value pair utilities and management;
  • PROS - process information accessors;
  • PTEXT - parameter text replacement routines;
  • * QUIT - controlled clean up of BASh data structures;
  • # RES - resource management and utility methods;
  • SEM - Semaphore management methods;
  • * SEQ - flexible sequence number module;
  • 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 v1.6.2

Version 1.6.2 of the BASh component contains 24 new methods and 2 new modules. Additions have been made to the CONV, DATE, DSS, ENV, and RES modules. The QUIT and SEQ modules are both new to this release of BASh.

Many bug fixes have been included in this version, especially for some of the BLOB and STR searching routines. As well, there have been many improvements made in the speed of the BLOB searching routines.

Of particular interest in this release of BASh is the addition of the SEQ (Sequence Number) module. The SEQ module provides for a robust and flexible sequence number module to be used in either single user or client/server 4D installations. Full support for recycling sequence numbers and no correlation to the 4D table structure allows for great flexibility when using the SEQ module.

Version 1.6.2 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 v1.6.2 release are readily upgradeable for current users of BASh. There is are no changes required in existing code to begin using the new version of BASh with the exception of a single addition to be made in some of the database methods.

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

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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 courtesy, 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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