SVMUG Monthly Meeting July 17, 2017 - Build Mac Apps with 4D

posted Jul 12, 2017, 3:58 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is July 17, 2017 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. We are meeting in our “usual” place: Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room in Building 1950 at Google in Mountain View, CA. Directions below. 

TOPIC:  Build Mac Apps with 4D

More than 30 years ago, 4D began on the Mac as the first graphical relational database on the market. Today it is a cross-platform integrated environment for building standalone and networked business applications. 

At its heart, 4D is a GUI that makes the complex process of building a Mac application possible by mere mortals. Our presenters will be sharing with SVMUG attendees what a power user could do with 4D without writing any code. Their demo includes how to import sample data, relating it to each other and building a simple UI to present and edit it. Whether you are a Mac hobbyist or want to include more Mac tools into your office, they will show you how you can get started with 4D.



Brian Young - Technical Marketing Manager • 4D Inc.

Brian Young has been with 4D Inc since 2013. His many roles include Emceeing the annual 4D Summit developer conference, running webinars and communicating with the 4D developer community. As a long-time Mac power user, he fondly remembers the time before the OS was named macOS, Mac OS X or Mac OS. Brian’s past includes a career in computer graphics and movie special effects. He is an infrequent podcaster and a part time iOS Developer.

Add Komoncharoensiri - Director of Technical Services • 4D Inc.

Add Komoncharoensiri (Ko-mon-cha-ron-see-ree) has been a key member of the 4D technical support team since 2000. While at 4D, he has served as Technical Support Engineer, 4D Evangelist, Internal Applications Manager and his current roles as Director of Technical Services. Add received a BS degree in Computer Sciences from San Jose State University in 2000. He is passionate about user experience (UX) and user interface programming and 4D Web development.

OPEN SOURCE: KeePass - Robert Brown

KeePass -- OSS password management. 

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).


We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. There is a long line of EV car parking in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is also a Google employee (only) cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 

Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

NOTE: We have heard that the regular car/phone map instructions can be confusing so please use the interactive google map url below so you can see the target building and surrounding areas. Once you get there, all the buildings tend to look alike and you may not see the building numbers as you are driving around the parking lot.



If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".


-- From Highway 101, take the Amphitheater Parkway exit, which is also Rengstorff Avenue; Head North.

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.

NOTE:  From 101 and the N Shoreline exit. Go Left onto Charleston Rd.

Look at the Interactive Google Map (above) so you can find the creek as a landmark. If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van or black mobile fitness truck called “HIIT” parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark. There are a bunch of EV parking spots right near the building where the meeting takes place.



6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge from our host.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: 4D - Brian Young, Add Komoncharoensiri

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: KeePass - Robert Brown

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

9:30 PM - All done! Clean up after ourselves and go home.


July 17 - 4th Dimension

Aug 21 - Duilio Proni of ChronoSync

Sep 18 - TBD

Oct 16 - Michelle Carter, author


July 17 Building 1950, Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Aug 21 Building 1950, Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

NOTE:  We are busy working on getting speakers for future months! Is there a new product or technology you think the group would like to know about? Who would you like us to bring back? Do you have a contact for us? Let us know.


You’ll receive 2 raffle tickets when you bring food to share. Please feel free to bring in items for raffle if you have them or obtain them from a vendor. When in doubt, ask one of the volunteers if the item would be good for raffle. If you have something else that you think would be good for the FREE pile, bring it, mark it FREE and place it on one of the tables near the food table. Just be sure to remove it at the end of the meeting if it does not go to a new home. We have enough to carry in and out each meeting. Thanks!



SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

SVMUG meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of each month (with some holiday exceptions such as Jan and Feb). Meetings are free and open to the public. Audience members may arrive or depart at their convenience, so feel free to arrive late, or leave early if you wish.

SVMUG started as the South Bay branch of the Berkeley Mac User Group (BMUG), and lives on after the dissolution of the main organization. We hold monthly meetings on the Google campus in Mountain View, focusing on user support, vendor demonstrations, and community contacts.



Did you know that we have a Yahoo Group Email List? You can join here:

The email list is where the announcements are sent and members can ask questions at any time. You can set your email settings to get individual emails or a daily digest or only the special announcements like this one. Or, if you prefer no emails, you can just go directly to the yahoo group to read the messages there. You can always check the website for announcements.


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