Archive Method is a 4D system that collects all your methods in your 4D databases (as many as you want) into a single 4D database for version control, documentation and archiving in a single location.
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Archive Method allows the developer to monitor the changes over time and search for methods or code they have used in the past. If you have ever wondered where your routine for customizing mail addresses lives or what the latest version of your parsing routine is – Archive Method is the tool for you.
It is written by long-time 4D developer Dr. Robert Livingston to solve a need he had for keeping track of all his database methods. It is now available for all 4D programmers to use. He is always open to feature enhancements and considers every request as an opportunity to improve the product.
The Archive Method Project creates a personal archive of all your 4D code. An automated system records all the versions of all the methods that you write, be they project methods or object methods or form methods or database methods or triggers. This achieves a number of goals 1) Ability to retreat selectively to older versions of code when newer ideas cause unanticipated problems 2) Assistance in the recovery from certain types of 4D crashes 3) Accessibility of previous code for use in other projects 4) Refresh your memory by reviewing your own use of unusual 4D commands Refactoring old code and reusing old code in new projects is part and parcel of being a 4D programmer. The Archive Method Project makes this easier.
The product includes complete user documentation as well as over-the-shoulder video tutorials on best practices in using the Archive Method system.