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System Properties Comparison 4D vs. FileMaker

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Name4D infoformer name: 4th Dimension  Xexclude from comparisonFileMaker  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionApplication development environment with integrated database management systemFileMaker is a cross-platform RDBMS that includes a GUI frontend.
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
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Score2.58
Rank#108  Overall
#54  Relational DBMS
Score48.20
Rank#20  Overall
#14  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.4d.comwww.claris.com/­filemaker
Technical documentationdeveloper.4d.comwww.claris.com/­resources/­documentation
Developer4D, IncClaris infoa subsidiary of Apple
Initial release19841983
Current releasev20, April 202319.4.1, November 2021
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenono
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Server operating systemsOS X
Windows
iOS infoclient part only
Linux
OS X
Windows
Data schemeyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.yesyes infoA http query request can return the data in XML format
Secondary indexesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infoclose to SQL 92yes infovia plugins
APIs and other access methodsODBC
RESTful HTTP API infoby using 4D Mobile
SOAP webservices
Filemaker WebDirect
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languages4D proprietary IDE
PHP
PHP
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyesyes
Triggersyesyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnonenone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMulti-source replicationSource-replica replication, warm standby infosince Version 14
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts infoAccess controlUsers and groupssimple rights management via user accounts and connection to external directory services

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