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System Properties Comparison 4D vs. FileMaker vs. Postgres-XL

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Name4D infoformer name: 4th Dimension  Xexclude from comparisonFileMaker  Xexclude from comparisonPostgres-XL  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionApplication development environment with integrated database management systemFileMaker is a cross-platform RDBMS that includes a GUI frontend.Based on PostgreSQL enhanced with MPP and write-scale-out cluster features
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
Secondary database modelsDocument store
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score2.64
Rank#104  Overall
#49  Relational DBMS
Score49.45
Rank#21  Overall
#14  Relational DBMS
Score0.53
Rank#215  Overall
#103  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.4d.comwww.filemaker.comwww.postgres-xl.org
Technical documentationdoc.4d.comwww.filemaker.com/­support/­product/­documentation.htmlwww.postgres-xl.org/­documentation
Developer4D, IncFileMaker infoa subsidiary of Apple
Initial release198419832014 infosince 2012, originally named StormDB
Current releasev18.1, March 202019, May 202010 R1, October 2018
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialcommercialOpen Source infoMozilla public license
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
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Implementation languageC
Server operating systemsOS X
Windows
iOS
OS X
Windows
Linux
macOS
Data schemeyesyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyes
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 formatyes infoXML type, but no XML query functionality
Secondary indexesyesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infoclose to SQL 92yes infovia pluginsyes infodistributed, parallel query execution
APIs and other access methodsODBC
RESTful HTTP API infoby using 4D Mobile
SOAP webservices
Filemaker WebDirect
JDBC
ODBC
ADO.NET
JDBC
native C library
ODBC
streaming API for large objects
Supported programming languages4D proprietary IDE
PHP
PHP.Net
C
C++
Delphi
Erlang
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Perl
PHP
Python
Tcl
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyesyesuser defined functions
Triggersyesyesyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnonenonehorizontal partitioning
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMaster-master replicationMaster-slave replication, warm standby infosince Version 14
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDnoACID infoMVCC
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.nono
User concepts infoAccess controlUsers and groupssimple rights management via user accounts and connection to external directory servicesfine grained access rights according to SQL-standard

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