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4D Server 6.7.5 for Mac OS X: first impressions of use

I installed 4D Server 6.7.5 (just download it from the manufacturer's website and double click on it) on my new iBook which has the standard 10 GB hard disk, Mac OS X 10.0.4 (Build 4Q12), 256 MB RAM and a 100 MBit connection to the company ethernet network.

I loaded the corporate database consisting of more than 200 tables, hundreds of procedures and hundreds of thousands of records for a total of about 500 MB of data on the 4D server and then I moved to my workstation (G4 / 733 with 768 MB RAM ), I connected with 4D Client version 6.7.1 for Mac OS 9.1 (the client for Mac OS X has not yet been released) and I launched a procedure that performs fairly complex elaborations (for the record the same elaborations launched by the same client but on a 4D server running on a G4 / 533 with 256 MB RAM took 22 seconds).

RESULTS:

1 – Processing from Client with Mac OS 9.1 on SERVER 4D 6.7.1 (PowerMac G4 / 566 with 256 MB RAM and Mac OS 9.1) – 20 seconds

2 – Processing from Client with Mac OS 9.1 on SERVER 4D 6.7.5 (iBook 500 with 256 MB RAM and Mac OS X 10.0.4) – 26 seconds

And so far nothing exceptional in that I expected a slowdown linked to the fact that the disk and other parts of the laptop are less performing than those of a g4 / 533 but the beauty comes when I subject the server to some "special test":

3 – Starting from the test conditions described in point 2, I launched the QuickTime Player application on the iBook and left the 4D Server 6.7.5 application in BackGround; the same processing took 28 seconds

4 – Starting from the test conditions described in point 3, I opened the movie "One Week – BNL.mov" (14.4 MB for a duration of 3 minutes and 4 seconds) from QuickTime Player and I started it leaving BackGround l 4D Server 6.7.5 application; the same processing took 33 seconds

5 – Starting from the test conditions described in point 4, I opened the movie "Legacy of Time Trailer, Journeyman 3.mov" (18.9 MB for a duration of 1 minutes and 40 seconds) from QuickTime Player and I started it leaving in BackGround the 4D Server 6.7.5 application; the same processing took 37 seconds

6 – Starting from the test conditions described in point 5 I started the movie "Legacy of Time Trailer, Journeyman 3.mov" (18.9 MB for a duration of 1 minutes and 40 seconds) leaving the 4D Server 6.7 application in BackGround .5 and continuously moving the movie window on the screen; the same processing took 43 seconds!

Given the conditions of the test (the "underperforming" server, version 10.0.4 of OS X and the very first release of 4D Server) the results seem very very positive especially because they confirm (which I have been preaching for years) that the Mac can also be considered an interesting platform outside the graphic sector.

Claudio Clerici