# Friday, 18 May 2007

Just read this on the blog of Somasegar:

Popfly is a tool and social network that provides a fun and easy way to build and share mash-ups, gadgets, Silverlight experiences, and Web pages using pre-built “Blocks” that connect to online services.

I asked for an invitation as they're not giving much away at the moment. Funny thing when I visited the site was to see someone I knew: Steven Wilssens, a Belgian developer and MVP that went working for Microsoft since last year.

Update: I just found out about this video on Channel9: PopFly

Grz, Kris.

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Friday, 18 May 2007 21:09:23 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

I'm already subscribed for that event and if you would like to come to you can go to this page: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032340308&Culture=en-US.

Hope to see you there!

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 18 May 2007 09:07:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 14 May 2007

Since I'm going to be doing some months of development with classic ASP on my Windows Vista Enterprise machine I had to set it up specifically. So this is not only a post for others but also one for myself in case I have to do it again in the future.

Go to control panel | Programs | Turn Windows featurs on or off | Internet Information Services | World Wide Web Services | Application Development Features | ASP.

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# Sunday, 13 May 2007

Thanks to my MVP status I got a free MSDN subscription that's packed with Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite. The installation however still lacked the Database Professional part. After some msn-ing with Gabriël I could also download the extra addon for that as well.

You can find the download here: Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals Add-on for Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite Edition.

Grz, Kris.

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# Friday, 04 May 2007

One of my fellow MVPs created a nice article on how to make a Mash-it Up with ASP.NET AJAX: Using a proxy to access remote APIs. Enjoy the read!

Grz, Kris.

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# Wednesday, 02 May 2007

I just recently found out about a custom Split function for SQL Server 2000/2005 while I was reading this article: Designing Reports with SQL Server Reporting Services 2005. It mentioned a custom Split function made in T-SQL that could take in a delimited string with id's.

Today I had the need of such a functionality in my current project and luckely remembered where I saw it in the first place. Since I like it I thought I would create a small example for it. What it does is retrieve, from the Northwind database, some data of the Employees table and binds it to a GridView control. If you check several checkboxes and press the button you get, for those selected emloyees, to see everything that's in the database for them.

Grab the Split function from the article or get it here:

    @ItemList NVARCHAR(4000), 
    @delimiter CHAR(1)

    DECLARE @tempItemList NVARCHAR(4000)
    SET @tempItemList = @ItemList

    DECLARE @i INT    
    DECLARE @Item NVARCHAR(4000)

    SET @tempItemList = REPLACE (@tempItemList, ' ', '')
    SET @i = CHARINDEX(@delimiter, @tempItemList)

    WHILE (LEN(@tempItemList) > 0)
        IF @i = 0
            SET @Item = @tempItemList
            SET @Item = LEFT(@tempItemList, @i - 1)
        INSERT INTO @IDTable(Item) VALUES(@Item)
        IF @i = 0
            SET @tempItemList = ''
            SET @tempItemList = RIGHT(@tempItemList, LEN(@tempItemList) - @i)
        SET @i = CHARINDEX(@delimiter, @tempItemList)

All credits go the respective author of the formentioned article for making the function.

I created the following stored procedure that makes use of the Split function:

CREATE PROCEDURE USP_RetrieveInformationForSelectedEmployees
    @p_selectedEmployees    NVARCHAR(50)
    SELECT * 
    FROM Employees
    WHERE EmployeeID in (SELECT Item FROM split(@p_selectedEmployees, ','))

And this is the ASP.NET webform:


   1:  <%@ Page Language="C#" %>
   2:  <%@ Import Namespace="System.Data.SqlClient" %>
   3:  <%@ Import Namespace="System.Web.Configuration" %>
   4:  <%@ Import Namespace="System.Data" %>
   6:  <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
   7:      "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
   9:  <script runat="server">
  11:      protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  12:      {
  13:          RetrieveInformationForSelectedEmployees();
  14:      }
  16:      private void RetrieveInformationForSelectedEmployees()
  17:      {
  18:          StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
  20:          // First loop through the GridView and see which
  21:          // employees were selected. I use the StringBuilder
  22:          // since the list could be a very long list.
  23:          foreach (GridViewRow row in GridView1.Rows)
  24:          {
  25:              if (((CheckBox)row.FindControl("CheckBox1")).Checked)
  26:              {
  27:                  sb.Append(GridView1.DataKeys[row.RowIndex].Value.ToString() + ',');
  28:              }
  29:          }
  31:          using (SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(WebConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings
  32:              ["NorthwindConnectionString"].ConnectionString))
  33:          {
  34:              using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("USP_RetrieveInformationForSelectedEmployees", conn))
  35:              {
  36:                  cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;
  37:                  cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@p_selectedEmployees", sb.ToString());
  39:                  DataSet ds = new DataSet();
  40:                  SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter(cmd);
  41:                  da.Fill(ds);
  43:                  GridViewResult.DataSource = ds;
  44:                  GridViewResult.DataBind();
  45:              }
  46:          }
  47:      }
  49:  </script>
  51:  <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  52:  <head runat="server">
  53:      <title>Untitled Page</title>
  54:  </head>
  55:  <body>
  56:      <form id="form1" runat="server">
  57:      <div>
  58:          <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False" 
  59:              DataKeyNames="EmployeeID" DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1">
  60:              <Columns>
  61:                  <asp:TemplateField>
  62:                      <ItemTemplate>
  63:                          <asp:CheckBox ID="CheckBox1" runat="server" />
  64:                      </ItemTemplate>
  65:                  </asp:TemplateField>
  66:                  <asp:BoundField DataField="LastName" HeaderText="LastName" 
  67:                      SortExpression="LastName" />
  68:                  <asp:BoundField DataField="FirstName" HeaderText="FirstName" 
  69:                      SortExpression="FirstName" />
  70:                  <asp:BoundField DataField="Title" HeaderText="Title" 
  71:                      SortExpression="Title" />
  72:              </Columns>
  73:          </asp:GridView>
  74:          <asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSource1" runat="server" 
  75:              ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthwindConnectionString %>"
  76:              SelectCommand="SELECT [EmployeeID], [LastName], [FirstName], [Title] 
  77:              FROM [Employees] ORDER BY [LastName], [FirstName]">
  78:          </asp:SqlDataSource>
  80:          <asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" Text="Retrieve data" OnClick="Button1_Click" />
  81:          <p>
  82:              <asp:GridView runat="server" ID="GridViewResult" />
  83:          </p>
  84:      </div>
  85:      </form>
  86:  </body>
  87:  </html>

In lines 23 upto 29 I loop over the rows in the GridView and see if the checkbox in the first column was checked. If it was, I append the DataKey value of it to the StringBuilder instance. On line 37 I pass the string of all the selected employee IDs. The stored procedure uses the Split function in the IN clause.

Have fun!

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, 01 May 2007
Tuesday, 01 May 2007 08:11:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Well, another company is actually lying a bit. I got the same boss, the same collegues, ...

So what does change? Well for starters we've become an independent company while formerly we were a subdivision of quite a large company in Belgium.
We're still a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and the quality we deliver hasn't changed a bit either.

Check out the site and the new logo:

Grz, Kris.

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# Monday, 30 April 2007

If you're an ASP.NET developer like me you're going to love this one: Dynamic Datacontrols.

Take a look at the video and be amazed. I can't help to think that it resembles BLINQ a lot although still quite different because that was generated by a tool. This time it depends on the name of the folder and page that you give so that the dynamic controls are able to put together whole pages by themselves. I can't really explain it as well as I would love to but just check out the video. It's cool.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 30 April 2007 23:10:24 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 

The Silverlight forums, where I'll also be playing a moderation role, just went live. Go check them out! Of course there's not only the forums but also a getting started part, a learn section where already several videos are available. Whitepapers and quickstarts are also available.

Grz, Kris.

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