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Planning to Host WordPress Blog

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December 5, 2008 at 12:04 am

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Handling multiple configuration settings (Development, Staging, Production) gracefully.

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In 2.0 multiple connectionStrings & appSettings can be handled very easily using the attribute “configSource”

create a new xml file devAppSettings.config under a new folder myConfigsettings

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May 1, 2008 at 8:52 pm

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How to Preserve Fileupload value in ?

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If you form has Fileupload control along with other controls like dropdownlist, calendar.. you will be facing standard problem of Fileupload control losing value when other controls are selected.

Click here to read the article in full…


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May 1, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Moved to own domain

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I have moved my blog here..

See you there

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March 1, 2008 at 1:32 am

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Disable .xml file generation when building Asp.Net application

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Visual Studio 2005 – Compile Options

.XML files are used to create Documentation.

If you need to disable them, then

Project Properties > Compile and Uncheck Generate XML Documentation file option.

Compile Options


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February 22, 2008 at 9:19 pm

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AJAX – Export to Excel / Word

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If you are using Update Panel and try to Export gridview contents to EXCEL or Word, your page will throw nasty error. “Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManagerParserErrorException”

Its because AJAX & Response.write don’t go together.  By calling Response.Write() directly you are bypassing the normal rendering mechanism of ASP.NET controls. The bits you write are going straight out to the client without further processing (well, mostly…). This means that UpdatePanel can’t encode the data in its special format.

There are couple of ways to solve this problem.

1. Place the Export Button outside of Update Panel.

2. By Pass the Export Button using <Triggers>

            <asp:PostBackTrigger ControlID=”cmdExport” />

if your Export button is part of UserControl then specify usercontrolid:buttonid

            <asp:PostBackTrigger ControlID=”uscSelCtl:cmdExport” />

More Reading…

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January 8, 2008 at 10:12 am

Asp.Net Filter Datatable by Column

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Filter Datatable by Rows

If you need to get subset of a big dataset into datatable Rowwise …

Dim dtEmp as DataTable
Dim dsEmployee as New DataSet

dsEmployee = someobject.getdata()  'dataset can be populated in many ways which is not explained here.

Dim sExpr as String
Dim drRows() as DataRow, drSingleRow as DataRow

sExpr = "EmpID > 100"  'Condition

drRows = dsEmployee.Tables(0).Select(sExpr)

'If you need to add Sort Order it can be added to sExpr

Dim sSortOrder as String
sSortOrder = "EmpName DESC"
drRows = dsEmployee.Tables(0).Select(sExpr,sSortOrder)

For Each drSingleRow in drRows

' Datatable dtEmp has filtered records

Filter Datatable by Column

If you need to get subset of big dataset into datatable columnwise…

Dim dtEmp as DataTable
Dim dsEmployee as New DataSet

dsEmployoee = someobject.getdata()  'dataset can be populated in many ways which is not explained here.

'This copies the structure and data

dtEmp = dsEmployee.Tables(0).Copy

dtEmp.Columns.Remove("Unwanted Column 1")
dtEmp.Columns.Remove("Unwanted Column 2")
dtEmp.Columns.Remove("Unwanted Column 3")

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January 7, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Prevent Session Timeout in

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Prevent Session Timeout in [VB]

ASP.Net 2.0 [VB]

Inspired by this article from Code Project. [Thanks Ach1lles ]

I slightly modified few things to work for VB and VS2005 environment. The code works perfect and I’m very happy with it.First I created a Module file and created this function.

Public Function KeepAlive() As String

        Dim int_MilliSecondsTimeOut As Integer = (HttpContext.Current.Session.Timeout * 60000) - 30000
        Dim sScript As New StringBuilder
        sScript.Append("<script type='text/javascript'>" & vbNewLine)
        'Number Of Reconnects
        sScript.Append("var count=0;" & vbNewLine)
        'Maximum reconnects Setting
        sScript.Append("var max = 6;" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append("function Reconnect(){" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append("count++;" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append("var d = new Date();" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append("var curr_hour = d.getHours();" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append("var curr_min = d.getMinutes();" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append("if (count < max){" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append("window.status = 'Refreshed ' + count.toString() + ' time(s) &#91;' + curr_hour + ':' + curr_min + '&#93;';" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append("var img = new Image(1,1);" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append("img.src = 'http://localhost/myapp/reconnect.aspx';" & vbNewLine)

        sScript.Append("}" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append("}" & vbNewLine)
        sScript.Append(int_MilliSecondsTimeOut.ToString() & "); //Set to length required" & vbNewLine)

        KeepAlive = sScript.ToString
End Function

All this code does is, build a simple javascript function and its called from server side.The works like this,- Gets the current session timeout duration.
– Subtract 30 seconds from it and assign it to MilliSecondsTimeOut variable
– Create a Reconnect() javascript function
– Create a global variable with max value 6
– Get current hour and Min [just for displaying the last refresh time]
– Verify whether count is less than max value (ie 6)
– If so, change the window status with Text
– Create a dummy image and set reconnect.aspx url as its source [this way a call is made to server and it wont session timeout]Create a timer using window.setInterval and assign the MilliSecondsTimeOut value.
[this way this function is called 30 seconds before session timeout]Tha max value (6) can be set to any number. If its 6 then this session timeout is avoided 5 times.

Default session timeout is 20min. 20 * 5 = 100 mins. Which is good for non-secure page.


On the pages where I want to prevent Session Timeout I entered this line.

Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
  'dont forget to add this line 
  Page.ClientScript.RegisterClientScriptBlock(Me.GetType, "reconn key", KeepAlive())
 If Not Page.IsPostBack Then
 End If

Catch eX as Exception
End Try
End Sub

Created reconnect.aspx in Visual Studio and deleted the .vb and .designer.vb files.This is the final version of reconnect.aspx

<%@ Page Language="vb" AutoEventWireup="false"%>
<%@ OutputCache Location="None" VaryByParam="None" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "<a href="" mce_href=""></a>">
<html xmlns="<a href="" mce_href=""></a>" >

Note : When you compile the project sometimes, VS2005 complains reconnect.aspx is not in right format.
So I EXCLUDED this file from my project. Now VS 2005 will compile without complaining and the logic will also work.- Happy Programming

Written by gchandra

November 26, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Copy Datatable from one Dataset to another Dataset

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 Copying a datatable from one dataset  to another was not that straightforward as I thought.

Dim dsSource As New DataSet
Dim dsDestination As New DataSet

'Your way to get data from XML or DB.
dsSource = object.getdata()

dsDestination = object.getmoredata()

'This is important, without this it will result in error
'when you try to copy the datatable from one dataset to another

dsSource.Tables(0).TableName = "NewTableName"


dsDestination.Tables(0).Tablename = "SomeTable"
dsDestination.Tables(1).Tablename = "NewTableName"   'The one we copied from other Dataset

Note 1 : When you are using more than one datatable in a dataset it is advisable you name the datatables.

Note 2 : These kinds of scenarios arise, when you are trying to establish Relation between datatables in a dataset.

(Cascading master – detail relation)

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November 15, 2007 at 2:12 pm

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Creating dynamic, fancy EmptyDataText for GridView

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Gridview has capability to display “default” messages when “No data” exists during binding.

Standard Way in .aspx

<asp:GridView ID=”gvControl” runat=”server” AutoGenerateColumns=”False” GridLines=”None” CellPadding=”0″ CellSpacing=”0″ OnRowDataBound=”gvCategories_RowDataBound” BackColor=”#dddddd” ShowHeader=”false” EmptyDataText=”<BR> No data exists <BR><BR>“>

Fancy Way (.vb or .cs)

You can make it fancy & dynamic by doing it in code behind.


Create fancy texts using WordArt (MS Word) and copy it to Image Editor (, gimp, Paint) and save it as JPG.

gvControl.EmptyDataText = "<img src='~/images/NoData.jpg' border='0'>"
gvControl.EmptyDataRowStyle.HorizontalAlign = HorizontalAlign.Center

Note: When you use emptydatatext in codebehind donot forget to use databind.

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October 24, 2007 at 2:17 pm

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‘The invoked member is not supported in a dynamic module.’

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Error ‘The invoked member is not supported in a dynamic module.’ while generating exception string

While Using ASPUnhandledException.dll for exception handling, I received this error via email.

This error message was not at all helpful in production environment. 

On careful debugging I found out that my Stored Proc failed.

Instead of giving the reason for Stored Proc failure it gave this obscure message. If  someone knows why it gives this message it will be helpful.

(reason my sp failed was because I was calling a non-existing user defined function)

Written by gchandra

October 22, 2007 at 2:47 pm

Locking Cell and Changing Cell Style UltraWebGrid

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Refer this article for Column Locking / Freezing in Infragistics Ultra WebGrid

If you need to change background color for a  frozen columns then ..
backcolor property must be changed first then cells have to be locked.

  e.Layout.Bands(0).Columns(0).CellStyle.BackColor = Drawing.Color.Beige
  e.Layout.Bands(0).Columns(0).Header.Fixed = True

and in InitializeLayout of ultraWebgrid

Private Sub ultrawebgrid_InitializeLayout(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As Infragistics.WebUI.UltraWebGrid.LayoutEventArgs) Handles uwgCategory.InitializeLayout

e.Layout.UseFixedHeaders = True

End Sub 




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October 2, 2007 at 11:07 am

Call Javascript Function inside asp:Hyperlink Control

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If you ever want to call a javascript function (with or without  parameter) from a server side hyperlink control here it is..

Step 1 :

declare your javascript function between

Step 2:

<asp:HyperLink ID=”hypCate” runat=”server”

NavigateUrl='<%# “javascript:showPopUp(” & DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, “ID”) & “);” %>’

Text='<%#DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, “Name”)%>’ />

Carefully follow the single and double quotes for NavigateUrl attribute.

Needless to say showPopUp is the name of Javascript Function.

It displays the NAME as hyperlink. Clicking that calls javascript showPopUp.

Written by gchandra

September 27, 2007 at 4:55 pm

Column Locking / Freezing in Infragistics Ultra WebGrid

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(NetAdvantage for ASP.NET)

If you want to freeze first few columns like EXCEL and horizontally scroll rest of the columns in Ultra WebGrid here you go…

Event :

UltraWebGrid1_InitializeLayout(object sender, Infragistics.WebUI.UltraWebGrid.LayoutEventArgs e)

VB Code :

e.Layout.UseFixedHeaders = true
e.Layout.Bands(0).Columns(1).Header.Fixed = true
e.Layout.Bands(0).Columns(2).Header.Fixed = true

Above code freezes the  two columns (second,third) in Grid.

C# Code

protected void UltraWebGrid1_InitializeLayout(object sender, Infragistics.WebUI.UltraWebGrid.LayoutEventArgs e)

e.Layout.UseFixedHeaders = true;
e.Layout.Bands[0].Columns[1].Header.Fixed = true;
e.Layout.Bands[0].Columns[2].Header.Fixed = true;


Written by gchandra

September 26, 2007 at 8:04 pm

GridView Sorting/Paging w/o a DataSourceControl DataSource (VB.NET)

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This page is reproduced from this URL. Copied here for easy reference. All credits to the original author.

If you set AllowPaging=”true” or AllowSorting=”true” on a GridView control without using a DataSourceControl DataSource (i.e. SqlDataSource, ObjectDataSource), you will run into the following errors:

When changing the page on the GridView control:

The GridView ‘GridViewID’ fired event PageIndexChanging which wasn’t handled.

When clicking a column name to sort the column on the GridView control:

The GridView ‘GridViewID’ fired event Sorting which wasn’t handled.

As a result of not setting the DataSourceID property of the GridView to a DataSourceControl DataSource, you have to add event handlers for sorting and paging.

<%@ Page Language=”VB” %>


<%@ Import Namespace=”System.Data” %>

<%@ Import Namespace=”System.Data.OleDb” %>


<script runat=”server”>   

    Private Sub PopulatePublishersGridView()

        Dim connectionString As String = AccessConnectionString()

        Dim accessConnection As OleDbConnection = New OleDbConnection(connectionString)


        Dim sqlQuery As String = “SELECT [PubID], [Name], [Company Name], [Address], [City], [State], [Zip], [Telephone], [Fax], [Comments] FROM Publishers ORDER BY [Name] ASC;”


        Dim accessCommand As New OleDbCommand(sqlQuery, accessConnection)


        Dim publishersDataAdapter As New OleDbDataAdapter(accessCommand)

        Dim publishersDataTable As New DataTable(“Publishers”)



        Dim dataTableRowCount As Integer = publishersDataTable.Rows.Count


        If dataTableRowCount > 0 Then

            gridViewPublishers.DataSource = publishersDataTable


        End If

    End Sub


    Private Function AccessConnectionString() As String

        Dim accessDatabasePath As String = Server.MapPath(“~/App_Data/biblio.mdb”)

        Return String.Format(“Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source={0};”, accessDatabasePath)

    End Function


    Private Property GridViewSortDirection() As String


            Return IIf(ViewState(“SortDirection”) = Nothing, “ASC”, ViewState(“SortDirection”))

        End Get

        Set(ByVal value As String)

            ViewState(“SortDirection”) = value

        End Set

    End Property


    Private Property GridViewSortExpression() As String


            Return IIf(ViewState(“SortExpression”) = Nothing, String.Empty, ViewState(“SortExpression”))

        End Get

        Set(ByVal value As String)

            ViewState(“SortExpression”) = value

        End Set

    End Property


    Private Function GetSortDirection() As String

        Select Case GridViewSortDirection

            Case “ASC”

                GridViewSortDirection = “DESC”


            Case “DESC”

                GridViewSortDirection = “ASC”

        End Select


        Return GridViewSortDirection

    End Function


    Protected Sub gridViewPublishers_PageIndexChanging(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As GridViewPageEventArgs)

        gridViewPublishers.DataSource = SortDataTable(CType(gridViewPublishers.DataSource,DataTable), True)  gridViewPublishers.PageIndex = e.NewPageIndex


    End Sub


    Protected Function SortDataTable(ByVal pdataTable As DataTable, ByVal isPageIndexChanging As Boolean) As DataView

        If Not pdataTable Is Nothing Then

            Dim pdataView As New DataView(pdataTable)

            If GridViewSortExpression <> String.Empty Then

                If isPageIndexChanging Then

                    pdataView.Sort = String.Format(“{0} {1}”, GridViewSortExpression, GridViewSortDirection)


                    pdataView.Sort = String.Format(“{0} {1}”, GridViewSortExpression, GetSortDirection())

                End If

            End If

            Return pdataView


            Return New DataView()

        End If

    End Function


    Protected Sub gridViewPublishers_Sorting(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As GridViewSortEventArgs)

        GridViewSortExpression = e.SortExpression

        Dim pageIndex As Integer = gridViewPublishers.PageIndex

        gridViewPublishers.DataSource =  SortDataTable(CType(gridViewPublishers.DataSource,DataTable), False)


        gridViewPublishers.PageIndex = pageIndex

    End Sub


    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)


    End Sub



<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN””&gt;

<html xmlns=””&gt;

<head id=”Head1″ runat=”server”>

    <title>GridView Sorting/Paging without a DataSourceControl DataSource</title>



    <form id=”form” runat=”server”>


            <asp:GridView ID=”gridViewPublishers” AllowPaging=”true” AllowSorting=”true” AutoGenerateColumns=”false”

                EmptyDataText=”No records found” PagerSettings-Mode=”NumericFirstLast” PageSize=”25″

                OnPageIndexChanging=”gridViewPublishers_PageIndexChanging” OnSorting=”gridViewPublishers_Sorting”


                <AlternatingRowStyle BackColor=”LightGray” />

                <HeaderStyle BackColor=”Gray” Font-Bold=”true” Font-Names=”Verdana” Font-Size=”Small” />

                <PagerStyle BackColor=”DarkGray” Font-Names=”Verdana” Font-Size=”Small” />

                <RowStyle Font-Names=”Verdana” Font-Size=”Small” />


                    <asp:BoundField DataField=”PubID” HeaderText=”Publisher ID” SortExpression=”PubID” />

                    <asp:BoundField DataField=”Name” HeaderText=”Name” SortExpression=”Name” />

                    <asp:BoundField DataField=”Company Name” HeaderText=”Company Name” SortExpression=”Company Name” />

                    <asp:BoundField DataField=”Address” HeaderText=”Address” SortExpression=”Address” />

                    <asp:BoundField DataField=”City” HeaderText=”City” SortExpression=”City” />

                    <asp:BoundField DataField=”State” HeaderText=”State” SortExpression=”State” />

                    <asp:BoundField DataField=”Zip” HeaderText=”Zip” SortExpression=”Zip” />

                    <asp:BoundField DataField=”Telephone” HeaderText=”Telephone” SortExpression=”Telephone” />

                    <asp:BoundField DataField=”Fax” HeaderText=”Fax” SortExpression=”Fax” />

                    <asp:BoundField DataField=”Comments” HeaderText=”Comments” SortExpression=”Comments” />







Written by gchandra

September 25, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Posted in Web Coding

Must have tools for Web Developer – 2

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Previous article : Must have tools for Web Developer – 1

IEDeveloper Toolbar

This is excellent application for web developers & designers. Not only on the pages you design, it can used on any website to learn about it or make fun of it in cafeteria.

You can see how your page looks on different resolution without changing your display setting.

Following lines are from Microsoft, which is what I also wanted to write.

– Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page.

– Locate and select specific elements on a Web page through a variety of techniques.

– Selectively disable Internet Explorer settings.

– View HTML object class names, ID’s, and details such as link paths, tab index values, and access keys.

– Outline tables, table cells, images, or selected tags.

– Validate HTML, CSS, WAI, and RSS web feed links.

– Display image dimensions, file sizes, path information, and alternate (ALT) text.

– Immediately resize the browser window to a new resolution.

– Selectively clear the browser cache and saved cookies. Choose from all objects or those associated with a given domain.

– Display a fully featured design ruler to help accurately align and measure objects on your pages.

– Find the style rules used to set specific style values on an element.

– View the formatted and syntax colored source of HTML and CSS.
Click here to Download

Cost: Free


Written by gchandra

August 17, 2007 at 9:29 am

Posted in Web Coding

How can I upload larger files with ASP.NET?

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By default, the file size limit on uploads in ASP.NET is 4mb.  If you need to upload more than 4 MB .. here you go

To upload larger files through HTTP, you can use a configuration setting in your application Web.config file or your machine Web.config file:

Replace [ ] with angle brackets



[httpRuntime maxRequestLength=”10000″ /]


where “10000” is the file size in Kbytes that you want to allow.  You can go upto 1GB.

If webservice is called for saving the files, then this configuration has to be made in both the applications.

WebService application and Web application.

Written by gchandra

January 29, 2007 at 4:56 pm

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Useful Undocumented SQL Server Extended Stored Procedures

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– by Alexander Chigrik

An extended stored procedure (xp) is a dynamic link library that runs directly in the address space of SQL Server and is programmed using the SQL Server Open Data Services API. You can run extended stored procedures from the Query Analyzer, for example, just as you would normal stored procedures. Extended stored procedures are used to extend the capabilities of SQL Server.


This extended stored procedure can be used to get the current version of Microsoft SQL Server. To get the current SQL Server version, run:

EXEC master..sp_MSgetversion

Note. A more common way to retrieve the current SQL Server version (this way provides more information) is to use following SELECT statement:

SELECT @@version
This extended stored procedure can be used to get a list of all the folders for the folder named in the xp. To get a list of all the folders in the C:\MSSQL7 folder, run:

EXEC master..xp_dirtree ‘C:\MSSQL7’


This extended stored procedure is used to get the list of folders for the folder named in the xp. In comparison with xp_dirtree, xp_subdirs returns only those directories whose depth = 1.

This is the example:

EXEC master..xp_subdirs ‘C:\MSSQL7’


This extended stored procedure is used to list of all the available OLE DB providers. It returns Provider Name, Parse Name and Provider Description. To get a list of all OLE DB providers for your SQL Server, run:

EXEC master..xp_enum_oledb_providers


This extended stored procedure can be used to list of all code pages, character sets and their description for your SQL Server. To see this, list, run:

EXEC master..xp_enumcodepages


This extended stored procedure returns a list of all system DSNs and their descriptions. To get the list of system DSNs, run:

EXEC master..xp_enumdsn


This extended stored procedure returns the list of all error logs with their last change date. To get the list of error logs, run:

EXEC master..xp_enumerrorlogs


This extended stored procedure returns the list of Windows NT groups and their description. To get the list of the Windows NT groups, run:

EXEC master..xp_enumgroups


You can use this extended stored procedure to determine whether a particular file exists on the disk or not. The syntax for this xp is:

EXECUTE xp_fileexist filename [, file_exists INT OUTPUT]

For example, to check whether the file boot.ini exists on disk c: or not, run:

EXEC master..xp_fileexist ‘c:\boot.ini’


This very useful extended stored procedure returns the list of all hard drives and the amount of free space in Mb for each hard drive. To see the list of drives, run:

EXEC master..xp_fixeddrives


This extended stored procedure returns the WINS name of the SQL Server that you’re connected to. To view the name, run:

EXEC master..xp_getnetname


This extended stored procedure returns the content of the errorlog file. You can find the errorlog file in the C:\MSSQL7\Log directory, by default. To see the text of the errorlog file, run:

EXEC master..xp_readerrorlog


This extended stored procedure will delete an entire key from the registry. You should use it very carefully. The syntax is:

EXECUTE xp_regdeletekey [@rootkey=]’rootkey’, [@key=]’key’

For example, to delete the key ‘SOFTWARE\Test’ from ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’, run:

EXEC master..xp_regdeletekey @rootkey=’HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’, @key=’SOFTWARE\Test’


This extended stored procedure will delete a particular value for a key in the registry. You should use it very carefully. The syntax is:

EXECUTE xp_regdeletevalue [@rootkey=]’rootkey’, [@key=]’key’, [@value_name=]’value_name’

For example, to delete the value ‘TestValue’ for the key ‘SOFTWARE\Test’ from ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’, run:

EXEC master..xp_regdeletevalue @rootkey=’HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’, @key=’SOFTWARE\Test’, @value_name=’TestValue’


This extended stored procedure is used to read from the registry. The syntax is:

EXECUTE xp_regread [@rootkey=]’rootkey’, [@key=]’key’ [, [@value_name=]’value_name’] [, [@value=]@value OUTPUT]

For example, to read into the variable @test from the value ‘TestValue’ from the key ‘SOFTWARE\Test’ from the ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’, run:

DECLARE @test varchar(20)EXEC master..xp_regread @rootkey=’HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’, @key=’SOFTWARE\Test’, @value_name=’TestValue’, @value=@test OUTPUTSELECT @test


This extended stored procedure is used to write to the registry. The syntax is:

EXECUTE xp_regwrite [@rootkey=]’rootkey’, [@key=]’key’, [@value_name=]’value_name’, [@type=]’type’, [@value=]’value’

For example, to write the variable ‘Test’ to the ‘TestValue’ value, key ‘SOFTWARE\Test’, ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’, run:

EXEC master..xp_regwrite @rootkey=’HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’, @key=’SOFTWARE\Test’, @value_name=’TestValue’, @type=’REG_SZ’, @value=’Test’
Keep in mind that these undocumented extended stored procedures are not officially supported by Microsoft, and that they may not be found in the next version of SQL Server.

Written by gchandra

September 28, 2006 at 12:42 pm

Posted in Web Coding

Atalasoft WebImageViewer (aka) AJAX Thin Client Viewer

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When using Atalasoft Thin Client Viewer use the following basic settings.

PreCacheing to ALWAYS has some issues so its better not to use it.
Me.WebImageViewerMain.PreCacheTiles = PreCacheMode.Never

Opens the first page in Viewer
.WebImageViewerMain.OpenUrl(Server.Mappath(“.”) & “\Sample.tif”, 0)

‘Setting the AntialiasDisplay
Me.WebImageViewerMain.AntialiasDisplay = AntialiasDisplayMode.ScaleToGray

If you have tiff images of size 8.5″ x 11.0″ or greater setting up the AntialiasDisplay to anything other than NONE chews memory but its worth it if used along with AutoZoom

‘Loading the page as FitToWidth
Me.WebImageViewerMain.AutoZoom = AutoZoomMode.FitToWidth

PS : If Autozoom is not used then AntialiasDisplay can be set to None.

Written by gchandra

August 23, 2006 at 11:35 am

Simple Annotation Using Atalasoft DotImage 4.0 (

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DotNet framework 1.1 (not tested the same in 2.0) 

Make sure you have the following references in BIN


Use the following NameSpaces

Imports Atalasoft.Imaging
Imports Atalasoft.Imaging.Codec.Tiff

Avoid using Workspace object for simple tasks. As workspace occupies more memory (according to Atalasoft unofficial sources) and most of the operations can be done using AtalaImage object.

Annotate ONE PAGE TIFF Document

Dim tiffImage As AtalaImage
Dim watermarkimage As AtalaImage = New AtalaImage(Server.MapPath(“.”) & “watermark.jpg”)Dim overlay As OverlayCommand
Dim newAnnoatedFileName as String

tiffImage = New AtalaImage(Server.MapPath(“.”) & “Sample.tif”, 0, Nothing)
newAnnoatedFileName  = Server.MapPath(“.”)  & “\Sample-Annoated.tif”

‘Image Overlay
overlay = New OverlayCommand(watermarkimage, New Point(350, 550), 0)


‘False in TiffEncoder means dont append (as the file is created for the first time there is nothing to append to.)

tiffImage.Save(newAnnoatedFileName, New TiffEncoder(TiffCompression.Default, False), Nothing)

————————————————————————————Annotate MULTIPAGE TIFF Document

Dim tiffImage As AtalaImage
Dim watermarkimage As AtalaImage = New AtalaImage(Server.MapPath(“.”) & “watermark.jpg”)Dim overlay As OverlayCommand
Dim newAnnoatedFileName as String
Dim numberofpages as integer,iCount as integer
numberofpages = RegisteredDecoders.GetImageInfo(Server.MapPath(“.”) & “Sample.tif”).FrameCountnewAnnoatedFileName  = Server.MapPath(“.”)  & “\Sample-Annotated.tif”‘350,550 does the annotation from Bottom Left to Top Right.

‘0 is the set the transparency in the top Image. (Dot Image 4.0)
‘Use 1 if you are using Dot Image 3.0

overlay =
New OverlayCommand(watermarkimage, New Point(350, 550), 0)

iCount = 0 To numberOfPages – 1

‘Opens one frame (page) at a time as specified in iCount

tiffImage = New AtalaImage(Server.MapPath(“.”) & “Sample.tif”,  iCount, Nothing)‘Image Overlay
‘Save the first page with FALSE param (as there is nothing to append to) for other pages set it to TRUE so that the same TIFF gets appended with multi frames (pages)
If iCount = 0 Then

New TiffEncoder(TiffCompression.Default, False), Nothing)
tiffImage.Save(newAnnoatedFileName, New TiffEncoder(TiffCompression.Default, True), Nothing)End If
NextIf Not watermarkimage Is Nothing Then
End If
If Not tiffImage Is Nothing Then
End If

If Not overlay Is Nothing Then
overlay = Nothing
End If

Written by gchandra

August 23, 2006 at 11:18 am