Friday, 27 September 2013

How To Use __doPostBack with an ASP.NET Button

Courtesy of Nikhil Vartak, I found I new way to able to perform a postback using an ASP.NET Button control. By default the button control does not fire the __doPostBack javascript event. This method is all good, but does make having a custom client click event a little more complicated.

Another way I have of doing it is by adding a control to the page that does use the __doPostBack function (assuming there isn't one on the page already!).

Add a LinkButton to the page with a width and height of 0px. This will make sure the __doPostBack function is on the page. <asp:LinkButton ID="lb" runat="server" Width="0px" Height="0px" />

Your button can then have an OnClientClick function added to it. This function can have custom javascript in it and fire the __doPostBack function. The example is using jQuery:

__doPostBack($(this).attr('name').replace(/_/g, '$'), '');

Note that the _ is being replaced with a $ (the equivalent of using MyButton.UniqueID).

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

SSRS: Black Box When Exporting to PDF with Hidden Column

Had a funny with SQL Server Reporting Services where I had a column in a table being hidden based on an expression. That was all fine, the issue was when the column was hidden and the report was exported to PDF, there was a solid black box being shown - great!

The table had a border and all inner borders were also set. I removed all the table borders and instead applied the borders to the textboxes in each cell.

Problem solved!

This has apparently been addressed in RS2005.

Friday, 12 April 2013

How To Change the Value in the app.config File

If you need to be able to change values in your application's app.config file, then it is surprisingly easy :)


Dim config As Configuration = ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration( _
config.ConnectionStrings.ConnectionStrings("MyDB") _
    .ConnectionString = "A_DB_CONNECTION_STRING"
config.AppSettings.Settings("MySetting").Value = "A_SETTING_VALUE"

In C#

Configuration config = ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration(
    .ConnectionString = "A_DB_CONNECTION_STRING";
config.AppSettings.Settings["MySetting"].Value = "A_SETTING_VALUE";

In these examples, I am changing a connection string value and an app setting value. Once the config has been saved the modified section(s) need to be refreshed to ensure the new mods are loaded back into memory.

Remember that if your app is re-installed, then the modified app.config will be overwritten.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Method VBProject of _workbook Failed

I ran recently ran an old bit of Excel VBA in Excel 2010 which automatically adds the Microsoft Scripting Runtime to the workbook for me. Rather annoyingly, I was getting a Method VBProject of _workbook Failed error.

I solved this by going into the Options > Trust Center > Trust Centre Settings... Choosing Macro Settings and then checking the Trust access to the VBA project object model checkbox.

The code to add the reference in case that helps too ;)

Public Sub SomeMethod()

    AddReference "C:\WINDOWS\system32\scrrun.dll"

End Sub

Private Sub AddReference(sFile As String)
Dim i As Integer
Dim bFound As Boolean

    bFound = False
    For i = 1 To ActiveWorkbook.VBProject.References.Count
        If ActiveWorkbook.VBProject.References.Item(i).FullPath = sFile Then
            bFound = True
            Exit For
        End If
    Next i
    If Not bFound Then
        ActiveWorkbook.VBProject.References.AddFromFile sFile
    End If
End Sub

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

OpenVPN Client: Import Error Cannot Read ca Directive

I was following instructions to import an OpenVPN connection and got the following error:

IMPORT_ERROR: Profile or its references could not be read: cannot process OpenVPN file: cannot read file for OpenVPN 'ca' directive: [Errno 2] No such file or directory:

Seemed odd! As when I re-read the error message the path it was using was C:\Program Files\OpenVPN Technologies\OpenVPN Client\config and not the path it was installed under (C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN Technologies\OpenVPN Client\config).

I fixed this by creating he config folder in the Program Files folder and not the Program Files (x86) folder. The connection imported fine.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

SSRS: Table KeepTogether Not Working

I was recently having a problem with SQL Server Reporting Services 2005 edition trying to stop a table control from breaking over a page. The obvious solution was to set the KeepTogether property to True. Wrong! Well, not exactly. It does keep the table together and not split it over a page, but only the detail! Headers and footers are not included.

I did some extensive trawling and couldn't find an easy solution - but there is one...

Drop the table into a list control and set the KeepTogether property to True on the list.

This works beautifully for me and is really easy. The only thing you need to do is make sure that the list is the same size the table (and that's optional). Thus making sure it doesn't exceed the page width and so on.