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Tatworth June 2010 Entries
From the Coalface - 5 - Event log name uniqueness
This week I had cause to check the rule on event log uniqueness. I was aware that only the first 8 characters were treated as unique. Did this rule still apply or did Windows Server 2008 relax the rule? I looked up my FAQ on forums at http://forums.asp.net/p/133... and found the catchall MSDN forum at http://social.msdn.microsof... You can see the thread of my question at: http://social.msdn.microsof... ......

Posted On Sunday, June 20, 2010 2:32 PM

SolarWinds FREE IP Address Tracker!
I have just tried the Solar Winds IP address tracker. One comment about their download process - it does require JavaScript enabled for their site. It detected the machines on my LAN. Here is the marketing blurb from their web site. FREE IP Address Tracker scans, tracks, and consolidates your IP address information in one easy place, saving you time, eliminating errors, spreadsheets and headaches! Its simple-to-use features allow you to: Track IP addresses for a unified, at-a-glance view of your ......

Posted On Saturday, June 19, 2010 3:52 PM

From the Coalface - 4 - Getting a connection string
Creating a connection string by hand is quite difficult, however you create a connection string as follows: 1) Create an empty text file in windows explorer and rename it to X.UDL 2) Double click on it and the datalink provider dialog will appear. 3) Select the provider tab. Find the provider for your data access method and click next. 4) Select your source 5) Test the connection and save it. 6) Open X.UDL with a text editor to see your connections string. You can also look at http://www.connectionstring... ......

Posted On Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:44 PM

I Find Your Lack of Tests Disturbing!

At http://globalnerdy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/lack_of_tests.jpg there is an excellent image to encourage everybody to test ther code.

Darth Vader encourages Testing!

Enjoy!

Posted On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 7:14 PM

A Code Statistics Utility
SourceMonitor Beta Test Version 2.6.2.102 At http://www.campwoodsw.com/s... there is an excellent utility for producing statistics about your code base. This produces very useful statistics about your such as total lines and percentage of documentation. Recently it was extended with a new complexity metric that counts switch statements as one (all case statements within each switch block are ignored)" ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2010 10:00 PM

From the Coalface - 3 - Work as hard as you can to be as lazy as you can!
The saga of the Change Log A recent conversation reminded me of the need for change logs within a database, to record when various change scripts were run. Creating such the required table is simple. A typical table for this consists of: Id - identity Integer primary key ChangeFileName - NVARCHAR(128) to hold the name of the file run. DateAdded - DateTime non-null with default value of getutcdate() Purpose - NVARCHAR(128) Rerunnable - Bit non-null default 0. By good design of the table only two data ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2010 8:31 PM

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