"None can stop the rising sun, clouds can hide for a while........" -Ravi

Monday, October 5, 2009

Enable version settings in a SharePoint list

You can enable Version Settings for SharePoint lists so that they track versions of the items they contain. You can specify the number of versions to track and also view prior versions of items in the list. When version tracking is enabled for the list, each time the data in a row changes, Windows SharePoint Services creates a new version of that row.

To enable version tracking, you need the Manage Lists permission on the Windows SharePoint Services server. If you are not able to change the version settings, Check with your SharePoint Site adminstrator about your permisions.

  1. Go to the List and click on Settings
  2. On the Settings menu , click List Settings
  3. Under General Settings, click Versioning settings.
  4. On the List Versioning Settings page, in the Item Version History section, under Create a version each time you edit an item in this list?, click Yes.
  5. To limit the number of versions to retain, select Keep the following number of versions, and then type the number of versions to retain.(If you limits the number of versions that it stores, the oldest versions are permanently deleted when the limit is reached. They are not sent to the Recycle, So need to make sure do you need old versions or not)

Show/Hide "Create Folder" in Lists in SharePoint

This article explains how to Show or Hide New Folder options in lists or documents in SharePoint.

When created a List(Lists can be documents, project task, e.t.c)  in the Sharepoint, by default it will give the option Create Folder under New task under that list. For hiding the Create New Folder option, First, you should be owner to the site and then follow the following steps..
  1. Go to the List
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Select List Settings
  4. Click on Advanced Settings, Which is under genaral setting
  5. Check "NO" option for - Display "New Folder" command on the New menu?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Maintain Scroll Position in ASP.NET 2.0

This article explains, how to maintain current page scroll position across page postback events.

When working with large data in gridview, Scroll down the page and doing some thing that causes a postback, Then page automatically set back to the top position rather than staying at the current scroll position.

Smartnavigation (Smartnavigation = true) feature was using in .NET 1.X frame work. But It had only worked in IE browser.

It has been resolved in .NET 2.0 by using MaintainScrollPositionOnPostback page directive attribute.
This attribute can add to the pages in three ways.

1) Set Globally ( Set it in Web.Config in root level)

<pages theme="DefaultSkin" maintainScrollPositionOnPostBack="true" >

2) Page Level Scrolling Mainatanance
In ASP.NET Page:

<%@ Page Language="C#" MaintainScrollPositionOnPostback="true" %>

3) Set in Programatically:
Import the Name space System.Web.UI, like in C#:

using System.Web.UI;

Set MaintainScrollPositionOnPostback true in Page load

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
if (!IsPostBack)
Page.MaintainScrollPositionOnPostBack = true;

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Using windows MessageBox in ASP.NET

I have seen in the forums, lot of people are asking for using Windows MessageBox in ASP.NET. It's pretty simple. Just you need to Add System.Windows.Forms namespace to references. Follow these steps:

1) Right Click on References in your solution explorer
2) Click on Add References. Add References window will be open
3) Under .NET tab select System.Windows.Forms, Click Ok. Now it added to your reference library
4) Import the namespace System.Windows.Forms in your page
C#: using System.Windows.Forms;
VB.NET: Import System.Windows.Forms
5) Now you can use MessageBox.Show();

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ceating Indexes on views in SQL 2005

When I was creating Index on view, I got the following error.
"Cannot create index on view 'v_testview' because the view is not schema bound. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 1939)". Following link helped me to figure out the solution.


It may hellpfull to you also..

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Restore existing database in SQL 2005

1)Open Microsoft SQL Server Studio, Login with your SQL Credentials or using Windows Authentication mode.
2)Create New Database with name “DatabaseName”, Set path for MDF and LDF files on your local computer.
3) Right click on the created databse("DatabaseName") in Object Browser Window and select Task->Restore->Database option. You will get restore database wizard opened.
4) On General Menu, select radio option of “From Device”, then select backup file from browse file option.
5) After successfully selection of Backup file, Goto Options menu from left navigation pane and Mark “Overwrite Existing Database” to true.
6) Click OK

If you want to create database diagrams for restored database, you will get the following error.

Error: Database Diagram Support Objects cann't be installed because this database doesn't have a valid owner.

Solution: By default restored database consider system login ID as database owner. We need to change the database ownership manually, back to the owner that originally created the database when diagrams created. To accomplish this run the following query in SQL query analyzer

--Replace "DatabaseName" with your database name
USE DatabaseName--(change this Database name)

--Following query will change owner name
EXEC sp_changedbowner 'sa';

You can look at the current wner to the database by running the following query

EXEC sp_helpdb;

Debug problem in older version Visual Studio(VS2003 & VS2005) with IE 8

I had done lot of research to fix my debug problem in Visual Studio 2005. Finally, I got the solution.

Problem: Debug is not working for VS 2005 with IE8

  1. Go to Start
  2. Select Run
  3. Enter RegEdit (this opens Registry Editor Window)
  4. Go Thru HKEY_LOCALMACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  5. Check for the key TabProcGrowth, if you haven't find add new DWORD with the name TabProcGrowth
  6. Set the value to 0

Reason: This problem is because of opening of multiple instances in IE8 browser. IE8 has a feature called "Loosely-Coupled Internet Explorer (LCIE)", which isolates the Internet Explorer frame and its tabs into separate processes. Because of this seperate process between IE frame and Tabs, Older versions of VS debuggers are getting confused to connect to the exact process.

Hope this will fix your problem.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Use nvarchar(max) for ntext in MS SQL 2005 and later versions

The ntext data type cannot be selected as DISTINCT because it is not comparable

Prob: Union fails, If a table contains nText datatype field

Answer: Use nVarChar(MAX)(This works only SQL 2005 and Above versions)

Similarly, use VarChar(MAX) for TEXT, varbinary(max) for image

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Conenction in tns ORA file for conencting to Oracle data base

For conencting to Oracle database, First you need to create connection string in TNS ORA file.

2) Open tns names.ora file
3) Modify your variable in the following string

Connecting to Databases from SSIS COnnection manager

Couple of guys asked me about conencting to ACCESS from SSIS. I thought, It's betetr to put in my blog..

1) Right click in Connection manager window(Which is appear at the bottom of the visual studio)
2) Select New OLEDB Connection
3) You will get "Configure OLEDB Connection Manger:" window. Click on NEW button
4) Select Provider, What ever database you want to connect
Ex: use OLEDB\SQL Native Client for connecting to SQL, Native OLEDB\Microsoft JEt4.0 OLEDB Provider for connecting to ACCESS, Microsoft OLEDB Provider for Oracle for Oracle e.t.c..
5)Select the file if data base is Access, Eneter server name if you want to connect to SQL, For conencting the Oracle data base you need to use Server variable which is used in tns ORA file(For creating connection string in tns ora file Click here).
6) Click on Test Conenction to amke sure whether it's conencted or not.
7) Click Ok

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Creating new SSIS package got error: Failed to save package file with error 0x8002802B Element not found


Error when creating new SSIS package:
Failed to save package file 'C:\documents and settings\local settings\temp\tmp172.tmp" with error 0x8002802B Element not found


1) From the start menu, click run
2) enter the code: regsvr32 %windir%\system32\msxml6.dll

3) click enter
4)RegSvr32 pop up will come up, Click OK

Friday, February 20, 2009

Compare two complete ROWS( all columns of each row) in two seperate TABLES

If you have two separate tables with same primary key and want to check the updates in the other table,using BINARY_CHECKSUM would be the best answer. But need to careful about column data types. Column Data types shouldn't be text, ntext, image, XML, and cursor.

Here is T-SQL query to compare two rows from different table:

Take ORDERS1 as one table and ORDERS2 as other table


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Apply page themes programmatically

apply a page themes programmatically:

Need to set page's 'Theme' Property in Page's Preint event

protected void Page_PreInit(object sender, EventArgs e)
switch (Request.QueryString["theme"])
case "Orange":
Page.Theme = "OrangeTheme";
case "skyblue":
Page.Theme = "skyblueTheme";

apply a style sheet themes programmatically:

Override 'StyleSheetTheme" propert in page code. Following code override existing code and set current page theme as 'SkyblueTheme'
public override String StyleSheetTheme
get { return "SkyblueTheme"; }

Apply Contol SKINS programmatically:
We can over ride control skin properties in PreInt event
void Page_PreInit(object sender, EventArgs e)
Calendar1.SkinID = "CustomSkin";

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Save not permitted in SQL Server 2008 Express Management Studio

I got the following message, When I was trying to change or add new columns for tables in SQL Server 2008 Express.

Message: " Save not Permitted. The changes you have made require the following tables need to dropped and re-created. you have either made changes to a table that can't be re-created or enabled the option preventing saving changes that require table to b re-created."

The only choice I had was to click to cancel, or to choose to save the message to a text file. Which won't useful to us. I found the answer for this bug in SQL Online. here it is..


Go to Tools -> Options -> Designers -> Uncheck "Prevent saving changes that requires table re-creation"

I hope it works for you also...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Error when exporting GridView to Excel

Fix for error :" Control 'ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Gridview1' of type 'GridView' must be placed inside a form tag with runat=server"

Fix: Add the following code in cs file.

public override void VerifyRenderingInServerForm(Control control)
// Confirms that an HtmlForm control is rendered for the
//specified ASP.NET server control at run time.


Timeout expired. The timeout period elapsed prior to completion of the operation or the server is not responding.

First try by using Connect time out

If it won't work, make the commandtimeout to 0
ex: sqlCmd.CommandTimeout = 0;

The Connect Timeout attribute of a SQL Connection string determines how long a SqlConnection Object runs before it stops attempting to connect to a server