Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Making a DIV Dynamically Adjust to the Size of the Content and Not Fill the Entire Parent

I had created an HTML table with three cells (td). The first cell was 20% of the whole the second 60% and the third 20%. In the second cell I place a div. I needed the div to not fill the entire cell, but stretch or shrink based on how much content is in it. The following code is what I started with. The div would fill the cell, even if empty.

 td style="width: 20%">

td style="width: 60%;text-align:center;">
    div id="divMiddleCell">

            Dynamic Content



I altered it as follows to add display: inline-block tot he style property of the div and it made the div dynamically shrink and grow.

 td style="width: 20%">

 td style="width: 60%;text-align:center;display: inline-block">
    div id="divMiddleCell" ">

       Dynamic Content



Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to do Select Top in Oracle

In SQL Server I often do a SELECT TOP 10 FROM [TableName].

To get the bottom ten I found that I could ORDER BY DESC.

In Oracle things are a bit different. In Oracle they have a ROWNUM system field. To get the first ten records you just have to get the ROWNUMs that are 10 and below like the following:


Control 'gv' of type 'GridView' must be placed inside a form tag with runat=server.

I have gotten this error several times:

Control 'gv' of type 'GridView' must be placed inside a form tag with runat=server.

Each time I forget the solution and after I fix it I eventually forget why I was getting it.  This time is not different.  I can't remember why it started happening, but the solution is to create a method like this.

public override void VerifyRenderingInServerForm(Control control)

/* Verifies that the control is rendered */

Sometimes & nbsp; Doesn't Work and I Have to Use & #160; Instead

I found recently that sometimes when I use an HTML & nbsp; it literally prints & nbsp; instead of a nonbreaking space.

Blogger is having trouble taking what I want to say, so I have to put a space between the ampersand and the nbsp; characters to get it to print correctly.

One instance that gave me trouble with the nbsp was between a td tag, even though I can include other HTML markup in between the opening and closing tag.

After some head scratching and reading I tried using a & #160; and that worked.

I guess HTML has two different ways of expressing non breaking spaces.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

ASP.Net Web Forms Application Can't Find Namespace

I was creating a test Web Forms application and added some existing code files.

I first added them to the app_code folder, but in there they could not find the OracleDataClient namespace.  I found something that said to move the code file out of app_code and that fixed the Oracle problem.

Then when I would reference classes in those files the page code did not recognize the namespace.

After a while of searching I found someone who said to right click on the files and view properties.

The property they said to look at was Build Action.  My file was set to Content and I saw to change it to Compile.  That fixed it.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DataReader Problems Boxing and Unboxing

After I researched the problems and implemented the solutions in this post http://brookssoftwaredev.blogspot.com/2014/01/net-datareader-not-closing-connection.html I found that I was still getting timeouts while trying to obtain a connection from the pool.

I researched more and found that doing normal conversion like


caused boxing and unboxing of the values.  I was doing this on several values for many records.

I did some research and found that the boxing and unboxing causes the garbage collector to bog down.  I found that the DataReader has special methods to avoid the boxing and unboxing.  These methods are things like GetCharGetDouble, GetDateTime, and GetInt32.  From what I read these stop the boxing and unboxing and prevent the garbage collector from thrashing.

Once I implemented those methods my timeouts on the connection pool went away.  It appears as though the garbage collector couldn't clean up the connections, since it was busy with all of the rogue objected from the DataReader boxing and unboxing.

I realized that using a DataReader left the connection open and there needed to be precautions taken, but there are several other things that you must deal with when using a DataReader, so use caution.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

.Net DataReader Not Closing Connection After Closed

As I research using the .Net DataReader I kept seeing information online that said things like "When the command is executed, the associated Connection object is closed when the associated DataReader object is closed."

There had been concerns that the data reader would tie up the connection too long.  There was also concern that we were closing the connection explicitly, especially since the creation of the reader was abstracted into another class.  The class using the reader would not have access to the command or connection that created it.

In various different places I have worked we have used this and were confident that the DataReader would clean itself and its connection up, based upon what we had read.

We did a small test page recently and it turns out that by default it leaves the connection open.

We opened a connection and created a command tied to that connection and then used that command to create a DataReader.  We did command.ExecuteReader() to create the reader.

As we researched further we found that ExecuteReader has an optional parameter of a CommandBehavior enumeration.  If you pass CommandBehavior.CloseConnection then it closes the connection when the reader closes.