Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Copy SQL Server Database

  • Create a backup on the source SQL Server
  • Copy the .bak file to the destination computer.
  • Note the file name and location of the .bak file on the destination computer.
  • Execute this SQL Query in the destination computer
    • RESTORE DATABASE <YourDatabase> 
      FROM DISK='<the path to your backup file>\<YourDatabase>.bak'

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Best Practices for Sharing Facebook Posts to Your Website

Facebook uses meta tags in your website to manage posts that link to your website.   Visit Sharing Best Practices for Websites and Mobile Apps to learn more.

Visit Facebook Object Debugger to evaluate your website.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Setting Focus for Barcode Scan Input


Barcode scanners read barcode data and "write" the data into an area waiting to receive the data.  You could open Notepad and scan a barcode right into notepad.    On a web site, we need a textbox or other input control to receive the scanned data.

We could force our users to physically click a text box before scanning but it is normally better to have the input control selected by the software  so the user can scan without repeatedly clicking an input control.

The Solution Seems Obvious Unless Your Using IE9

A couple of solutions seem to be obvious choices.   
  1. Call the Focus() function on the input control in the OnPreRender event handle. 
  2. Call the Focus() function on the input control using JavaScript in the window onload() event.

Neither one of these solutions work on the page_load() when the input control is AJAX enabled. The window onload() event is raised before AJAX enabled controls are intialized. 

And the Answer Is ...Sys.Application.add_load()

We need to find a place to set the focus after ALL controls have been created and initialized.   We need this event to be raised after every AJAX call as well.   Add this code in a <script></script> section in your .ASPX page 


function  applicationLoadHandler() {
           // Call function to set focus on the scanning input control.             


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

RadAjaxManager and ClientIdMode="Static"

You may encounter this error when using the RadAjaxManager with controls that have their ClientIdMode set to Static.  

ASP.NET applies a prefix to all control IDs.  You can remove this prefix by setting the ClientIdMode property of  a control to "Static".   This makes it a little easier to access a control in Javascript using the controls' ID. 

This works just fine unless...... you're using the control in a RadAjaxManager.   Look at this code generated by the RadAjaxManager. with the txtScan ClientIdMode="Static"
Notice  id="txtScan"; just as you would expect when the ClientIdMode is Static.  However the RadAjaxManager wraps the control in a RadAjaxPanel and the name has the prefix characters added. This causes the "Unable to get property" error shown at the start of this article. 

Here is the generated code using ClientIdMode="Auto".
The prefix is added to the id.

You'll need to use syntax like this in your JavaScript code
var theTxtScanInput = document.getElementById('<%=txtScan.ClientID%>');   You may need to wrap your <script> section within a <telerik:RadCodeBlock runat="server">.

Moral of the Story

Don't use ClientIdMode="Static" when you're using the RadAjaxManager!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Visual Studio 2015 Community

Visual Studio 2015 Community is available as a free download. License terms. Visit if you need custom software for your business.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Page Scrolls to Top on RadDatePicker Click

Problem: You have a Telerik RadDatePicker as a single control or part of a filter on a RadGrid with a DateTime column. User clicks the calendar icon and the page scrolls to the top and the calendar is not displayed. You'll see a javascript ArgumentOutOfRange exception in the Inspect Element window of the browser.

The solution for me was replacing the asp:ScriptManager with the. telerik:RadScriptManager

<telerik:RadScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server">
   <%-- Load scripts as a group and cache on browser.  --%>
            <asp:ScriptReference Assembly="Telerik.Web.UI" Name="Telerik.Web.UI.Common.Core.js" />
            <asp:ScriptReference Assembly="Telerik.Web.UI" Name="Telerik.Web.UI.Common.jQuery.js" />
            <asp:ScriptReference Assembly="Telerik.Web.UI" Name="Telerik.Web.UI.Common.jQueryPlugins.js" />

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Free Visual Studio Development Tools!

Visit this link to learn more about free development tools to include: 

  • Visual Studio Community IDE
  • Visual Studio Online 
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Azure App Service

Friday, May 8, 2015

RadioButtonList SelectedIndexChanged Only Fires Once !!!

I ran into an interesting issue today.  The SelectedIndexChanged event was raised only once after page load.    The problem was solved by adding ClientIdMode="Static"   

<asp:RadioButtonList ID="rblTimeStamp" runat="server"
ClientIdMode="Static" AutoPostBack="True" OnSelectedIndexChanged="OnTimeStampTypeChanged" >
    <asp:ListItem Value="CurrentTime" Text="Current  "></asp:ListItem>
    <asp:ListItem Value="CustomTime"  Text="Custom" ></asp:ListItem>

Don't use a RadAjaxManager if you set the ClientIdMode to Static.  See blog post titled "RadAjaxManager and ClientIdMode="Static".

Another Approach Using RadAjaxManager

Don't set any ClientIdMode values to Static.

Set AutoPostBack to true for radiobuttonlist.
Set the radiobuttonlist as the initiator and updated control in the RadAjaxManager.
Reset the selected radiobutton in the event handler. 

<telerik:RadAjaxManager ID="RadAjaxManager1" runat="server"    DefaultLoadingPanelID="loadingPanelDlgInjections">
        <telerik:AjaxSetting AjaxControlID="rblInjectionListChoice">
                <telerik:AjaxUpdatedControl ControlID="rblInjectionListChoice"/>
                <telerik:AjaxUpdatedControl ControlID="radCmbInjectionSites" />
<telerik:RadAjaxLoadingPanel ID="loadingPanelDlgInjections" runat="server" Skin="Default"></telerik:RadAjaxLoadingPanel>

<asp:RadioButtonList ID="rblInjectionListChoice" runat="server" RepeatDirection="Horizontal" AutoPostBack="True" 
    <asp:ListItem value="shortList" Text="Short List&nbsp;&nbsp;" Selected="True"></asp:ListItem>
    <asp:ListItem value="longList" Text="Long List&nbsp;&nbsp;"></asp:ListItem>

<telerik:RadComboBox ID="radCmbInjectionSites" runat="server" Width="100%"
          AutoPostBack="True"   RenderMode="Lightweight"
          Filter="StartsWith" EmptyMessage="Select Injection Site">

Event Handler

//Iterate through the radio button list and reset the selected item
protected void rblInjectionListChoice_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
foreach (ListItem item in rblInjectionListChoice.Items)
if (item.Selected)
item.Selected = true;

//Add your code here.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Custom Software Can Free You

Businesses outgrow data management by paper and spreadsheets.  At some point, you start to replace your time enjoying your entrepreneurial passion with the mundane task of managing the business data.  

Check out this article by Jeff Hayden in 

This quote from Jeff's article nails one of the best reasons to consider custom software to manage your business -- "Leveraging software actually lets you get back to doing more of what you love, because not only does it streamline and automate your processes, it streamlines and automates processes for your customers--and frees you up to think of creative ways that doing what you love can better serve your customers."

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Get Assigned Roles With LINQ

Here's one way of creating a RadGrid with assigned roles for users. 

   <telerik:RadGrid runat="server" ID="gridUsers" AllowSorting="True"
                   AutoGenerateColumns="False" GroupPanelPosition="Top" 
                   onneeddatasource="gridUsers_NeedDataSource"                     onitemdatabound="gridUsers_ItemDataBound">         <MasterTableView>             <Columns>                 <telerik:GridBoundColumn DataField="userName"                      HeaderText="User Name"                      UniqueName="colUserName">                 </telerik:GridBoundColumn>                 <telerik:GridBoundColumn DataField="roles"                      HeaderText="Roles"                      UniqueName="colRoles">                 </telerik:GridBoundColumn>                 <telerik:GridBoundColumn DataField="isApproved"                      HeaderText="Active User?"                      UniqueName="colIsApproved">                 </telerik:GridBoundColumn>             </Columns>         </MasterTableView>     </telerik:RadGrid>

using System;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web.Security;
using Telerik.Web.UI;

    protected void gridUsers_NeedDataSource(object sender, 
                     Telerik.Web.UI.GridNeedDataSourceEventArgs e)
            using (var dc = new  MyModel.EntitiesModel())
                var u = dc.Aspnet_Users.Select(a => new
                    userName = a.UserName,
                    roles = string.Join(","Roles.GetRolesForUser(a.UserName)),
                    isApproved = (Membership.GetUser(a.UserName)).IsApproved
                if (null != u)
                    this.gridUsers.DataSource = u.ToList();
        catch (Exception)

    protected void gridUsers_ItemDataBound(object sender, 
                              Telerik.Web.UI.GridItemEventArgs e)
        if (e.Item is GridDataItem)
            GridDataItem dataItem = (GridDataItem)e.Item;
            if (dataItem["colIsApproved"].Text != null &&
dataItem["colIsApproved"].Text == "False")
                dataItem["colIsApproved"].BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
                dataItem["colIsApproved"].ToolTip = "This person cannot login.";

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hiding a Telerik Menu Choice Based on Role

I have my menu in the site master page. I used the Page_Load() function to make the "Admin" menu item only visible to users with an Admin role.

using System;
using System.Linq;
using Telerik.Web.UI;
using System.Web.Security;

<telerik:RadMenu ID="menu" runat="server" RenderMode="Auto"  >
       <telerik:RadMenuItem    Text="Admin"  Visible="true" />

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    if (!IsPostBack)
        RadMenuItem item ="Admin");
        if (null != item)
            if (Roles.IsUserInRole("Admin"))
                item.Visible = true;
                item.Visible = false;

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Is 2015 the year?

The New Year brings a time to reflect on the possible. Is 2015 the year you’ll take your business and profession to the next level?

Your greatest success may be around the next bend in the road.

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Here’s to the success of the entrepreneur and to all others waking up each morning ready to make a difference!