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How to Group by Just Date Portion Of DateTime Field

There are times when we need to group by the table with the date. But Datetime field also contain time part which is very deep. So, there is no way you can group by datetime field and see correct records because it will group by including the time portion of DateTime field.

So, to get rid off the time portion in group by clause here is a quick query.

   1: select  dateadd(dd,0, datediff(dd,0,dateCreated)) as Date,count(*) TotalCount  from tblRecords   
   2: group by dateadd(dd,0, datediff(dd,0,dateCreated)) 

Installing SQL Server 2008 Express

Currently, by the time I am posting this stuff SQL Server 2008 is in CTP. And off course, it has several installation issues. For the very first time, when I sit for the installation of SQL Server 2008 Express believe me I run the setup up to four times. So let me share with you, you must need to have the following items installed on your system.

Without installing the above component, We cannot Install SQL Server 2008.

Google Can Do Mistakes So Why People Don't


Finally Google Analytics rectifies its spell mistake. For detail please see this post. For detail please see this post.

Prevent Request Timeout in

In one of our application we want our user to upload data up to 1GB and the most interesting part is we want this uploading via HTTP. I mean, we have plan to use FTP but that is for future. For now we need to make it with HTTP.

Off course, uploading data in GB's requires much extra time then the default configuration and same problem with the request size. So, to make it done we need to change the configuration of following items.

  1. executionTimeOut : Default value is 110 seconds, we need to make it for at least 12 hours.
  2. maxRequestLength : Default value is 4096 KB (4 MB), we want it to accommodate 1 GB size of data.
  3. Session Timeout : Default value is 20 minutes, we need to make it according to the executionTimeOut.

The above two are the configuration of httpRuntime attribute, but along with that why do we need to change the session timeout. Because, if session timeout is less then execution timeout it means when the request finishes its processing meanwhile, the session get's end which can raise an error.

So, here is the configuration which we need to make in web.config.

   1: <httpRuntime executionTimeout="43200" maxRequestLength="104856"  />
   2: <sessionState mode="InProc" cookieless="false" timeout="720"/>

Notice, executionTimeout needs to be filled in seconds where as timeout of sessionstate needs minutes as input.

But that doesn't work in my case. I spent many hours replacing the configuration settings and no results.

Finally, I get to know that Application Pool also have idle timeout settings which can be useful.

To get application pool in Windows 2003  :

  1. Right click on your website and click properties
  2. Then Home Directory Tab and notice the last most drop down of  screen. Application Pool
  3. Notice the name, and close screen.
  4. Then go to Application Pools right click the application name which you have in our website and then properties. You will see the following Screen.



The default value of idle timeout is 20 minutes. I have changed this to 720 (same as of session) minutes and every thing start working.

I did never even hear of this idle timeout before neither I think that while uploading the file connection thread is idle but now this is for sure, if you are increasing the session timeout greater then 20 you must need to configure the same amount in your Application Pool Settings.

Dynamically control the scroll amount of marquee

Having a marquee on a page is not a big deal but what if somebody wants user to adjust the speed of the moving text. So the idea is we have many marquee in one page and we want to adjust their speed using two javascript Buttons called "Speed Up" and "Speed Down"The logic is very simple, the marquee tags which you want to control with the help of buttons give them name in my case it is "Scrollers" (Remember it is name not id, so you can give same name to as many controls).Now call the following function on "Speed Up" and "Speed Down" button respectively.
   1: function speedUp()
   2: {
   3:     var obj = document.getElementByName("scrollers")
   5:     for (i=0;i<=obj.Length -1;i++)
   6:     {
   7:         obj[i].scrollAmount = obj[i].scrollAmount * 3 - obj[i].scrollAmount
   8:     }
   9: }
  11: function speedDown()
  12: {
  13:     var obj = document.getElementByName("scrollers")
  15:     for (i=0;i<=obj.Length -1;i++)
  16:     {
  17:         obj[i].scrollAmount = obj[i].scrollAmount * (10/7) - obj[i].scrollAmount
  18:     }
  19: }
That's it

Passing Parameter To User Control On A Modal Popup

This is the most demanded scenario for the one who are using AJAX Control Toolkit, I mean I have seen most of the people asking for this feature on forum.

Unfortunately, we have no such functionality provided in Modal Popup because the control get rendered once the page is loaded and the Modal Popup is just a JavaScript which work is just to display a div which is hidden.

Here is a little work around for those who wants to pass parameter to user control using Modal Popup. Basically, the idea is to keep the user control in a separate page and call that page using JavaScript and put the response on the a Modal Popup Div.

Remember, as this is only a JavaScript we need to set the parameter using JavaScript or we need to save the parameters on Page_Load in any Hidden field and access that later from JavaScript.

To start, I have created two pages and a user control following is the naming stuff for them

  1. Default.aspx (Contains Modal Popup)
  2. ControlCaller.aspx  (Contains User Control)
  3. Controls.ascx (User Control)

Default.aspx page html will look like as follows

   1: <form id="form1" runat="server">
   2:     <div>
   4:         <asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server">
   5:         </asp:ScriptManager>
   6:         <asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" Text="Show Popup" OnClientClick="setupParam()" />
   8:     </div>
   9:     <cc1:ModalPopupExtender ID="ModalPopupExtender1" runat="server" PopupControlID="pnlControl" TargetControlID="Button1">
  10:     </cc1:ModalPopupExtender>
  11:     <asp:Panel ID="pnlControl" runat="server">
  13:     </asp:Panel>
  15:     <asp:HiddenField ID="hf_username" runat="server" />
  16:     <asp:HiddenField ID="hf_password" runat="server" />
  17:     <asp:HiddenField ID="hf_registredDate" runat="server" />
  19:     </form>

Keep in mind that the three hidden fields I have taken here are for the Parameters.

Now Let's see what we have in ControlCaller.aspx

   1: <%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="ControlCaller.aspx.cs" Inherits="LearnWebApp.ControlCaller" %>
   2: <%@ Register src="Controls/Control.ascx" tagname="Control" tagprefix="uc1" %>
   3:     <uc1:Control ID="Control1" runat="server" />

Just user control implementation and nothing else. Please make sure to remove all the head, html and form tags.

Following is the html of Control.ascx

   1: <%@ Control Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Control.ascx.cs" Inherits="LearnWebApp.Controls.Control" %>
   2: User Name :
   3: <asp:Label ID="lblUserID" runat="server" Text="Label"></asp:Label>
   4: <br />
   5: Registered Date :
   6: <asp:Label ID="lblDate" runat="server" Text="Label"></asp:Label>
   7: <br />
   8: Password:
   9: <asp:Label ID="lblPassword" runat="server" Text="Label"></asp:Label>

And here is the code behind of the Control

   1: private string _userName;
   2:         private string _RegisteredDate;
   3:         private string _Password;
   5:         public string userName
   6:         {
   7:             get { return _userName; }
   8:             set { _userName = value; }
   9:         }
  10:         public string RegisteredDate
  11:         {
  12:             get { return _RegisteredDate; }
  13:             set { _RegisteredDate = value; }
  14:         }
  15:         public string Password
  16:         {
  17:             get { return _Password; }
  18:             set { _Password = value; }
  19:         }
  20:         protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
  21:         {
  22:             if (!Page.IsPostBack) 
  23:             {
  24:                 lblDate.Text = _RegisteredDate;
  25:                 lblPassword.Text = _Password;
  26:                 lblUserID.Text = _userName;
  27:             }
  28:         }

Please bear in mind, that the properties we have taken here are for the parameters as you can see I am also setting these properties on label at Page_Load.

and here we have the script which we need to add on the default.aspx head section

   1: <script language="javascript">
   2:     var request = false;
   3:        try {
   4:          request = new XMLHttpRequest();
   5:        } catch (trymicrosoft) {
   6:          try {
   7:            request = new ActiveXObject("Msxml2.XMLHTTP");
   8:          } catch (othermicrosoft) {
   9:            try {
  10:              request = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
  11:            } catch (failed) {
  12:              request = false;
  13:            }  
  14:          }
  15:        }
  17:       function GetResult() {
  18:         var divComm = document.getElementById('pnlControl');
  19:         divComm.innerHTML = "Please wait processing your request!!!";
  20:         var rnd = Math.random() * 1000000;
  21:         var url = 'ControlCaller.aspx?userName=' +document.getElementById("hf_username").value + "&password=" + document.getElementById("hf_password").value  + "&Date="+ document.getElementById("hf_registredDate").value  +'&rnd=' + rnd;
  22:"GET", url, true);
  23:         request.onreadystatechange = GetResultComplete;
  24:         request.send(null);
  25:     }
  26:     function GetResultComplete() {
  27:         if (request.readyState == 4) {
  28:             //alert(request.responseText);
  29:             if (request.status == 200) {
  30:                 var divComm = document.getElementById('pnlControl');
  31:                 if (divComm) {
  32:                     divComm.innerHTML = request.responseText;
  33:                 }
  34:             }
  35:         }
  36:     }
  37:     function setupParam()
  38:         {
  39:             document.getElementById("hf_username").value = "User is for test !!!";
  40:             document.getElementById("hf_password").value  = "testing.....";
  41:             document.getElementById("hf_registredDate").value  = "10/04/84";
  42:             GetResult();
  44:         }
  45:     </script>

Notice the setupParam() function, we are setting our parameter here and then call the GetResult function which is making an AJAX call to the page we have created. That's it by using this method we can have parameterized user control inside Modal Popup.

You can download the full Visual Studio 2008 Project from here.

Disable Control When AJAX is in progress

If the AJAX call to the server take too much time, then there is a possibility that user might press some other buttons or some other event occurred which will cause your AJAX call to stop and make a new request.

To overcome this situation, I decided to have div on the top of the page so that while AJAX call is in progress user cannot do any thing else.

So I simply Drag and Drop a Update Progress Control and write the following stuff.

<asp:UpdateProgress ID="UpdateProgress1" runat="server">
        <div id="Progress">Please wait ......</div>
       <div id="bgDiv"></div> 

And add the following style on head section of the page.

   1: <style>
   2:     #bgDiv {
   3:       position:absolute;
   4:       top:0px;
   5:       bottom:0px;
   6:       left:0px;
   7:       right:0px;
   8:       overflow:hidden;
   9:       padding:0;
  10:       margin:0;
  11:       background-color:black; 
  12:       filter:alpha(opacity=50);
  13:       opacity:0.5;
  14:       z-index:500;
  15:     }
  16:     #Progress
  17:     {
  18:         position: absolute;
  19:         background-color:Red;
  20:         width: 300px;
  21:         z-index: 600;
  22:     }
  25:     </style>

There we go whenever AJAX call made, a background div will appear and on top of that we have our message "Please wait"

Here is the snapshot


Send Welcome email to user using Membership API

While using Membership API, It is a very normal task to send user a registration or verification email. We can achieve that using two ways one is using the default email setting of Create User Control and other is by implementing CreateUserWizard.CreatedUser event

Method 1:

Drag and Drop the create user control, right click then properties and find MailDefination and set appropriate values for each property.


BodyFileName is basically the location of the file which contains the body of the email. It can be text file or html file.

HTML file which I am using is a very simple html file which can be found in the project source specified at the end of this post.

Create User Control uses the SMTP settings in web.config to send the email that is why before checking it you need to make sure that you have specify the correct settings in configuration file. For example

   1: <>
   2:     <mailSettings>
   3:         <smtp deliveryMethod="Network">
   4:             <network defaultCredentials="true" host="localhost" port="25"/>
   5:             <!--userName="" password="" if required specify after port-->
   6:         </smtp>
   7:     </mailSettings>
   8: </>

That's it your control is now ready to send emails.

Method 2:

In this method, we will manually shoot an email when the user get registered successfully. For that we need to implement our logic in CreatedUser event of this control.

Following is the screen shot of different events provided by CreateUserControl


As you can see I have generated a method against CreatedUser and here is the code for that

   1: Protected Sub CreateUserWizard1_CreatedUser(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles CreateUserWizard1.CreatedUser
   2:     Dim ToAddress As String = CreateUserWizard1.Email
   3:     Dim mm As New MailMessage("", ToAddress)
   4:     Using objSr As New StreamReader(Server.MapPath("MailTemplate\\welcome_ver.htm"), FileMode.Open)
   5:         With mm
   6:             .Subject = "Welcome to my site"
   7:             .Body = objSr.ReadToEnd()
   8:             .Body = .Body.Replace("{verification_code}", New Random().Next()) 'Any Random number you can put your logic here...
   9:             .IsBodyHtml = True
  10:         End With
  11:         Dim smtp As New SmtpClient
  13:         smtp.Send(mm)
  14:     End Using
  15: End Sub

In this method I am also using the SMTP Settings specified in web.config however, you can change that according to your own need.

In line no 10, I have put a token which will replace the string which I have in my source html file with a random number. For those who are facing difficulty in understanding the token stuff, please see the following html

   1: <html>
   3: <body>
   4: Hi, 
   6: Thank you for the registration and welcome to my site
   7: Your verification code : {verification_code}
   8: </body>
   9: </html>

That is very simple and very easy. I personally recommend the Method 2 as it can give you some extra control over the process.

Here is the VS 2008 code

Event Bubbling in Javascript

Today, while creating some javascript popup I had a condition in which I place onclick function on body tag. I had an other button which also implement onclick. So the code looks like as follows

   1: <body onclick="disappearPopup()">
   2: <a href="#" onclick="ShowPopup()">Show me</a>
   3: </body>

So, what happen is whenever link is click the body clicked even called automatically. Practically speaking, we need to cancel the body onclick even each time we click the link click.

And for that I write the following code on click of the link

   1: if (window.event) {
   2:     window.event.cancelBubble = true;
   3: }
   4: else {
   5:     e.stopPropagation();
   6: }

And it works ....

My Love &hellip;&hellip; My Vitz

I spent quit much time in maintaing of vehicle. I tell you I am freaking crazy about my wheels. This weekend, I keep busy in the stuff like Oil Change, I  usually change all the oils including Engine /  Break / Transmission with oil and air filter after every six months. So I dedicated my this weekend to my vehicle and here are some image and videos which I captured today just after I realize that the maintenance is complete.


Vitz Interior