T-SQL Code Documentor

I recently resigned and was tasked to document all the important stored procedure and triggers. Yes I know this should have been done at the time but we have never had time, or should I rather say it’s never been priority.

I was deliberating over the different methods possible to document the T-SQL code. Red-Gate has SQL Doc but that only updates extended properties. I thought I could use Word and document what every Stored Proc or Trigger does but that document will be dead in the water. When making changes some of this come to mind… “Oh I need to update the documentation”… “Where is the documentation saved again?”… “Aargh!!! The other guy did not document his changes”. The last two can be mitigated by using source control or versioned docs like Google Docs or Sharepoint etc. and a bit of discipline.

The worst part is, how do you tie sections of the code to sections of the document?

Then I thought I can document the code by adding standard T-SQL comments. This makes sense as the documentation then exists inside the code at the exact point where it matters or explains something; this is sometimes referred to as “Living Documentation”.Read More »


Dynamic Nested ASP.Net GridView using AJAX, Webservices and jQuery


I haven’t blogged for a while, I have been really swamped at work.

Anyway last week I after using jQuery for a while (for those who don’t know jQuery is awesome, take the time to try it) I had a brilliant idea. After numerous previous attempts at building nested ASP.Net GridViews I thought hang on a minute, once a gridview has been rendered it is normal HTML. Thus its a table with rows(<tr>) and columns(<td>), so all I need to do is somehow get a empty row after every row to act as a place holder(<div></div>) for the nested grid.


I did a couple of Google searches and found weird and wonderful ways to implement the empty rows but most of them were far to complex for what I needed. Then I found a post (sorry I cant remember the source) with the following code for the RowDataBound event:

Protected Sub GridView_RowDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewRowEventArgs)
  If e.Row.RowType = DataControlRowType.DataRow ThenRead More »

jQuery: “Could not get the display property. Invalid argument.” error in Internet Explorer 7

I’m really very new (using it for a week or two) to jQuery myself and this had me stumped for a few minutes. I got the error “Could not get the display property. Invalid argument.” in Internet Exploder 7 and not in Firefox 3.6 so typical :). I went through the usual troubleshooting method of commenting line by line I found the offending line.

It looked something like this

$("#helpdiv").animate({ position: "fixed", top: ($(window).height() - $("#helpdiv").height()) - 2 }, 2000);

So I commented out all the options between {} and added them back one by one and found that it was the position: “fixed” option that was causing the error.


Remove the position: “fixed” option from the animate and set it with css then do the animate.

$("#helpdiv").css({ position: "fixed" });
$("#helpdiv").animate({ top: ($(window).height() - $("#helpdiv").height()) - 2 }, 2000);

ASP.Net ERROR: The remote server returned an error: (401) Unauthorized. RESOLVED

I struggled with this error(The remote server returned an error: (401) Unauthorized.) for 2 weeks.

Here is my setup:
IIS with integrated Authentication.
There is no user login thus the user name and password isn’t getting stored.

Finally after grabbing bit and pieces of the Internet my error has been resolved. Here is my solution:

String path = templateData.getField(TemplateData.FieldName.LOGO);
System.Net.WebRequest objRequest = System.Net.WebRequest.Create(path);
objRequest.UseDefaultCredentials = true;
objRequest.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultNetworkCredentials;
System.Net.WebResponse objResponse = objRequest.GetResponse();
System.IO.Stream  strm = objResponse.GetResponseStream();
System.IO.StreamReader rdr = new System.IO.StreamReader(strm);
Image logoImage = Image.GetInstance(strm);

Hope this helps someone