Aug 24 2010

VisualStudio ReflectedSchemas folder in ApplicationData

Category: .Net | | VS2008 ashish sheth @ 23:23

Just now I found out that C:\Documents and Settings\[Username]\Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\ReflectedSchemas

folder takes lots of space. VS 2008 stores schema files which are dynamically generated when you compile a webcontrol.

To release the space on your drive you can delete the files safely and VisualStudio will re-generate these files whenever needed.


For more information see below:

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Apr 24 2010

Violating Single Resposibility Principle using VisualStudio Region

Single Responsibility Principle (SRP)says that "THERE SHOULD NEVER BE MORE THAN ONE REASON FOR A CLASS TO CHANGE.". Although this article mentions only about class, I think the SRP also applies to methods within the class: there should never be more than one reason for a method to change.
Visual Studio provides a good way to mark off section of file in the form of "region"so they can be collapsible and the code can be organized. Many people use region in a big method to organize the code. For example:

public void CreeateOrder(/*some parameters*/)
	#region Validate the parameters
	//code goes here

	#region create the order
	//insert the order data in the database

	#region create the order item
	//insert the item data in the database

Note that not all people use regions like this. Many people use comments instead of regions in this kind of methods.
As you can see this is a clear violation of the single responsibility principle. The method does more than one thing: it validates the order data, create a top level order and create order items. This can certainly be put into separate method.

private bool ValidateOrderData(/*some parameters*/)
	#region Validate the parameters
	//code goes here

private bool InsertOrder(/*order related parameter*/)
	#region create the order
	//insert the order data in the database

private bool InsertOrderItem(/*order item related parameter*/)
	#region create the order item
	//insert the item data in the database

public  void CreateOrder(/*Some parameter*/)
	If(ValidateOrder(/*parameter list*/))
		if(InsertOrder(/*order parameter*/))
			InsertOrderItem(/*order item parameter*/);

As you can see, wherever you are using "region" in your method to demarcate the code, you can very well put that code in a separate method.

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Feb 10 2010

Find-n-Replace using Regular Expression in Visual Studio 2008

Category: .Net | VS2008 ashish sheth @ 04:22

Here is a tip how you can convert a multiline text to single line(ie., how to remove newline characters) using regular expression.

Select "Use Regular Expression" in the find-n-replace dialog box. Enter "\n" in the "Find What:" field. Don't provide anything in the "Replace With:" and click the Replace or Replace All button. And voila.. All your contents are in a single lines now.

Here are more resources I found on the net on Find-n-Replace using regular expression:

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Dec 7 2009

Invoke Google from withing VS 2008

Category: .Net | .Net Framework | C# | CodeProject | VS2008 ashish sheth @ 11:25

As programmers we need to search for many tasks that we want to accomplish. And the F1 key in visual studio does not help because it always launches the local MSDN search, even if MSDN is not installed on the local computer.

Brian Schmitt has provided the code to write a macro to search variouse sites. Here I am describing steps to how you can configure your Visual studio 2008 to invoke google search from within the IDE based on his post.

  • In the VS 2008 IDE, click Alt + F8 to launch the Macro explorer.  It should show you a tree like below at the right hand side of the IDE.



  • Right Click on theMyMacros project and create a new module named Search. (Alternately, you can goto Tools menu-> Macros -> New Macro command). This will launch the macro editor.
  • Copy and paste the below code in the macro editor. (Code taken from Brian Schmitt's article on Better Visual Studio F1)


Imports EnvDTE
Imports System.Web

Public Module Search

#Region "Search Internet Sites"
  Public Const GOOGLE_FORMAT As String = "{0}"
  Public Const STACKOVERFLOW_FORMAT As String = "{0}"
  Public Const SEARCHDOTNET_FORMAT As String = "{0}&sa=Search&cof=FORID:9#1144"
  Public Const MSDN_FORMAT As String = "{0}&ac=8"
  Public Sub SearchStackOverflowForSelectedText()
  End Sub
  Public Sub SearchGoogleForSelectedText()
  End Sub
  Public Sub SearchSearchDotNetForSelectedText()
  End Sub
      Public Sub SearchMSDNForSelectedText()
  End Sub
  Private Sub SearchWebPage(ByVal SearchURLFormat As String)
      Dim sel As EnvDTE.TextSelection = DTE.ActiveWindow.Selection
      Dim srchTxt As String = sel.Text.Trim
      If srchTxt.Length > 0 Then
          DTE.ItemOperations.Navigate(String.Format(SearchURLFormat, HttpUtility.UrlEncode(srchTxt)))
      End If
  End Sub
#End Region

End Module


  • Now the macro is ready (there are four macros created one each for google, stackoverflow, searchdotnet and MSDN). Now we will assign short cut for all the four macros.
  • Go to Tools -> Options -> keyboard. In the “Show command containing” type macro. Or simply scroll through the list box to find the macro we just created.



  • In the “Press shortcut key” type in the short cut you want (for e.g. Alt + F1, Alt + Shift + F1). Note that if you press just F1, it will replace the existing binding for the F1 key to the MSDN help.
  • In the similar way type in the short cut for other macros.

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Oct 10 2009 - Online Bookstore

Category: Books ashish sheth @ 12:09

India has not many online bookstore. I just came across this one: Seems good.

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Aug 27 2009

Using CultureInfo for Globalization/Localization of an Asp.Net Applictation

Category: .Net | | CodeProject ashish sheth @ 11:22

Globalization is the process of making the application able to handle different culture and regions, while localization is the process of customization of the application for a specific culture and region.

You use resource files (.resx) to localize the resources in your application. You use classes in System.Globalization namespace to make your application culture aware.

The main class in Systme.Globalization namespace is the CultureInfo class. It contains many methods and properties to identify different cultures and configure your application to use a specific culture.

You use System.Threading.Thread.CurrentCulture and System.Threading.Thread.CurrentUICulture to configure your application to use a specific culture setting.

So how do you set which culture to use with your application?

The System.Threading.Thread.CurrentCulture property is used to set a specific culture for the application. This property mainly defines how the application will format the datetime string and currency. So if you are manipulating datetime and currency in your application and want you application to correctly format them based on the use's culture then you need to set the System.Threading.Thread.CurrentCulture property.

The System.Threading.Thread.CurrentUICulture property is used to set a neutral culture for the application. This property mainly defines what resource files to use for your application. Say for example, for English user you want display content in your site in English and for French users you want to display your sites in French. So you create different resource files for different languages and set this property and your application will automatically select correct resource file to used based on the culture setting.

There are three types of Culture your application can use. One is InvariantCulture, second is NeutralCulture and the last one is SpecificCulture.

InvariantCulture actually means culture agnostic. You use InvariantCulture when you want to compare strings, display or compare dates in culture agnostic way. By default it uses the en-US culture.

NeutralCulture is actually a language specific culture without regard to the country specific datetime and currency formats. You use this culture to determine which language specific resource file your application will use. You can specify NeutralCulture with two lower case characters identifying the language. For example, 'en' for English, 'fr' for French, 'es' for Spanish.

SpecificCulture is the language and country specific culture which determines the language to use with your application and also the datetime and currency format to use with your application. You specify the specific culture with two lower case characters identifying the language and two upper case characters identifying the country separated by hyphen. For example, 'en-US' for English (US), 'en-GB' for English (UK), 'fr-FR' for French(France) etc.

So while setting the culture to use with you application, you set the CurrentCulture property to a SpecificCulture and the CurrentUICulture property to a NeutralCulture.

Let's see an example to set the culture for an application.

CultureInfo ci = new CultureInfo("en-US);
CultureInfo ciUI = new CultureInfo("en");
System.Threading.Thread.CurrentCulture = ci;
System.Threading.Thread.CurrentUICulture = ciUI;

In the above two lines, you are telling your application to use English as the culture. As said before, CurrentCulture property will determines which format to use for displaying datetimes and currency while the CurrentUICulture will determine which resource files to use while displaying strings in your application. You can see that the CurrentCulture property is set to "en-US" which a specific culture for English for United Status, while the CurrentUICulture property is set to "en" which is a neutral culture.

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Aug 14 2009

Set XACT_ABORT ON and Try/Catch block in Sql Server 2005

Category: Sqlserver 2005 ashish sheth @ 11:04

Do you use both SET XACT_ABORT ON and Try/Catch block in your SQL Sever 2005 stored procedure?

Well, I found that in most cases using both in the same procedure is unncessary. Why?

When you use SET XACT_ABORT ON, on any error sql server terminates the currently executing batch and no statement after the statement on which the error occured will be execued. This means that if the error occurs in the TRY block, then the CATCH block will not get executed if the XACT_ABORT setting is ON. Now, if you just need to rollback the transaction in case of any error then setting the XACT_ABORT to ON is enough.

Actually the main perpose of using Try/Catch block is to do error handling. But when you set the XACT_ABORT setting to ON, then your error handling code is not going to execute.

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Aug 8 2009

Changing the default name of indexer

Category: .Net | .Net Framework | C# ashish sheth @ 12:05

.NET framework contains many hidden gems, which we rarely need and use, in the Base class libraries.

You probably know that when you write an indexer in C#, it will get compiled into two methods called get_Item and set_Item.

So when you declare an indexer like this:

public string this[int number]

it actually compiles into this:

public string get_Item(int number)

Now, did you know that you can have any other name for your indexer if you don't want the name of your indexer to be get_Item? Yes, you can use System.Runtime.CompilerServices.IndexerNameAttribute to change the name into which your indexer will be compiled. Here is the example.

    public string this[int number]

The above lines will generate a method like below:

public string get_BinaryFormatOf(int number)

I am not sure in what scenario this can be useful but it will certainely usefull if you have indexers which does fit into the getItem-setItem pattern.

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Aug 4 2009

Brainvilla: One more library in Bangalore

Category: Bangalore ashish sheth @ 11:09

Good news for all the book lovers in the CV Raman nagar and Kagadaspura area in Bangalore. Just yesterday I came across this library called Brainvilla at 6th Cross, Kagadaspura. It is just started and a small library offering Books and toys. One can borrow books and toys for 15 days and also can buy them as they have all the new copies of books and toys.

The library claims to have almost 2500 books (and counting) on almost all topics like fiction, self-help, reference, children's books. Although I am quiet disappointed as they don't have computer and IT related books as Bangalore is IT city and almost majority of the readers will be Software professionals.

They have 3 different plan availbale in 3 different categories where minimum is a one month plan for Rs. 149. However, I found the tariff at little higher compared to other library like British Library at Kasturba Road. One can opt for a monthly plan which is minimum or a six month or a yearly plan. All this plans are available in Silver, Golden and Platinum categories where one can borrow two books, two books and one toy, two books and two toys respectively.

Currently their website is under construction but once it is up they are also planning to take orders from the website and give home delivery of the books. That is really cool service they are providing as not many libraries deliver book at doorsteps.

If you are searching for a library in bangalore then here is the list of all libraries apart from Brainvilla in Kagadaspura.

Update: their website is up and now you can book your books/toys online also. They also offer home delivery/pickup options.



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Jul 25 2009

What is vshost.exe and vshost.exe.config?

Category: .Net | VS2008 ashish sheth @ 12:20

When we compile a windows application(forms or sevice) in VS 2005 or VS 2008 then we see that there is a *.vshost.exe and *.vshost.exe.config file generated in the bin folder. And we wonder what are these files and why are they generated. Here ( is the anser. In short they are there to provide support for improved F5 performance, partial trust debugging, and design time expression evaluation. These files are there just for developent environment. It sould not be deployed to production environment.

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