ASP.NET MVC - My NEW Key To Success !!!

on 29 December 2013

A senior software developer they call me now!!
Yeah, i am taking up new roles, new responsibilities and new challenges.
Technology it seems, just doesn't  give us a break! Just got to keep on learning .....



..... to be continued

XML File Reading & Writing - Simplified

on 12 October 2011

Simple Example of Reading & Writing a xml file

Sample XML File:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Products>
  <Product>
    <Id>1</Id>
    <Name>Froyo</Name>
    <Cost>10.50</Cost>
  </Product>
  <Product>
    <Id>2</Id>
    <Name>Gingerbread</Name>
    <Cost>20.60</Cost>
  </Product>
  <Product>
    <Id>3</Id>
    <Name>Ice Cream Sandwich</Name>
    <Cost>30.70</Cost>
  </Product>
</Products>

C# code to create such file:

    XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
                XmlDeclaration dec = doc.CreateXmlDeclaration("1.0", null, null);
                doc.AppendChild(dec);// Create the root element
                XmlElement root = doc.CreateElement("Products");
                doc.AppendChild(root);

    //ProductList can be any collection or array etc
                foreach (product p1 in productList)
                {
                    XmlElement product = doc.CreateElement("Product");

                    XmlElement id = doc.CreateElement("Id");
                    id.InnerText = p1._id.ToString();

                    XmlElement name = doc.CreateElement("Name");
                    name.InnerText = p1._name;

                    XmlElement validation = doc.CreateElement("Validation");
                    validation.InnerText = p1._validation.ToString();

                    product.AppendChild(id);
                    product.AppendChild(name);
                    product.AppendChild(validation);

                    root.AppendChild(product);
                }

                string xmlOutput = doc.OuterXml;

C# code to read such a file:

    if (File.Exists(FilePath))
                {
                    XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
                    doc.Load(FilePath);

                    foreach (XmlNode node in doc.DocumentElement.SelectNodes("Product"))
                    {
                        int pid = Convert.ToInt32(node.SelectSingleNode("Id").InnerText);
                        string pname = node.SelectSingleNode("Name").InnerText;
                        double cost= Convert.ToDouble(node.SelectSingleNode("Cost").InnerText);                       
                    }
                }

Short an simple....something to remember :)

Windows App - Detecting Running Instance

on 05 June 2011

Code to detect if an windows application instance is already running or not:

static class Program
    {
        ///
        /// The main entry point for the application.
        ///
        [STAThread]
        static void Main()
        {
            if (IsPreviousInstanceRunning)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("Another instance of this application is already running...", "Application already running", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Information);
            }
            else
            {
                Application.EnableVisualStyles();
                Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false);
                Application.Run(new frmMain());
            }
        }

        private static bool IsPreviousInstanceRunning
        {
            get
            {
                // get the name of our process
                string proc = Process.GetCurrentProcess().ProcessName;
                // get the list of all processes by that name
                Process[] processes = Process.GetProcessesByName(proc);
                // if there is more than one process...
                if (processes.Length > 1)
                    return true;
                return false;
            }
        } 
    }

Started learning Silverlight

on 20 May 2011



Just when i figured out the keys to the door, they changed the lock!!!

Yeah... I am still a Fresh Web Developer

Dynamic Stored Procedures

on 16 May 2011

Have you every felt the need to write a stored procedure that would be modified at runtime?

Well then let me show you how you can achieve this in SQL Server 2005 or upper version.

First of all let me tell you about the scenario where i had to write such a stored procedure:
Recently i was dealing with a large database (having more than 5 million records), and i had to provide the client with an option to search and filter data from a table with various search parameters in an asp.net web page.
Now few of the parameters when combined together in the where clause of the search query worked fine without much delay (mostly integer columns), but some the text columns took really long time especially when combined together in the where clause. For instance:
Query: select * from table 1 where
personame ='' or
cityid= '' or
state='' .....

In such a scenario i had to write an dynamic stored procedure which would accept parameters and form query according to the number of  paramters passed.

Here is the stored procedure that i had wrote for fetching some patients information from an insurance database:

ALTER procedure [dbo].[sp_GetEligibility] 
(@Insured nvarchar(50)=null,@GroupKey nvarchar(50)=null,MAX_RESULTS nvarchar(50)=null )
 
AS 
    BEGIN

    if @MAX_RESULTS is null
    begin
    set @MAX_RESULTS=250
    end

    DECLARE @SQL nvarchar(MAX)
    DECLARE @SQLWhere nvarchar(MAX)

    set @SQLWhere = ''
    set @Insured = LTRIM(RTRIM(@Insured))        
    set @GroupKey = LTRIM(RTRIM(@GroupKey))

    if (@Insured is not null And @Insured <> '')
    begin
    --set @SQLWhere = @SQLWhere + ' and (I.ssn LIKE ''%' + @Insured + '%'' ) '
    set @SQLWhere = @SQLWhere + ' and (I.ssn LIKE ''%'' + @Insured + ''%'' ) '
    end

   
    if (@GroupKey is not null And @GroupKey = '')  
    begin 
    set @GroupKey = null
    end
    Else if @GroupKey <> '0'
    begin
    --set @SQLWhere = @SQLWhere + ' and (E.fk_group = '+ @GroupKey + ')'
    set @SQLWhere = @SQLWhere + ' and (E.fk_group =  @GroupKey )'
    end

   

    IF not (@Insured is null and @GroupKey is null)  

    BEGIN 
 
     Select @SQL ='Select TOP(' + @MAX_RESULTS + ') * from (' +
      'select TOP(' + @MAX_RESULTS + ') I.first_name,' +
      'R.Relationship,' +
      'I.last_name, ' +
      'I.SSN,' +
      'E.subscriber_id,' + 
      'I.first_name + '' ''+ I.last_name as Names,' +
      'e.eff_date,' +  
      'e.term_date,' +
      'G.group_name,' +
      'B.benefitPlan_name, ' +     
      'convert(varchar,D.eff_date ,101) as dependEffDate,' +
      'convert(varchar,d.Term_date ,101)  as dependTermdate,' +        
      'I.pk_insured,' +  
      '(SELECT top 1 ' +
      '(' + 
      '         SELECT distinct(C.benefit_name + '', '')' +  
      '         FROM  EligibilityBenefitCodes B ' +  
      '         left join BenefitPlanCodes C on c.pk_benefitplancodes = B.fk_benefitplancodes' + 
      '         left join BenefitPlan BP on BP.pk_benefitplan= C.fk_benefitplan ' +
      '         WHERE  C.pk_benefitplancodes = B.fk_benefitplancodes' +  
      '         and  B.fk_eligibility = E.pk_eligibility  FOR XML PATH('''')' +    
      ' )' +
      ')AS TypeofCoverage ' +   
      'from Eligibility E With(NOLOCK) ' + 
      'Inner Join Dependents D With(NOLOCK) ON e.fk_insured=D.fk_insuredprimary ' +  
      'Inner Join Insured I With(NOLOCK) ON I.pk_insured=D.fk_insuredDependent and E.fk_insured = I.pk_insured ' +  
      'Inner Join BenefitPlan B With(NOLOCK) ON E.fk_benefitplan=B.pk_benefitplan ' +  
      'Inner Join Relation R With(NOLOCK) ON I.fk_relation=R.pk_relation ' +  
      'Inner Join [Group] G With(NOLOCK) ON E.fk_group = G.pk_group ' +  
      'where e.eff_date <= getDate()  and E.IsArchived=0 ' +        
       @SQLWhere +                       
      ' UNION  ' +
     'select TOP(' + @MAX_RESULTS + ') I.first_name,R.Relationship,I.last_name, I.SSN,  E.subscriber_id, ' + 
     'I.first_name + '' ''+ I.last_name as Names, e.eff_date, ' +  
     'e.term_date, G.group_name, B.benefitPlan_name, ' +  
     'convert(varchar,D.eff_date ,101) as dependEffDate, ' +
     'convert(varchar,d.Term_date ,101)  as dependTermdate, ' +  
     'I.pk_insured  , ' +  
     '(SELECT top 1' + 
     ' (  ' +
     '  SELECT distinct(C.benefit_name + '', '')' +  
     'FROM  EligibilityBenefitCodes B ' +  
     'left join BenefitPlanCodes C on c.pk_benefitplancodes = B.fk_benefitplancodes ' + 
     'left join BenefitPlan BP on BP.pk_benefitplan= C.fk_benefitplan ' + 
     'WHERE  C.pk_benefitplancodes = B.fk_benefitplancodes  and  B.fk_eligibility = E.pk_eligibility ' + 
     ' FOR XML PATH('''') ' +    
     '  )) AS BenefitCode ' +   
     'from Eligibility E With(NOLOCK) ' +   
     'Inner Join Dependents D With(NOLOCK) ON e.fk_insured=D.fk_insuredprimary ' + 
     'Inner Join Insured I With(NOLOCK) ON I.pk_insured=D.fk_insuredDependent ' +  
     'Inner Join BenefitPlan B With(NOLOCK) ON E.fk_benefitplan=B.pk_benefitplan ' +  
     'Inner Join Relation R With(NOLOCK) ON I.fk_relation=R.pk_relation ' +  
     'Inner Join [Group] G With(NOLOCK) ON E.fk_group = G.pk_group ' +  
     'where  e.eff_date <= getDate()  and E.IsArchived=0 ' +
     @SQLWhere +
    ')A  ' +
    '  order by A.Relationship,A.first_name,A.last_name desc' 
 
    --EXEC(@SQL)
    --For preventing SQL Injection use following method
    EXEC sp_executesql @SQL, N'@Insured nvarchar(50),@GroupKey nvarchar(50)',@Insured,@GroupKey

  END

END

As you can see in this example, the stored procedure generates the sql query as string and at the end the parameters are passed to the generated final query.
This is pretty much similar to the if else conditions that we used to write in code behind to generate a query.