Data platform

Using database unit tests in Visual Studio

Stored procedures in SQL Server database can be unit tested using Visual Studio database unit tests. It may seem as simple thing to do at first but when you start writing tests then you will find out it’s more complex task to do then expected. In this posting I will introduce database testing with Visual Studio tools.

Using Visual Studio database projects in real life

Visual Studio database projects are good to support software development. I have successfully used database projects for years and I think it’s time to share my experiences also to global developers audience. In this posting I will introduce you how to effectively use database projects so developers are working with up-to-date schema and test data all the time.

Creating dynamic pivot reports on SQL Server

In one of my current projects I have some pivot reports that show count of issues in different states. Grouping depends on report. States are dynamic – admins can define new states and save them to states table. This means that I cannot hardcode names of states to queries. Instead I need dynamic pivots. In this posting I will show you how to write reporting procedures that offer dynamic pivoting capabilities.

The selected database contains foreign keys that create a cycle

You may get the following error when creating data scripts with MSSQL 2008: The selected database contains foreign keys that create a cycle. Publishing data only is not supported for databases with cyclical foreign key relationships. This problem is caused by self-referencing tables and it is given even if you don’t export data from one of such tables. Here is simple and very dirty solution.

MSSQL & NHibernate – mapping week numbers to properties

In one of my applications I have to use week numbers as properties of business classes that are persisted to database using NHibernate. Week numbers are used in UI and users can filter and sort data by week numbers. In this posting I will show you how to make SQL Server deal with week numbers and how to use them in your domain model.

Using Advantage data providers to read DBF-files

In one of my projects I have to read FoxPro DBF-files and import data from them. As this code must run in server and customer doesn’t want to install FoxPro there we found another solution that seems at least to me way better. In this posting I will show you how to read DBF-files using Sybase Advantage data providers.

ASP.NET MVC: How to implement invitation codes support

Last Christmas I blogged about how to make ASP.NET MVC users authorized only if they have profiles created. This works well on public sites where everybody can be user. Sometimes we don’t want to let all users to our system even when they were correctly authenticated by some authentication service. In this blog post I will show you how to create authorization attribute that you can use to make authenticated users insert their access code if it is their first visit to site.

SSAS: Using fake dimension and scopes for dynamic ranges

In one of my BI projects I needed to find count of objects in income range. Usual solution with range dimension was useless because range where object belongs changes in time. These ranges depend on calculation that is done over incomes measure so I had really no option to use some classic solution. Thanks to SSAS forums I got my problem solved and here is the solution.

Getting MySQL work with Entity Framework 4.0

Does MySQL work with Entity Framework 4.0? The answer is: yes, it works! I just put up one experimental project to play with MySQL and Entity Framework 4.0 and in this posting I will show you how to get MySQL data to EF. Also I will give some suggestions how to deploy your applications to hosting and cloud environments.

Web publishing warning: "No element in the source document matches ‘/configuration/hibernate-configuration’"

I created web.config transform that changes NHibernate configuration for Windows Azure projects. When building publishing package I get the following warning: "No element in the source document matches ‘/configuration/hibernate-configuration’" and transformed configuration doesn’t contain expected changes. In this posting I will show you how to solve this problem.

How to insert million numbers to table fast?

Yesterday I attended at local community evening where one of the most famous Estonian MVPs – Henn Sarv – spoke about SQL Server queries and performance. During this session we saw very cool demos and in this posting I will introduce you my favorite one – how to insert million numbers to table.

Using timer based Unit of Work and Command classes to measure repositories performance

In my last post Find out how long your method runs I introduced how to measure the speed of code using actions. In this posting I will make a step further and give you some ideas about how to create easily measurable code units and how to build measurable scenarios of them. As a foundation I use simplified versions of patterns like Command and Unit of Work.

Copying data from one MSSQL database to another

I have database that has data imported from another server using import and export wizard of SQL Server Management Studio. There is also empty database with same tables but it also has primary keys, foreign keys and indexes. How to get data from first database to another? Here is the description of my crusade. And believe me – it is not nice one.

Entity Framework 4.0: Creating objects of correct type when using lazy loading

In my posting about Entity Framework 4.0 and POCOs I introduced lazy loading in EF applications. EF uses proxy classes for lazy loading and this means we have new types that come and go dynamically in runtime. We don’t have these types available when we write code but we cannot forget that EF may expect us to use dynamically generated types. In this posting I will give you simple hint how to use correct types in your code.

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