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  • Blog Post: A Wrapper for Running SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Reports Anonymously

    With SQL Server 2008, Microsoft re-architected SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to no longer have an IIS dependency. It now relies directly on HTTP.SYS and handles web protocols independently. This is a good thing, in a lot of respects (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb630410.aspx )...
  • Blog Post: Getting the full exception from .NET

    While we're on the topic of .NET coding, here's another technique.  If you thought my last post was short, here's an even shorter one... Ever wanted to make sure you returned an error message with all of the inner exceptions?  I know I've wasted a lot of time trying to debug code that only...
  • Blog Post: Fun with Enums and a Generic File Date/Time Stamper

    Time for a break from SQL stuff for a little .NET.  Have you ever wanted to use the integer value of an ENUM instead of the actual Enum Value?  For example, here is an enum I created to map datetime formats. public enum FileDatePrecision { Day = 0, Hour = 2, Minute = 4, Second = 6, Secondsf1...
  • Blog Post: Using NTILE with Cross Reference Values to Create Dimensions

    I confess  lack of depth in SQL Analysis Services (SSAS).  I've read quite a bit about the capabilities including data mining, and played with a couple of the wizards, but just haven't had time to immerse deeply into end-to-end scenarios.  Based on that, I'm writing this post with a big...
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