Registering phreplace DLL in Windows Vista

posted on 17 March 2010 in programming

phreplace is a VB6 DLL which is called from a vbscript plugin for PSPad. The script tests to see if the correct version of the DLL is registered on this computer, if not it registers it using regsvr32. This works fine in XP but not Vista where the script will error.

A while ago a user pointed out to me this article on Experts Exchange explaining why administrative rights are required to register a DLL in Windows Vista, in the hopes that we could automate the registration of phreplace in Vista.

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No Validation Messages when Disabling & Enabling ASP.Net Validator in Javascript

posted on 04 March 2010 in programming

Need to validate a form field based on the value of another field in ASP.Net? The .Net Framework provides a javascript function to do just that:

ValidatorEnable(val, enable)

This function takes the validator control (val) and a boolean to determine whether it should be enabled or disabled. The problem with this function is that it triggers the validator to validate itself immediately, showing any validation error messages before the user has submitted the form, which may not always be want you want.  The alternative is to set the validator’s enabled property to trigger this validator to validate itself when the user submits the form, and by using the Page_IsValid variable you can test whether the user has triggered a validation or not, then use ValidatorEnable function only after the validation has occurred when the user expects to see validation messages.

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Converting Topfield PVR Recordings

posted on 14 February 2010 in general

This weekend I’ve been having fun moving some recording off the full hard drive of my Topfield Masterpiece and trying to convert them into the formats I want. Below is what I’ve learnt in the process, this is only going to be useful to those using Windows.

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Create a PDF using the .Net ReportViewer control

posted on 25 November 2009 in programming

Need to generate a pdf programmatically in dot net? You could purchase an HTML to PDF converter and worry about getting the page to format nicely for paper, or you could use the freely available ReportViewer control from Microsoft.

Microsoft offers SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) with SQL Server 2005 and later editions to generate and publish reports using the Report Definition Language (RDL), as an alternative to Crystal Reports. SSRS requires a Report Server to publish reports to so they can be useful, however they also offer a ASP.Net or Windows Forms component called the ReportViewer which we can use in our code without the need for any SQL database to generate reports, and these reports can be saved as Excel files, PDF’s or images.

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