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Archive for September, 2009

.NET – getting text/html in stead of text/xml on your SOAP calls?

Posted by jpluimers on 2009/09/29

Recently, we got this on a project:

inner=System.InvalidOperationException: Client found response content type of ‘text/html;charset=utf-8’, but expected ‘text/xml’.
The request failed with an empty response.
at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.ReadResponse(SoapClientMessage message, WebResponse response, Stream responseStream, Boolean asyncCall)
at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.Invoke(String methodName, Object[] parameters)

Usually this means that the request did not get passed from the WebServer to the actual SOAP layer.
In this particular case it was an overly active ISA admin that had blocked the access to the underlying SOAP Web Service.


Posted in Development, SOAP/WebServices | Leave a Comment »

Turbo Power projects finally coming alive again? Nick Hodges is now tpsfadmin on SourceForge –

Posted by jpluimers on 2009/09/29

Nick Hodges just posted he has become the tpfsadmin on sourceforge: the administrative account for the Turbo Power tools and libraries.

It is not an officially sponsored Embarcadero thing, but at best semi official.

However, it is an admirable step into getting the Turbo Power tools and libraries updated in one central place again.

Those tools include OnGuard, Orpheus, SysTools, FlashFiler, B-TreeFiler, Async Professional and many others.

So if you have your own fork of any of the Turbo Power code from sourceforge, then please drop Nick a note.

Many thanks to Nick!


Posted in .NET, Database Development, Delphi, Development, Software Development, Source Code Management, SourceForge, Web Development | 6 Comments »

Delphi – record and class helpers: an overview of useful links

Posted by jpluimers on 2009/09/28

At the EKON13 conference, I will be presenting a talk about record and class helpers.

This morning, my laptop did “beeeeeeep beep beep” followed by a deadly silence.
It will take a while before my spare laptop arrives at the hotel and my Vista and VM’s are working again.
So I needed to redo some of my preparations to make sure that I can do a ‘plan B’ if restoring on the spare laptop fails.

Hence below a list of useful links, not yet in a particular order, but it saves you browsing through search engine results sifting the good from the not so good info.

Posted in .NET, Delphi, Development, EKON, Event, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

SQL Server notes

Posted by jpluimers on 2009/09/25

Sitting in on Maciej Pilecki’s BASTA! 2009 session on “Advanced SQL Server Troubleshooting” is fun.

First of all it gives a good overview of many topics for which information usually is spreaded.

And there are many new things, for instance some of them about login failures:

Understanding “login failed” – the “state” part is important!

State=16 is undocumented, it can mean that the Administrator Studio is not being run with “Administrative Privileges” (UAC!) under Vista or Windows 7, or you are not allowed to login to the particular database.

Some other useful links

How to use Kerberos authentication in SQL Server (KB 319723).

Cannot create SSPI context (KB 811889).

DMV: Dynamic Management Views.

select *
from sysobjects
where name like 'dm_%'
order by name

select *
from sys.dm_os_sys_info

When a LOG file is missing, state_desc in the below query will show ‘RECOVERY_PENDING’

select *
from sys.databases

If you have a database backup and all the log files since that instant in time, you can restore your data.

Last resort: You can try open a database in EMERGENCY mode now (but your DB might be inconsistent because some of the transactions might be open):


DBCC CHECKDB('Northwind') -- now (wrongly!) indicates no errors

Trick to loose your SQL SERVER log file. The two most important commands there:


Note that because of the repair, you lost ‘transactional consistency’!

Memory usage:

Page life expectancy should not fall below 300 seconds for a longer period of time.

When in doubt: Reboot!

Manually geneate a BSOD in order to be able to debug a hung system.
It can now also be done with USB keyboards in Windows Server 2003 SP2 and up, and Windows 7.
See also this

Some more interesting links:

Encryption Hierarchy / Encryption Hierarchy

– Book: SQL Server 2005 Practical Troubleshooting (by the late Ken Henderson)

Security in SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2005 Data Encryption and data length limitations


Posted in BASTA!, Conferences, Database Development, Development, Event, SQL Server | Leave a Comment »

Reminder to Self – JavaScript and CSS compression

Posted by jpluimers on 2009/09/21

Since bandwitdth for a lot of users can still be an issue*, it pays off to make your web-pages as light-weight as possible.

When using JavaScript and/or CSS in your sites, you can compress them to save bandwidth.
A good compressor for this is  the YUI Compressor, which can compress both JavaScript and CSS.

* Bandwidth can be an issue for instance for people having only GPRS, EDGE or UMTS/3G access, or countries where DSL and cable are not abundant.

Posted in CSS, Development, Software Development, Web Development | Leave a Comment »

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