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Archive for November, 2012

UNC and IPv6 (via IPv6 address – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/11/23

If you have a MYSHARE share on SERVER having an IPv6 of 2001:db8:85a3:8d3:1319:8a2e:370:7348, but your WINS fails, then you can use it in an UNC path like this:


Thanks to this part of the IPv6 addresses article on Wikipedia:

Literal IPv6 addresses in UNC path names

In Microsoft Windows operating systems, IPv4 addresses are valid location identifiers in Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) path names. However, the colon is an illegal character in a UNC path name. Thus, the use of IPv6 addresses is also illegal in UNC names. For this reason, Microsoft implemented a transcription algorithm to represent an IPv6 address in form of a domain name that can be used in UNC paths. For this purpose, Microsoft registered and reserved the second-level domain on the Internet. IPv6 addresses are transcribed as a hostname or subdomain name within this name space, in the following fashion:


is written as

This notation is automatically resolved by Microsoft software without any queries to DNS name servers. If the IPv6 address contains a zone index, it is appended to the address portion after an ‘s’ character:


via: IPv6 address – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Posted in Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, Power User, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista | Leave a Comment »

SQL Server quick tip by Denis Gobo: use DBCC SHOWCONTIG for Min/Max/Average row sizes (via: sql server – Size of a single Record ? SQL – Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/11/22

Thanks SQLMenace (Denis Gobo) for this great tip on getting min/max/average row sizes (and more) using DBCC SHOWCONTIG.

Don’t forget the “with tableresults”, without it, it will skip the min/max/average recordsize from the results, and present the results as text (not as a row).



Run DBCC SHOWCONTIG with your table name

dbcc showcontig ('TableName') with tableresults

then look at max min and average record size

This feature works at least from SQL Server 2000 onward, though somewhere after SQL Server 2012 it will be removed.
As of SQL Server 2005 you can use sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats. An example on how to use that is here.

It just made me shiver when finding out an unindexed table with 9 million rows averaging about 300 bytes took 8 minutes to query.
Time to add some indexes, and have someone look at the disk back-end.


via: sql server – Size of a single Record ? SQL – Stack Overflow.

Posted in Database Development, Development, SQL Server, SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012 | Leave a Comment »

.NET/C# LINQ gem: How to check if a char in a list of characters (via Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/11/21

Often when comparing characters with a list of characters, that list does not consist of consts.

It if were, you could make a switch statement:

                    switch (item)
                        case '/':
                        case '\\':
                        case ';':
                            addSeparator(separatorsUsed, item);

But reality is that you cannot do things like this:

                    switch (item)
                        case Path.AltDirectorySeparatorChar: // Error: A constant value is expected
                        case Path.DirectorySeparatorChar:
                        case Path.PathSeparator:
                            addSeparator(separatorsUsed, item);

However, you can perform a small trick and use LINQ to write some pretty elegant code based on Contains.

                    char[] pathSeparators = { Path.AltDirectorySeparatorChar, Path.DirectorySeparatorChar, Path.PathSeparator };
                    // LINQ:
                    if (pathSeparators.Contains(item))
                        addSeparator(separatorsUsed, item);

The LINQ logic has the logic backwards (you can think of it like “item in pathSeparators”, but it is far easier to read than this:

                    if ((item == Path.AltDirectorySeparatorChar) || (item == Path.DirectorySeparatorChar) || (item == Path.PathSeparator))
                        addSeparator(separatoseparatorsUsedrsInUse, item);

Full source of a demo application: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in .NET, .NET 3.5, .NET 4.5, C#, C# 3.0, C# 4.0, C# 5.0, Development, LINQ, Software Development, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio and tools | 2 Comments »

.NET/C# duh moment of the day: “A char can be implicitly converted to ushort, int, uint, long, ulong, float, double, or decimal (not the other way around; implicit != implicit)”

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/11/20

A while ago I had a “duh” moment while calling a method that had many overloads, and one of the overloads was using int, not the char I’d expect.

The result was that a default value for that char was used, and my parameter was interpreted as a (very small) buffer size. I only found out something went wrong when writing unit tests around my code.

The culprit is this C# char feature (other implicit type conversions nicely summarized by Muhammad Javed):

A char can be implicitly converted to ushort, int, uint, long, ulong, float, double, or decimal. However, there are no implicit conversions from other types to the char type.

Switching between various development environments, I totally forgot this is the case in languages based on C and Java ancestry. But not in VB and Delphi ancestry  (C/C++ do numeric promotions of char to int and Java widens 2-byte char to 4-byte int; Delphi and don’t).

I’m not the only one who was confused, so Eric Lippert wrote a nice blog post on it in 2009: Why does char convert implicitly to ushort but not vice versa? – Fabulous Adventures In Coding – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

Basically, it is the C ancestry: a char is an integral type always known to contain an integer value representing a Unicode character. The opposite is not true: an integer type is not always representing a Unicode character.

Lesson learned: if you have a large number of overloads (either writing them or using them) watch for mixing char and int parameters.

Note that overload resolution can be diffucult enough (C# 3 had breaking changes and C# 4 had breaking changes too, and those are only for C#), so don’t make it more difficult than it should be (:

Below a few examples in C# and VB and their IL disassemblies to illustrate their differnces based on asterisk (*) and space ( ) that also show that not all implicits are created equal: Decimal is done at run-time, the rest at compile time.

Note that the order of the methods is alphabetic, but the calls are in order of the type and size of the numeric types (integral types, then floating point types, then decimal).

A few interesting observations:

  • The C# compiler implicitly converts char with all calls except for decimal, where an implicit conversion at run time is used:
    L_004c: call valuetype [mscorlib]System.Decimal [mscorlib]System.Decimal::op_Implicit(char)
    L_0051: call void CharIntCompatibilityCSharp.Program::writeLineDecimal(valuetype [mscorlib]System.Decimal)
  • Same for implicit conversion of byte to the other types, though here the C# and VB.NET compilers generate slightly different code for run-time conversion.
    C# uses an implicit conversion:
    L_00af: ldloc.1
    L_00b0: call valuetype [mscorlib]System.Decimal [mscorlib]System.Decimal::op_Implicit(uint8)
    L_00b5: call void CharIntCompatibilityCSharp.Program::writeLineDecimal(valuetype [mscorlib]System.Decimal)
    VB.NET calls a constructor:
    L_006e: ldloc.1
    L_006f: newobj instance void [mscorlib]System.Decimal::.ctor(int32)
    L_0075: call void CharIntCompatibilityVB.Program::writeLineDecimal(valuetype [mscorlib]System.Decimal)

Here is the example code: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in .NET, Agile, Algorithms, C#, C# 1.0, C# 2.0, C# 3.0, C# 4.0, C# 5.0, C++, Delphi, Development, Encoding, Floating point handling, Java, Software Development, Unicode, Unit Testing, VB.NET | 1 Comment »

Gear Keeper – Retractable Gear Attachment Systems

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/11/19

For my birthday wish list :)


via: gear keeper – Google Search.

Posted in About, Opinions, Personal | 1 Comment »

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