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May 2010

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Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2010-05-05 01:05

February 2010

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Google Maps Meets Swansea PD 2

BPsoftware.com Blog – I've made a few updates to the Swansea, MA Police Dispatch Log page. The date range for the incidents in the database is now displayed. The number of incidents to display on the map at one time is now adjustable. This can be adjusted based on the performance of your machine. The incident and date ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2010-02-22 22:48
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C# URL Shortening with Bit.ly

BPsoftware.com Blog – With the popularity of social network sites that limit the number of characters a user can enter in post, URL shortening has become a popular business.  There are many sites are available that will return a "shortened" URL for a user entered "long" URL.  Theoretically, the shortened URL contains ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2010-02-14 16:58
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Google Maps meets Swansea PD

BPsoftware.com Blog – Anyone that knows me knows that while I am sitting at my desk clicking away on the keyboard I am also listening to the Police Scanner.  I have been listening to a Police Scanner for as long as I can remember. One of the departments I have programmed into the scanner is the Swansea Police Department. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2010-02-11 22:31

September 2009

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ASP.NET GridView: Multiple Column Sort

BPsoftware.com Blog – The native ASP.NET GridView allows for the sorting of data by setting the Grid’s AllowSorting property to True.  With AllowSorting enabled, header row cells contain hyperlinks, which when clicked, sort the GridView.  There are several GridView properties and events available which can be used for ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2009-09-30 09:19
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Update a control on a Master Page

BPsoftware.com Blog – Creating a Master Page in Visual Studio makes simplifies the development of ASP.NET websites. Master Page's allow for the creation of consistent and standard layouts (template) for a group of pages or an entire website. ContentPlaceHolders are used to designate where on a page based on a Master ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2009-09-20 01:49
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Who's Addicted to Farming?

BPsoftware.com Blog – I have to admit it, I am..... I am not one that is heavy into games or the whole social networking scene, but I have to say zynga did it right with their FarmVille game that is available for play on FaceBook. FarmVille allows you to grow fruits, vegetables and grains on your very own farm.  You ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2009-09-19 02:12

August 2009

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iPhoto: Find those unnamed faces

BPsoftware.com Blog – This post marks yet another first. This is the first time that I will post something regarding Apple software. A few months ago I decided to try my luck with a Mac computer. I have not abandoned Windows or Windows development. I have broadened my horizons a bit to now include additional ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2009-08-22 18:11
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Let's blow off the dust and wipe off the cobwebs

BPsoftware.com Blog – Is this thing on? (sounds familiar) Does this thing work? It has been a while but it is time to blow off the dust and wipe off those cobwebs.
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2009-08-22 00:27

November 2008

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SQL: DBCC CHECKTABLE on multiple tables

BPsoftware.com Blog – Part of decent SQL database maintenence is periodically checking the integrity, both logical and physical, of database objects. SQL Server has the DBCC CHECKDB command that will check the integrity of the objects and report back the results. DBCC CHECKDB runs CHECKALLOC, CHECKTABLE and CHECKCATALOG ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2008-11-25 22:37
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SQL: Index Fragmentation Maintenance

BPsoftware.com Blog – In a previous post, I discussed SQL Server's built in ability for suggesting missing indexes. As records are inserted, updated and deleted from tables indexes can become fragmented. A fragmented index affects performance (table scans and index seeks) when the DBMS needs to search for records. This ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2008-11-24 23:39
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Off-topic: Uhm, Rickroll?

BPsoftware.com Blog – Last weekend I did a search for a video on YouTube.  When the search results came up I clicked the link to a video that seemed to be the most relevant.  The video queued up and the video for Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" song started to play.  Over the video the words 'You have just been ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2008-11-21 08:50
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SQL: Where are the database files?

BPsoftware.com Blog – From within the SQL Server Management Studio you can right click on a database and view its properties to get a list of the physical files that make up a database. If you do not have access to SQL Management Studio and the database is online you can run the sp_helpfile stored procedure. The ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2008-11-20 22:53
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Show Desktop in my QuickLaunch Toolbar?

BPsoftware.com Blog – It was there before; now it's not. Where is it? How do I get it back? Where is the Show Desktop shortcut on my Quick Launch toolbar? The Quick Launch toolbar is a great place to place shortcuts to frequently used applications. One of my must have shortcuts, is the Show Desktop shortcut. This ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2008-11-18 22:16
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Command Line: Visual Source Safe

BPsoftware.com Blog – I have long used Microsoft® Visual SourceSafe® (VSS) for source code management and control. There are many ways to manage and control code through VSS. Visual SourceSafe® integrates nicely with Visual Studio, allowing for source control from directly within the integrated development environment ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Brad Prendergast @ 2008-11-16 17:56
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