Archive for February, 2012
I have more then 4 billion messages in my inbox, and without doubt I will be record holder for “the most emailed a person ever” or “person with super giant mail box” or “person who does nothing but keeps getting (and reading) emails” …..and so on …..
Don’t believe me … here is the proof … a snapshot from my mail client
And say if each message is of minimal size, 1 KB then for all of these messages my local mail box will be of approximately 4TB in size !! (think of re-downloading all messages again if my PC dies ) .. Pretty cool right ??
Most of the companies use some sort of unique format for their reports and this layout is kept same for all of their reports to create some sort of identity or brand. And for that developers usually use some kind of template to create default layout of report, and most of all reporting systems supports creating these kind of templates including SSRS. Actually it is very easy to create a report template which can be used for all other reports.
In this “How To”, I am creating a basic report template for report which once finalized can be used for any future use.
First step is to fire up VS2008 and create new report server project. Then add an empty report in it. Next step is to modify report the way want in our template. For sake of simplicity, I am just adding some basic fields. But in reality, we can add number of things including company logo as images.
Once it is done, all you have to do is to browse to
I really love DOS commands. They are so powerful and yet simple (most of the time). Few days back I was required to create a script to download files from FTP site to local folder, and this has to be done at scheduled time. I decided to use my all time favorite script language to do this job …. yes a batch file with dos commands, honestly it is not like that I am partial to batch file and dos commands (hmm, may be a little bit) but I personally find PowerShell a bit cryptic. And thus I try to avoid it’s use (plus our production servers don’t have PowerShell installed)
Ok, aside from my reasons for not using PowerShell, I was able to create a tiny script for my task. Script is very simple, it opens up a connection to ftp site. Provides user id and password. Selects FTP download directory (in this demo script it also selects file). And download it to local folder. And this is a simple TEXT file.