I just found out about a new developers conference put on by the East Tennessee .Net User Group.
To quote from their website:
“CodeStock’s mission is to bring the best and brightest code experts to East Tennessee for a one day conference open to all developers. This is not a trade show with slick salesman giving prepared demos – this is a gathering of real programmers learning about the latest in technology from each other. ”
Looks like a nice event, I’m going to see if I can swing it to go. You can also follow it on Twitterby following @CodeStock .
Seems like Steve Ballmer doesn’t mind working weekends. Microsoft has withdrawn it’s offer to buy Yahoo. Check out the Marketwatch column:
If you want to pass it along, I’ve also shrinksterized it in what coincidentally is one of the coolest Shrinkster links I’ve seen:
Ultimately I think this is probably good for Microsoft. It would have been a huge uphill struggle getting this deal approved, especially in the European Union. For Yahoo it would have been a mixed bag, I think it would have been good for the shareholders, but I don’t think their IT arm would have been overly happy about it.
In other interesting news that I think is uber cool but has nothing to do with Microhoo, Gizmodo is reporting a MacGyver movie is in the works.
Thanks to the Twitterverse for the news, @dewaldp and @sweekly.
We’ve had an annoying problem with a couple of our SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (SSRS) reports lately. Two of our reports have a lot of parameters, over twenty each. When a user picked a value from a drop down to use for one of the many parameters we have, the entire report would flicker and slowly repaint. Very annoying and time consuming. Further it didn’t seem to matter if the report ran in the report manager, or hosted in a web page report viewer control.
We worked with this, and after several searches I finally found one article on the web which told us what our problem was.
The article does a good job of explaining the issue and how to fix it; I wanted to rebroadcast it to help bring attention to it. The summary version: if you have hard coded default values or expressions for the parameters for some reason SSRS will sometimes flicker when the user selects something from the list.
Instead, the answer is to use a query to supply the default value. Fortunately SSRS makes it easy, just create a dataset with something like:
SELECT ‘Default Value’ as TheDefaultValue
When we took our report and replaced all the hard coded defaults (and we had a lot) with queries to supply the defaults our flicker / redraw / repaint issue went away.
Again, read the linked post for a thorough understanding. My goal here is to spread the word; it took me a lot of search and wading through pages of posts to find ONE that had my answer. I thought if I had that much problem finding it others may too.