Category Archives: C#

How to execute a stored procedure within C# program – with Parameter, using Loop


Here is a sample :

using (SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(ConnectionString) {

    // 1.  create a command object identifying the stored procedure
    SqlCommand cmd  = new SqlCommand("CustOrder", conn);

    // 2. set the command object so it knows to execute a stored procedure
    cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;

    // 3. add parameter to command, which will be passed to the stored procedure
    cmd.Parameters.Add(new SqlParameter("@CusID", custId));

    // execute the command
    using (SqlDataReader rdr = cmd.ExecuteReader()) {
        // iterate through results, printing each to console
        while (rdr.Read())
            Console.WriteLine("Product: {0,-35} Total: {1,2}",rdr["ProductName"],rdr["Total"]);

Reading from web.config’s AppSettings in a SharePoint timer job


Well, this was not as straight-forward as i first thought. Why? Because the timer job does not run in the same App Domain as the web application. They are in two separate processes : W3WP.EXE  and OWSTIMER.EXE for the Web Application worker process and the SharePoint timer respectively.

So, how do you go about it?

Well, firstly you need to add reference to your timer job as follows (unless your using VB !):

using System.Configuration;
using System.Web.Configuration;

Reading AppSettings in Timer

using (SPSite site = new SPSite(“http://SiteCollectionUrl"))


            Configuration config = WebConfigurationManager.OpenWebConfiguration(“/”, site.WebApplication.Name);



Admittedly, this solution is hard coding the Uri of the Site Collection, but this is purely for demonstration purposes.

Get absolute URL to listitem’s default display form – Sharepoint2013


Problem : 

I need to have an absolute URL of a listitem’s display form – currently I do it the following way:


item.ParentList.ParentWeb.Url.TrimEnd('/') //""
+ "/" 
+ item.ParentList.DefaultDisplayFormUrl.Trim('/')//"Lists/WorkflowTasks/DispForm.aspx"
+ "?ID=" + item.ID //"?ID=1"

This gets me the correct URL, meaning

However this fails when my site collection is on a slightly more sophisticated host url, for example – both methods from my code return the url containing the “/sites/secondsite/ part so I end up with

How do I code it in a more reliable way?

Solution :

There are a couple of methods for this available in the object model without the need to handle the slashes etc yourself, one method using MakeFullUrl:

var fullUrl = item.ParentList.ParentWeb.Site.MakeFullUrl(item.ParentList.DefaultDisplayFormUrl);


+ "?ID=" + item.ID //"?ID=1"


Using C# to read data from a SharePoint list using the SharePoint REST API

If you’re working with a C# application that is required to read information contained in a SharePoint list located on an external SharePoint farm, the SharePoint REST API can provide just the solution that you’re looking for.  Here is some sample code that you can use for accessing the information contained in that SharePoint list:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.IO;
using System.Net;
using System.Web.Script.Serialization;

namespace Sample
    public class SharePointListReader

        public List<SharePointListItem> GetAllSPListItems()
            List<SharePointListItem> posts = new List<SharePointListItem>();
            HttpWebRequest request = (HttpWebRequest)HttpWebRequest.Create("https://webapp/site/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('listName')/items?$select=id,Title");
            request.Method = "GET";
            request.Accept = "application/json;odata=verbose";
            request.ContentType = "application/json;odata=verbose";
            request.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;
            WebResponse response = request.GetResponse();
            Data data = null;

            // Read the returned posts into an object that can be consumed by the calling application
            using (response)
                using (var reader = new StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream()))
                    JavaScriptSerializer serializer = new JavaScriptSerializer();
                        string jSON = reader.ReadToEnd();
                        data = serializer.Deserialize(jSON);
                    catch (Exception ex)
                        throw new Exception(string.Format("An error occurred when reading the list items from SharePoint: {0}; {1}", ex.Message, ex.StackTrace));
            foreach (SharePointListItem post in data.d.results)
            return posts;

    public class Data
        public Results d { get; set; }

    public class Results
        public SharePointListItem[] results { get; set; }

    public class SharePointListItem
        public string id { get; set; }
        public string Title { get; set; }

Regular Expressions Example (c#) – CSharp


The following example shows the use of Regular Expresssions in C#.This program has basic validation scripts for validation easily useable in all programs.

csc /r:System.Text.RegularExpressions.dll,System.dll Validation.cs
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;
using System;
class Validation
public static void Main()
String strToTest;
Validation objValidate=
new Validation();
Console.Write(“Enter a String to Test for Alphabets:”);
Console.WriteLine(“{0} is Valid Alpha String”,strToTest);
Console.WriteLine(“{0} is not a Valid Alpha String”,strToTest);
// Function to test for Positive Integers.
public bool IsNaturalNumber(String strNumber)
Regex objNotNaturalPattern=
new Regex(“[^0-9]”);
Regex objNaturalPattern=
new Regex(“0*[1-9][0-9]*”);
return !objNotNaturalPattern.IsMatch(strNumber) &&objNaturalPattern.IsMatch strNumber);
// Function to test for Positive Integers with zero inclusive
public bool IsWholeNumber(String strNumber)
Regex objNotWholePattern=
new Regex(“[^0-9]”);
return !objNotWholePattern.IsMatch(strNumber);
// Function to Test for Integers both Positive & Negative
public bool IsInteger(String strNumber)
Regex objNotIntPattern=
new Regex(“[^0-9-]”);
Regex objIntPattern=
new Regex(“^-[0-9]+$|^[0-9]+$”);
return !objNotIntPattern.IsMatch(strNumber) &&
// Function to Test for Positive Number both Integer & Real
public bool IsPositiveNumber(String strNumber)
Regex objNotPositivePattern=
new Regex(“[^0-9.]”);
Regex objPositivePattern=
new Regex(“^[.][0-9]+$|[0-9]*[.]*[0-9]+$”);
Regex objTwoDotPattern=
new Regex(“[0-9]*[.][0-9]*[.][0-9]*”);
return !objNotPositivePattern.IsMatch(strNumber) &&
objPositivePattern.IsMatch(strNumber) &&!objTwoDotPattern.IsMatch(strNumber);
// Function to test whether the string is valid number or not
public bool IsNumber(String strNumber)
Regex objNotNumberPattern=
new Regex(“[^0-9.-]”);
Regex objTwoDotPattern=
new Regex(“[0-9]*[.][0-9]*[.][0-9]*”);
Regex objTwoMinusPattern=
new Regex(“[0-9]*[-][0-9]*[-][0-9]*”);
String strValidRealPattern=”^([-]|[.]|[-.]|[0-9])[0-9]*[.]*[0-9]+$”;
String strValidIntegerPattern=”^([-]|[0-9])[0-9]*$”;
Regex objNumberPattern =
new Regex(“(” + strValidRealPattern +”)|(” +
trValidIntegerPattern + “)”);
return !objNotNumberPattern.IsMatch(strNumber) &&!objTwoDotPattern.IsMatch
strNumber) && !objTwoMinusPattern.IsMatch(strNumber) && objNumberPattern.IsMatch(strNumber);
// Function To test for Alphabets.
public bool IsAlpha(String strToCheck)
Regex objAlphaPattern=
new Regex(“[^a-zA-Z]”);
return !objAlphaPattern.IsMatch(strToCheck);
// Function to Check for AlphaNumeric.
public bool IsAlphaNumeric(String strToCheck)
Regex objAlphaNumericPattern=
new Regex(“[^a-zA-Z0-9]”);
return !objAlphaNumericPattern.IsMatch(strToCheck);

There is another simple way to perform these validation think of it while the next article comes.

Jquery datepicker problem on date select in IE – ‘length’ is null or not an object

I am posting a wonderful post on Jquery datepicker.
Because I am using Jquery in ASP.NET application, I added a regular expression for date to validate whether user entered date is valid or not. Because of adding the validation on the text box, whenever I select a date from datepicker, the datepicker events are firing like onselect, change etc.. So, generally what validation framework is doing, whenever some event fires on the page, validations will execute. The same thing happening here. Whenever I change or select date from the date picker, it will fire some events and at the same time validation framework trying to validate the validations. But, it is not the right event to do validations. So, always we will get the exception at “vals.length” in a for loop of the built-in code. vals is the object of all the validators on the page. It always fails to load in Jquery date picker event trigger, because it is not the right event for validation. And the result is vals is undefined, you always get exception at vals.length as “length is null or not an object”. I think now you got very clear idea of why it is happening. Now, move to the next step i.e. solution for it.

Solution is very simple, I read all the documentation of Jquery datepicker and found an event named onSelect. So, whenever I select date this is the event firing. So, there I got a clue and started thinking towards it. And below is the result.

$(“.datepicker”).datepicker({ onSelect:function(){}});

In your datepicker initialization statement add onSelect event which don’t do anything means empty function as shown above. There problem solved. Isn’t a good find? Please let me know your thoughts on this.

Ref : praveenbattula

VS Debug Problem with IE8

I decide to write about a problem that has been opened frequently on ASP.NET official forum which is VS debugger crashes with IE8.

How VS debugger could be crashed with IE8?

If you opened multiple instances of IE8 and you attempt to debug your project, you mostly will have the issue where VS debugger just stops and ignores your break points!

Why was that?

Well, IE 8 has a feature called Loosely-Coupled Internet Explorer (LCIE) which results in IE running across multiple processes.

Older versions of the Visual Studio Debugger get confused by this and cannot figure out how to attach to the correct process.

To overcome this issue, you need to disable the process growth feature of LCIE by follow the below steps:

1) Open RegEdit
2) Browse to HKEY_LOCALMACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Internet Explorer -> Main
3) Add a dword under this key called TabProcGrowth
4) Set TabProcGrowth to 0

If you run into the same problem on Vista or newer, you will also need to turn off protected mode.

And then go a head and start debugging your code.

Ref : Weblogs Asp.Net