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  • Get the ranking of highest score with earliest timestamp

    - by Billy
    I have the following records: name score Date Billy 32470 12/18/2010 7:26:35 PM Sally 1100 12/19/2010 12:00:00 AM Kitty 1111 12/21/2010 12:00:00 AM Sally 330 12/21/2010 8:23:34 PM Daisy 32460 12/22/2010 3:10:09 PM Sally 32460 12/23/2010 4:51:11 PM Kitty 32440 12/24/2010 12:00:27 PM Billy 32460 12/24/2010 12:11:36 PM I want to get the leaderboard of the highest score with earliest time stamp using LINQ. In this case, the correct one is rank name 1 Billy 2 Daisy 3 Sally I use the following query: var result = (from s in Submissions group s by s.name into g orderby g.Max(q => q.Score) descending,g.Min(q => q.Date) ascending select new ScoreRecord { name = g.Key Score = g.Max(q => q.Score) }).Take(3).ToList(); I get the following wrong result: rank name 1 Billy 2 Sally 3 Daisy What's the correct linq query in this case?

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  • C# Object Creation from Datatable

    - by Jonesy
    Hi Folks, Im just getting my head round C#. I've been creating classes and objects so say i created a class called Member: public class Member { public int MemberID; public string FirstName; public string LastName; public string UserName; } and i create a new object of that class by doing this: Member Billy = new Member(); Billy.UserName = "Jonesy"; Billy.FirstName = "Billy"; Billy.LastName = "Jones"; Thats all fine but what if I've queried a database and gotten back 5 members, can I create objects on the fly? Or what is the best way to store these members in memory? I've used VB.Net where I would just add them into a datatable. But I've never really done any object-oriented programming before and thought since I'm learning C sharp nows the best time to learn OOP.. Any help most appreciated! Jonesy

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  • UX Design Principles Pluralsight course review

    - by pluginbaby
    I've just finished the "Creating User Experiences: Fundamental Design Principles" course on Pluralsight, I am glad I took it, and here is why you should. The course is held by Billy Hollis, an internationally known author and speaker focused on user experience design. It was published in May 2012, so it is quite fresh (You’ll hear some reference to XAML, even if the content is not focused on any particular technology). I think what I liked the most about this course is the fact that Billy is not just imposing design ideas and pushing them in your throat (which would be too confronting for us developers, even if he was right), he spends a fair share amount of time explaining each topics, and illustrate them with great metaphors. If you are a minimum open minded you should get great value out of this course. Billy makes you think outside the box, he encourages you to use your right side brain, and understand design principles by simply looking at what’s around us (physical objects, nature, …). During the course he refers several time to "don't make me think" a book on UX design, which is about giving confidence to users, by making it easier for them to achieve their goals when using your app. Billy thinks that every developer can participate in elaborating good design when building software, not only designers should be involved. Get away of the easy path "let's build functional stuff for now and we will hire a designer later if we have time and budget". The course is also live and interactive as the author suggests that you do some live exercises during each module. He actually makes you realize and understand by yourself the need for change. We’re in a new era of software and devices, where grids and menus aren't enough. You can’t remain satisfied by just making things possible, you need to make them easier for your users. Understanding some fundamental design principles will help. This course can definitely be followed by any developers who wants to improve user experience of software they are working on, and I definitely recommend it.

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  • SQL Join to only the maximum row puzzle

    - by Billy ONeal
    Given the following example data: Users +--------------------------------------------------+ | ID | First Name | Last Name | Network Identifier | +--------------------------------------------------+ | 1 | Billy | O'Neal | bro4 | +----+------------+-----------+--------------------+ | 2 | John | Skeet | jsk1 | +----+------------+-----------+--------------------+ Hardware +----+-------------------+---------------+ | ID | Hardware Name | Serial Number | +----+-------------------+---------------+ | 1 | Latitude E6500 | 5555555 | +----+-------------------+---------------+ | 2 | Latitude E6200 | 2222222 | +----+-------------------+---------------+ HardwareAssignments +---------+-------------+-------------+ | User ID | Hardware ID | Assigned On | +---------+-------------+-------------+ | 1 | 1 | April 1 | +---------+-------------+-------------+ | 1 | 2 | April 10 | +---------+-------------+-------------+ | 2 | 2 | April 1 | +---------+-------------+-------------+ | 2 | 1 | April 11 | +---------+-------------+-------------+ I'd like to write a SQL query which would give the following result: +--------------------+------------+-----------+----------------+---------------+-------------+ | Network Identifier | First Name | Last Name | Hardware Name | Serial Number | Assigned On | +--------------------+------------+-----------+----------------+---------------+-------------+ | bro4 | Billy | O'Neal | Latitude E6200 | 2222222 | April 10 | +--------------------+------------+-----------+----------------+---------------+-------------+ | jsk1 | John | Skeet | Latitude E6500 | 5555555 | April 11 | +--------------------+------------+-----------+----------------+---------------+-------------+ My trouble is that the maximum "Assigned On" date for each user needs to be selected for each individual user and used for the actual join ... Is there a clever way accomplish this in SQL?

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  • TSQL - How to URL Encode

    - by Billy Logan
    Hello Everyone, Looking for a bug free tested sql script that i could use in a UDF to encode a url through sql. Function would take in a URL and pass out a URL Encoded URL. I have seen a few, but all i have come across seem to have some flaws. Thanks in advance, Billy

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  • Linq Query with aggregate function

    - by Billy Logan
    Hello everyone, I am trying to figure out how to go about writing a linq query to perform an aggregate like the sql query below: select d.ID, d.FIRST_NAME, d.LAST_NAME, count(s.id) as design_count from tbldesigner d inner join TBLDESIGN s on d.ID = s.DESIGNER_ID where s.COMPLETED = 1 and d.ACTIVE = 1 group by d.ID, d.FIRST_NAME, d.LAST_NAME Having COUNT(s.id) > 0 If this is even possible with a linq query could somebody please provide me with an example. Thanks in Advance, Billy

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  • How to connect to local instance of SQL Server 2008 Express

    - by Billy Logan
    I just installed SQL Server 2008 Express on my windows 7 machine. I previously had 2005 on here and used it just fine with the old SQL Server Management Studio Express. I was able to connect with no problems to my PC-NAME\SQLEXPRESS instance. I uninstalled 2005 and SQL Server Management Studio Express. I then installed SQL Server 2008 Express on my machine and elected to have it install SQL Server Management Studio. Now, when I try to connect to PC-NAME\SQLEXPRESS (with Windows Authentication, like I always did), I get the following message: Cannot connect to PC-NAME\SQLEXPRESS. A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified) (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: -1) For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?ProdName=Microsoft+SQL+Server&EvtSrc=MSSQLServer&EvtID=-1&LinkId=20476 When I went to the help link it mentions, the help page suggests the following: * Make sure that the SQL Server Browser service is started on the server. * Use the SQL Server Surface Area Configuration tool to enable SQL Server to accept remote connections. For more information about the SQL Server Surface Area Configuration Tool, see Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections. I did try starting the SQL Server Browser, but don't see that the Surface Area Configuration is installed with this express version. I had seen another user with an almost exact same issue that was missing the database engine on install. If that were the case how could i test for that and where would i go to download that install. Thanks in advance, Billy

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  • Counting and joining two tables

    - by Eikern
    Eventhosts – containing the three regular hosts and an "other" field (if someone is replacing them) eventid | host (SET[Steve,Tim,Brian,other]) ------------------------------------------- 1 | Steve 2 | Tim 3 | Brian 4 | other 5 | other Event id | other | name etc. ---------------------- 1 | | … 2 | | … 3 | | … 4 | Billy | … 5 | Irwin | … This query: SELECT h.host, COUNT(*) AS hostcount FROM host AS h LEFT OUTER JOIN event AS e ON h.eventid = e.id GROUP BY h.host Returns Steve | 1 Tim | 1 Brian | 1 other | 2 I want it to return Steve | 1 Tim | 1 Brian | 1 Billy | 1 Irwin | 1 OR Steve | | 1 Tim | | 1 Brian | | 1 other | Billy | 1 other | Irwin | 1 Can someone tell me how I can achieve this or point me in a direction?

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  • Authenticating users for a website

    - by MCB
    I'm working on a website and I want to validate that an individual is an employee at one of a large number of companies (probably using their company's email address, which I don't know before hand). The idea being some users are the general public and others are from these companies. And I need some way to authenticate that the users claiming to be employees are being honest while still having a friendly enough UI. I did an informal survey of people I know and the domains and emails will match in a majority of cases but they might not always match exactly so you might have a company with a website foo.com and an email [email protected] (although foobar.com did redirect back to foo.com). And while I can easily check that I'm not sure what other variations might be out there (maybe fooLA.com and email [email protected], etc.)

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  • C# How to check if an FTP Directory Exists

    - by Billy Logan
    Hello Everyone, Looking for the best way to check for a given directory via FTP. currently i have the following code: private bool FtpDirectoryExists(string directory, string username, string password) { try { var request = (FtpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(directory); request.Credentials = new NetworkCredential(username, password); request.Method = WebRequestMethods.Ftp.GetDateTimestamp; FtpWebResponse response = (FtpWebResponse)request.GetResponse(); } catch (WebException ex) { FtpWebResponse response = (FtpWebResponse)ex.Response; if (response.StatusCode == FtpStatusCode.ActionNotTakenFileUnavailable) return false; else return true; } return true; } This returns false whether the directory is there or not. Can someone point me in the right direction. Thanks in advance, Billy

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  • Linq Paging - How to incorporate total record count

    - by Billy Logan
    Hello everyone, I am trying to figure out the best way of getting the record count will incorporating paging. I need this value to figure out the total page count given a page size and a few other variables. This is what i have so far which takes in the starting row and the page size using the skip and take statements. promotionInfo = (from p in matches orderby p.PROMOTION_NM descending select p).Skip(startRow).Take(pageSize).ToList(); I know i could run another query, but figured there may be another way of achieving this count without having to run the query twice. Thanks in advance, Billy

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  • Linq - How to query specific columns and return a lists

    - by Billy Logan
    Hello Everyone, I am trying to write a linq query that will only return certain columns from my entity object into a list object. Below is my code which produces an error(can't implicitly convert a generic list of anonymous types to a generic list of type TBLPROMOTION): List<TBLPROMOTION> promotionInfo = null; promotionInfo = (from p in matches orderby p.PROMOTION_NM descending select new { p.EFFECTIVE_DT, p.EXPIRE_DT, p.IS_ACTIVE, p.PROMOTION_DESC, p.PROMOTION_ID, p.PROMOTION_NM }).ToList(); What would be the best way to accomplish this. I do not want to do a "select p" in this case and return all the columns associated with the query. thanks in advance, Billy

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  • Linq query with aggregate function OrderBy

    - by Billy Logan
    Hello everyone, I have the following LinqToEntities query, but am unsure of where or how to add the orderby clause: var results = from d in db.TBLDESIGNER join s in db.TBLDESIGN on d.ID equals s.TBLDESIGNER.ID where s.COMPLETED && d.ACTIVE let value = new { s, d} let key = new { d.ID, d.FIRST_NAME, d.LAST_NAME } group value by key into g orderby g.Key.FIRST_NAME ascending, g.Key.LAST_NAME ascending select new { ID = g.Key.ID, FirstName = g.Key.FIRST_NAME, LastName = g.Key.LAST_NAME, Count = g.Count() }; This should be sorted by First_Name ascending and then Last_Name ascending. I have tried adding ordering but It has had no effect on the result set. Could someone please provide an example of where the orderby would go assuming the query above. Thanks, Billy

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  • Galleria jQuery plugin briefly shows all images in IE 7 & 8

    - by hollyb
    I'm using the galleria jQuery plugin on a site. When the gallery first loads, all of the images appear briefly & vertically in ie 7 & 8. This doesn't happen when i isolate the gallery, only when i put it on a somewhat heavy page. This leads me to believe that it happens when the page is a little slow to load. Does anybody know a way to fix this? I feel like an overflow: hidden should fix this, but I've applied it along with a height in every container I could think of. Anybody have any ideas? Here is my css: .galleria{list-style:none;width:350px; overflow:hidden; height: 70px;} .galleria li{display:block;width:50px;height:50px;overflow:hidden;float:left;margin:4px 10px 20px 0;} .galleria li a{display:none;} .galleria li div{position:absolute;display:none;top:0;left:180px;} .galleria li div img{cursor:pointer;} .galleria li.active div img,.galleria li.active div{display:block;} .galleria li img.thumb{cursor:pointer;top:auto;left:auto;display:block;width:auto;height:auto} .galleria li .caption{display: inline;padding-top:.5em; width: 300px; } * html .galleria li div span{width:350px;} /* MSIE bug */ html: <ul class="gallery"> <li class="active"><img src="1.jpg" cap="A great veiw by so and so. This is a long block of info.<br /><span style=color:#666;>Photo by: Billy D. Williams</span>" alt="Image01"></li> <li><img src="2.jpg" cap="A mountain <span style=color:#666;>Photo by: Billy D. Williams</span>" alt="Image01"></li> <li><img src="3.jpg" cap="Another witty caption <span style=color:#666;>Photo by: Billy D. Williams</span>" alt="Image01"></li> <li><img src="4.jpg" cap="<span style=color:#666;>Photo by: Billy D. Williams</span>" alt="Image01"></li> </ul>

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  • Using the @ symbol to identify users like twitter does

    - by Justin Phillips
    I'm creating my own version of twitter, I have no idea how to get my back end php script to pick up the @membername within the entered text. Including multiple @membername's for example @billy @joseph, @tyrone,@kesha message or @billy hit up @tyrone he's bugging @kesha about the money you owe him. Any scripts of use on how I can accomplish this?

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  • excel change 4 rows / 48 col to 48 rows / 4 col

    - by GoodOlPete
    Hi, I've selected 4 database records of 48 fields into excel as below: FirstName LastName Age Address1 ....................... Andy smith 23 53 high st billy ball 43 23 the avenue charles brown 76 rose cottage dave green 43 station rd I want to display them as firstname andy billy charles dave lastname smith ball brown green age 23 43 76 43 address1.............................. Can anyone suggest how to do this?

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  • Why should I use Zend_Application?

    - by Billy ONeal
    I've been working on a Zend Framework application which currently does a bunch of things through Zend Application and a few resource plugins written for it. However, looking at this codebase now, it seems to me that using Zend_Application just makes things more complicated; and a plain, more "traditional" bootstrap file would do a better job of being transparent. This is even more the case because the individual components of Zend -- Zend_Controller, Zend_Navigation, etc. -- don't reference Zend_Application at all. Therefore they do things like "Well just call setRoute and be on your way," and the user is left scratching their head as to how to implement that in terms of the application.ini configuration file. This is not to say that one can't figure out what's going on by doing spelunking through the ZF source code. My problem with that approach is that it's to easy to depend on something that's an implementation detail, rather than a contract, and that all it seems to do is add an extra layer of indirection that one must wade through to understand an application. I look at pre ZF 1.8 example code, before Zend_Application existed, and everywhere I see plain bootstrap files that setup the MVC framework and get on their way. The code is clear and easy to understand, even if it is a bit repetitive. I like the DRY concept that Application gets you, but particularly when I'm assuming first people looking at the app's code aren't really familiar with Zend at all, I'm considering blowing away any dependence I have on Zend_Application and returning to a traditional bootstrap file. Now, my concern here is that I don't have much experience doing this, and I don't want to get rid of Zend_Application if it does something particularly important of which I am unaware, or something of that nature. Is there a really good reason I should keep it around?

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  • General directions on developing a server side control system for JS/Canvas Action RPG

    - by Billy Ninja
    Well, yesterday I asked on anti-cheat JS, and confirmed what I kind of already knew that it's just not possible. Now I wanna measure roughly how hard it is to implement a server side checking that is agnostic to client input, that does not mess with the game experience so much. I don't wanna waste to much resource on this matter, since it's going to be initially a single player game, that I may or would like to introduce some kind of ranking, trading system later on. I'd rather deliver better more cool game features instead. I don't wanna have to guarantee super fast server response to keep the game going lag free. I'd rather go with more loose discrete control of key variables and instances. Like store user's action on a fifo buffer on the client, and push that actions to the server gradually. I'd love to see a elegant, generic solution that I could plug into my client game logic root (not having to scatter treatments everywhere in my client js) - and have few classes on Node.js server that could handle that - without having to mirror/describe all of my game entities a second time on the server.

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  • Should I choose Doctrine 2 or Propel 1.5/1.6, and why?

    - by Billy ONeal
    I'd like to hear from those who have used Doctrine 2 (or later) and Propel 1.5 (or later). Most comparisons between these two object relational mappers are based on old versions -- Doctrine 1 versus Propel 1.3/1.4, and both ORMs went through significant redesigns in their recent revisions. For example, most of the criticism of Propel seems to center around the "ModelName Peer" classes, which are deprecated in 1.5 in any case. Here's what I've accumulated so far (And I've tried to make this list as balanced as possible...): Propel Pros Extremely IDE friendly, because actual code is generated, instead of relying on PHP magic methods. This means IDE features like code completion are actually helpful. Fast (In terms of database usage -- no runtime introspection is done on the database) Clean migration between schema versions (at least in the 1.6 beta) Can generate PHP 5.3 models (i.e. namespaces) Easy to chain a lot of things into a single database query with things like useXxx methods. (See the "code completion" video above) Cons Requires an extra build step, namely building the model classes. Generated code needs rebuilt whenever Propel version is changed, a setting is changed, or the schema changes. This might be unintuitive to some and custom methods applied to the model are lost. (I think?) Some useful features (i.e. version behavior, schema migrations) are in beta status. Doctrine Pros More popular Doctrine Query Language can express potentially more complicated relationships between data than easily possible with Propel's ActiveRecord strategy. Easier to add reusable behaviors when compared with Propel. DocBlock based commenting for building the schema is embedded in the actual PHP instead of a separate XML file. Uses PHP 5.3 Namespaces everywhere Cons Requires learning an entirely new programming language (Doctrine Query Language) Implemented in terms of "magic methods" in several places, making IDE autocomplete worthless. Requires database introspection and thus is slightly slower than Propel by default; caching can remove this but the caching adds considerable complexity. Fewer behaviors are included in the core codebase. Several features Propel provides out of the box (such as Nested Set) are available only through extensions. Freakin' HUGE :) This I have gleaned though only through reading the documentation available for both tools -- I've not actually built anything yet. I'd like to hear from those who have used both tools though, to share their experience on pros/cons of each library, and what their recommendation is at this point :)

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  • Learning the command line [duplicate]

    - by Billy
    This question already has an answer here: What is the best way to learn how to use Ubuntu with terminal? 3 answers This isn't really a technical question but I am curious as to how long it takes to learn the linux command line. I would like to learn how to be able to do as much as possible easily from the command line. I just bought a book, linux command line and shell scripting bible. I know that this book will be of great help, but i just have no clue how long it will be before i can successfully naviagte the terminal with ease. If you could post and let me know about your experience with the terminal, and the learning process, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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  • Anti-cheat Javascript for browser/HTML5 game

    - by Billy Ninja
    I'm planning on venturing on making a single player action rpg in js/html5, and I'd like to prevent cheating. I don't need 100% protection, since it's not going to be a multiplayer game, but I want some level of protection. So what strategies you suggest beyond minify and obfuscation? I wouldn't bother to make some server side simple checking, but I don't want to go the Diablo 3 path keeping all my game state changes on the server side. Since it's going to be a rpg of sorts I came up with the idea of making a stats inspector that checks abrupt changes in their values, but I'm not sure how it consistent and trusty it can be. What about variables and functions escopes? Working on smaller escopes whenever possible is safer, but it's worth the effort? Is there anyway for the javascript to self inspect it's text, like in a checksum? There are browser specific solutions? I wouldn't bother to restrain it for Chrome only in the early builds.

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  • Why does the word "Pythonic" exist?

    - by Billy ONeal
    Honestly, I hate the word "Pythonic" -- it's used as a simple synonym of "good" in many circles, and I think that's pretentious. Those who use it are silently saying that good code cannot be written in a language other than Python. Not saying Python is a bad language, but it's certainly not the "end all be all language to solve ALL of everyone's problems forever!" (Because that language does not exist). What it seems like people who use this word really mean is "idiomatic" rather than "Pythonic" -- and of course the word "idiomatic" already exists. Therefore I wonder: Why does the word "Pythonic" exist?

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  • What do you do when you realize your job requires you to do something out of your depth?

    - by Billy ONeal
    For a large software project recently, I was really out of my depth. And I did actually know this; and that the only reason I was employed was mostly a lack of other qualified candidates. The job was to build a large application on top of PHP/MySQL, a system I had little experience with. (I did advise the employer of this beforehand -- I've been spoiled by C# ASP.NET/MVC and MSSQL Server) The main reason I applied was location, location, location -- on campus jobs which actually have any programming component are relatively rare. For almost a year and a half I've slogged through this, and I think I can say I know (at least somewhat) what I'm doing now. I've made some mistakes, torn out some hair, and moved on. (I'm still working on this system nowadays, but I no longer feel completely lost) In the future though, I'd like to keep my personal and professional self a little healthier than what occurred in this case. So I'm curious -- what's the best way to handle a situation like this?

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  • What naming anti-patterns exist?

    - by Billy ONeal
    There are some names, where if you find yourself reaching for those names, you know you've already messed something up. For example: XxxManager This is bad because a class should describe what the class does. If the most specific word you can come up with for what the class does is "manage," then the class is too big. What other naming anti-patterns exist? EDIT: To clarify, I'm not asking "what names are bad" -- that question is entirely subjective and there's no way to answer it. I'm asking, "what names indicate overall design problems with the system." That is, if you find yourself wanting to call a component Xyz, that probably indicates the component is ill concieved. Also note here that there are exceptions to every rule -- I'm just looking for warning flags for when I really need to stop and rethink a design.

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