I love the idea of DBFit (being able to run tests against every database system under the sun) but have found it very challenging to get up and running. There is documentation but it seems to assume a level of familiarity with FitNesse that I definitely did not have. The primary hurdle for me was… Continue reading DBFit and SQL Server: How to connect and create your first test
If you are using the java version of DBFit and you want to connect to SQL Server you may start to think it can't be done. Fear not! It is possible! I'll summarize the required steps as well as all the error messages I received along the way. Running through these steps will enable you… Continue reading DBFit and SQL Server and JDBC: Missing JDBC Driver.
I'm a git and cygwin noob. Despite that I like using the command line. It's a bit of mental gymnastics and keeps the mundane from getting mundane. One thing that irritated me though was having to constantly retype my password when pushing or pulling from remote. Through dumb luck I stumbled across the secret config… Continue reading Cygwin and Git – Tired of typing your password? Cache it!
Just a quick little stub of a post to track progress using the DBFit Test Driven Database Development Tool with our GreenPlum installation. DBFit seemed like a great option since it will theoretically support both GreenPlum and SQL Server. I ran through the getting started documentation on the DBFit site fairly quickly and had the initial… Continue reading GreenPlum and DBFit
Yuck. This works and I'm recording it here in case I need it again but yuck. Here's the scenario: there is a column in a database with a delimited string. The number of delimited values can vary. SOmetimes there will be one delimited value, sometimes there will be twenty. For this specific case I needed… Continue reading Postgres/Greenplum Get The Last Two Values In A Delimited String
Oh my word. I don't know what else to say. This was waaaay harder than I thought it would be. The goal was to able to open up two files from different branches and see the changes between them. the git command "difftool" looked to be the secret sauce and everything was working great until… Continue reading Configuring Kdiff3 and Git with Cygwin (now with Spaces!)
Identifying files which have changed between two branches in git using the cygwin command line. (Note: I assume this works for any command line git tool). 1. If the files were checked in using windows there may be issues with line endings. To make your git command line ignore line ending differences in files perform… Continue reading Finding all the checkins in a git branch (aka finding all the files with a commit)
If you are looking to deploy your SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Service) reports directly from Visual Studio you will need to set the Target Server URL in the Properties of your project in the deployment section. The trick here is that this is not the URL for your Report Manager. What you are in fact… Continue reading Find Your SSRS Target Server URL
Don't you love how what should be a simple little tasks can become the most time consuming of the day? While trying to set up Visual Studio so that I could deploy directly to a development server I realized I would need the path to the SSRS ReportServer. Not the Report Manager mind you but… Continue reading How Do I Figure Out My SSRS ReportServer URL If It Is Not The Default?
Sometimes, the things we do can seem a bit convoluted. This is one of those cases. Without bothering to explain how we got to this point (a long story with an uninteresting ending), I will explain how to use an SSIS expression to parse a server and database name out of a connection string stored… Continue reading SSIS: Parsing a connection string using an SSIS expression