DBFit and SQL Server and JDBC: Missing JDBC Driver.

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.

Cygwin and Git – Tired of typing your password? Cache it!

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!

GreenPlum and DBFit

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

Postgres/Greenplum Get The Last Two Values In A Delimited String

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

Finding all the checkins in a git branch (aka finding all the files with a commit)

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)

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Find Your SSRS Target Server URL

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

How Do I Figure Out My SSRS ReportServer URL If It Is Not The Default?

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?

How To Set Variables Using The SSIS Execute Package Utility

Yay! There's a GUI to execute SSIS packages! Boo! It's really hard to figure out how to pass variables through it! You may have seen a message that looked something like this: TITLE: SSIS Execution Properties ------------------------------ DTExec: Could not set Package.Variables[User::MyVarA].Value value to Data Source=DevServ1. ------------------------------ BUTTONS: OK ------------------------------ Here are the three most… Continue reading How To Set Variables Using The SSIS Execute Package Utility