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SQL Server Reporting Services, and ASP.NET

This post I would like to talk about delivering Microsoft SQL Reporting Services via an ASP.NET application.

Reporting Services includes an ASP.NET web control. I've found this control to be useful when I want to make the most of Reporting Services' ease of report definition (.rdl files), but don't like the way Reporting Services' renders their parameter options. Using ASP.NET, I suddenly have available to me, all the flexibility of ASP.NET and it's web form controls.

For example, you ou may want to control how those form controls are loaded in your web form - e.g. by writing some code in the On_Load event, you could pre-fills the text value of a TextBox, or pre-ticks some tickboxes in a CheckBoxList. This way, default values can be defined which are commonly used by business users.

As well as the report parameters, another key area of interest is security. In general terms, the SQL Server from which you're sourcing your report data will be configured one of t…

Widgets, and Gadgets and Webcasts, oh my!

This weekend will see the release of the latest enhancement to JOY 94.9's online presence. Over the past month or so I've been developing an Apple Dashboard widget that lets you keep JOY's web stream playing in the background while using your Mac. It's been a type of pet project of mine, one that I've wanted to do for a long time now, ever since I bought a Mac in fact.

When I began work on the widget I made a commitment to myself that I would start small. Because it's volunteer work, I didn't want to spend too much time on functionality that would end up not being valuable. I'm also interested to find out how popular the widget is before I invest more time into making it better.

It provides two functions in this 0.9 beta version:
Listen live, with a very simple play / stop buttonAn updated display of what show's on now, and what's coming up nextIt sources the program information from the front page of the website, running a relatively simple reg…

Welcome, and sharing some points

Welcome to Geek In The Pink, a blog dedicated to all of my I.T. musings worthy of publishing to the world ("worthy" may be an overstatement, but that's for you to decide, right?)

My intention is to cover any subject that directly or indirectly relates to the I.T. industry, particularly in Australia, but also the world. I work with a number of diverse technologies, both paid for and volunteering, so content will vary over time. There may also be a small amount of political opinion, however I intend to keep that to a minimum.

So, this first post is a short one, and really just some commentary instead of some real-life tangible information. Today I'm working with Microsoft SharePoint master pages, and themes. These are what you need to work with in order to change the look and feel of a SharePoint site. Basically, it boils down to:
SharePoint Themes are used to define CSS and supporting graphic filesSharePoint Master pages, like ASP.NET Master pages, are used to defin…