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  • I had a little project which requirements was an Adobe Flash animation that calls a JavaScript function to close a browser window.

    With the newest version of Internet Explorer, it will first ask you whether you want to let the script close your window... that's a problem when you'd like that process to be smooth (i.e. without user interaction.)

  • I created a form in MS-Access and noticed, after a little while, that a ComboBox would not render properly.

    The problem is pretty simple, I marked the combo box as having a Normal Back Style. When I first open the window or when I click in that ComboBox, it works and renders the specified Back Color. That's great, but that's not exactly the solution, is it?

    The box has a Fore Color of Black (that's the color of the text). That Fore Color is used because the background is expected to be either gray or green. Either way, black shows pretty well.

  • cl.exe has a special option to be told that the input file is a C (/Tc) or a C++ (/Tp) file. This is necessary if you want to use an extension other than the default .c, .cxx and .cpp. For instance, many people use .cc or .c++ for C++ files. Just add the /Tp command line option and your file will be accepted as a C++ file no matter what the extension is.

    Also, in your environment, you can change the editor and Open/Close feature to recognize these files. The Microsoft page available here:

  • Today I started having some problems with my tables.

    I had a default value set to Now() and it would tell me that it was invalid. I removed it and the save worked.

    What would really be the problem though?

    The thing is the compiler is used against ALL your Visual Basic modules and if any one of them fails to compile, then you get the error. I had one error in one module. Definitions of external (DLL) functions such as GetUserName() and GetComputerName() must all appear before any function declation. I had the GetUserName() declaration such as:

    Private Declare Function GetUserName Lib ...
  • Try to recompile Qt with Pavel's instructrions...

    I did not encounter much problems, although the examples failed. It looks like jom would be the problem as some people reported not having problems following the same steps, but using nmake instead of jom.

    The instructions go like this: [Update: the links below all stopped working.]

    1. Visual C++ 2010 contains all necessary SDKs for Qt compilation. However if you plan to use Qt with Phonon you need to install additional software from Qt for Windows Requirements list.
    2. Download and extract Qt 4.7.4 Sources. (Or Qt ...
  • Today, as I was trying to run a 64 bit application in Release mode under Windows 7, I got a crash about a NULL pointer. There is the debuggee (<- well known Microsoft spelling of Debugger) error window:

    Unhandled exception in ... Access violation reading location 0x0000...

    Unhandled exception at 0x52740ccf in guikeyboard_test_developer.exe:
    0xC0000005: Access violation reading location 0x0000000000000000.

    So... according to this error, the software access a NULL pointer. It took me some time, but the problem was not a NULL pointer, it was an unaligned memory access. In other words, it is trying to write a a pointer that is not 16 bytes aligned, which is ...

  • I have had a BIG problem with compiling zlib. Now I have my own normal file, but the most important part of that compile was for me to find out how on Earth can you generate the dynamic library (.dll and .dll.a files) instead of the static library (.a only file)?!

  • On my sites, I'm using boost to allow much faster access time (close to instantaneous in comparison to hitting Drupal and all the database accesses...)

    The result is great! But it generates some problems when you test a page. It does not get refreshed... Easy, you can clear the cache. Not advisable when your cache is around 10,000 files. A better way, is to go to that page and click on "Flush Page" (available in one of the blocks offered by boost.)

  • Today I started testing a lot of my JavaScript / jQuery code from a website I am building for a customer. I got an error, at some point, saying:

    SCRIPT5007: Unable to get property 'replace' of undefined or null reference

    The error was in link with the 'replace' function being referenced on an innerHTML of an element. More specifically, one of those XML element (probably the top most one.)

    The fact is that Internet Explorer does not support innerHTML in an XML document. Not to be too surprised about that, XML is not HTML so there is really no reason why innerHTML should be ...

  • Of Note: This only applies to C99, not C++.

    I learned something quite interesting today and wanted to keep a note of it.

    Whenever I use a printf() with a format such as %ld and try to compile my code on "many" different platforms, I often get warnings on another one.

    The fact is that an int, a long, a long long, an int32_t, int64_t all use a different combination depending on your platform and whether you're running in 32 or 64 bit.

    So, the answer to this problem are the #define found in the inttypes.h header file:


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    All software make use of numbers. Everything is a number. The most basic number in a computer is 0 or 1. This is called a bit. These are represented with electricity. Although in most cases we see it as 0 - Ground and 1 - Voltage (i.e. 1 volt), the bit representation in software and in hardware may be interpreted either way (i.e. a 0 could mean that the voltage is 1V and not 0V.)

    Combining these zeroes and ones we offer end users to handle much larger numbers. With 8 bits, you can have numbers from 0 to 255 (unsigned) or -128 to +127 (signed.) Now a day, computers can handle a much larger number of bits in one cycle. Most processors use 64 bits but they can calculate numbers on 128, 256, and for some 1024 bits at once. Also with parallelism, the size can be viewed as even larger (i.e. handling a 64 bit number in 1,536 threads like on my old nVidra Quadro 600 is equivalent to one large number of 98,304 bits! That would be 2 power 98,304 possibilitie or about 2.8359e+29592 in decimal.)

    Integers are easy to handle. Although when working on math problems you generally see the set of avaialble numbers as equivalent to N although mathematicians know that computers can really only handle a limited set of numbers. For example, on a 64 bit computer, the usual range is -9223372036854775808 to 9223372036854775807, This is generally enough although at times some equations have to be reworked to avoid really large or small intermediate numbers that work fine in math equations, but not so well on computers.

    Now, math also includes other sets of numbers such as D, R, and C. Computers do not offer any way to represent numbers in R or C but they can offer D to some extend. These numbers are called floating point numbers because we do math using an exponent. The exponent makes the decimal point "float" in any location as the number used for the exponent offers. Using a 64 bit floating point, you can have positive and negative numbers with precision varing betwee 10-308 and 10+308. This includes a positive zero (+0) and a negative zero (-0), which is import in a few cases (although +0 = -0 is true, you can get the sign of a number and distinguish both zeroes). Note that at first decimal numbers were going to also have a positive and negative zero, but it was instead decided to have one more negative number (remember, with 8 bits we have signed numbers from -128 to +127, this is because in the positive numbers we have a 0 which we don't have in the negative numbers.)

  • SQL

    SQL, or Structure Query Language, is a programming language used to manage data in a relational database system. It was made an ANSI standard in 1986.

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  • XML

    Extensible markup language. First mainly used on the Internet, XML was born out of a constrained version of HTML (SGML). It is now used for all sorts of data.