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MS-Access sub-form auto-resize instead of staying put


Today I ran in a problem where I created a new form and the sub-form inside that form would auto-resize itself. Strangely enough, all my other forms also have a sub-form and that sub-form is not auto-resized... so what gives?!

I did not find anything about preventing an auto-resize of a sub-form. Found many pages on the net about how to write code to resize a form "manually". But that really did not help.


As I created that new form, I marked it as "Auto Resize" to No. This seems logical if you do not want a form to get resized. Think again! The ...

Includes in your C++ files... and namespace "side effects"

Today I discovered that I couldn't include the QDebug header file at the time I need it.

When I write in C/C++ I like to add my test libraries at the point where I'm writing the debug function I'm working on so that way I can delete it all at once.

So the skeleton of a file would look something like this:

Comment (copyright/purpose of file)

#include of all headers necessary


#include of debug headers

debug code

However, today I had problems compiling and/or linking doing so. The qDebug() << ... expressions did not want to work.

Moving the #include of debug headers to

Older Internet Explorer (v7 and older) background leakage...

I worked on a site a week ago or so and checked it with IE 8 but not IE 7...

The customer then contacted me saying that some images were "completely" off. (about 30 pixels)

The image being off was actually centered. IE 7 and older does NOT properly reset the text-align CSS settings. So the parent setting leaks in the children instead of the chidren using the default as they should. So that one was easy, I just added a text-align: left; in the next <div> statement and got that to work right!

C++ automatic optimizations

Once in a while I check how the compilers are behaving in such and such situations to make sure that when I wrote code it gets properly optimized. Today I was surprised as I tried to put a break point of a variable and it looked like the compiler wasn't using it. Indeed, the optimizer 100% removed the variable from the final code. Quite interesting since trying to reverse engineer this assembly language would probably end up using a goto statement... (ouch!)

The code goes more or less like this:

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CVS and really large files

Yesterday, I got a nice little surprise...

I inadvertendly added two copies of an uncompressed MS-Access data in my CVS. The files were over 400Mb (about 434Mb if I'm correct.) This started okay, then slowly I could see my memory going banana.

Wow! It took a good 20min. to check-in. My CVS is on my computer, so it is not the transfer that's slow... The fact is, the allocated a buffer for the entire file! My computer was on its knees!

No AfterUpdate event on Check Boxes in MS-Access?!


  1. My checkbox does not have an AfterUpdate event
  2. When running, I cannot de-select that check box once selected

Discovery Process to Solution

In MS-Access, you often want to run an action after the user changed something in a form.

RETURN not working in Visual Basic & Arrays...

RETURN statement in BASIC

Like many programmers, I switch between languages quite often.

I have worked with BASIC before since I had an Apple //c and used other Apple ][ computers that had some (really bad, early) BASIC language in their ROM.

At the time, the worst part was the line numbers. You had to write in BASIC as if you were writing assembly language. And I'll skip the numerous problems with memory...

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