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How to get the position of a control using Javascript?

January 24, 2009

Here is a handy functions to get the posisiton of a control using Javascript:


alert(getElementPosition('txtName').top + ' ' + getElementPosition('txtName').left);


 function getElementPosition(elemID) {
var offsetTrail = document.getElementById(elemID);
var offsetLeft = 0;
var offsetTop = 0;
while (offsetTrail) {
offsetLeft += offsetTrail.offsetLeft;
offsetTop += offsetTrail.offsetTop;
offsetTrail = offsetTrail.offsetParent;
return { left: offsetLeft, top: offsetTop };

We can get the current scroll position of the document using:

var scrolly = typeof window.pageYOffset != 'undefined' ? window.pageYOffset : document.documentElement.scrollTop;
var scrollx = typeof window.pageXOffset != 'undefined' ? window.pageXOffset : document.documentElement.scrollLeft;

Hope this helps you…


How to Encrypt a Section in Web.Config?

January 20, 2009

It is often required to encrypt usernames, passwords or even connection string in the web.config file. The usual method to do is using any of the encryption algorithm and saving the encryption Key in the config file. .NET has provided with a classic feature of encrypting an entire section in the web.config file. Using this feature .NET saves the key in the Machine.key file. User ONLY needs to encrypt the section in the web.config file, the decryption of the section is taken care by the .NET framework. Here is a step by step procedure on encrypting a section:

Section in Web.config

<!-- User Credentials -->
<add key ="domain" value ="domain_name"/>
<add key ="username" value ="user_name"/>
<add key ="password" value ="password"/>

Step 1:
Open the Visual Studio Command Prompt in Administrative Mode
Go to Start –> Programs –> Visual Studio 2008 –> Visual Studio Tools –> Visual Studio Command Prompt right click and say “Run as Administrator

Step 2:
Type the following command:
aspnet_regiis -pef “ImpersonateUser” “D:\SourceCode\RootFolder” -prov “RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider
The web.config file should be present at the path “D:\SourceCode\RootFolder”. The actual command looks like:

Step 3:
Run the above command.
The above command will encrypt the ImpersonateUser section in the web.config file and will save the web.config file at the given location. The encrypted section will look like:

<ImpersonateUser configProtectionProvider="RsaProtectedConfigurationProvider">
<EncryptedData Type=""
<EncryptionMethod Algorithm="" />
<KeyInfo xmlns="">
<EncryptedKey xmlns="">
<EncryptionMethod Algorithm="" />
<KeyInfo xmlns="">
<KeyName>Rsa Key</KeyName>

Most important thing is, while using the web.config key’s in the C# code we DO NOT have to decrypt the section. .NET automatically does it and provides us with the decrypted values.

Hope this helps. Your comments will help us improve 🙂

How to convert DataTable to XML in C#?

January 18, 2009

Following code illustrates about converting a DataTable to XML format. This is often required when passing a DataTable to a stored procedure. We can pass an XML directly to the procedure and process it.

/// <summary>
/// This method is used to convert the DataTable into string XML format.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="dtBuildSQL">DataTable to be converted.</param>
/// <returns>(string) XML form of the DataTable.</returns>
private static string ConvertDataTableToXML(DataTable dtBuildSQL)
DataSet dsBuildSQL = new DataSet();
StringBuilder sbSQL;
StringWriter swSQL;
string XMLformat;

sbSQL = new StringBuilder();
swSQL = new StringWriter(sbSQL);
dsBuildSQL.Merge(dtBuildSQL, true, MissingSchemaAction.AddWithKey);
dsBuildSQL.Tables[0].TableName = "Table";
foreach (DataColumn col in dsBuildSQL.Tables[0].Columns)
col.ColumnMapping = MappingType.Attribute;
dsBuildSQL.WriteXml(swSQL, XmlWriteMode.WriteSchema);
XMLformat = sbSQL.ToString();
return XMLformat;

Your comments are welcome!

How to position an image on Top Right Cornor of the Browser?

January 18, 2009

Following StyleSheet will position the DIV/IMG tag to the top right cornor of the browser window. This is required when absolute positioning an image is required.

position: fixed;
_position: absolute;
top: 0px;
right: 0px;
clip: inherit;
_top: expression(document.documentElement.scrollTop+document.documentElement.clientHeight-this.clientHeight);
_left: expression(document.documentElement.scrollLeft + document.documentElement.clientWidth - offsetWidth);

You can change the “top” and “right” to “botton” and “left” to appropriately position an image.
Your comments are always welcome!

How to Position HTML DIV tag at the Center?

January 18, 2009

Following StyleSheet class will position the DIV tag at the center of the screen. This is often required when showing the “Please Wait…” or “Processing…” message while processing Ajax request.

border: 0;
background-color: #6095b3;
height: 10%;
width: 20%;
position: fixed;
_position: absolute;
left: 40%;
top: 40%;
color: black;
z-index: 100;

Your comments are always welcome !

How to List Installed Softwares on a machine using VBScript?

December 26, 2008

Here is a handy code to list down all the installed softwares on a machine with their installation information:

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objTextFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile("D:\Test\softwares.tsv", True)

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:"_
& "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")

Set colSoftware = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Product")

objTextFile.WriteLine "Caption" & vbtab & _
"Description" & vbtab & "Identifying Number" & vbtab & _
"Install Date" & vbtab & "Install Location" & vbtab & _
"Install State" & vbtab & "Name" & vbtab & _
"Package Cache" & vbtab & "SKU Number" & vbtab & "Vendor" & vbtab _
& "Version"

For Each ObjSoftware in colSoftware
objTextFile.WriteLine objSoftware.Caption & vbtab & _
objSoftware.Description & vbtab & _
objSoftware.IdentifyingNumber & vbtab & _
objSoftware.InstallDate2 & vbtab & _
objSoftware.InstallLocation & vbtab & _
objSoftware.InstallState & vbtab & _
objSoftware.Name & vbtab & _
objSoftware.PackageCache & vbtab & _
objSoftware.SKUNumber & vbtab & _
objSoftware.Vendor & vbtab & _


Hope this helps 🙂

How to dynamically add Update Panel to page?

December 25, 2008

Here is a simple code to dynamically add update panel to page:

UpdatePanel upannel = new UpdatePanel();
upannel.ChildrenAsTriggers = true;
upannel.UpdateMode = UpdatePanelUpdateMode.Conditional;
upannel.ID = "updatePannel_1";

Hope this helps you 🙂

How to parse mails in Microsoft Outlook using C#?

December 25, 2008

We often get hundreds of mails in our Outlook Inbox and want to do some processing with these mails. This scenario arises mainly with the customer support people who wanted to act depending on the mail subject line. Here is a simple code to parse the Microsoft Outlook Inbox:

static void ReadMail()
Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.Application app = null;
Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook._NameSpace ns = null;
Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.MailItem item = null;
Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.MAPIFolder inboxFolder = null;

app = new Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.Application();
ns = app.GetNamespace("MAPI");
ns.Logon(null, null, false, false);

inboxFolder = ns.GetDefaultFolder(Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.OlDefaultFolders.olFolderInbox);
// subFolder = inboxFolder.Folders["Inbox"]; //folder.Folders[1]; also works
Console.WriteLine("Folder Name: {0}, EntryId: {1}", inboxFolder.Name, inboxFolder.EntryID);
Console.WriteLine("Num Items: {0}", inboxFolder.Items.Count.ToString());

System.IO.StreamWriter strm = new System.IO.StreamWriter(@"d:\Test\Inbox.txt");
for (int counter = 1; counter <= inboxFolder.Items.Count; counter++)
item = (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.MailItem)inboxFolder.Items[counter];
Console.WriteLine("Item: {0}", counter.ToString());
Console.WriteLine("Subject: {0}", item.Subject);
Console.WriteLine("Sent: {0} {1}", item.SentOn.ToLongDateString(), item.SentOn.ToLongTimeString());
Console.WriteLine("Sendername: {0}", item.SenderName);
strm.WriteLine(counter.ToString() + "," + item.Subject + "," + item.SentOn.ToShortDateString() + "," + item.SenderName);
catch (System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException comException)
ns = null;
app = null;
inboxFolder = null;


Hope this helps you 🙂

How to Create a Process on Remote Computer using VBScript WMI?

December 25, 2008

Here is a sample code to start the notepad.exe on a remote computer. This code works well with all the Windows operating system except for the advance OS like Windows XP the notepad opens in an invisible mode. In the code below you need to replace “server” with the name of the computer where you want to start the process.

strComputer = "server"
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2:Win32_Process")
Error = objWMIService.Create("notepad.exe", null, null, intProcessID)
If Error = 0 Then
Wscript.Echo "Notepad was started with a process ID of " & intProcessID & "."
Wscript.Echo "Notepad could not be started due to error" & Error & "."
End If

Hope this helps!

How to prevent sending an email without subject from Microsoft Outlook?

December 25, 2008

We often feel horrible when we send email messages to our bosses without any subject line. Here is a simple way to avoid such mistakes…

Steps: –
1. Open your Outlook,
2. Press Alt+F11. This opens the Visual Basic Editor and then Press Ctrl+R which in turn open Project-Project 1 (left side)
3. On the Left Pane, one can see “Microsoft Outlook Objects” or “Project1”, expand this. Now one can see the “ThisOutLookSession”.
4. Double click on “ThisOutLookSession”. It will open up a Code Pane on the right hand side.
5. Copy and Paste the following code in the right pane (Code Pane) and save it

Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
Dim strSubject As String
strSubject = Item.Subject
If Len(Trim(strSubject)) = 0 Then
Prompt$ = "Subject is Empty. Are you sure you want to send the Mail?"
If MsgBox(Prompt$, vbYesNo + vbQuestion + vbMsgBoxSetForeground, "Check for Subject") = vbNo Then
Cancel = True
End If
End If
End Sub
6. Save the Project and exit.

Now whenever you try to send a mail without subject, a pop-up is raised to remind you of the blank subject.