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  February 2013 - ASP Classic Edition Year 15 Issue 2  
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Expert guidance from working professionals!
Company Info topic:
Prestwood IT Social Networking Strategy
by Mike Prestwood

Social networking is a bit confusing! Emailing and calling are still the standards. Is faxing still ok? What about Facebook? Do I friend someone or become a fan of their fan page? Wait, what happened to fan pages? Are they now Facebook pages? What about Facebook groups? What about LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, MySpace, and others?

The following articles are posted to the PrestwoodBoards knowledge base:

The Prestwood Strategy: Although we still prefer phone calls and email, we do use social media to reach out. Our primary form of social networking is not with our clients, but with fellow IT professionals at PrestwoodBoards.com. Use the link above to learn more including how to interact with Prestwood IT, our other websites and groups, and our staff including Mike Prestwood.

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IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users topic:
How To Configure Auto Logon In Windows 7
by Eric Prestwood

Configure your computer to auto log on to a user (even an admin)


Role-Based Tech Talk topic:
Crash, Bomb, Hang, and Deadlock
by Scott Wehrly
This article explores and defines the following terms: crash, bomb, hang, deadlock, exception, fatal error, and blue screen of death.

American I.T. workforce topic:
Sharpening your skills - A short story
by Ramesh R
Here is a short story about a woodcutter and his job. From this job, we have lot of learnings that implies to our career and sharpening our skills. Such examples in life are very important for shaping our career. Enjoy the short story.





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Language Basics topic (classic post):
Random Numbers with Rnd and Randomize
by Mike Prestwood
Call randomize then call Rnd to generate a random number between 0 and 1.

ASP Classic topic (classic post):
ASP Classic Empty String Check (Len(s&vbNullString))
by Mike Prestwood

In ASP Classic, you have to add an empty string to the value being compared in order to get consistent results. For example, add &"" to your string varilable or it's code equivalent &vbNullString. Then compare to an empty string or verify it's length to 0 with Len.


 Monthly ASP Classic Lesson
Language Details Topic:
Code Snippet of the Month

Use the scriptiing dictionary object which is available on later versions of ASP Classic (all still commonly in use). Both Access VBA and VB Classic use a collection for this but collections are not supported in ASP Classic.

Dim StateList
Set StateList = Server.CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")

StateList.Add "CA", "California"
StateList.Add "NV", "Nevada" 
Response.Write "I live in " & StateList.Item("CA")
Dim StateList
 
set StateList = Server.CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")

StateList.Add "CA", "California"
StateList.Add "NV", "Nevada"
 
Response.Write "I live in " & StateList.Item("CA")

ASP Classic Topic:
Documented Error of the Month: ASP Classic error 0208 : 80004005 (Generic request collection)
Error: error 'ASP 0208 : 80004005' Cannot use generic Request collection /_private/footer_content.inc, line 72 Cannot use the generic Request collection after calling BinaryRead.
Explanation:

Although you can use the generic request collection, as in Request("SomeValue"), for either Request.Form("SomeValue") or Request.QueryString("SomeValue"), it's best to avoid the generic request collection until it's really needed. The generic request collection causes problems in some circumstances. For example, you cannot call the generic request collection after a BinaryRead.

ASP Classic Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: VBScript Language Reference on Microsoft.com
The best resource for quickly looking up ASP Classic commands. Even better than having a reference book.
ASP Classic Topic:
FAQ of the Month: VBScript
Question: What does VBScript stand for?

Answer: VBScript is short for Visual Basic Scripting. VBScript brings scripting to a wide variety of environments, including Web client scripting in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Web server scripting in Microsoft Internet Information Service. It is used in Visual Basic, Access, Word, Excel, ASP, etc.
Language Basics Topic:
Tip of the Month

Short-circuit evaluation is a feature of most languages where once an evaluation evaluates to False, the compiler evaluates the whole expression to False, exits and moves on to the next code execution line. The ASP Classic if statement does not support short-circuit evaluation but you can mimic it. Use either an if..else if..else if statement or nested if statements. ASP code that makes use of this technique is frequenlty clearer and easier to maintain than the short-circuit equivalent.



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