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April 2008 Blog Posts

UNPIVOT: Normalizing data on the fly

Everyone seems to want to "pivot" or "cross tab" data, but knowing how to do the opposite is equally important.  In fact, I would argue that the skill of "unpivoting" data is more useful and more important and more relevant to a SQL programmer, since pivoting results in denormalized data, while unpivoting can transform non-normalized data into a normalized result set.  We all know that there's lots of bad databases designs out there, so this can be a handy technique to know.  Of course, even a well designed, fully normalized database can still benefit from "unpivoting" from time to time,...

posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:33 AM | Feedback (17) | Filed Under [ T-SQL CrossTabs / Pivoting Data Techniques SQL Server 2005 Report Writing SQL Server 2008 ]

Minimize a DropDownList's ViewState

Let's say you have a very large DropDownList with lots of values and text.  We need to maintain ViewState in this DropDownList so that we can retrieve the selected value on a post back.   Of course, this means that now the ViewState contains the data for every single value in the list, both values and text included.   Even though the page itself may be fairly simple and lightweight, the result of having this simple DropDownList on the page is that the page size is quite large and the amount of data passed back and forth on a postback is very...

posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:21 PM | Feedback (8) | Filed Under [ .NET (C# / VB) ASP.NET ]

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