Monday, 17 August 2020

Add Azure Devops plugins in Android Studio for Git or TFVC Version control

 By default, Android studio can not connect to the Azure devops source codes. To connect to the Azure devops, a plugins by Microsoft needs to be installed in the android studio. To install the plugin, follow the below steps:

1) Open a project in Android studio
2) go to File --> Setting
3) go to Plugins
4) Search for azure devops
5) Click Install
6) Restart the Android studio.
7) Menu->VCS->Checkout from Version Control -> Azure Devops Git
8)Click Sign in ... 
9) Follow the wizard to connect the project.

Create Azure SQL User and add a sql role

I wanted to add a new sql user "sqluser" in Azure SQL server to access a database "sanjeeb". 

Steps to create a new SQL user. 

1) Connect to the Azure sql server with existing user using Microsoft SQL Server Management studio

2) Open new query window under Master database

3) Run the below script
    CREATE LOGIN [sqllogin] WITH PASSWORD = 'verystrongpassword#1' 

4) Open new query window under database "sanjeeb"

5) Run the below script

CREATE USER [sqluser]
FOR LOGIN [sqllogin]

-- Add user to the database owner role
EXEC sp_addrolemember N'db_owner', N'sqluser'

6) You've now created a user login "sqllogin", user account "sqluser" and added the user to "db_owner role"

7) Connect to the database using the new user login account. 

login: sqllogin

8) Click Options and select Connection properties tab

9) input Connect to database = sanjeeb

10) Click connect

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Scrollable readonly EditView in Kotlin

 Scrollable readonly EditView in Kotlin

In the view xml file: 
        tools:targetApi="o" />

in the kotlin file (init function): 
etResult.keyListener = null

this will allow the edit text to be multiline, not editable but scrollable. 

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Simple use of Timer in Kotlin

the code below will set the button to clickable after 30 sec:

Timer().schedule(timerTask {


}, 1000*30)

the above code runs in a separate thread, 
so the UI is responsive while running this code.

Working with UI controls from Non main thread in Kotlin

import org.jetbrains.anko.doAsync
import org.jetbrains.anko.uiThread

fun anyFunction(){
doAsync {
      // Normal code inside Async thread

    uiThread {

        tvResult.setText =”I is now 100!!”
   //More code
     uiThread {

        tvResult.setText =”there’s some problem!”


Note: - you can include multiple uiThread inside same doAsync
          - you can include multiple doAsync inside any function

Permission request pop up in android

Request user to give permission to read external storage in Android - (Kotlin)

if (ContextCompat.checkSelfPermission(this,
    != PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {

    // Permission is not granted    // Should we show an explanation?    if (ActivityCompat.shouldShowRequestPermissionRationale(this,
            Manifest.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE)) {

    } else {
        // No explanation needed, we can request the permission.        ActivityCompat.requestPermissions(this,

} else {
    // Permission has already been granted}
NOTE: READ_STORAGE_CODE is just an int constant with fix value like 1001, or 2023
and is a variable in class level. 

TFS -GIT CertGetCertificateChain trust error CERT_TRUST_IS_UNTRUSTED_ROOT

Problem 1)

2019-07-02T14:19:12.5157398Z fatal: unable to access '': SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate
2019-07-02T14:19:12.9764145Z ##[error]Git fetch failed with exit code: 128
2019-07-02T14:19:12.9861630Z ##[section]Finishing: Get Sources

In the TFS_Build Server or App server(if build and app server is in the same machine) >

run the script from this url:

Once this is done, you should get another problem:

Problem 2)  CertGetCertificateChain trust error CERT_TRUST_IS_UNTRUSTED_ROOT

2019-07-02T14:24:57.1800199Z ##[command]git -c http.extraheader="AUTHORIZATION: bearer ***" fetch --tags --prune --progress --no-recurse-submodules origin
2019-07-02T14:24:57.4540146Z fatal: unable to access '': schannel: CertGetCertificateChain trust error CERT_TRUST_IS_UNTRUSTED_ROOT
2019-07-02T14:24:57.5198064Z ##[error]Git fetch failed with exit code: 128

2019-07-02T14:24:57.5288511Z ##[section]Finishing: Get Sources


  1. Export the certificate public key to a file. The file is later required.
  2. Open the url "" in IE
  3. Click on the Lock icon in the browser address bar
  4. Select The Root level Certificate and Click View Certificate

Now Find the certificate file from GIT folder. 
normally it's inside GIT\usr\ssl\certs folder

  1. Copy the file to User folder
copy c:\Users\svc_tfs17_app

  1. Config Git to use trusted certificate using the crt file.  
    git config --global http.sslCAInfo c:\Users\svc_tfs17_app\ca-bundle.crt
  2. Convert the \n (Unix) to \r\n (Windows) so that it can be displayed by notepad editor correctly.
  3. Use the unix2dos open source software to convert \n to \r\n, or other notepad editor to replace \n to \r\n.
  1. Copy the content of tfs.cer from step o to ca-bundle.crt at the bottom of the file.


Output :

Insert Identity Column in a table

 insert an identity column in that table by using the following code:

MSSQL Remove duplicate Rows

  1. Select the duplicate key values into a holding table. For example:

        SELECT col1, col2, col3=count(*)
        INTO holdkey
        FROM t1
        GROUP BY col1, col2
        HAVING count(*) > 1
  2. Select the duplicate rows into a holding table, eliminating duplicates in the process. 
    For example:
           SELECT DISTINCT t1.* 
           INTO holddups
           FROM t1, holdkey 
           WHERE t1.col1 = holdkey.col1 
           AND t1.col2 = holdkey.col2
  3. At this point, the holddups table should have unique PKs, however, this will not be the case if t1 had        
    duplicate PKs, yet unique rows (as in the SSN example above). Verify that each key in holddups is unique,
    and that you do not have duplicate keys, yet unique rows. If so, you must stop here and reconcile 
    which of the rows you wish to keep for a given duplicate key value. For example, the query:
           SELECT col1, col2, count(*)
           FROM holddups
           GROUP BY col1, col2
    should return a count of 1 for each row. If yes, proceed to step 5 below. 
    If no, you have duplicate keys, yet unique rows, and need to decide which 
    rows to save. This will usually entail either discarding a row, or creating
    a new unique key value for this row. Take one of these two steps for each 
    such duplicate PK in the holddups table.
  4. Delete the duplicate rows from the original table. For example:
         DELETE t1
         FROM t1, holdkey
         WHERE t1.col1 = holdkey.col1
         AND t1.col2 = holdkey.col2  
  5. Put the unique rows back in the original table. For example:
         INSERT t1 SELECT * FROM holddups
Another Way:
delete from table1
FROM table1 t1, table1 t2

Read TFS Project name from TFS Project collection using c#

Using Team foundation api.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\ReferenceAssemblies\v2.0\Microsoft.TeamFoundation.dll
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\ReferenceAssemblies\v2.0\Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Client.dll
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\ReferenceAssemblies\v2.0\Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Common.dll
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\ReferenceAssemblies\v2.0\Microsoft.TeamFoundation.WorkItemTracking.Client.dll

using Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Client;
using Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Server;
using System;
using System.Linq;

class Program
{ private static ICommonStructureService _commonStructureService;
static void Main(string[] args)
 public static void ReadProject(String URL)
writeFile("Project Collection: " + URL);
TfsTeamProjectCollection tpc = new TfsTeamProjectCollection(new Uri(URL));
var collection = TfsTeamProjectCollectionFactory.GetTeamProjectCollection(tpc.Uri);
_commonStructureService = collection.GetService<ICommonStructureService>(); var projects = _commonStructureService.ListAllProjects().OrderBy(a => a.Name);
foreach (var project in projects)

} public static void writeFile(String message) {
using (System.IO.StreamWriter file =
new System.IO.StreamWriter(@"C:\temp\tfs.txt"true))

Output is the list of project names in tfs.txt file. 

GIT - SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

Error encountered while cloning the remote repository: Git failed with a fatal error.
unable to access '': SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

Cloning into 'C:\Users\sojha\Source\Repos\SalesPortalWeb'...
Error encountered while cloning the remote repository: Git failed with a fatal error.
unable to access '': SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

Solution: Open Visual Studio Command prompt

GIT provides an option to choose from OpenSSL and Secure Channel. Choosing secure channel in git global solves this issue.

Run the script:

git config --global http.sslBackend schannel

Entity Framework Core with Existing Database

Entity Framework Core only supports code first database aproach. 
To use existing database, we'll need to reverse Engineer Model from existing Database. 
  • Open Visual studio.
  • Menu > tools >Nuget Package Manager >
  • open PM Console
Note: All the tables in the database must have Primary key defined. else you'll get error like:
Unable to generate entity type for table 'dbo.xOrdersMBS'.
Unable to identify the primary key for table 'dbo.xActivePricesEPB'.
Unable to generate entity type for table 'dbo.xActivePricesEPB'.
Unable to identify the primary key for table 'dbo.xLeadTimePBOM'.
Unable to generate entity type for table 'dbo.xLeadTimePBOM'.

 In the console, run the below power shell commands:

Using Windows Authentication:
Scaffold-DbContext "Server=DatabaseServerAddress;Database=DatabaseName;Trusted_Connection=True;" Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer -OutputDir Models -f

Using SQL Account:
Scaffold-DbContext "data source=DatabaseServerAddress;initial catalog=DatabaseName;uid=UserName;pwd=Password;" Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer -OutputDir Models -f

Note: -f force create the files if the file exist in the folder Models.

How to find first weekday in the month in MSSQL

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