Archive for October, 2016

An “IN” clause for jQuery

I wanted to use jQuery to determine if a code selected by a user (the “code” variable below) was in a static list of codes. So basically, I wanted it to act like a SQL “IN” clause. To do that, I used jQuery’s .inArray operator:

var codeList = ['1', '2', '3', '4'];
if (code.length > 0 && $.inArray(code, codeList) > -1) { ... }

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Calling an Oracle function from .NET

At some point in every man’s life, he asks himself “How do I call an Oracle function from C# code?” Well, time to answer that question.

I have an Oracle package, and in the package header, I have declared my function:


In the package body, I have my function implementation:

        pMessage VARCHAR(100);
        mId VARCHAR(10);
        pMessage := 'OK';
        SELECT COUNT(*)
        INTO mId
        FROM MyTable
        WHERE id = pId;
        IF mId = 0 THEN
            pMessage := 'The ID supplied is not valid';
        END IF;

        RETURN pMessage;

It’s a simple function that verifies that the ID in question exists in the database, and returns a status based on that.

In my C# code, I use some fun and exciting ADO.NET code to call said function:

     public static string ValidateId(string id) {

         string message = String.Empty;

         using (OracleConnection conn = new OracleConnection(connString)) {
             using (OracleCommand comm = new OracleCommand("pplant.cool_package.ValidateId", conn)) {
                 comm.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;
                 comm.Parameters.Add(new OracleParameter() {
                   Direction = ParameterDirection.ReturnValue, OracleDbType = OracleDbType.Varchar2,
                     Size = 150
                 comm.Parameters.Add(":pId", OracleDbType.Varchar2, 10).Value = id;

                 message = comm.Parameters[0].Value.ToString();

         return message;

A couple of things to note about returning a value from the function. The return value is declared as the first parameter, and has a direction of “ReturnValue”. Also notice that the return parameter does not have a name.

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Object doesn’t support property or method ‘autocomplete’

I’ve seen this message before and it usually occurs for one of two reasons:

1) The jquery-ui.js file (which is required to get autocomplete working) wasn’t included in the page
2) The script file that contains your implementation of autocomplete occurs BEFORE the jquery-ui.js file

So if I have the following code in the script.js file to attach the autocomplete code to a textbox:

    source: function (request, response) {
        if (request.length < 4) {
        var customer = new Array();
            async: false,
            cache: false,
            type: "POST",
            url: "http://localhost:1234/MyController/Autocomplete",
            data: { "term": request.term },
            success: function (data) {
                for (var i = 0; i < data.length ; i++) {
                    customer[i] = { label: data[i].Value, Id: data[i].Key };
    select: function (event, ui) {

Your web page or view with the autocomplete functionality should look something like this. Note our script file is after the jquery-ui.js file:

@model UserVM

    ViewBag.Title = "Cool Page";


@using (Html.BeginForm("UserStuff", "MyController")) {
 @Html.EditorFor(model => model.User)

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