Using a FSIS CTS flow to generate text files and compile as FAST ESP dictionaries

Posted by – December 23, 2011

After have some trouble trying while create my FSIS CTS flow, I could finally read the data need from SQL Server instance and push to FAST ESP for indexing, once I got everything working as expected I started to think in what else I could easily to in a CTS flow.

My next challenge was create a FAST ESP dictionary for use on query completion server of FAST ESP, the majority of built in operators doesn’t provide a easy way to do it, hopefully I found the RunCode operator that I can use to perform anything that I need with a custom C# or VB code.


Running a FSIS CTS flow from command line

Posted by – December 21, 2011

FSIS is a powerfull solution, with CTS you can easily consume and process data to be used on ESP for search or not, recently I wrote a very small powershell script that just run a CTS flow to index database records on ESP.

Here’s how this script looks like:

Add-PSSnapin HostControllerPSSnapIn
Add-PSSnapin EnginePSSnapin
Add-PSSnapin JunoPSSnapin

write-host "`nRunning flow`n" `
        -foregroundcolor green



Execute-Flow -FlowName MyFlow

write-host "`nFinished running`n" `
        -foregroundcolor green

And then I just run the script with:

powershell.exe -Command “& c:\scripts\process_database.ps1″

The above command line example can is ready to be used on Task Scheduler, enjoy!


Android ResizeAnimation with a starting height

Posted by – December 13, 2011

I recently found a a way to resize a view in a way to make it open/collaspse in a Android activity, this kind of animation gives some charm when showing some interface elements like a toolbar or a navigator to the user, you can make it show on screen completelly or have a small piece visible and disclose all the hidden portion.

This animation is based on some code that can be found on stackoverlow, but I made few changes to add extra features to it like start the animation from specific height instead of 0.

Here’s the full code:



How to create a PyDev project with DJango and Google App Engine support

Posted by – December 13, 2011

PyDev is an awesome plugin for Python development under Eclipse, with this plugin you can easily create a Django project or a Google App Engine project, but not a project which uses Django and run under Google App Engine at same time.

Here’s what I did to create a project which has support for both features:


XML Generation in Objective-C with XMLDocument

Posted by – October 21, 2011

XML generation is one of the most common programming tasks done by several developers around the world, with XML we can easily integrate different platforms, using a data format that is very easy to understand and work with.

Unfortunately iOS API doesn’t provide a built in class that help us with XML generation, so I decided to write my own helper class for this purpose.

XMLDocument is a very simple class, you may not found several features that are very common in XML generation, but with this class I could easily implement what I need to get one of my iOS project done.

Here’s how the class is implemented, any help on improvements will be appreciated.