Monthly Archives: July 2012

TSQL: work with yyyy-mm-dd date format in British English

If you work with SQL Server that is set to use UK (British English) format you may experience a strange behavior: when you try to assign a date that is in ‘yyyy-mm-dd’ format to a DateTime variable or insert it into a DateTime column – an error is thrown

The conversion of a varchar data type to a datetime data type resulted in an out-of-range value

or similar. Or even worse – no error is thrown, but an incorrect date is inserted. This is happening because even though ‘yyyy-mm-dd’ looks like universal ISO format, a UK SQL Server interprets it as ‘yyyy-dd-mm’. So a date like ‘2011-07-21’ will throw the above error, but the date ‘2011-08-01’ will be stored as ‘January 8, 2001’ instead of expected ‘August 1, 2011’.

To alleviate this problem simple add a time part to your date – make the format ‘yyyy-mm-ddThh:mm:ss’. So the dates above will become ‘2011-07-21T00:00:00’ and ‘2011-08-01T00:00:00’ and be interpreted correctly by SQL Sercer

UltraWebGrid strange behavior in IE8 when IE=EmulateIE7

If you’re using Infragistics UltraWebGrid in Internet Explorer 8 you may experience strange visual (and other) issues if you have page compatibility set to emulate IE7, e.g.

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" />

Issues can range from column moving not working to weird distortion in grouped mode. According to Infragistics this combination is not supported as “unstable”, but you can still make it work.

Infragistics keeps internal flags of what browser is currently in use: ig_shared.IsIE7, ig_shared.IsIE8, etc. The trick is to detect IE8 and make it fall back to IE7:

if (ig_shared.IsIE8) {
    ig_shared.IsIE8 = false;
    ig_shared.IsIE7Compat = true;

Place this code on top of your page JavaScript code and when it sees IE8 it will tell grid to use IE7 rendering. This is most definitely a hack, but it works.

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UltraWebGrid: “Input string was not in a correct format” error while setting width of a column

Infragistics UltraWebGrid allows you to set width of a column in client-side JavaScript, you can do it using code similar to this:


But, while executing this code on the client, you may get a nasty surprise by getting following error from the server:

Input string was not in a correct format.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.FormatException: Input string was not in a correct format.

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[FormatException: Input string was not in a correct format.]
System.Number.StringToNumber(String str, NumberStyles options, NumberBuffer& number, NumberFormatInfo info, Boolean parseDecimal) +10163939
System.Number.ParseInt32(String s, NumberStyles style, NumberFormatInfo info) +207
Infragistics.WebUI.UltraWebGrid.StateChangeProcessor.ProcessChanges() +6230
Infragistics.WebUI.UltraWebGrid.UltraWebGrid.ProcessChanges(StateChanges stateChanges, Boolean fireEvents) +701
Infragistics.WebUI.UltraWebGrid.UltraWebGrid.LoadPostData(String postDataKey, NameValueCollection values) +7580
System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessPostData(NameValueCollection postData, Boolean fBeforeLoad) +945
System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint) +2071

Now, you do know that your someValue is definitely a number, why this error then? Let alone – why client-size resize causes a server call? But I will leave this to Infragistics. Actual cause of the error – number not being Integer. If you change the code from above to


it will execute without any errors. Go figure.