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TSQL ISNUMERIC and “String or binary data would be truncated” error

If you’re using TSQL ISNUMERIC function in a query, e.g.


You may receive unexpected error:

String or binary data would be truncated.

ISNUMERIC must truncate string data, and if you experienced the above error, some of your data is over the limit. But you can augment the above query:


But cutting only 8000 chars you will avoid the error, and I seriously doubt you will have number over 8000 digits long so it’s a safe bet as well

Solution: Live Writer Error “Invalid Response Document” while connecting to WordPress

If you’re trying to connect to your WordPress blog from Windows Live Writer desktop client, you may get this dreaded error message:

Invalid Server Response – The response to the blogger.getUsersBlogs method received from the blog server was invalid: Invalid response document returned from XmlRpc Server

Invalid Response

This means that instead of expected XML response your blog sent back plain html or text message which is most likely some kind of error message. To see actual message you can either trace request response in an HTTP sniffer like Fiddler or simple enter endpoint url for your blog remote access (e.g. http://your.site.com/wordpress/xmlrpc.php) into your browser address bar.
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Solution for SqlDataReader.ReadColumnHeader NullReferenceException

This post related to the previous one, but I decided to write a separate article because it seems to be a common problem.

Sometimes when you use SqlDataReader, you would get an exception:

NullReferenceException {“Object reference not set to an instance of an object.”}
at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlDataReader.ReadColumnHeader(Int32 i)
at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlDataReader.ReadColumn(Int32 i, Boolean setTimeout)
at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlDataReader.GetInt32(Int32 i)

And the maddening thing – it doesn’t happen often, just every once in a while. And it happens at different times too, sometimes reader would read 100 records, sometimes 200 etc.

One possible case – SqlDataReader is losing its connection. And one possible reason for that – connection goes out of scope.

Consider following scenario – you have a function that returns SqlDataReader:

Function GetTheReader() as SqlDataReader
   Dim oConn As New SqlConnection("Connection String") : oConn.Open()
   Dim oComm As New SqlCommand("Stored Procedure", oConn)

   Dim oReader As SqlDataReader = oComm.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.CloseConnection)

   Return oReader
End Function

And you use it like this:

Dim oReader as SqlDataReader = GetTheReader()
'Begin use reader - loop, read data etc.

The problem with this approach that connection used to create the reader is stored in a private variable inside of `GetTheReader` function and when the function exits – the variable goes out of scope. Eventually, sooner or later Garbage Collector will collect it and close and dispose of connection – and at this time your SqlDataReader will fail.

The solution? Either use SqlDataReader at the same scope level you created it, or, if you do need to use function – pass connection object into it as one of the parameters, so it would remain valid after function exits.

Solution for IE10 error: SCRIPT5022: Sys.ArgumentOutOfRangeException: Value must be an integer

If you’re testing your ASP.NET project in Internet Explorer 10, you may encounter following error:

SCRIPT5022: Sys.ArgumentOutOfRangeException: Value must be an integer.
Parameter name: (x or y)
Actual value was (some floating point value)
ScriptResource.axd, line … character …

Often it come up when you use some 3rd party libraries, Telerik or Infragistics (in my case it happened in WebDataMenu control).

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Solution for Infragistics WebDataGrid filtering error “Length cannot be less than zero”

Infragistics WebDataGrid/WHDG controls for ASP.NET offer nice filtering features. Out of the box you just have to enable the behavior and badabingo:

WebDataGrid filtering

There is one glitch though in the way text filtering is implemented: If you enter an empty string as a filter value – an error is thrown:

Async refresh failed. Length cannot be less than zero

Apparently internal grid code cannot handle empty strings (as of version 12.2) so we have to take matter in our own hands.
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Solution for: Value of type ‘System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlGenericControl’ cannot be converted to ‘System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlTableRow’ error

If you’re trying to compile an ASP.NET project/website in Visual studio 2012 or 2010 and getting error:

Value of type ‘System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlGenericControl’ cannot be converted to ‘System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlTableRow’

chances are you have an HTML table in your ASPX markup with runat="server" attribute set and <tbody> or <thead> tags present. Remove <tbody> and <thead> tags and the error should go away.

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.

Solution for “Operation is not valid due to the current state of the object” error

Typically this happens when AJAX controls are involved (Microsoft’s UpdatePanel or others that utilize AJAX POST requests.) The error may be displayed outright or, if nothing is shown on the UI – logged in the Event Viewer. In any case you will get a message similar to:

0x800a139e – Microsoft JScript runtime error: Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManagerServerErrorException: Operation is not valid due to the current state of the object

Issue happens because Microsoft Security Update MS11-100 limits number of keys in Forms collection during HTTP POST request. To alleviate this problem you need to increase that number.

This can be done in your application Web.Config in the <appSettings> section (create the section directly under <configuration> if it doesn’t exist). Add 2 lines similar to the lines below to the section:

<add key="aspnet:MaxHttpCollectionKeys" value="2000" /">
<add key="aspnet:MaxJsonDeserializerMembers" value="2000" /">

The above example set the limit to 2000 keys. This will lift the limitation and the error should go away.

(Possible) solution for MSChart ArgumentException The image is not found error

If you’re using Microsoft’s .NET charting control on your ASP.NET pages you may receive an annoying error

[ArgumentException]: The image is not found. at
System.Web.UI.DataVisualization.Charting.ChartHttpHandler.ProcessSavedChartImage(HttpContext context) at
System.Web.UI.DataVisualization.Charting.ChartHttpHandler.System.Web.IHttpHandler.ProcessRequest(HttpContext context) at
System.Web.HttpApplication.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously)

I could be intermittent, sometimes happen, sometimes not. In your web.config you already set your temp images to be stored as files and not deleted after serving:

<add key="ChartImageHandler" value="storage=file;timeout=20;url=~/temp/;deleteAfterServicing=false" />

as well as trying other remedies and nothing helps.

One possible solution is, while still using file temp storage, instead of indicating relative path via url property set it to absolute path via dir property:

<add key="ChartImageHandler" value="storage=file;timeout=20;dir=C:\TEMP;deleteAfterServicing=false" />

In the example above C:\TEMP is an absolute path to the temp folder on the Web Server. In your case it could be different; in multi-server (WebFarm) environment it should be a network share, accessible by all servers.

‘this.Column.Band’ is null or not an object error in UltraWebGrid filtering

When you filter Infragistics UltraWebGrid by clicking Filter icon in the column header – dropdown with filter values appears. Normally if you click elsewhere on the page – dropdown disappears. But sometimes it doesn’t, for example if you click an element that invokes a JavaScript function. Filter dropdown stays open and this could cause problems – when grid refreshes (and possibly other actions are performed) error is thrown:

‘this.Column.Band’ is null or not an object

The solution to this is to close filter dropdown ourselves. Put these lines into your client-side code whenever clicking outside the filter doesn’t close it:

var aGridCols = igtbl_getGridById('xMyGrid').Bands[0].Columns
   for (var I = 0; I < aGridCols.length; I++)

Here we’re looping thru grids column collection (This example assumes grid is in Flat or OutlookGroupBy mode, if your grid is hierarchical, you will have to loop thru band collection as well). For every column we pass False to showFilterDropDown method which (probably showing Infragistics cute sense of humor) hides filter dropdown if it is open. If dropdown is hidden for the column already – nothing happens.

As a result opened filter dropdown is now always closed prior to previously offending action and the error doesn’t happen.