Running SQLCMD in SQL Server Management Studio 2012

I normally run sqlcmd commands on the command line. However, there are others in my team who run them inside SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Therefore I have to make sure my scripts run within SSMS as well.

By default, SSMS doesn’t understand sqlcmd commands.

Not in SQLCMD mode

To use the Database Engine Query Editor to write or edit SQLCMD scripts, you must enable the SQLCMD scripting mode. By default, SQLCMD mode is not enabled in the Query Editor. You can enable scripting mode by clicking the SQLCMD Mode icon in the toolbar or by selecting SQLCMD Mode from the Query menu.

To use SSMS to write or edit sqlcmd scripts, sqlcmd scripting mode must be enabled before script execution.

SQLCMD mode button

However, the sqlcmd mode icon is not on the toolbar in SSMS 2012 by default. To drop the icon onto the toolbar,

  1. Open the menu Tools -> Customize -> Command, choose the SQL editor toolbar.
  2. Then under ‘Query Options’, click the ‘Add Command…’ button.
  3. Select ‘Query’ in Categories, and choose ‘SQLCMD Mode’ in the commands.

Now when you have the query window highlighted, you should be able to toggle SQLCMD mode, before running execute.

Hot deploy JSPs in Wildfly 8.2.0

Wildfly has a development mode for JSP. In development mode, the wildfly server will check for changes in JSP files in deployed applications. JSPs can therefore be edited and tested without recompiling and redeploying the entire war file. Very handy.

This is configured in ${WILDFLY_ROOT}/standalone/configuration/standalone.xml. To enable it, set the development attribute to true in the element <jsp-config>.

<subsystem xmlns="urn:jboss:domain:undertow:1.2">
      <servlet-container name="default">
                <jsp-config development="true" tag-pooling="false"/>

If the original war file is deployed with maven, the exploded application can be find in ${WILDFLY_ROOT}/standalone/tmp/vfs/temp/tempxxxxxxx/content-xxxxxxx, where xxxxxxx is a series of random numbers. The JSPs should be in the WEB-INF directory under the application root. Replacing a JSP with a newer version and changes are immediately reflected when the webpage is reloaded.

Debug remote Mule server applications in Eclipse

Normally, I debug mule applications using the Debug as Mule Application option in Anypoint Studio. However, I recently started on an existing mule project that does not run within Anypoint Studio.

I have set up my development environment using eclipse as my IDE, deploying into a mule standalone server, and debugging via Java Debug Wire Protocol (JDWP). JDWP is the protocol used for communication between a debugger and the Java VM which it debugs. In other words, it allows you to set breakpoints, step, evaluate expressions in Java applications running within the target server container, outside eclipse.

First, the mule server must be set up to run in debug mode. Open wrapper.conf and uncomment (or add) the following entries,server=y,suspend=y,address=5005

When the mule server is next started, there should be an entry in wrapper.log showing the server is running in debug mode:

Listening for transport dt_socket at address: 5005

To debug in eclipse, go to Run -> Debug Configurations. Create a new debug configuration for Remote Java Application. Set the port as 5005. Hit the Debug button and eclipse will attempt to connect to the mule server. Sometimes, eclipse does not switch to the Debug perspective automatically. To do so manually, go to Window -> Perspective -> Open Perspective -> Debug.

Initially, I made the mistake of deploying my mule applications in zipped files. When I tried to connect to the mule server within eclipse, I get the following errors

  • Hot code replace failed – Scheme change not implemented
  • Hot code replace failed – delete method not implemented

To say they are cryptic is an understatement! This error basically says the IDE cannot hot deploy code in the target VM, which is needed when you debug a remote Java application. You must use the same compiler for both the IDE and the application files running on the remote Java server. And this includes not letting the remote server to ‘explode’ an application during deployment. The simplest way to set this up is to use the maven install step to copy the application files to the mule server, and then run maven within eclipse.

To undeploy the previous installation, delete the anchor file in the mule server apps directory. Never delete a deployed application directory manually. Always let mule do the deletion. This intervenes with mule’s hot deployment layer and can lead to jar locking problems.

PS. I’m running mule standalone server 3.4 and eclipse mars 4.5.

Installing Anypoint Studio Plug-in 5.3.0 in Eclipse Mars

Installing anypoint studio should be a straight forward process, according to the official documentation on the mulesoft website. You add mulesoft to the list of available software site, select anypoint studio, click finish. Eclipse install software wizard should, theoretically, pull in required dependencies.

However, it didn’t work. I got the following exception

No repository found containing: osgi.bundle,org.eclipse.m2e.archetype.common,

I had a Java EE installation of Eclipse Mars (4.5). It already included maven support via m2e-wtp. Anypoint studio wasn’t happy with this version of m2e, and was also unable to pull in the required version of m2e itself. I had to manually add m2e’s update site and install m2e. After that, anypoint studio was installed without a problem.

Solutions to Exercises: Learning JQuery – Chapter 3 Handling Events

My solutions to exercises found in Chapter 3 Handling Events of Learning jQuery 4th Edition by Chaffer and Swedberg.

  1. When Charles Dickens is clicked, apply the selected style to it.
    $('.author').click(function() { $(this).toggleClass('selected') })
  2. When a chapter title (<h3 class=”chapter-title”>) is double-clicked, toggle the visibility of the chapter text.
    $('.chapter-title').click(function() {
  3. When the user presses the right arrow key, cycle to the next body class. The key code for the right arrow key is 39.
    var setBodyClass = function() {
    	var body = $('body');
    	if (body.hasClass('narrow')) {
    	else if (body.hasClass('large')) {
    	else {
    $(document).keyup(function(event) {
    	if (event.which == 39) {
  4. Challenge: Use the console.log() function to log the coordinates of the mouse as it moves across any paragraph. (Note: console.log() displays its results via the Firebug extension for Firefox, Safari’s Web Inspector, or the Developer Tools in Chrome or Internet Explorer).
    Not sure why this is a challenge question. The answer is in the jquery documentation for mouseover

    $('p').mouseover(function(event) {
    	console.log(event.pageX + " " + event.pageY);
  5. Challenge: Use .mousedown() and .mouseup() to track mouse events anywhere on the page. If the mouse button is released above where it was pressed, add the hidden class to all paragraphs. If it is released below where it was pressed, remove the hidden class from all paragraphs.
    var down = -1;
    $(document).mousedown(function(event) {
    	down = event.pageY;
    $(document).mouseup(function(event) {
    	if (down != -1) {
    		var up = event.pageY;
    		if (up < down) {
    		else if (up > down) {

Testing CSS selectors in Firefox

CSS selectors are used frequently when writing jquery code. Recently I discovered Firefox provides a handy syntax for testing CSS selectors:

$$('CSS selector')

In the screenshot below, I’m looking at an <h3> element with the class ‘chapter-title’ using Firefox’s web developer tools.

firefox inspector

To test if the selector ‘h3.chapter-title’ returns the expected elements, enter $$('h3.chapter-title') in the console. The command returns a nodelist with two elements, one for each match. Hovering over the individual element in the console will highlight the corresponding element in the page.

testing css selector with $$

Solutions to Exercises: Learning JQuery – Chapter 2 Selecting Elements

After finishing the excellent Object Oriented Javascript, I’m now working my way through Learning jQuery 4th Edition by Chaffer and Swedberg. Here’s my solution to exercises found in the end of Chapter 2 Selecting Elements.

  1. Add a class of special to all of the <li> elements at the second level of the nested list.
    $('#selected-plays ul li').addClass('special')
  2. Add a class of year to all the table cells in the third column of a table.
  3. Add the class special to the first table row that has the word Tragedy
    in it.

  4. Challenge: Select all the list items (<li>s) containing
    a link (<a>). Add the class afterlink to the sibling list items that follow
    the ones selected.

    $('li a').not('[href^="mailto:"]').parent().nextAll().addClass('afterlink')
  5. Challenge: Add the class tragedy to the closest ancestor <ul> of
    any .pdf link.