How to change line height in NetBeans’ editor

After changing font size in editor in NetBeans 6.5, the line height (line spacing) all of a sudden grew to about 2 “normal lines”, and didn’t change back even when I returned to the original font size.

The only work-around I found was to edit manually the editor’s configuration file (since this option is not available via GUI).
The file org-netbeans-modules-editor-settings-CustomPreferences.xml can be found in ~/.netbeans/6.5/config/Editors/Preferences (on Windows, it’s in {install_dir}\ide10\config\Modules ). If it’s not there, change any editor settings in NetBeans IDE, and it’ll create it.

Open this file in your favourite text editor, and add the following code right before the last line (right before the </editor-preferences> tag):

<entry javaType="java.lang.Float" name="line-height-correction" xml:space="preserve">
    <value><![CDATA[0.7]]></value>
</entry>

And that’s it! Restart the NetBeans IDE, and all should look much better. Happy coding!

Another solution, thanks to Mark :

  1. Install sun-java6-jdk
  2. Uninstall open-jdk
  3. Reinstall NetBeans

Small guide to casting in C++

If you only want a guide to casting in C++, skip to the end of the article. If you want also a bit of technicalities for a better understanding of casting in C++, skip to the one but last section. If you want also a bit of my mind, read the article whole.

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How to Open Console Window in a Win32 Application

When you create a basic main()-based application, you get the console window implicitly; but a typical WinMain()-based application does not open a console window – you have to allocate the console and to connect the I/O streams yourself.

Yet, this is not a thing you find described in manuals. Fortunately, it’s simple to do, and the code presented here can be used as-is in all your projects.
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Simple Doxygen templates

This is a follow-up to previous tutorial, Simple guide to basic Doxygen usage.

Here are few simple templates that you might use for documenting your source; easiest use is with e.g. Visual Assist X, or any other tool that allows you to add predefined templates to your source code. I use these template with VAX and shortcut set to “/*!”, with short descriptive names, thus I don’t need to remember many shortcuts and have all at reach of 3 key-clicks. 😀

And we finish off with a small list of simple tips.
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Simple guide to basic Doxygen usage

Make sure to also check out part 2 of this tutorial, “Simple Doxygen templates” for many useful templates and tips.

This is a simple guide to basic use of Doxygen-compliant commenting of source code. The guide is written from my point – C/C++ – but it’s valid for all supported languages, except of Python. See Doxygen documentation for use for Python. Doxygen is very flexible when it comes to the form of how the documentation is written, the layout presented here is simply my preference.

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How to Change Print Orientation in MFC

There is no big science to it, but thanks to a “bad choice of title”, the appropriate MSDN-KB-HOWTO article is not easy to find. So, here’s a link:

MSDN KB 126897: How to Change Default Printer Settings in an MFC Application

The above link takes you directly to the code snippet that sets print orientation to landscape; to change the orientation to portrait, you only need to change the DMORIENT_LANDSCAPE to DMORIENT_PORTRAIT; of course, the easiest way is to change the function to allow user to choose the orientation.

Note: The presented code, of course, also changes the orientation of the print preview.

To use the above code, simply surround your printing (or print preview) code with (provided you changed the function to accept bool to choose orientation, and to return previous setting):

CMyApp* app = (CMyApp*) ::AfxGetApp();
bool old_po = app->SetPrintOrientation(*your choice of orientation*);
// printing (or print preview) code comes here
app->SetPrintOrientation(old_po);

Note: So far, I didn’t manage to find a way to change the print orientation for individual pages; seems like you have to print portrait and landscape oriented pages in separate print jobs (?).

How to create table in MSSQL only if it does not exist

Often you wanna make sure some tables in database exist, but you want to avoid getting the error message “There is already an object named ‘yourtable’ in the database.”, that you would get by simply issuing the CREATE TABLE command.

For these cases, MSSQL offers keyword EXISTS (most SQL engines provide similar facilities; e.g. MySQL C API allows you to directly check for the existance of database and/or table).

All you have to do in MSSQL is make sure the table is not yet registered in the sysobjects table, using the following SQL command:

IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sysobjects WHERE id = object_id(N'[dbo].[tablename]')
AND OBJECTPROPERTY(id, N'IsUserTable') = 1)
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[tablename] ( columns specification );

where “tablename” is name of table you want to create, and “columns specification” is the usual definition of table’s columns. Feel free to extend the table definition to your liking.

Or you might want to DROP the table before re-creating it:

IF EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sysobjects WHERE id = object_id(N'[dbo].[tablename]')
AND OBJECTPROPERTY(id, N'IsUserTable') = 1)
DROP TABLE [dbo].[tablename];
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[tablename] ( columns specification );

Yes, that’s all. Good luck!