Thursday, August 31, 2006

Weird VS2005 Error

I'm posting this in case others hit the same issue.

When trying to doa ClickOnce deployment, we hit the following error:

"Cannot publish because a project failed to build."
"SignTool reported an error. "The parameter is incorrect."

We switched from VB to C# and it worked fine. I'll leave this blog posting out on the net so it can help someone else out doing ClickOnce deployments.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

EG Tasks not displaying

Installed EG4.1 and no task were displayed. Here's how I fixed it (based upon an old 2.0 TS post):

Go to:

Tools > SAS Enterprise Guide Explorer >

In Enterprise Guide Explorer

Tools > Options > Uncheck Enable Task Administration

SAS EG and .NET 2.0

Ok, so the official word is no .NET 2.0 apps in EG. I understand this position 100% and I agree with the position. Regardless, .NET 2.0 costs me 25-50% less effort than 1.1 so my goal was to see if I could hack out something that would allow me to post a 2.0 app in EG 4.1.

It is a hack, it's not official, it's limited, etc. but I successfully got my 2.0 app to run under EG and had it post my code to an EG task. Here's how I did it but it is simplistic and not pretty. I share it in case you need something similar.

First, create a 2.0 app. Make it a WinForm and have fun on layout, generics, etc.

Then change parts of your program.cs to something like the following:

MainForm frm = new MainForm();

All Winform apps can write to a console but this output goes to a standard out.

Then change your EG add-in to support it:

public SAS.Shared.AddIns.ShowResult Show(System.Windows.Forms.IWin32Window Owner)
Process proc ;
proc = new Process() ;
proc.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false ;
proc.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = true ;
proc.StartInfo.RedirectStandardError = true ;
proc.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = true ;
proc.StartInfo.FileName = "AnalystToolkit.exe";
proc.Start() ;
proc.WaitForExit() ;
sasCode = proc.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd() ;
return SAS.Shared.AddIns.ShowResult.RunLater;

I could have done a lot more with standard out (and I probably will) but this shows you a quick and easy way to hack up a solution that works. From this standard out, you should be able to make out a way to do anything you need.

From out in left field and having fun,


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