Archive for June, 2011

Android app will not fill the screen on Tablet

I’m just starting my first Android app, which allows users to draw to the screen. So accomplish this, I’m not using a normal xml layout file which is then “rehydrated”, but instead I’ve just created a class which inherits from View which deals with drawing the user input to the screen. I fired up a new project in IntelliJ IDEA and created my view and the classes which would run the app based on the html5 canvas/javascript prototype I’d put together a little while earlier. Everything worked well except the application only filled about a quarter of the screen when run on my Xoom tablet, despite me not actually having specified any screen sizes or limitations.

The solution, after some googling, was fairly simple- in the manifest you need to specify the minSdkVersion to be at least 4, as prior to this, varying screen sizes was not supported. I added the following to the bottom of my manifest file;

<uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion=”4″ />


Entity Framework “The data reader is incompatible with the specified complex type.”

I recently had this problem with a site I’m working on. I’m using Entity framework to access a bunch of legacy stored procedures, originally in MySQL but ported over to MSSQL. Having added the sprocs to EF and let it auto-generate it’s magic, I was shocked to find one of my calls throwing the following exception;

System.Data.EntityCommandExecutionException: The data reader is incompatible with the specified &#39;ChinookModel.GetVehicleDescFromModelId_Result1&#39;. A member of the type, &#39;ivaluationid1&#39;, does not have a corresponding column in the data reader with the same name.
   at System.Data.Query.InternalTrees.ColumnMapFactory.GetMemberOrdinalFromReader(DbDataReader storeDataReader, EdmMember member, EdmType currentType, Dictionary`2 renameList)
   at System.Data.Query.InternalTrees.ColumnMapFactory.GetColumnMapsForType(DbDataReader storeDataReader, EdmType edmType, Dictionary`2 renameList)
   at System.Data.Query.InternalTrees.ColumnMapFactory.CreateColumnMapFromReaderAndType(DbDataReader storeDataReader, EdmType edmType, EntitySet entitySet, Dictionary`2 renameList)
   at System.Data.Query.InternalTrees.ColumnMapFactory.CreateFunctionImportStructuralTypeColumnMap(DbDataReader storeDataReader, FunctionImportMapping mapping, EntitySet entitySet, StructuralType baseStructuralType)
   at System.Data.EntityClient.EntityCommandDefinition.FunctionColumnMapGenerator.System.Data.EntityClient.EntityCommandDefinition.IColumnMapGenerator.CreateColumnMap(DbDataReader reader)
   at System.Data.Objects.ObjectContext.CreateFunctionObjectResult[TElement](EntityCommand entityCommand, EntitySet entitySet, EdmType edmType, MergeOption mergeOption)
   at System.Data.Objects.ObjectContext.ExecuteFunction[TElement](String functionName, MergeOption mergeOption, ObjectParameter[] parameters)
   at System.Data.Objects.ObjectContext.ExecuteFunction[TElement](String functionName, ObjectParameter[] parameters)
   at Chinook.Model.ChinookEntities.GetVehicleDescFromModelId(Nullable`1 modelid) in C:\_Dev\Chinook\Source\Chinook.Model\Chinook.Designer.cs:line 160
   at Chinook.Model.GlassGuideDataProvider.GetVehicleFromModelId(Int32 ModelId) in C:\_Dev\Chinook\Source\Chinook.Model\GlassGuideDataProvider.cs:line 104
   at Chinook.Services.VehicleDataLookup.GetVehicleForRegistration(String reg) in C:\_Dev\Chinook\Source\Chinook\Services\VehicleDataLookup.asmx.cs:line 81

It seemed to be moaning that one of the columns in the complex type I set for it to use as the return type, doesn’t match to a column actually being returned, despite entity framework having auto generated that type itself! The cause was, as is generally the case, user error. Inspecting the sproc a bit closer I noticed one of the columns was being returned twice, using the same name. EF generated me a call with an iValuation and iValuation1 column, but failed to match iValuation1 because in reality both columns were simply called iValuation! So a simple, and kind of obvious fix, but worth noting to stop someone else loose a little more hair when they’re confonted with this error!

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