Archive for the ‘ASP.NET’ Category

Oracle service crashes on OracleConnection.Open()

March 4, 2008

We recently had a situation here where the opening of a .NET connection to an Oracle 10g database caused the entire database to crash. This was indicated by the Event Log entry:

The OracleService<SID> service terminated unexpectedly.  
It has done this <n> time(s).

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This was using some library code that we had developed and used successfully on numerous occasions, so it had us truly stumped.

After much soul-searching, one of my colleagues eventually narrowed it down to the length of the .NET project name. The project, when compiled, created a EXE file that had a really long name, which caused Oracle to shit bricks.

Wonderful. I hate how Oracle has such a problem with large object names.

Also, I’d love to know how an Oracle DBA would approach such a failure. How would it even be recorded? There are so many different log files in a standard Oracle installation that I really wonder where you might begin?


Excessive recompilations when using VirtualPathProvider

September 20, 2007

This is a quick pointer for anyone implementing a VirtualPathProvider in their ASP.NET applications. I’ve read a number of tutorials on VPPs but none really touched on this issue.

If you do not implement a method for VirtualPathProvider.GetFileHash(...), calls to this method will return null/Nothing.

If this happens, ASP.NET’s build/compile system doesn’t remember that it has already compiled the file and attempts to do so again. After 15 compiles, the AppDomain is unloaded and the application restarts. This can cause major irritation, particularly with performance, as the recompiles take time.

To get around it in my app, I am overriding GetFileHash to return a string concatenation of the VirtualFile’s name and Last Modified Date. If anyone knows of a better hash, then please let me know.