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Peter DeBetta's blog about programming in SQL Server using technologies such as T-SQL, .NET, CLR, C#, VB, Visual Studio, and SQL Server Management Studio.

SQL Bracketed Identifiers and Community Server

Bloggers at were occasionally having issues posting. We had narrowed down the cause to the use of bracketed identifiers with certain text, such as [name] or [date], so that when a post contained a query such as this:

SELECT Description as [name],
    , OrderDate as [date]
FROM SomeTable

Attempting to publish it to the blog would simply cause an unhandled exception. The problem has to do with the Community Server TextPart component, which uses bracketed identifiers to replace snippets and for certain post settings when posting. I found a work around, however, which involves making a change to the ScottWater.CS.Modules source code and redeploying. Here is the code change, found in ScottWater.CS.Modules.MetaBlogExtender class, csa_PreProcessPost method:

(TextPart tp in e.TextParts)
    string name = tp.Name.ToLower();
    /* Start of added code */
        String testValue = tp.Value;
    catch (ArgumentOutOfRangeException)
    /* End of added code */


Published Thursday, February 07, 2008 1:20 PM by Peter W. DeBetta


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About Peter W. DeBetta

Peter DeBetta works for Microsoft as an Application Platform Technology Strategist, specializing in strategies, design, implementation, and deployment of Microsoft SQL Server and .NET solutions. Peter writes courseware, articles, and books – most recently the title Introducing SQL Server 2008 from Microsoft Press. Peter speaks at conferences around the world, including TechEd, SQL PASS Community Summit, DevTeach, SQL Connections, DevWeek, and VSLive!

When Peter isn’t working, you can find him singing and playing guitar (click here to hear an original song by Peter), taking pictures, or simply enjoying life with his wife, son, and daughter.
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