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Interview

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VB:
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1. What is the difference between activeX Exe and ActiveX DLL
2. Late Binding Vs Early Binding
3. Inheritense - Type of inheritense
4. Version Compatibility
5. Error handling
6. How to compile code in VB
7. Can we use events in VB, how to declare it? With Events key words
8. What is marshelling
9. what is DLL Hell.
10. Can we validate a control by default.
11. What is a collection? How to use it?
12. What are class instancing properties?(Private, PublicNotCreatable, MultiUse, GlobalMultiUse
for dll)(SingleUse and Global Single use for activeX exe)
13. What are access modifier?
14. When an access modifier friend is used?
15. What kind of threading model is used in VB?
16. What is unattened Execution?
17. Can we provide any command line agruements to vb program?
18. Can we do conditional compilation in VB?

COM:
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1. What is com?
3. What is IUNKnown Interface. (Addref, release, queryinterface) 2. What is QueryInterface?
4. What is polymorphism? Can we implement polymorphism in VB
5. COM components implements which interface for automation? IDispatch? What are IDispatch
methods?
6. What is dual interface how it is different to Idispatch interface?

DCOM:
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1. What is DCOM?
2. What is the difference between DCOM and Webservices?
3. What is stub and proxy?
4.

ASP:
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1. What are different objects in ASP?
2. What are the different modes to pass data from one page to another?
3. How to know which user has logged into the system? Logon_User
4. How to abandon the session?
5. How to include a file in ASP.
6. How to make variable declaration mandatory in ASP
7. What is dictionary object in aSP
8. What is response.buffer property
9. What is response.flush property?
10. How to lock the application before making any update through application object.
11. Error handling in ASP?
12. How to open a text file using ASP
13. What are different authentication types in IIS?

ADO:
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1. What are different object in ADO
2. what are different locks type
3. What are different cursor types, What is cursor location property?
4. How can we execute the stored procedure.
5. How to get a recordset from stored procedure? oracle/sql server
6. Error handling in ADO?

XML:
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1. What is XML?
2. When to use XML and when to use Database?
3. Can we query an XML? How?
4. How to validate an XML?
5. what is object navigator?
7. Fatest way to read XML in .net ?
8. Storing foreign language characters in XMl like jap , russsian ,chinese ?
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SourceSafe:
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1. What is source safe?
2. Can multiple users can simultaniouly checkout the same file?
3. How a ascii file and binary files are stored in the VSS?

Javascript:
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.NET:
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1. What is differene between VB.NET/C#.net
2. What is Web service?
3. What are the building blocks of Webservice?
4. What is difference between ASP/COM based architecture and .NET architecture?
5. What is an Assembly? what is GAC?
6. what is CLR?
7. What is type safety?
8. What is namespace?
9. What are .NET enterprise servers
10.What are muticast delegates ?when are they used ?
11 What are reflections? what is Type object ?
12 Boxing and Unboxing and when are they done ?
13 Event handlings and custom events in Dotnet ?
14 How do you ActiveXExe equivalent in Dotnet ?
15 how does inner keyword affect classvisibility ?
16 Public and private keys concept ? When and how do you use it?
17 How is that the assembly is preserved using key pairs ?
18 What is binding policy ? How do u dynamically load dlls
17 what is codebase property in the app config file ? How do use it dynamically download an
assembly ?
18 what is native image generator ?
19 Difference btwn GAC and Native image storing ?
20 Explain app config file
21 Relation between namespace and assemblies ?
22 what are sealed classes ?
23 Architecture of .Net remoting
24 Remoting types?
25 Explain singleton , singlecall , client activated objects .Their merits and demerits
26 configuration of remoting using app config file
27 Ways to Hosting of Remote objects?
28 How do convert remote object to resceptive webservice ?
29 How do you handle concurrency in Remote objects?
30 What is attribute programming , Example ?
31 WHat is Distributed transtaction coordinator ?How is it in .net ?
32 Different kinds of formatter available ? How is serialize and deserialize
33 What is a context in a application ? ow do explain it with Marshalbyref ?
34 what is marshalbyVal?
35 How do you bind webservices dynamically ?
36 Async reading of websewrvice
37 Explain multithreaded app and sync concept ?
38 what are windows services ? how is configure them in .Net ?
39 how is object poooling achieved in .net?
40 Explain store and forward pattern and how do u implement the same in .net

ADO.Net
1.WHy datasets ? what is commandbuilder ?
2.Dynamic generations of update, insert commands for dataadapters?
3.How do u build relations in dataset?
4.Explain xml support for dataset ?
5. How do generate typed datasets

webservies

GDI programming

COM+ Interop

soapsuds tools
installuitl
snk
install
regsrvr32
wsdl
proxygenerator ?
console admintools >net config wizard
ASP.NET
1. What is server control?
2. What is validation control
3. What are different type of caching?(Page, Fragment, data)
4. what is XMLHTTP?
5. Different kinds of session management ?
6. Types of caching dependency?
7. Dynamic caching ?
8. Role based authetication using Principals and Identity objects ?

VB.NET
1. What is alising?

COM/DCOM

1. What is COM

• COM provides a group of conventions and supporting libraries that allow
interaction between different pieces of software in a consistent, object-
oriented way
• COM is a binary standard for component interoperability.
• It helps to build language neutral components

2. What is dual interface?

• An interface that supports both IDispatch and VTBL binding
• COM Dlls developed in VB automatically inherits IdispatchImpl interface and
thus dual interface

3. Have you ever worked on DCOM? If yes explain the architecture of any one of
the application.

<< Need to explain typical application architecture here >>

4. What are the various services provided by the MTS/COM+ system?
• Manage server process pools and thread pools. Ultimately, rather than
dedicating a thread to work on behalf of a single client, servers need to
manage thread pools for servicing multiple client requests.
• Synchronize access to shared data and resources across concurrent requests
from clients. This requires sophisticated locking protocols that must account
for deadlocks, race conditions, starvation, and other performance issues.
• Manage client context, including database connections and per-user data
structures (or objects).
• Cache state on the client for improved latency across slow networks.
• Implement security to ensure that business functions and objects are only
available to those authorized to use them.
• Implement management and configuration tools to allow remote installation
and administration of the servers.
5. What are Advantages/Disadvantages of ActiveX controls over DLL?

Look for an answer similar to points mentioned in the table below.

ActiveX DLL
Encapsulates the whole aspects of the Encapsulates only "functional" aspect of
object the object
Pretty complicated for implementation
Much easier to implement and use
and usage
Binary compatibility specification (may
Implemented only for Win32 platform
be used in different platforms)

6. What is IUnknown? What methods provided by IUnknown?

It is generally good idea to have an answer for this question if you claim you
know COM in your resume. Otherwise, you may consider your interview failed at
this point.

IUnknown is the base interface of COM. All other interfaces must derive directly
or indirectly from IUnknown. There are three methods in that interface: AddRef,
Release and QueryInterface.

7. What are the purposes of AddRef, Release and QueryInterface functions?

AddRef increments reference count of the object, Release decrements reference
counter of the object and QueryInterface obtains a pointer to the requested
interface.

8. What is aggregation? How can we get an interface of the aggregated object?

Aggregation is the reuse mechanism, in which the outer object exposes interfaces
from the inner object as if they were implemented on the outer object itself. This
is useful when the outer object would always delegate every call to one of its
interfaces to the same interface in the inner object. Aggregation is actually a
specialized case of containment/delegation, and is available as a convenience to
avoid extra implementation overhead in the outer object in these cases. We can get
a pointer to the inner interface, calling QueryInterface of the outer object with IID
of the inner interface

9. C is aggregated by B, which in turn aggregated by A. Our client requested C.
What will happen?
QueryInterface to A will delegate request to B which, in turn, will delegate
request for the interface to C. This pointer will be returned to the client.

10. What's the difference, if any, between OLE and COM?

OLE is build on top of COM. The question is not strict, because OLE was built
over COM for years, while COM as a technology was presented by Microsoft a
few years ago. You may mention also that COM is a specification, while OLE is a
particular implementation of this specification, which in today's world is not
exactly true as well, because what people call COM today is likely
implementation of COM spec by Microsoft.

11. What's the difference between COM and DCOM?

Again, the question does not require strict answer. Any DCOM object is yet a
COM object (DCOM extends COM) and any COM object may participate in
DCOM transactions.

DCOM introduced several improvements/optimizations for distributed
environment, such as MULTI_QI (multiple QueryInterface()), security contexts
etc. DCOM demonstrated importance of surrogate process (you cannot run in-
proc server on a remote machine. You need a surrogate process to do that.)
DCOM introduced a load balancing.

12. What is a dual interface?

Dual interface is one that supports both - IDispatch interface and vtbl-based
interface. Therefore, it might be used in scripting environment like VBScript and
yet to use power and speed of vtbl-based interface for non-scripting environment.
Discussion then may easily transform into analyzing of dual interface problems -
be prepared to this twist.

13. What is a multi-threaded apartment (MTA) and what is a Single-threaded
apartment (STA)?

This is pretty difficult question to describe shortly.

Anyway, apartments were introduced by Microsoft in NT 3.51 and late Windows
95 to isolate the problem of running legacy non-thread safe code into
multithreaded environment. Each thread was "encapsulated" into so called single-
threaded apartment. The reason to create an object in apartment is thread-safety.

COM is the responsible synchronized way to access an object even if the object
inside the apartment is not thread-safe. Multithreaded apartments (MTA, or free
threading apartment) were introduced in NT 4.0. Idea behind MTA is that COM is
not responsible to synchronize object calls between threads. In MTA the
developer is responsible for that.

<< See "Professional DCOM Programming" of Dr. Grimes et al. or "Essential
COM" of Don Box for the further discussion on this topic. >>

14. Let's assume we have object B and aggregated object C (in-proc server), created
by B. Can you access any interface of B from C? What's the difference between
aggregated and contained objects?

Yes, you can. This is fundamental postulate of COM: "If you can get there from
here, you can get there from anywhere", i.e. QI'ing for IUnknown you may
proceed and to get a pointer to any other interface, supported by the object.
Aggregated object exposes its interface directly, without visible intervention of
the object container. Contained object is created within the object container and
its interfaces might be altered or filtered by the object container.

15. Is there a way to register in-proc server without regsvr32.exe?

Yes. Call DllRegisterServer() from the client. Do not forget to call
DLLUnregisterServer() from the same client. You may also use Registrar object
for the same purpose or use direct manipulation of the windows registry.

16. What is VARIANT? Why and where would you use it?

VARIANT is a huge union containing automation type. This allows easy
conversion of one automation type to another. The biggest disadvantage of
VARIANT is size of the union

17. What is __declspec(novtable)? Why would you need this?

__declspec(novtable) is a Microsoft's compiler optimization. The main idea of
this optimization is to strip the vtable initialization code from abstract class (for
abstract class the vtable is empty, while it is initialized in contructor) MSDN has
an excellent article on this topic (search for "ATL Virtual Functions and
vtables")

18. What is an IDL?

IDL stands for Interface Definition Language. IDL is the language to describe
COM interfaces.
19. What is In-proc?

In-proc is in-process COM object, i.e. COM object that implemented as DLL and
supposed to be hosted by a container. When you have to instantiate the in-proc
object remotely, you may use DLLHost.exe application that was design specially
for this purpose.

20. What is OLE?

OLE is an object and embedding first implementation of COM spec available
from MS before COM was officially named COM.

21. Give examples of OLE usage.

The most famous examples are probably drag and drop and structured storage
implementations.

22. What are 2 storage types for composite document?

The two storage types are Storage and Stream.

23. Is .doc document a compound document? Is it a structured storage?

Compound document is a document that contains information about other
documents hosted in this document. All office documents may or may not be
compound documents. Word documents from version 6.0 and up are stored as
structured storage.
Non-VB COM/DCOM

1. What should QueryInterface functions do if requested object was not found?

Return E_NOINTERFACE and nullify its out parameter.

2. How would you create an instance of the object in COM?

<< Well, it all depends on your project. Start your answer from CoCreateInstance
or CoCreateInstanceEx, explain the difference between them. If interviewer is still
not satisfied, you'll have to explain the whole kitchen behind the scenes, including
a difference between local server and inproc server, meaning and mechanism of
class factory, etc. You may also mention other methods of object creation like
CoGetInstanceFromFile, but discussion will likely turn to discussion of monikers
then. >>

3. What happens when client calls CoCreateInstance?

<< Again, all depends on the level of detail and expertise of interviewer. Start
with simple explanation of class object and class factory mechanism. Further
details would depend on a specific situation. >>

4. What are the limitations of CoCreateInstance?

Well, a major problem with CoCreateInstance is that it is only able to create one
object and only on local system. To create a remote object or to get several
objects, based on single CLSID, at the same time, one should use
CoCreateInstanceEx.

5. What is a moniker?

It is an object that implements the IMoniker interface. A moniker acts as a name
that uniquely identifies a COM object. In the same way that a path identifies a file
in the file system, a moniker identifies a COM object in the directory namespace.

6. Can you have two dual interfaces in one class?

Yes. You may have two dual interfaces in one class, but only one of them may be
default. The bottom line is that you cannot work with two dual interfaces at the
same time due to nature of dual interface!
To support two dual interfaces in VB you would write something like:

dim d1 as IDualInterface1
dim d2 as IDualInterface2

set d1 = new MyClassWithTwoDuals
set d2 = d1
In ATL's class you would have to use macro
COM_INTERFACE_ENTRY2(IDispatch, IDualInterface1), to distinguish
between different dual interfaces.

7. What is a "marshalling by value"?

Some objects can essentially be considered static: regardless of which methods
are called, the state of the object does not change. Instead of accessing such an
object remotely, it is possible to copy the static state of the object and create a
new object with the same state information on the caller side. The caller won't be
able to notice the difference, but calls will be more efficient because they do not
involve network round trips. This is called "marshaling by value".

8. What is ROT? What is GIT? Give pros and cons of both.

By definition, running object table (ROT) is a globally accessible table on each
computer that keeps track of all COM objects in the running state that can be
identified by a moniker. Moniker providers register an object in the table, which
increments the object's reference count. Before the object can be destroyed, its
moniker must be released from the table.
Global Interface Table (GIT) allows any apartment (either single- or multi-
threaded) in a process to get access to an interface implemented on an object in
any other apartment in the process.

9. If you have an object with two interfaces, can you custom marshal one of them?

No! The decision to use custom marshaling is an all-or-nothing decision; an
object has to custom marshal all its interfaces or none of them.

10. How can you guarantee that only a remote server is ever created by a client?

Create an object (call CoCreateObjectEx()) with CLSCTX_REMOTE_SERVER
flag.
Visual Basic

1. What are the properties and methods of ObjectControl interface?

Activate, Deactivate, CanBePooled.

2. How will you implement transaction in a visual basic ActiveX dll?

• Set the MTSTransactionMode property of the class modules
• Use the ObjectContext.Setcomplete, SetAbort methods to commit/rollback
the transactions.

3. How to execute a stored proc from VB using ADO?

• A stored proc can be executed using the command object

4. What are the objects in ADO?

These are Connection, Command, Recordset, Record, Parameter and stream.

Visual Basic UI

1. How to access a member variable in one form from another?

• Set the access modifier of the member variable as Public
• Create a property procedure

2. What is the listindex property of a list box control?

• Listindex is the index of the currently selected item in the control

3. Have you worked on grid controls?

<< Answer should be Yes or No >>

ASP

1. How will you describe a session?

• Session object in ASP provides dynamic associative array that a script can use
to store information
• ASP Sessions Are Cookie-based
2. What are the different methods to pass an argument from one page to another?

• Using Query string
• Using Hidden controls

.NET

1. How .NET My Services work?

From the developer's perspective, .NET My Services is a set of XML Web
services, accessed by sending and receiving SOAP messages sent though the
HTTP or DIME protocols, and using the .NET Passport system for authentication.
.NET My Services consists of three things: Authentication, which will be
provided by .NET Passport when .NET My Services goes live SOAP, the
communication protocol XML, following the rules and schemas set out in the
XMI Reference, which provides the data formatting and organization

2. What are Web Services?

Web Services are applications delivered as a service on the Web. Web services
allow for programmatic access of business logic over the Web. Web services
typically rely on XML-based protocols, messages, and interface descriptions for
communication and access. Web services are designed to be used by other
programs or applications rather than directly by end user. Programs invoking a
Web service are called clients. SOAP over HTTP is the most commonly used
protocol for invoking Web services.

3. How do I use a proxy server when invoking a Web service?

If you are using the SOAP Toolkit, you need to set some connector properties to
use a proxy server: Dim soap As SoapClient Set soap=New SoapClient
soap.ConnectorProperty("ProxyServer") = “proxyservername”
soap.ConnectorProperty("ProxyPort") = “8080”
soap.ConnectorProperty("UseProxy") = True While with .NET , you just need to
create a System.Net.WebProxy object and use it to set the Proxy property Dim
webs As localhost.MyService() webs.Proxy=New
System.Net.WebProxy(“http://proxyserver:8080”)

4. What is Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)?

SOAP is an XML-based messaging framework specifically designed for
exchanging formatted data across the Internet, for example using request and
reply messages or sending entire documents. SOAP is simple, easy to use, and
completely neutral with respect to operating system, programming language, or
distributed computing platform.

5. What is Web Services Description Language (WSDL)?

After SOAP became available as a mechanism for exchanging XML messages
among enterprises (or among disparate applications within the same enterprise), a
better way was needed to describe the messages and how they are exchanged. The
Web Services Description Language (WSDL) is a particular form of an XML
Schema, developed by Microsoft and IBM for the purpose of defining the XML
message, operation, and protocol mapping of a web service accessed using SOAP
or other XML protocol. WSDL defines web services in terms of "endpoints" that
operate on XML messages. The WSDL syntax allows both the messages and the
operations on the messages to be defined abstractly, so they can be mapped to
multiple physical implementations. The current WSDL spec describes how to map
messages and operations to SOAP 1.1, HTTP GET/POST, and MIME. WSDL
creates web service definitions by mapping a group of endpoints into a logical
sequence of operations on XML messages. The same XML message can be
mapped to multiple operations (or services) and bound to one or more
communications protocols (using "ports").

6. What is Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI)?

The Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) framework defines
a data model (in XML) and SOAP APIs for registration and searches on business
information, including the web services a business exposes to the Internet. UDDI
is an independent consortium of vendors, founded by Microsoft, IBM, and Ariba,
for the purpose of developing an Internet standard for web service description
registration and discovery. Microsoft, IBM, and Ariba also are hosting the initial
deployment of a UDDI service, which is conceptually patterned after DNS (the
Internet service that translates URLs into TCP addresses). UDDI uses a private
agreement profile of SOAP (i.e. UDDI doesn't use the SOAP serialization format
because it's not well suited to passing complete XML documents (it's aimed at
RPC style interactions). The main idea is that businesses use the SOAP APIs to
register themselves with UDDI, and other businesses search UDDI when they
want to discover a trading partner, for example someone from whom they wish to
procure sheet metal, bolts, or transistors. The information in UDDI is categorized
according to industry type and geographical location, allowing UDDI consumers
to search through lists of potentially matching businesses to find the specific one
they want to contact. Once a specific business is chosen, another call to UDDI is
made to obtain the specific contact information for that business. The contact
information includes a pointer to the target business's WSDL or other XML
schema file describing the web service that the target business publishes.
The interviewer should be well versed in .NET to ask these questions. The interview
should know the answers.
• Execution cycle of an assembly? How does CLR comes into picture?-
Platform independence?
• Managed/ unmanaged code?
• Information about GAC
• How does GAC help in maintaining different versions of an assembly, if
changes are made to an assembly and the new version does not support some
of functionality that previous version supported, how will the runtime handle
it?
o What is the sequence of steps followed by the runtime to look for the
references, like first to bin then GAC, etc
o How to add assemblies in GAC
• How do we use MTS capabilities in .NET assemblies?
• Different type of data persistence in .NET
o Caching
 Data caching
 Output caching
o Serialization
 Xml
 Bin
• Usercontrols vc Custom Controls? – Composite controls
• Datareader vs Dataset
• Sorting in Datagrid/ adding custom controls in datagrid columns
• Use of view state in ASPX pages
• How to improve performance of the pages in web environment?
• Is it possible to have both client side and server side functionality on aspx
server controls?
• In the page execution life cycle when is the page_init called?
• What is AutoEventWireUp attribute used for?
• What are delegates used for?
• Webservices:
o How do you deploy web services
• Reflections:
• Remoting:
o What is client activated objects and what are server activated objects?
o What are channels used for?
• Interop
o How does a .NET component call a primitive one? What are the steps
taken?
General Scripting Questions

1. How do you add a quotation mark to VB script string?

The first method uses two quotation marks in a row to create a single quotation
mark. The second method uses the ASCII value of the quotation mark character

2. How do you break a single VBScript Statement into multiple lines?

A single VBScript Statement can be broken into multiple lines by using the
_underscore character.

3. What is the proper method of comparing strings in VBScript?

The first method uses VBScript function with the vbTextCompare constant. The
second method forces both strings into uppercase.

4. How do you re-enable errors after using ON ERROR RESUME NEXT?

<< Need an answer >>

5. How do you prevent My Script from timing out?

You can extend the amount of time a script is allowed to run by using the
ScriptTimeout property of the Server object.

6. When do you need to explicitly convert a variable to a particular data type?

If you are comparing numbers or dates and there is a danger that VBScript might
interpret the values as strings; one of the VBScript conversion functions should be
used.

7. When should one pass a variable by value and when by reference?

When you pass a variable by value to a subordinate or function, a new instance of
the variable is created. Any changes made to the value of the variable do not
affect the value of the original variable. On the other hand, whne you pass a
variable by reference, changes made to the variable do affect the value of the
original variable.

8. How can you add a space between the output of two variables?

<< Need an answer >>
9. Does ASP support dynamic includes?

It does not support.

10. How do you use the option Explicit statement in an ASP?

It must be used before nay other VBScript statement or HTML content in a script,
else it will generate and error.

Session and Application Variable Questions

1. Why do session variables sometimes fail to work?

Session variables depend on browser cookies. If a browser does not support
cookies, or a user has turned off cookies or the user’s cookie file is corrupted,
Session variables will not work.

2. How do you remove an application variable?

<< Need an answer >>

3. How do you detect whether a File exists?

I can detect by using the FileExists method of the FileSystemObject.

4. How do you automatically display a list of the Files in a directory?

By using a list of files in a folder by using the FileSystemObject and the Folder
object.

Image Questions

1. How do you store an image in a database table?

Although you can store an image in a SQL Server BLOB column, it is almost
always better to store the URL of an image in a database table rather than the
image itself.

2. How do you dynamically generate a graph or image in an ASP?

Several third-party ASP components enable you to dynamically create custom
images
Browser Questions

1. How do you detect the type of browser a person is using to visit your web site?

The User-Agent header indicates the type of browser.

2. How do you detect a page from which a person originated?

The Referer header contains the URL of the last page the person visited. This
header can be retrieved from the ServerVariables collection.

ActiveX Data Objects Questions

1. Why do you sometimes receive an error when using the Connection Object to
execute a SQL string?

<< Need an answer >>

2. How do you retrieve a Text filed in an ASP?

If you do not take special precautions when retrieving a Text field from a
database table, the value of the Text field might be truncated. If you are using a
forward-only cursor type, you should use the Text field as the very last field in
your select list. Alternatively, consider using a richer cursor type when opening a
Recordset that contains a Text field.

3. Why does the RecordCount always return the Value-1?

The RecordCount property returns the number of rows in a Recordset after it has
been opened. /you cannot use this property with a forward-only cursor when using
SQL Server (it will always return –1).

4. Why do you receive an error whenever you try to update the value of a filed in a
recordset?

By default, when you open a Recordset, it is opened with a forward-only cursor
and read-only lock type. To update a Recordset, , you must open a Recordset that
is not read-only.

5. How do you limit the number of rows returned by a Database Query?

If using SQL 7.0 or Access, you can use the SQL Top keyword to limit the
number of records returned. Otherwise, if you are using SQL 6.5, use the
MaxRecords property of the Recordset object.
<< What about SQL 2000 >>

6. How do you retrieve the value from a SQL Statement that uses Count(*), Max,
Min, or @@Identity?

There are two methods that you can use to retrieve the value from a SQL function
or a SQL global variable. You can either use an alias for the value or refer to the
value by its ordinal position in the Recordset.

7. How do you retrieve an output parameter from a SQL stored procedure within an
ASPScript?

You must use the ADO Command nad parameter objects.

Form and Query String Questions

1. How do you accept file uploads in an HTML form?

<< Need an answer >>

2. What causes the value of a form field to become truncated?

HTML uses quotation marks to mark the beginning and end of a value. So. If a
variable contains question marks in its values, the value of the variablewill be
truncated when displayed.

3. How do you include spaces or other special characters in a query string?

URL encode the query string.

C++ Questions
1. What is an object in C++?

An object is a package that contains related data and instructions. The data relates to what
the object represents, while the instructions define how this object relates to other objects
and itself.

2. What is a message?

A message is a signal from one object to another requesting that a computation take
place. It is roughly equivalent to a function call in other languages.

3. What is a class?

A class defines the characteristics of a certain type of object. It defines what its members
will remember, the messages to which they will respond, and what form the response will
take.

4. What is an instance?

It is an individual object that is a member of some class.

5. What is a super-class?

Given a class, a super-class is the basis of the class under consideration. The given class
is defined as a subset (in some respects) of the super-class. All objects of the given class
potentially posses all the characteristics belonging to objects of the super-class.

6. What is inheritance?

Inheritance is property such that a parent (or super) class passes the characteristics of
itself to children (or sub) classes that are derived from it. The sub-class has the option of
modifying these characteristics in order to make a different but fundamentally related
class from the super-class.

7. To what does message protocol refer?

An object's message protocol is the exact form of the set of messages to which the object
can respond.

8. What is polymorphism?

Polymorphism refers to the ability of an object to respond in a logically identical fashion
to messages of the same protocol, containing differing types of objects. Consider 1 + 5
and 1 + 5.1. In the former, the message "+ 5" is sent to an object of class integer (1). In
the later, the message "+ 5.1" is sent to the same integer object. The form of the message
(its protocol) is identical in both cases. What differs is the type of object on the right-
hand side of these messages. The former is an integer object (5) while the later is a
floating point object (5.1). The receiver (1) appears (to other objects) to respond in the
same way to both messages. Internally, however, it knows that it must treat the two types
of objects differently in order to obtain the same overall response.

9. What are instance variables?

These represent an object's private memory. They are defined in an object's class.

10. What are class variables?
18. What is a "virtual member function"?

A virtual function allows derived classes to replace the implementation provided
by the base class. The compiler makes sure the replacement is always called
whenever the object in question is actually of the derived class, even if the object
is accessed by a base pointer rather than a derived pointer. This allows algorithms
in the base class to be replaced in the derived class, even if users don't know about
the derived class.

The derived class can either fully replace ("override") the base class member
function, or the derived class can partially replace ("augment") the base class
member function. The latter is accomplished by having the derived class member
function call the base class member function, if desired.

19. How can C++ achieve dynamic binding yet also static typing?

When you have a pointer to an object, the object may actually be of a class that is
derived from the class of the pointer (e.g., a Vehicle* that is actually pointing to a
Car object). Thus there are two types: the (static) type of the pointer (Vehicle, in this
case), and the (dynamic) type of the pointed-to object (Car, in this case).

Static typing means that the legality of a member function invocation is checked
at the earliest possible moment: by the compiler at compile time. The compiler
uses the static type of the pointer to determine whether the member function
invocation is legal. If the type of the pointer can handle the member function,
certainly the pointed-to object can handle it as well. E.g., if Vehicle has a certain
member function, certainly Car also has that member function since Car is a kind-
of Vehicle.

Dynamic binding means that the address of the code in a member function
invocation is determined at the last possible moment: based on the dynamic type
of the object at run time. It is called "dynamic binding" because the binding to the
code that actually gets called is accomplished dynamically (at run time). Dynamic
binding is a result of virtual functions.

20. What's the difference between how virtual and non-virtual member functions are
called?

Non-virtual member functions are resolved statically. That is, the member function
is selected statically (at compile-time) based on the type of the pointer (or
reference) to the object.

In contrast, virtual member functions are resolved dynamically (at run-time). That
is, the member function is selected dynamically (at run-time) based on the type of
the object, not the type of the pointer/reference to that object. This is called
"dynamic binding." Most compilers use some variant of the following technique:
if the object has one or more virtual functions, the compiler puts a hidden pointer
in the object called a "virtual-pointer" or "v-pointer." This v-pointer points to a
global table called the "virtual-table" or "v-table."

The compiler creates a v-table for each class that has at least one virtual function.
For example, if class Circle has virtual functions for draw() and move() and resize(),
there would be exactly one v-table associated with class Circle, even if there were
a gazillion Circle objects, and the v-pointer of each of those Circle objects would
point to the Circle v-table. The v-table itself has pointers to each of the virtual
functions in the class. For example, the Circle v-table would have three pointers: a
pointer to Circle::draw(), a pointer to Circle::move(), and a pointer to Circle::resize().

During a dispatch of a virtual function, the run-time system follows the object's v-
pointer to the class's v-table, then follows the appropriate slot in the v-table to the
method code.

The space-cost overhead of the above technique is nominal: an extra pointer per
object (but only for objects that will need to do dynamic binding), plus an extra
pointer per method (but only for virtual methods). The time-cost overhead is also
fairly nominal: compared to a normal function call, a virtual function call requires
two extra fetches (one to get the value of the v-pointer, a second to get the address
of the method). None of this runtime activity happens with non-virtual functions,
since the compiler resolves non-virtual functions exclusively at compile-time based
on the type of the pointer.

21. When should my destructor be virtual?

When you may delete a derived object via a base pointer.

functions bind to the code associated with the class of the object, rather than
virtual
with the class of the pointer/reference. When you say delete basePtr, and the base
class has a virtual destructor, the destructor that gets invoked is the one associated
with the type of the object *basePtr, rather than the one associated with the type of
the pointer. This is generally A Good Thing.

TECHNO-GEEK WARNING; PUT YOUR PROPELLER HAT ON.
Technically speaking, you need a base class's destructor to be virtual if and only if
you intend to allow someone to invoke an object's destructor via a base class
pointer (this is normally done implicitly via delete), and the object being destructed
is of a derived class that has a non-trivial destructor. A class has a non-trivial
destructor if it either has an explicit destructor, or if it has a member object or a
base class that has a non-trivial destructor (note that this is a recursive definition
(e.g., a class has a non-trivial destructor if it has a member object (which has a
base class (which has a member object (which has a base class (which has an
explicit destructor)))))).
END TECHNO-GEEK WARNING; REMOVE YOUR PROPELLER HAT
If you had a hard grokking the previous rule, try this (over)simplified one on for
size: A class should have a virtual destructor unless that class has no virtual
functions. Rationale: if you have any virtual functions at all, you're probably
going to be doing "stuff" to derived objects via a base pointer, and some of the
"stuff" you may do may include invoking a destructor (normally done implicitly
via delete). Plus once you've put the first virtual function into a class, you've
already paid all the per-object space cost that you'll ever pay (one pointer per
object; note that this is theoretically compiler-specific; in practice everyone does
it pretty much the same way), so making the destructor virtual won't generally
cost you anything extra.

22. What is a "virtual constructor"?

An idiom that allows you to do something that C++ doesn't directly support.

You can get the effect of a virtual constructor by a virtual clone() member function
(for copy constructing), or a virtual create() member function (for the default
constructor).

class Shape {
public:
virtual ~Shape() { } // A virtual destructor
virtual void draw() = 0; // A pure virtual function
virtual void move() = 0;
// ...
virtual Shape* clone() const = 0; // Uses the copy constructor
virtual Shape* create() const = 0; // Uses the default constructor
};

class Circle : public Shape {
public:
Circle* clone() const { return new Circle(*this); }
Circle* create() const { return new Circle(); }
// ...
};

In the clone() member function, the new Circle(*this) code calls Circle's copy
constructor to copy the state of this into the newly created Circle object. In the
create() member function, the new Circle() code calls Circle's default constructor.

Users use these as if they were "virtual constructors":

void userCode(Shape& s)
{
Shape* s2 = s.clone();
Shape* s3 = s.create();
// ...
delete s2; // You probably need a virtual destructor here
delete s3;
}

23. How do you link a C++ program to C functions?

By using the extern "C" linkage specification around the C function declarations.

24. Explain the scope resolution operator.

The scope resolution operator permits a program to reference an identifier in the
global scope that has been hidden by another identifier with the same name in the
local scope.

25. What are the differences between a C++ struct and C++ class?

The default member and base class access specifiers are different.

26. How many ways are there to initialize an int with a constant?

Two.

27. How does throwing and catching exceptions differ from using setjmp and
longjmp?

The throw operation calls the destructors for automatic objects instantiated since
entry to the try block.

28. How does throwing and catching exceptions differ from using setjmp and
longjmp?

The throw operation calls the destructors for automatic objects instantiated since
entry to the try block.

29. What is a default constructor?

A constructor that has no arguments or one where all the arguments have default
argument values.

If you don't code a default constructor, the compiler provides one if there are no
other constructors. If you are going to instantiate an array of objects of the class,
the class must have a default constructor.

30. What is a conversion constructor?

It is a constructor that accepts one argument of a different type.
The compiler uses this idiom as one way to infer conversion rules for a class. A
constructor with more than one argument and with default argument values can be
interpreted by the compiler as a conversion constructor when the compiler is
looking for an object of the type and sees an object of the type of the constructor's
first argument.

31. What is the difference between a copy constructor and an overloaded assignment
operator?

A copy constructor constructs a new object by using the content of the argument
object. An overloaded assignment operator assigns the contents of an existing
object to another existing object of the same class.

First, you must know that a copy constructor is one that has only one argument,
which is a reference to the same type as the constructor. The compiler invokes a
copy constructor wherever it needs to make a copy of the object, for example to
pass an argument by value. If you do not provide a copy constructor, the compiler
creates a member-by-member copy constructor for you.

You can write overloaded assignment operators that take arguments of other
classes, but that behavior is usually implemented with implicit conversion
constructors. If you do not provide an overloaded assignment operator for the
class, the compiler creates a default member-by-member assignment operator.

This discussion is a good place to get into why classes need copy constructors and
overloaded assignment operators. By discussing the requirements with respect to
data member pointers that point to dynamically allocated resources, you
demonstrate a good grasp of the problem.

32. When should you use multiple inheritance?

There are three acceptable answers: "Never," "Rarely," and "When the problem
domain cannot be accurately modeled any other way."

33. What is a virtual destructor?

The simple answer is that a virtual destructor is one that is declared with the
virtual attribute.

The behavior of a virtual destructor is what is important. If you destroy an object
through a pointer or reference to a base class, and the base-class destructor is not
virtual, the derived-class destructors are not executed, and the destruction might
not be complete.

34. Explain the ISA and HASA class relationships. How would you implement each
in a class design?
A specialized class "is a" specialization of another class and, therefore, has the
ISA relationship with the other class. An Employee ISA Person. This relationship
is best implemented with inheritance. Employee is derived from Person. A class
may have an instance of another class. For example, an Employee "has a" Salary,
therefore the Employee class has the HASA relationship with the Salary class.
This relationship is best implemented by embedding an object of the Salary class
in the Employee class.

The answer to this question reveals whether you have an understanding of the
fundamentals of object-oriented design, which is important to reliable class
design.

There are other relationships. The USESA relationship is when one class uses the
services of another. The Employee class uses an object (cout) of the ostream class
to display the employee's name onscreen, for example. But if you get ISA and
HASA right, you usually don't need to go any further.

35. When is a template a better solution than a base class?

When you are designing a generic class to contain or otherwise manage objects of
other types, when the format and behavior of those other types are unimportant to
their containment or management, and particularly when those other types are
unknown (thus the genericity) to the designer of the container or manager class.

Prior to templates, you had to use inheritance; your design might include a generic
List container class and an application-specific Employee class. To put employees
in a list, a ListedEmployee class is multiply derived (contrived) from the
Employee and List classes. These solutions were unwieldy and error-prone.
Templates solved that problem.

Questions for ANSI-Knowledgeable Applicants

There are six questions for those who profess knowledge of the progress of the ANSI
committee. If you claim to have that much interest in the language, you should know
the answers to all these questions.

1. What is a mutable member?

A mutable member is one that can be modified by the class even when the object
of the class or the member function doing the modification is const.

Understanding this requirement implies an understanding of C++ const, which
many programmers do not have. I have seen large class designs that do not
employ the const qualifier anywhere. Some of those designs are my own early
C++ efforts. One author suggests that some programmers find const to be such a
bother that it is easier to ignore const than to try to use it meaningfully. No
wonder many programmers don't understand the power and implications of const.
Someone who claims to have enough interest in the language and its evolution to
keep pace with the ANSI deliberations should not be ignorant of const, however.

2. What is an explicit constructor?

A conversion constructor declared with the explicit keyword. The compiler does
not use an explicit constructor to implement an implied conversion of types. Its
purpose is reserved explicitly for construction.

3. What is the Standard Template Library?

It is a library of container templates approved by the ANSI committee for
inclusion in the standard C++ specification.

4. Describe run-time type identification.

It is the ability to determine at run time the type of an object by using the typeid
operator or the dynamic_cast operator.

5. What problem does the namespace feature solve?

Multiple providers of libraries might use common global identifiers causing a
name collision when an application tries to link with two or more such libraries.
The name-space feature surrounds a library's external declarations with a unique
namespace that eliminates the potential for those collisions.

This solution assumes that two library vendors don't use the same namespace, of
course.

6. Are there any new intrinsic (built-in) data types?

Yes. The ANSI committee added the bool intrinsic type and its true and false
value keywords and the wchar_t data type to support character sets wider than
eight bits.
SQL Server

1. What is a foreign key?

• A foreign key is a column or combination of columns used to establish and
enforce a link (referential integrity) between the data in two tables. A link is
created between two tables by adding the column or columns that hold one
table’s primary key values to the other table. This column becomes a foreign
key in the second table.

2. What is the difference between a primary key and unique key?

• There can be only one primary key constrain on a table but there can be many
unique key constraints in a table
• Primary key doesn’t allow null values but Unique allows 1 Null value

3. What is an index?

• Indexes are database objects which provides faster data access
• The index provides pointers to the data values stored in specified columns of
the table, and then orders those pointers according to the sort order you
specify
• Different types of indexes are unique index, clustered index and non-clustered
index

4. How to return multiple result set from a stored proc and capture it in ADO?

• Use multiple Select statements to return multiple result sets
• Use ADO’s GetNextRecordset() method to get the second recordset during the
execution of the stored proc