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HTTP Push from SQL Server — Comet SQL

, 27 Nov 2012 CPOL
This article provides an example solution for presenting data in "real-time" from Microsoft SQL Server in an HTML browser. The article presents how to implement Comet functionality in ASP.NET and how to connect Comet with Query Notification from SQL Server.
// Copyright (c) 2010 Daniel Wojciechowski 
// E-mail: at daniel.wojciechowski

using System;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;

namespace HttpPushFromMsSql
    public static class Tools
        /// <summary>
        /// Convert DateTime to string containing time with miliseconds
        /// </summary>
        public static string ToTimeStringWithMilisecond(DateTime time)
        {   // Based on
            // Append millisecond pattern (".fff") to current culture's time pattern
            string miliPattern = DateTimeFormatInfo.CurrentInfo.LongTimePattern;
            miliPattern = Regex.Replace(miliPattern, "(:ss|:s)", "$1.fff");
            return time.ToString(miliPattern);

        private static bool notificationEnabled = false;
        public static void EnableNotifications(string connString)
            if (notificationEnabled) // prevent for calling twice 
                return; // TODO: Do it in other way. For example call
                        // those methods on application start:

            // Go to following link to fix problems with user rights to Query Notification:

            bool startResult = SqlDependency.Start(connString);
            Debug.WriteLineIf(!startResult, "SqlDependency.Start(\"" + connString +
                                           "\") returned false: compatible listener already exists.");
            notificationEnabled = true;


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I graduated from the Jagiellonian University. After defence of master thesis (link to presentation) I have started professional programming in C and C++ using OpenGL. After that, my Company gave me a chance to switch to .Net framework and C# and I have betrayed my passion for computer graphics. Now I'm C#, SQL and sometimes ASP.NET programmer.

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