Blogs by Andrew Gould
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This part of the tutorial describes how to draw simple images using a worksheet as the canvas. You'll also see how to include the images in the game.
This part of the tutorial describes how to respond to keys pressed by the player. You'll learn about the Application.OnKey method and the GetAsyncKeyState Windows API function.
This part of the tutorial adds a basic menu system with ActiveX command buttons to start and stop the game.
This part of the tutorial describes how to set up a timing loop which allows the game to update continuously.
This part of the tutorial describes how to make use of Windows API functions to extend the power of Excel VBA.
This part of the tutorial describes how to setup a basic workbook ready for you to start coding the Flappy Owl game.
This part of the Flappy Bird in Excel VBA Tutorial introduces you to the Flappy Owl game and provides download links and instructions to get it running in Excel on your machine.
This is the main index page for the Flappy Bird in Excel VBA tutorial. Here you can find links to all of the articles which comprise the tutorial.
Triggers are special stored procedures that execute automatically in response to certain events in a database. This blog explains how to create three types of trigger in SQL Server: DML, DDL and Logon triggers.
This blog examines how to use Transactions in Microsoft SQL Server to allow you to control when data changes are committed to the database. You'll also discover how you can rollback transactions, effectively giving you the chance to undo changes to your data.
This blog teaches you how to modify existing data in your database by either deleting records or updating them.
This blog teaches you how to return values from your SQL stored procedures using two different techniques: return codes, and output parameters.
If you're using shared datasets to populate subreports in Reporting Services you might have encountered an error when you preview your reports. This short blog explains what the problem is and offers a few simple suggestions to work around the issue.
Dynamic SQL is a technique for building valid SQL statements from separate pieces of text. You can use this technique to create remarkably flexible and useful queries, as long as you're aware of the potential danger of SQL injection attacks.
A derived table is a technique for creating a temporary set of records which can be used within another query in SQL. You can use derived tables to shorten long queries, or even just to break a complex process into logical steps.
Cursors allow you to step through a set of data one record at a time. They’re not the quickest tool in SQL Server’s box, but they have their uses and this blog explains how they work.
Many programming languages feature a variety of types of loop which allow your programs to repeat a set of instructions multiple times. In SQL there is only one type of loop, and this blog explains how it works!
While SQL Server Management Studio is a powerful tool for writing queries, it has absolutely no concessions towards making the results of those queries remotely presentable! This blog describes several techniques for getting the results of a query into another application so that you can format them to your heart’s content.
If you have a calculation that you frequently use in SQL queries you're probably bored of writing out the same code time after time. Why not try creating a user-defined function to save you the hassle? This blog teaches you how to define your own custom functions, including how to use input parameters, how to alter a function after you've created it, and even how to use fancy programming techniques such as variables and IF statements to help structure complex sequences of calculations.
If you’ve been writing SQL queries for a while you’re probably fairly confident with writing single SELECT statements to return a set of records. If you’re ready for a bit more of a challenge, this blog will teach you how to nest one SELECT statement inside another in order to create a subquery. If you’re thinking “that sounds simple enough” then you might want to read to the end of this series, where we’ll attempt to melt your brain by explaining correlated subqueries!