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Google Charts - GeoMap vs GeoChart

GeoMap - The map is rendered in the browser using an embedded Flash player.

GeoChart - Rendered using SVG

I noticed the GeoChart loads faster (at least in Chrome).

SQLSRV30.EXE is not a valid Win32 application

If you want to install the PDO drivers for PHP 5.4, you will need to extract SQLSRV30.EXE with Winrar.

Since I was using EasyPHP, I needed to extract the files into the following directory (there's also another php directory in EasyPHP, not sure why, but it's worth adding the files under "ext" there too): C:\Program Files\EasyPHP-12.1\php\php546x120827090829\ext

You will also need to add the following lines to your PHP.ini file under PHPExt:


Managing SQL Server 2008 with Management Studio 2005

When you google "SQL Management Studio", one of the first things that comes up is this (the 2005 version):

I recommend not installing 2005 if you have SQL Server 2008 Express installed! You will not be able to manage your 2008 server, and you will need to uninstall management studio to install the 2008 version here:

Get Folder Path From User Input

This is some very useful code from Stack Overflow which allows the user to select a folder in VBA and reads the folder path into a variable. I'm currently making a macro which opens several XML files in a folder, and this will help users to input the folder where those XML files are located:

Sub SelectFolder()
    Dim diaFolder As FileDialog

    ' Open the file dialog
    Set diaFolder = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
    diaFolder.AllowMultiSelect = False

    MsgBox diaFolder.SelectedItems(1)

    Set diaFolder = Nothing
End Sub