Imagine Cup 2014

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Last Date for Online Deliverable Submission for regional finals of Imagine Cup 2014 is 12th April, 2014 11:00 PM (Pakistan Time)

The clock is ticking and submission date for Imagine Cup regional finals is approaching near. If you are a contestant for Imagine Cup 2014 from Pakistan, please note that the last date for submission of project deliverables for regional finals is 12th April, 2014, 11:00 PM (Pakistan Time).

-For Evaluation: Project deliverables submitted by team on Imagine Cup portal will be considered. Submission will not be accepted via USB, One Drive, DVD or any other

-Microsoft Pakistan will be evaluating only those projects that are submitted on the Imagine Cup portal prior mentioned due date: 12th April, 2014 10:30PM (Pakistan Standard Time)

-It is team’s responsibility to identify and submit all due deliverables prior above mentioned date

-To ensure any undue delays and smoother submission, Please start submitting projects Online well before the deadline and do not wait for the very last minute.

-Regional Final will be held at Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad on 15th April, 2014.

  1. Teams from Gujrat till Bahawalpur will be evaluated at Lahore
  2. Teams from Islamabad/Rawalpindi, KPK, Gilgit & AJK will be evaluated at Islamabad
  3. Teams from Sindh & Baluchistan will be evaluated at Karachi

-Microsoft will not arrange for boarding & lodging of teams traveling to participate for Regional & National Finals

-The Shortlisted team qualifying for National Final will be announced by 17th April, 2014.

-National Final will be held on any day between 21st and 24th April, 2014,

-The teams will be given 3 day prior notice to appear in the National Final

-The location of Imagine Cup will be announced by 17th April, 2014.

Please wait for further communication on Imagine Cup Regional Final or stay connected with us through our official Facebook page.


Arabic Speaking ASP.NET Developer Required in Dubai

An Arabic Speaking ASP.NET Developer Required in Dubai with following details:

- Candidates should have 4 – 5 years of experience in ASP.NET.

- Ultimus BPM software experience (1-2 years) would be a big plus.

Salary: Will be discussed int Interview

Send your resumes to

Overview of Reporting with Visual Studio and Crystal Reports

Overview of Reporting with Visual Studio and Crystal Reports


Being one of the reviewers of the book ‘Reporting with Visual Studio and Crystal Reports’ I would like to introduce you this book as a very good guide for those who want to create a reporting application from scratch using Visual Studio and Crystal Reports.

It is a step-by-step guide that goes beyond theory covering following points:

  • Letting you get hand-on experience.
  • Utilize a dataset and table adapter as data sources for your report.
  • Learn how to add reports to forms and pass parameters dynamically.

What you will learn from this book

  • Set up Microsoft Visual Studio, Crystal Reports, and Microsoft SQL server
  • Create a new reporting application
  • Design the application GUI
  • Connect to a database and use a dataset and table adapter
  • Add Crystal Reports to the application
  • Add database fields to the report and format them
  • Group and sort report data using parameter fields and special fields

In Detail

Reports are documents that present focused, salient content to a specific audience. Crystal Reports is a business intelligence application that will help you design and generate reports from a wide range of data sources. It helps you summarize a good deal of information in a visually appealing manner.

“Reporting with Visual Studio and Crystal Reports” is a practical, hands-on guide that will provide you with a number of clear, step-by-step exercises, and help you take advantage of the real power of Crystal Reports. This book will not only help you create effective reports, but also teach you how to create a reporting application.

“Reporting with Visual Studio and Crystal Reports” will guide you through the installation of Crystal Reports and Visual Studio. As you progress from one chapter to the next, you will gradually build a reporting application. You will also learn how to select the right data, and enhance your report by grouping and sorting data. This book will also help you create chart reports to improve your report design. With this book, you will learn how to create a complete reporting application and a wide variety of reports.


A fast-paced, example-based guide to learn how to create a reporting application using Visual Studio and Crystal Reports.

Who this book is for

“Reporting with Visual Studio and Crystal Reports” is for developers new to Crystal Reports. It will also prove useful to intermediate users who wish to explore some new techniques in Crystal Reports using Microsoft Visual Studio. Readers are expected to have basic knowledge of C#, Microsoft Visual Studio, and Structured Query Language (SQL).


If you want to view more details about the book or want to place an order, please Click Here

Job Opportunity for an Ultimus BPM Developer in Dubai UAE

Job Opportunity for an Ultimus BPM Developer in Dubai UAE

Job Title: Ultimus BPM Developer

- Candidates should have 3 – 4 years of experience in Ultimus BPM software.

- Should have experience in design and development of workflows, forms and reports
Position type: Will be discussed on call
Salary: Will be discussed on call
Benefits: Will be discussed on call


Sarah Mansur
Jr. IT/Technical Recruitment

Dicetek L.L.C. | P.O.Box 83431, Dubai – U.A.E | Ph +971 (4) 299 9002 | Fax +971 (4) 299 9003 |

BPM Designer-A Leading Company-Qatar

BPM Designer-A Leading Company-Qatar

Our client is a leading IT Consulting Company based in Doha and are looking for BPM Designer with the following skills:
2+ years in K2 BPM tool, 5+ years in BPM, Must have K2 BPM platform experience preferably with Sharepoint, .NET, Banking
• Design and develop a banking business process in K2
• Establish integration with MS Dynamics CRM
• Establish integration with Sharepoint
• Good in communication
If interested kindly mail us the following at the earliest :
Your updated CV along with a recent snap / photo
Your current and expected compensation / salary details
Your joining time
The reason for your current change
Your passport details


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Praxis Placement Consultancy

Job Opportunity-Work from home-Full time

Job Opportunity-Work from home-Full time

Web Developer

Position Type: Full-time
Location: Toronto (Home based for overseas employees)
Experience: 1+ years

Job Description
Web Developers at North Horizon Consulting develop and maintain robust responsive web sites and web applications for wide variety of clients. This position involves the development and designing of our client’s new identity online and web solutions that North Horizon Consulting clients can rely on. North Horizon Consulting focuses on delivering solutions that provide the customer with true business value.


  • ·         - Application/Framework design as needed
  • ·         - Specifications/Requirements gathering as needed
  • ·         - Routine daily maintenance of existing/legacy sites & applications
  • ·         - Object Oriented Programming & Methodologies
  • ·         - Websites must be built using SEO best practices
  • ·         - Responsive Website Models
  • ·         - thorough Understanding of Database Design/Wireframing/Prototyping
  • ·         - Cross browser testing
  • ·         - HTML/HTML 5, PHP, CSS/CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery and AJAX
  • ·         - MySQL Server, SQL development
  • ·         - E-commerce integration i.e. Paypal, Stripe etc
  • ·         - Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
  • ·         - Experience with hosting CPANEL Configurations as needed

Wish List:

  • ·         - Experience with Flash and Action Script Programming would be an asset
  • ·         - Knowledge and experience with ASP and/or ASP.NET is an asset
  • ·         - Experience with SSL setup and install


  • ·         - Pays close attention to detail
  • ·         - Works well independently
  • ·         - Has a positive attitude and a GREAT sense of humor
  • ·         - Takes pride in their work
  • ·         - Self-motivated & deadline driven
  • ·         - Is comfortable in client meetings
  • ·         - Communicates clearly and effectively
  • ·         - Good problem solver


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Swf not working in Aspx page

Many of you might have come to a problem of Swf not working in Aspx page. You might have tried to embed flash object in the ASP.NET page but it doesn’t work even after modifying parameters. The same thing might be working in the simple HTML page but not in the ASP.NET.


Because most of the examples on internet shows the example as:

<object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase=",0,0,0" width="800" height="400" id="banner">
    <param name="movie" value="images/FileName.swf" />
    <param name="quality" value="high" />
    <embed src="images/FileName.swf" width="800" height="400" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="" />

It works in the simple HTML page, you run it, it works fine but when you put it in the ASPX page and try to run using the website URL, it doesn’t work

Actually the problem resides in the file path because you have to provide the relative path which can be accessed using the website URL.

So you can fix it by modifying the above code as mentioned below:

<object id="banner" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase=",0,0,0"
                            width="800" height="400">
                            <param name="movie" value="http://localhost/WebsiteName/images/FileName.swf" />
                            <param name="quality" value="high" />                            
                            <embed src="http://localhost/WebsiteName/images/FileName.swf" quality="high" pluginspage=""
                                type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="800" height="400"></embed>


The Real Pakistan

Enjoy the stunning and amazing beauty of The Real Pakistan.

Below are around 40+ beautiful valleys in Pakistan and there are a lot more than this.

Soon Valley

1.Soon Valley Soon Valley is one of the famous valleys of Pakistan situated in the central Punjab province. Being as a tribe of Arabs origin, the local people follows Islamic culture and traditions. There are two well-renowned Uchhali Lake and Khabikki Lake lakes in Soon valley.

The Shigar Valley

2.Shigar Valley

The Shigar Valley is a valley in Baltistan in northern Pakistan that is watered by the Shigar River. The valley stretches about 170 km from Skardu to Askole and is the gateway to the high mountains of the Karakoram. Even though the Shigar Valley is a remote and largely inaccessible place, there are several villages in the valley. Askole is the last settlement in the Shigar Valley, which is still far from the high mountains.
Shimshal Valley

3.Shimshal Valley

Shimshal is a village located in Gojal, Hunza–Nagar District, in the Pakistan-administered Gilgit–Baltistan formerly known as Northern Areas of Pakistan. It lies at an altitude of 3,100 m above sea level, and is the highest settlement in Hunza Valley of Pakistan. It is the bordering village that connects Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan with China. The total area of Shimshal is 3,800 km2 and there are around two thousand inhabitants with a total of two hundred and forty households.

Shinkari Valley

4.Shinkari Valley

Shinkari valley is situated in Kohistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of the Indus Valley in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Siran Valley

5.Siran Valley

Siran Valley, is a little known valley, lying in Mansehra District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The Valley gets it name from the River Siran

which flows through it.

Skardu Valley 

6.Skardu Valley

The Skardu Valley is located in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The valley is about 10km wide and 40km long. It is at the confluece of the River Shigar and River Indus. It surrounded by the large Karakoram Range. With the nearby lakes and mountains, it is an important tourist location in Pakistan.

Swat Valley 

7.Swat Valley

Swat is a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. With high mountains, green meadows, and clear lakes, it is a place of great natural beauty and is popular with tourists as “the Switzerland of the region.” Swat has been inhabited for over two thousand years

Tirah Valley 

8.Tirah Valley

The Tirah Valley is located in Kurram and Khyber agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan.

Urak Valley

9.Urak valley

Urak is a valley surrounded by mountains in the province of Balochistan in Pakistan. This valley is used for growing apple trees of good
quality and few other fruits. It has a small waterfall in the end from where the Walli Tangi (Wali Tangi) valley begins.


Neelum Valley

10.Neelum valley
Peace in arms of nature, un-expressible beauty of Taobut in Neelum valley, Pakistan.

Phandar Valley

11.Phandar Valley

Nature at its Best ! Phandar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Allai Valley

12.Allai Valley

Allai is an administrative subdivision of Batagram District in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan – that also contains the Allai Valley. The average breadth of the Allai Valley is about fifteen miles (24 km), and the total area 200 square miles.

Bagrot Valley 

13.Bagrot Valley

Bagrot Valley is a valley in the Karakoram Mountain range in Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. The valley is known for its fruits and vegetables. Tourist visit this valley mostly in summer. The means of economy is agriculture. However with the recent construction of the Karakorum Highway, the area has been exposed to western civilization, with small cinemas, retail outlets for mountain equipment and apparel, and small hotels opening to facilitate visitors.

Bandala Valley

14.Bandala Valley

Bandala is a valley in Azad Kashmir located about 26 kilometres from Bhimber in Pakistan. The high literacy rate has improved the overall living standards of the people. Because most of the people work for the government or overseas, especially in Middle East and Europe. Many birds and animals are found in the valley including peacocks, partridges, quail, birds of paradise, falcons and eagles.

Broghil Valley 

15. Baroghil Valley

Broghil Valley is a valley and national park located in Gilgit District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is located close to the Afghan- Pakistan border. The valley has more than 35 lakes. By virtue of its strategic location having both internal and international borders, Broghil is an important valley in the region. Baroghil Valley is homeland of many animals and birds.

Battagram Valley 

16.Battagram Valley

Battagram Valley is a valley in Battagram District, which is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, formerly known as North-West Frontier Province, northern Pakistan.

Chiporsun Valley 

17.Chiporsun Valley

Chiporsun (Chapursan) is a valley containing some eight villages in Gojal, the Northern Areas of Pakistan. It is the most Northwestern part of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and China.

Chitral Valley

18.Chitral Valley

Chitral Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Chitral was a Hindu country before the extension of Islam, and traces of Buddhism are also found. A number of sport festivals and tournaments are held throughout the year, including the Shandur polo tournament held at the highest polo ground in the world.

Chorbat Valley 

19.Chorbat Valley

Chorbat Valley is a valley in Khaplu tehsil, Ghangche District, in the Northern Areas, Pakistan. The valley is surrounded by high rising peaks of the Karakoram mountain range and the bank the Shyok River. The climate is hard with little rain and extremely cold winters due to proximity to Siachen Glacier and other peaks and glaciers.


Naltar Valley

20.Naltar Valley
Naltar is a valley near Gilgit and Hunza in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Naltar is a forested (pine) village known for its wildlife and magnificent mountain scenery.

Hispar Valley 

21.Hispar Valley
The Hispar Valley is the last Valley of Nagar Valley it is about 28km away from Nagar Khas it is the last valley of Biafo Glacier Skardu trek from Hispar and first From Skardu.

Hunza Valley 

22.Hunza Valley

The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Hunza was formerly a princely state bordering China to the north-east and Pamir to its north-west, which survived until 1974, when it was finally dissolved. Hunza was an independent principality for more than 900 years. Several high peaks rise above 6,000 metres (20,000 ft) the Hunza valley. The valley provides spectacular views of some of the most beautiful and magnificent mountains of the world.

Ishkoman Valley 

23.Ishkoman Valley

The Ishkoman valley lies in the north of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and the Pamir corridor. It remained under the rule of the Katoor Dynasty until 1895. From 1947 until 1972, the area was subject to the Frontier Crimes Regulations. With the conclusion of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Ishkoman came fully under the influence of Pakistan.

Jehlum Valley

24.Jhelum Valley
Jhelum Valley is a valley in Hattian Bala District of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is 50 kilometers long valley located along with Jhelum river surrounded by lush green mountains. Hattian Bala is the main town and district headquarter in valley.

Kaghan Valley 

25.Kaghan Valley

The Kaghan Valley is a valley in the north-east of Mansehra District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. It attracts many tourists from around the world. There are more than a dozen big and small lakes in the valley, but three are more popular among the tourists: Saiful Muluk Lake, Dudipatsar Lake and Lulusar Lake. Fishing is the chief sport in Kaghan

Kalash Valleys

26.Kalash Valleys

Kalash Valleys, Chitral, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Located in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Kalash people live in three isolated mountain valleys: Bumburet (Kalash: Mumuret), Rumbur (Rukmu), and Birir (Biriu). These valleys are opening towards the Kunar River, some 20 km south (downstream) of Chitral.


Kharkoo Valley 

27.Kharkoo Valley
Kharkoo valley is located in Ghanche District, Gilgit-Baltistan. Pakistan. There are 10 villages in Kharkoo. The Kharkoo Polo Ground is the old and historical polo ground in this region.


Khot Valley 

28.Khot Valley
Khot Valley is a town and one of the beautiful valleys of Chitral District (a subdivision) of Chitral District in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Kunar Valley 

29.Kunar Valley
Kunar Valley is a valley in Pakistan. There are limited and small forested areas in some side valleys but the more than 95% of the valley has been deforested. In limited areas at higher elevations there are sustained grassy mountain meadows. Overwhelmingly though the Kunar Valley is an arid, rocky, steep landscape with a fast-moving muddy river as its primary geographic feature.

Kurram Valley

30.Kurrum Valley

Kurram Tribal Agency is located in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. Geographically, it covers the Kurram Valley region which is a beautiful valley in the northwestern part of Pakistan, neighboring Afghanistan. The Kurram Valley in ancient times offered the most direct route to Kabul and Gardez. In recent years the Kurram Valley has assumed a strategic position and has been the site of intense Taliban activities.

Leepa Valley 

31.Leepa Valley

Leepa Valley is in Azad Kashmir, which is the Pakistani-administered part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir now in Pakistan. Leepa Valley is considered scenic by tourists. It has high mountains covered with pine trees. In the entire winter season the leepa valley is covered with snow. From May to November, people from all over the pakistan come to visit.


Nagar Valley 

33.Nagar Valley
The Nagar Valley is located in the Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. Nagar was formerly a princely state which had existed for 1200 years. The state was dissolved in 1974. Nagar is bordered by the Gilgit Agency to the southwest, China to the north and northeast and Afghanistan to the northwest. The whole area of Nagar was declared as a community park to prevent the hunting of endangered animals.

Naltar Valley

32. Naltar Valley
Naltar is a valley near Gilgit and Hunza in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Naltar is a forested (pine) village known for its wildlife and magnificent mountain scenery.


Naran Valley

34.Naran Valley
Naran Valley, Mansehra District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Naran is one of the most scenic valleys in Pakistan; attracting thousands of tourists, trekkers, photographers and nature-enthusiast, every year. Naran can be considered as base station to scenic destinations like Lake Saif-ul-Malook, Lalazar Babusar, Noori Valley and Purbi Valley.

Palas Valley

35.Palas Valley

Palas is a valley in Kohistan District, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. Among the birds found here are Western Tragopans and Himalayan Monals. Several surveys on other wildlife have been compiled by different experts.

Panjkora Valley 

36.Panjkora Valley

Panjkora Valley is located in northern Pakistan. The Panjkora Valley contains important sites of the Gandhara grave culture. On the west side of the Panjkora River is the excavated site of Balambat. The site has been occupied continuously since the time of the Aryans in 1500 BC. Houses dating from 500 BC have been discovered here. Fire altars were also discovered, evidence of fire worshippers.

Pathika Valley

37.Pathika Valley

Pathika or Patikka is a beautiful place, some 19 miles (31 km) from Muzaffarabad city in Pakistan. The quality of life here is full of motions despite its simplicity. It is perhaps due to verdure. Financially, it is an affluent town. The majority of the village folk are engaged in
profitable business abroad especially in middle east countries.

Rumbur Valley

38.Rumbur Valley

Rumbur is one of the three Kalasha valleys situated in Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Astore Valley 

39. Astore Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Astore Valley is located in Astore District in the territory of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. The valley is at an elevation of 2,600 meters (8,500 feet), adjacent to the eastern side of mountain Nanga Parbat. The valley has more than 100 villages. Due to its various landscape and weather conditions the valley provides outstanding habitat for a variety of commercially important medicinal plants.


Hopar Valley 

40.Hopar Valley
Hopar Valley is a scenic portion of the Nagar Valley in northern Pakistan. Hopar Valley is the site of the Spantik and Hopar (Hopper) glaciers. Whole population of this valley is Burushaski speakers. Burushaski has always been a mystry for linguists. This valley is full of natural resources and natural beauty.

Konsh Valley 

41.Konsh Valley

Konsh Valley is located on extreme Northern border of the Mansehra district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The town of Battal is considered to be the headquarter of the valley. The Silk Route, also known as the Karakoram highway, passes through it leading to Gilgit.

Shangrila Resort

42.shangrila_ resort
Shangrila Resort Skardu, also known as “Heaven on Earth” which is located in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. It is situated among the highest mountains, it is around the famous heart shaped Kachura Lake and beautiful gardens. The area is famous for other attraction such as K-2( 8611.M ) 2nd highest peak in world. The daily flight of Boeing 737 from Islamabad it take just 45 minutes. By road you can reach here from Karakoram

Date format conversion

If you are tired of Date format conversion error because you have to take care of user locale settings and based on that you have to pasre the date to desired format using DateTime.Parse or Convert.ToDateTime methods. Still you can get error of “input string was not in correct format” so there is a way around to this problem. Below is the method which takes the source date, source format and returns you the destination format as specified in the parameters.

Have a look at that:

public static string GetFormattedDate(String SourceDate, string SourceDateFormat, string ReturnFormat)
        string[] Params = new string[3];
        string sDate = "";
        string sMonth = "";
        string sYear = "";
        string DateSeparator = "/";

        if (SourceDate.Length > 1)
            if (SourceDate.Length > 9)
                SourceDate = SourceDate.Substring(0, 10);
            else if (SourceDate.Length == 9)
                SourceDate = SourceDate.Substring(0, 9);

            SourceDate = SourceDate.Replace("-", "/");

            Params = SourceDate.ToString().Split(DateSeparator.ToCharArray());

            if (SourceDateFormat == "dd/mm/yyyy")

                if (Params[0].Length == 1)
                    sDate = "0" + Params[0].ToString();
                    sDate = Params[0];

                if (Params[1].Length == 1)
                    sMonth = "0" + Params[1].ToString();
                    sMonth = Params[1];

                if (Params[2].Length == 1)
                    sYear = "0" + Params[2].ToString();
                    sYear = Params[2].Substring(0, 4);

            else if (SourceDateFormat == "mm/dd/yyyy")
                if (Params[1].Length == 1)
                    sDate = "0" + Params[1].ToString();
                    sDate = Params[1];

                if (Params[0].Length == 1)
                    sMonth = "0" + Params[0].ToString();
                    sMonth = Params[0];

                if (Params[2].Length == 1)
                    sYear = "0" + Params[2].ToString();
                    sYear = Params[2].Substring(0, 4);

            switch (ReturnFormat)
                case "dd/mm/yyyy":
                    return sDate + DateSeparator + sMonth + DateSeparator + sYear;

                case "mm/dd/yyyy":
                    return sMonth + DateSeparator + sDate + DateSeparator + sYear;

                    return "";
            return "";

Basically what it does is, it splits the date and manually formats the date accodring to the desired format.

So you can try it like this:

DateTime dtJoinDate = Convert.ToDateTime(GetFormattedDate(txtJoinDate.Text, "dd/mm/yyyy", "mm/dd/yyyy"));