Accessing DataRiver Web Excel & SQL on Mac OS X

DataRiver Web Excel and Web SQL are great features of DataRiver that allow you to use Microsoft Excel and SQL Server Management Studio in the cloud. Accessing these two features on Mac OS X does require an additional step over Windows that we’ll cover below.


In order to open the RDP files that DataRiver generates once you click to access Web Excel or Web SQL files, such as Research Pivots, you’ll need to download the Microsoft Remote Desktop app from Microsoft.

You can download this app from the Mac App Store with the link below:

Once you have the app installed, you can open the downloaded RDP files from DataRiver to access Web Excel and Web SQL.

DataRiver DataCast Event Definitions

DataCast is a great tool that allows users to automatically deliver reports throughout their organization. For example, handling the delivery of monthly physician volume reports to each physician via email.

We provide analytical reports for each DataCast, broken out by events in aggregate as well as for each recipient. Below are those events and definitions for each:

Event Name Event Description
Deferred Recipient’s email server temporarily rejected message. DataRiver will continue to try delivery for 48 hours.
Bounce Receiving server could not or would not accept message.
Delivered Message has been successfully delivered to the receiving server.
Open Recipient has opened the email message.
Click Recipient clicked on a link within the email message.

Debugging jQuery Events

Have you ever been working on a large web application project and started to see interesting(unexpected) jQuery events?  If so, it can be a real chore to track down where the events are being triggered and what functions are being called.  Recently we had a bug that was a direct result of overlapping jQuery events and it was proving difficult to find.  While looking for a decent solution, I stumbled across this jQuery snippet…

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Load Only the Scripts and Styles You Need on Each Page

When developing a web application with the functionality of a platform like DataRiver, you will find yourself using multiple external javascript files and css stylesheets. When you combine this with the need for some sort of templating structure, you will find yourself asking, “how should I go about loading my scripts and styles so that my pages have access to them?” Of course, you could just load all of those libraries on every page in the header part of your template. Then you never have to worry about them again, right? However, this is undesirable for two reasons…

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