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Welcome to the DaniWeb Digest, June 2012 edition
The first DaniWeb Code Snippet Contest is underway!
Hi everyone ... do we have some exciting news for you to kick off the June edition of the DaniWeb Digest? well, yes, we do actually. DaniWeb is extremely proud to announce the launch of our very first Code Snippet Contest.
If the question is 'can you code?' then the answer, seeing as this is DaniWeb after all, will most likely be 'you bet I can!' But how about if that question was changed slightly to 'how efficient is your code?' or 'how creative is your code?' or even 'how elegant is your code?' DaniWeb is pleased to be able to not only give you the opportunity to find out, but also the chance to win some truly amazing prizes as well.
It's really easy to take part, all we ask is that all code is fully-working and bug-free: code which does not work, or which is buggy, will be disqualified. All entries must be properly submitted as a code snippet using the article editor, code posted as a normal discussion thread will also be disqualified.
The competition is open to anyone who is a registered member of DaniWeb, that includes newbies and old hands, regular forum contributors and lurkers, even moderators and admins. Anyone who can code is encouraged to show us what you are capable of. Please don't be put off if you think you cannot beat the mods, or that your code might not be good enough to enter; unless you try you will never know for sure. With voting for the prize-winning categories coming from the DaniWeb community itself, you may just surprise yourself and discover that your coding style is the best after all.
There are some great prizes to be won, including:
$250 amazon.com gift card for the most efficiently written code
$150 amazon.com gift card for the most creative functionality
$100 amazon.com gift card for the most elegant code
In addition, the winners and runners-up in all categories will be awarded some much deserved positive rep points!
Non-US residents are, of course, most welcome to enter and provided there is a gift certificate program available for the Amazon store serving your country then DaniWeb will happily change your prize to a gift certificate of equal value that can be spent in it.
In case you were wondering, there are no restrictions on code length although it's unlikely that 'Hello World' would be a winner! You can even submit some old code that you created a long time ago, as long as it is new to DaniWeb and has not been posted elsewhere on the web. As long as you have the legal right to contribute it, we want to see it.
The contest starts now, so get coding! You can submit code snippets in any language as long as they are fully working and bug free. Submissions will be accepted until midnight (EST) on Tuesday July 31st, 2012.
To submit a code snippet, simply head to the appropriate programming forum for the language your snippet is coded in. Click on the big yellow 'Contribute New Article to this Forum' button, and when the article editor appears select 'Code Snippet' from the 'Type of Article' drop down menu.
Member voting will commence on Wednesday August 1st, and end at midnight (EST) on Wednesday August 15th with the winners being announced the following day.
Good luck people, and remember this competition is open to everyone. The winners will be determined by the votes of the community itself; the wisdom of DaniWeb crowds will prevail rather than the opinions of one or two members alone. This is a great chance to show everyone what you have got, forget the prize money this is all about kudos: will you be crowned the best coder on DaniWeb?
If you have any questions about the competition, please join the DaniWeb conversation here.
DaniWeb members promoted to moderators
I'm sure that everyone will want to join me in welcoming the following members who, as a result of their contributions and dedication to the DaniWeb community, have recently been promoted to moderator status:
If you would like to be considered for promotion to moderator status, here's what you need to do to get our attention: respond to questions with reliable and trustworthy answers, help new members to find their feet, be part of the DaniWeb conversation and generally contribute great quality content in the forums. If you feel that there is someone already doing that who deserves to be promoted to moderator, then please PM the DaniWeb Community Administrator happygeek with the reasons why and the management team will be sure to look into it next time that the moderator pool is expanded.
Moderator of the Month
Reverend_Jim might only have joined the DaniWeb community a year ago, but during that brief time he has made quite an impact. Enough to get the attention of the management team and earn a well deserved promotion to moderator status last month. You can find Jim hanging out in the VB.NET forum where he posts the most and by helping out the community there has already achieved an overall DaniWeb member rank of 105 (out of more than 950,000) by way of discussions solved in just 12 months. To find out more about Reverend Jim we thought it would be fun to get him involved in the 'Member of the Month' interviews, and so here's another in the occasional series of 'Moderator of the Month' features:
Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?
I'm originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). I was born here in 1953 and I can't imagine I'll be anywhere else at this point in my life.
What is your current occupation, and have you ever done anything unusual in the past?
I am retired as of 2008 and thoroughly enjoying it. I got my B.Sc in 1977. At the time I was told that 99% of the jobs for computer science grads would be in the business area. In my case, being a one-percenter (not the financial kind) was a good thing. My first two jobs (1977-1979) were research projects. The first was to develop a photographic/computational method of mapping anatomical surfaces for creating (via a numerically controlled milling machine) custom back supports for people with spinal deformities. The second was twofold. Both parts involved collecting and analyzing anatomical data. One was vestibular data for studying how the body controls balance and coordination. The other was motor-neuron membrane potentials for spinal cord injury research. From 1980 to 2008 I worked in the control centre of Manitoba Hydro , a Crown Corporation that provides power to the province and the U.S. My job changed so much because of the technology that I really had many different jobs over 29 years. Most of it was real-time programming.
What is your favorite OS?
I'd have to go with Microsoft Windows. Because of my job I became intimately familiar with Windows. I've played with Linux. I appreciate its power and features but its just too finicky for me. I find it is too easy to break and too hard to fix. But that could just be me. My computer is a Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop. It's the most convenient for travel to the lake and back.
What first brought you to DaniWeb?
Pure luck. You came up in a Google search. I immediately liked the overall look and feel of the site.
What makes you stay here?
I like the way things are run. I've seen other forums where threads get quickly off topic and where answers to questions are given in such a way that they only make sense if you already know the answer. DaniWeb generally avoids that. I get a sense of community. It's also gives me a good feeling to be able to contribute. That's the only thing I miss since retiring.
What is your favorite forum and why?
I've dabbled in Python but I usually stick around the VB.Net forum. I find it easiest to develop apps in VB. Most of my apps from 2000-2008 were developed in vbScript (stop laughing, it was pretty serious stuff and most of it is still running) so VB proper is a good fit. Some questions are relatively easy to answer but I like the ones that require a bit of research because by answering them I also learn something new.
What are your interests outside of IT and outside of DaniWeb?
I do a lot of reading, mostly mysteries. During the winter months my wife and I like to cross-country ski. We spend May through September at the cottage and do biking, canoeing, etc. Like most Canadians/Americans we watch a lot of TV, movies, etc.
Name the best thing about DaniWeb, and one thing you would change if it were in your power?
The best thing is the amazing patience of most people to explain things again and again. These people genuinely want to help posters out of a jam. One thing I would change? About people posting questions - I would like them to follow some simple posting guidelines to make it easier to post a useful answer.
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Don't forget to enter the DaniWeb Code Snippet Contest
For your chance to share in $500 of amazon.com gift vouchers, simply upload your code snippets to DaniWeb. Will you be voted one of the best coders on DaniWeb?