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Throughout the month of August, all DaniWeb members have the opportunity to make their voices heard and vote in the first Code Snippet Contest. During the course of June and July, DaniWeb members contributed 49 code snippets to our library. These covered languages from C to Python, Java to VB.net and C++ to PHP. There are three categories you can vote on: the snippet that shows the most creative functionality, the most elegant snippet and the most efficient snippet. The snippets that get the most votes in each category will win the member who submitted them an Amazon gift certificate. You can vote just the once, with one available vote in each category. So what are you waiting for? Let the community know which code snippet you like the best by casting your votes now. It's really easy, just head over to the Summer 2012 Code Snippet Contest voting page, tell us what your DaniWeb username is and cast your votes using the simple checkboxes against those code snippet entries listed that you want to win. The winners will be announced on DaniWeb in September...

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Members of the Month

This month we have something of a bumper Member of the Month special, with no less than three deserving members entering the DaniWeb hall of fame: MikeyIsMe, blocblue and hericles. All three have been nominated thanks to their continuing contributions to the DaniWeb community, helping other members by answering their questions and notching up a combined posting total of more than 1800 between them. With an average post quality score of 91% and cumulatively 332 question threads solved, all three are well deserving of their Featured Poster badges. If you know someone who deserves to be a Member of the Month candidate, let happygeek know by PM with a link to their member profile and a brief explanation of why. In the meantime, let's meet Mike, Rob and Steve...

MikeyIsMe

MikeyIsMe joined DaniWeb a year ago and since then has contributed 235 posts with a 90% average quality score, solved 19 threads and earned 32 reputation points. Mike is most often to be found helping out in the C# forum, and earned 1,203 activity points to date.

Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?

I am originally from Watford, UK. I moved as a child to New Haw, Surrey and have lived there ever since. More recently I moved just ten minutes up the road to Woodham. I currently spend my weekdays in Birmingham with work though, oh the joys of staying in posh hotels!

How old are you?

I am currently 20, and will be 21 in February next year. Slowly getting older...

What is your current occupation, and have you ever done anything unusual in the past?

I am currently on the Higher Apprenticeship Scheme in the UK, lasting the next five years, for Capgemini. This entails me doing software engineering, primarily in C#. It is the best opportunity I've had in my life and I turned down a university place to take up this job. I don't regret it in the slightest.

What is your favorite OS and why?

I do like the features of Mac OS and iOS, using them on my MacBook Pro and iPad 3, however being a PC gamer it has to be Windows simply for the compatibility with that which I enjoy so much. Gaming on a Mac is nowhere near what the Windows gaming scene is.

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

I was first brought to DaniWeb while in college doing my final year computing project. I got stuck on a couple of issues graphically, and Codeorder provided me with a large amount of help to finally resolve them. I been here ever since.

What makes you stay here?

The community is brilliant on DaniWeb, and also the idea of being a more discussion orientated site instead of just being 'straight up answers' that I find on certain other sites.

What is your favorite forum and why?

I tend to loiter in the XML, XSLT, XPATH forum currently, as no one else really seems to respond there. I have run into XSLT through work a few months ago and since then taken a lot of interest in it. I’m still learning it myself while answering the questions of others.

What are your interests outside of IT and outside of DaniWeb?

Outside of IT and DaniWeb I am an avid PC gamer. Currently to be found on Starcraft 2, League of Legends and also the closed beta of Smite (my current personal favourite, which will be a good game once released). I also spend the rest of the time down the gym; I have membership with David Lloyd and can easily kill 2-3 hours of day in the gym and pool.

Name the best thing about DaniWeb overall, and one thing you would change if it were in your power?

The community is brilliant on DaniWeb, there are a lot of highly talented individuals and I learn a lot just browsing around the C# forum. Funnily enough I had my answer changed as to the second half of the question while writing this interview straight into a PM: I pressed the back button on my mouse! Not really much of a major change but I would make it so you couldn't leave a post/PM with text entered without a prompt first to give you that change to not lose everything written!

What do you like best about the 'new' DaniWeb, and what do you hate?

I like the 'new' DaniWeb as a whole, the layout especially is much nicer to use. I can't say I hate anything about the site which I guess is a benefit! I see no real issues with it at all.

Any fascinating facts about yourself that you would like to share with the DaniWeb community?

Can’t really think of many interesting facts about myself. I don’t drink at all (alcohol wise), being completely teetotal, most my age seem to find this odd and wonder why I do so. I've also climbed to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Mount Toubkal, standing at 4,167 meters, with my school in 2007.

blocblue

blocblue joined DaniWeb four years ago now, and since then has contributed 610 posts with a 94% average quality score, solved 104 threads and earned 179 reputation points. Rob is most often to be found helping out in the PHP forum, and earned 1,559 activity points to date.

Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?

Originally, I am from a town called Wootton Bassett in the UK. I then moved away to university in Aberystwyth, Wales. Whilst there, I was spoilt by living on the coast and so moved from coastal town to coastal town over the next 5 years, before settling in a small market town called Faringdon in Oxfordshire, UK... but I'm getting itchy feet again.

How old are you?

I am 27 years old.

What is your current occupation, and have you ever done anything unusual in the past?

I am working as a freelance PHP and front-end developer through my company Blocblue, helping small businesses, digital agencies and individuals achieve their online aspirations. Anything unusual? I once started studying for a PHD in Sound Cues Fusion for Recognising Human Behaviour in Surveillance Applications. This was when I discovered my passion was for developing rather than theorising about ideas and products, so I made the leap and found a job as a PHP developer.

What is your favorite OS and why?

I always used to use Microsoft Windows. It was just the norm for many years. Then when I started freelancing, I made the move to Apple OS X and I've not looked back since. I like Apple OS X, because it's based on a Unix filesystem, which offers certain advantages to a developer, but also because it has a great user interface and the software just works - unlike Windows, sadly.

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

It was many years ago now, but I was searching for the solution to a development problem I was having and DaniWeb was one of the search results that came up.

What makes you stay here?

I found the solution to my problem, so in turn thought I'd stick around to help others solve their problems. It's also a great way to keep your own skills on par and to learn something new.

What is your favorite forum and why?

It has to be the PHP forum, because that's where I can make the greatest difference and help people to solve their problems. I do dabble in the Web Design/HTML/CSS forum, JavaScript/DHTML/AJAX forum and the MySQL forum too, but you can more often than not find me in the PHP forum. I've also recently started exploring the Geeks' Lounge That's a good port of call when you're looking to procrastinate.

What are your interests outside of IT and outside of DaniWeb?

When not working and away from my computer, I'm an avid gym-goer and runner. When you sit at a computer for 8+ hours a day, it's really satisfying to exercise and get that blood pumping. Then to relax when I can no longer walk, I enjoy watching films and spending time with my fiancee (except when she's nagging me).

Name the best thing about DaniWeb overall, and one thing you would change if it were in your power?

The best thing has to be the community. Unlike some other forums I frequent, I rarely, if ever, see people post outright negative replies to threads. Everyone who is here are here to help and I think that encourages people to stay and to help others themselves. If I could change something, it would be to try and get thread authors to mark their threads as solved when they've had their problem resolved. Some members dedicate a lot of their free-time to helping answer peoples questions and I think saying thank you and marking a thread as solved is a deserved sign of appreciation.

What do you like best about the 'new' DaniWeb, and what do you hate?

I particularly like the new design (no more yellow) and that you can disable the adverts. The banner adverts always used to cover the drop-down menus - very annoying when your favourite forum appeared directly underneath the banner.

Any fascinating facts about yourself that you would like to share with the DaniWeb community?

I was hand-picked from nearly 1 million people to be member of the month! Oh wait - you know that already...

hericles

hericles also joined DaniWeb four years ago now, and since then has contributed 1034 posts with a 89% average quality score, solved 209 threads and earned 155 reputation points. Steve is most often to be found helping out in the ASP.NET and VB.NET forums, and earned 3,177 activity points to date.

Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?

Originally I am from Christchurch, New Zealand. I lived there for most of my life except for a 3 year gap when I headed over to Europe to check the place out. I was lucky enough to move to the North Island of NZ just prior to the first of the earthquakes that struck Chirstchurch a year and a half ago. I now reside in Palmerston North, a university town, where my partner is studying veterinary science but I look forward to returning to civilisation one day (no offense to Palmerston North but it hardly qualifies as a cultural hub).

How old are you?

I like to think of myself as 36 year old that feels 27.

What is your current occupation, ever done anything unusual in the past?

My current occupation is man of leisure (read unemployed) as my last project finished and I haven't been fortunate enough to locate another one yet. Previously I have worked in IT support roles and web design. I also worked in bar security for several years part time and have some very interesting stories as a result.

What is your favorite OS and why?

I was (and still am) a Windows guy and work mostly on Vista and Windows 7. Since introducing myself to objective c I've been spending more time on Macs lately but I can't bring myself to love them (although I can't exactly say why).

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

I can't remember the details but I started out as everyone did I imagine. I had a coding problem that I couldn't solve so I found a site where I could ask the experts. That initial interaction was obviously positive as I came back again and again.

What makes you stay here?

Now I cruise the forums pretty much daily, helping out where I can. I like the format of the site, the quality of the answers and the friendly attitudes of the posters. Other forums I've seen can be overtaken by egos but that doesn't seem to happen here.

What is your favorite forum and why?

Most of my posts have been in C#, VB.Net, ASP.Net and the HTML/Web Design forums mainly because that is where my greatest strengths lie but I often have a look to find something I didn't know and increase my knowledge as much as to solve some one else's problem.

What are your interests outside of IT and outside of DaniWeb?

Outside of DaniWeb I read a lot, both fiction and non-fiction. I engage in road running and fully intend to do another half marathon one day. I enjoy the martial arts (particularly boxing, kick boxing and karate) and spend too much time on the X-box (just finished the Mass Effect series which is well worth your time if you haven't played it yet). I also play chess online at gameknot.com - my user name is the same if anyone here is also on it and wants a friendly game.

Name the best thing about DaniWeb overall, and one thing you would change if it were in your power?

The wide range of forums and the internal layout. The site is very easy to move around and searching is easy. Well done whoever worked on it!

What do you like best about the 'new' DaniWeb, and what do you hate?

Love the new look! Very clean and modern. I'm not a fan of the related article section, I find that is often not that relevant. Particularly when I'm replying to a post. It maybe more of use the OP but from its position I often get the feeling it is aimed at the person replying.

Any fascinating facts about yourself that you would like to share with the DaniWeb community?

This probably doesn't count as fascinating but when people try to Google stalk me all the find is this video!

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