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DaniWeb marches to one million members

Welcome to the October 2012 edition of the DaniWeb Digest, which sees the DaniWeb community on the verge of hitting an amazing milestone in terms of membership numbers. It is just 10 years since founder Dani Horowitz created DaniWeb, and this hobby only turned into a fulltime business in December 2005. In that relatively short period, thanks to the dynamism of Dani, her team of dedicated staff and volunteers, plus the incredibly knowledgable, generous and loyal community itself, we have grown to the point that by the time you read this newsletter DaniWeb will have more than a million members. Thank you, one and all, for helping to make DaniWeb the must visit one-stop site for all your development, programming and general IT discussion needs. Here's to the next million members, and beyond...

And the winners are...

DaniWeb members contributed code snippets to our library over the course of June and July 2012, and during August and September the entire community had a chance to review these snippets and vote upon those they thought represented the most creative functionality, the most elegant code and the most efficient code on display. The authors of those snippets receiving the most votes in each category to be awarded not only with an Amazon gift voucher for their efforts, but perhaps more importantly the kudos of knowing that a community of coders with the knowledge and respect of DaniWeb has given them the seal of approval.

Well, the votes are in, and we are happy to be able to announce that the winners are as follows:

The prize for the code snippet which demonstrated the most creative functionality goes to Tony Veijalainen, better known as that popular moderator pyTony for his Python snippet: 'Class based polynomials with magic methods'.

The prize for the most elegant code snippet is awarded to the mysterious L7Sqr for the C++ snippet 'Calculator using shunting-yard algorithm'.

And finally, the prize for the most efficient code snippet is heading in the direction of another moderator (which proves that DaniWeb mods really do 'walk the walk' as well talk the talk when it comes to coding) namely Mikael Persson, a.k.a. mike_2000_17 for his 'Scope-guarded lockable objects in C++11' snippet.

Congratulations to the winners one and all, and our heartfelt thanks to every single one of the DaniWeb members who took the time to both submit a code snippet and to vote upon them.

Member of the Month

A member for more than a year now, ChrisHunter has a short bio which simply says "Distinctly average..." but his contributions to the DaniWeb community are far from that: ranked 474 (out of 998,000 members) by post count and 372 by solved Q&A count, ChrisHunter is most active in the C# forum and has a motto of "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years". So, without any further ado let's welcome Chris into the DaniWeb Hall of Fame and find out a little more about the life in his years.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in a small town just outside of Liverpool called Widnes in the north west of England. It’s not the nicest place on earth but it’s not the worst place to live.

How old are you?

My age? that one usually surprises people. I only recently turned 23 but I’ve got the joints of a 50 year old and look around 30.

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

At the moment I’m working as a Junior Software Engineer in North Wales in the UK but recently accepted a Junior Software Engineer position in Liverpool. I’m not sure if it’s unusual but after finishing school at the age of 16 I worked the entire summer running a department of a window blinds factory with a friend. Which considering I wanted to be a programmer is fairly unusual and needless to say the blinds making factory isn’t around anymore.

What is your favorite OS and why?

A lot of people might hate me for this but considering I haven’t used Windows 8 yet my favourite OS is Windows 7, purely because it looks good and it’s does everything I need it to. I know thats not a technical reason for it being my favourite OS but I think that could be down to the fact I haven't had too much experience in developing to really notice the difference yet. I’ve never used a MAC OS before either, they were always used for graphic design and Media courses at university were as computing courses got old bombed out labs with the oldest computers available, so I’ve only ever used Windows.

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

Probably the same as a lot of DaniWeb users, I came looking for help, got addicted, and stayed. I had a problem with a combo box that I couldn’t figure out so I thought I’d join to see if anyone could help.

What makes you stay here?

Well if I’m honest I love helping other people with their problems, also the amount of experience and knowledge between all the DaniWeb members is priceless. I’m not a very experienced programmer myself but if I can help someone with a problem they’re having it feels great, plus it helps me gain more knowledge, become more confident in my programming and it feels great knowing I could help someone out. Plus the banter at DaniWeb is second to none too!

What is your favorite forum and why?

It would be a toss-up between the C# forum and the MS SQL forum http://www.daniweb.com/web-development/databases/ms-sql/127 purely for the reason that they are two main languages. I post in some other forums when I can help but C# and MS SQL are my strongest languages and the languages I want to use most in my career.

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

What? There’s a life outside out DaniWeb? I’m an active person and love anything to do with the outdoors so when the weather is good enough (which is 1 week a year in England) I try to go camping or get outdoors. I’m massively passionate about rock climbing and I climb at least twice a week at the moment. I mostly climb indoors but I get out when the weather is good enough, the feeling you get when you finish a rout, or even when you take a big fall is amazing. I do play a lot of Xbox in my spare time but spend as much time as I can with my girlfriend Vicky, which unfortunately is mostly just weekends because she’s a nurse and works all kinds of hours and lives miles away.

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

The best thing about DaniWeb is definitely the other members. They’re always happy to help and the banter is great. If I’m honest I wouldn’t change anything, I’m used to DaniWeb the way it is now and got to say I like the revamp now.

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

At first I wasn’t a massive fan because I was used to the old layout of the site. After getting used to the new version I think it’s been nothing but a good thing.

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

I was part of the 4th best white water rafting team in the UK in 2010 after coming 11th at the end of the first day of rafting and being EXTREMELY hungover on the final day.

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