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DaniWeb is designed, developed, and maintained by a small team consisting of myself (Dani), James, our systems administrator, and Davey, our community manager. I have been working fulltime, largely behind-the-scenes, and often putting in 80+ hour weeks, ever since I was a teenager, to build DaniWeb into what it has grown into today. Servers are expensive, and all of our expenses are paid for out of my own pocket. We have no debt and have never taken any outside funding since our inception in 2002.

This website and its community have been both my livelihood as well as my passion project for more than half my life, and it warms my heart to see how many others out there it touches. If you have ever found DaniWeb helpful, useful, fun, a great learning experience, a place to meet, talk to and share ideas with smart, talented people, or has in some way enhanced your life over the past two decades, please help us out with a financial contribution.

Surviving Sandy

Welcome to the November 2012 edition of the DaniWeb Digest, brought to you from New York despite the best efforts of the weather to prevent it. As some of you may know, DaniWeb is headquartered in Long Island, New York; an area which was particularly hard hit by Superstorm Sandy at the end of October. DaniWeb founder and CEO, Dani Horowitz, who lives on Long Island, reported in the aftermath of the storm that "over 75% of Long Island is out of power, and they are saying it will be about a week to 10 days before power is restored to everyone. All roads are closed between fallen power lines and fallen trees." Although DaniWeb itself survived Sandy, our offices themselves were initially without any Internet connectivity and it remains patchy a week later. However, we are really pleased to report that there were no downtimes or outages during the storm or once it had weaved a trail of destruction through the city. All the staff based in New York came through unscathed, and our thoughts are naturally with those families who have lost loved ones in this demonstration of the power of the natural world.

Join the DaniWeb conversation

During October, as predicted in the newsletter last month, DaniWeb was proud to have welcomed our one millionth member. In the first few days of November, as this month's newsletter is prepared for press, membership numbers have jumped to more than 1,015,000 in total. Which is truly amazing, and we would like to welcome every single one of you. However, we would also encourage you to start taking part and join the DaniWeb conversation. You can do this by answering a question where you have the experience and knowledge to help a fellow member of the community, start a new thread by asking your own question or maybe writing a brief tutorial explaining how others can accomplish a coding goal, or by commenting on one of our many current and thought provoking news stories. We appreciate that many of our new members may feel that they lack the experience to be able to help others just yet, and that's fine as our community embraces every level of expertise from beginner to guru, but that doesn't mean you cannot participate in the DaniWeb conversation. How about taking a look at the Geeks' Lounge, for example? This is where members chill out with laid back chat and questions that are not IT support related. All we ask is that before you post anything, you take the time to quickly search before you post (the DaniWeb search box is at the top right of your screen) to see if a similar question already exists instead of just duplicating existing ones. The main message we would like to get across this month is that DaniWeb belongs to you, it is your community and will only continue to grow, mature and evolve if you take part and join the conversation. So what are you waiting for?

Member of the Month

A member for four years now, Pgmer has helped solve 149 problems during his time on DaniWeb and contributed more than 800 posts with an impressive average quality score of 78%. Pgmer is most active in the VB.NET forum but can also be found in the ASP.NET and Visual Basic 4/5/6 forums. So, and not before time, we would like to welcome Pgmer into the DaniWeb Hall of Fame. Let's discover a bit more about what makes this valued member of the DaniWeb community tick...

Where are you from?

I am from India originally, and still live in India.

How old are you?

This question scares me a lot... I am old enough to become lead or manager in my organization. In numbers I am 28.

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

I am currently working as a software developer. I have seen lots of ups and downs in my life. I never wanted to be programmer in my life as I was interested in electronic circuit designing. But finally had to choose IT...

What is your favorite OS and why?

I am Microsoft developer so I use Windows 7 all the time at work and at home; it is good, user friendly, and maybe I feel this because I have always used Windows OS. But I really want to explore Mac OS...

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

I was in my first job and my boss asked me to do some unusual programming and I started googling and ended up finding DaniWeb.

What makes you stay here?

Learning makes me stay here. It's a cool forum for developers that helps me learn a lot of things which I could not explore in my work as all developers do not get an opportunity to work on all things. DaniWeb makes me think in many directions as developer.

What is your favorite forum and why?

VB.NET and SQL are my favorites as I work mostly on these, but love to explore in the ASP.NET forum as well.

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

I love reading novels, watching and playing cricket, watching movies and listening to music. I also love watching comic movies and stand up comedy.

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 the people (I mean the techies or experts). But I would love to change the color of website...

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

In the new DaniWeb I like the reply editor, with lots of good options that weren't in earlier versions. No hates as such, but initially I struggled to find all my posts but now I am okay.

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

Hmmm nope I am quite boring person…

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