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Welcome to the April 2013 DaniWeb Digest

Announcing: The $500 DaniWeb API Developer Contest!

OK, so by now we hope you are at least aware that DaniWeb has at long last got an official application programming interface (API) that enables you to put your coding skills to good use and build that DaniWeb app you've always wanted. Some interesting projects sprung up within days of the API documentation going live, such as those developed by DaniWeb moderator diafol which he has now showcased on a micro-site dedicated to the DaniWeb API that you can find here.

The question remains, though, what will you create using the DaniWeb API? To help get those creative juices flowing, and encourage DaniWeb members to get coding, we are proud to announce a fantastic competition to find the best use of the newly launched API. As well as the kudos of exposing development skills to your peers in the DaniWeb community, the winners will share in a $500 prize fund. The winner gets a $300 Amazon gift certificate, with a second place prize of a $125 Amazon gift certificate and third place gets a $75 Amazon gift certificate!!!

"There's a lot that you can do with our API. Essentially it allows your application (web, desktop, mobile, etc) to tap into DaniWeb's back end" says DaniWeb Founder and CEO, Dani Horowitz "Your own application can use DaniWeb's login mechanism, you can write a native mobile app for DaniWeb, you can create your own completely unique front-end for the site, there really are limitless possibilities". Limitless indeed. The only boundary to what can be done is your own creative flair. So whether you fancy developing an Android or iOS mobile app for DaniWeb, turning the award winning DaniWeb IT news editorial into a standalone digital newspaper, or something altogether more surprising, now is the opportunity to put your programming skills to the test.

Entry is open to all members of DaniWeb, old and new, with entries being accepted from now until the end of May 31st, 2013 with voting taking place in June. Code submissions should be posted within the relevant code snippet library for their language whereas downloadable apps, websites, etc. should be posted within the Show Off Your Projects forum in the Business Exchange section. All submissions must be tagged with both 'daniweb-api' and 'daniweb-api-contest-submission' in order to be eligible.

There's an active thread here about the API contest where you can ask any questions you might have, so why not pop along there before you start. But don't delay, you only have until the end of May to get those entries in!

DaniWeb sponsors Percona Live MySQL Conference

DaniWeb is proud to join the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google and HP as a sponsor of the Percona Live MySQL Conference, the world's biggest gathering of MySQL experts which takes place in Silicon Valley during April 22-25, 2013. We don't need to tell you that MySQL is the world's most popular open-source database, powering the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Being a developer yourself, you already know that. However, did you know that members of what you might call the MySQL 'ecosystem' will be gathering in Santa Clara at the end of the month?

If you want to network with developers, users, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and technology partners then Percona Live is the place to be. Across the four days of the conference and expo, there will be ample chance to take your technical skills and know-how to the next level, to make new connections with hundreds of people who can help you and your company succeed, recruit from the richest pool of MySQL technical talent on the planet and not forgetting those all important informal conversations with your peers. The bottom line is that if you're a MySQL database administrator or a developer who uses MySQL, then Percona Live could dramatically advance your career. Find out more, and register to attend, here.

Member of the Month

A member for more than a year now, LastMitch has a highly respectable post quality score of 71% across a post count of fast approaching 3,500 at the time of writing. With 281 solved threads under his belt, 114 reputation points and 42 skill endorsements LastMitch has quickly made his mark on the DaniWeb community. When it comes to forum activity, you can find him over in the PHP forum where he has made well over 1,500 contributions to date. But LastMitch also hangs out in the Geeks' Lounge and is a regular contributor to the DaniWeb Community Feedback forum amongst others. OK then, without further delay, let's find out a little more about what makes this DaniWeb member tick...

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

I was born in New York City, and live in New York City now!

How old are you?

I am in my early 30's.

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

I'm working part-time in IT/Networking now, for 25 to 30 hours per week. In the past though I used to day trade for a living and have also been a stock broker.

So, what first brought you to DaniWeb?

My former co-worker I used to work with at a different company told me about this site way back in 2006. He told to me it's much easier to find answers on here. Which is true!

And what makes you stay?

I stay on DaniWeb because I enjoy learning. It really helps me to learn by interacting with other DaniWeb members. So far I have been learning a lot at my own pace, but I still have a long way to go.

What is your favorite forum and why?

PHP! I studied programming when I was in college and got my BS degree in Computer Science.

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

I play the piano and write compositions for the piano. I also like to watch movies.

And finally, is there anything you would change about DaniWeb if it were in your power?

If I had that sort of power, I would create a community project so that members could interact and work on it together. The reason being that having a business reference is very important, especially now. When the project is done those few members can use that project and their team-members as a reference. To me this is priceless. Working on a project that can help someone break in or find work would be good. It's much better than doing an internship!

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