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Welcome to the May 2013 DaniWeb Digest

DaniWeb Developer Contest - Closing Date Extended!

Last month we announced the launch of a DaniWeb API Developer competition, allowing members to put the recently released DaniWeb application programming interface (API) to good use by coming up with a DaniWeb app of your own. As an incentive to get your coding skills flowing, 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!!!

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 now being accepted until the end of August 31st, 2013 with voting taking place in September. 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.

The API documentation can be found here and there's an active thread about the competition itself in case you have any very last minute questions.

Get coding people, you only have three months to produce that essential DaniWeb app and be in with a chance of winning one of those great prizes!

Member of the Month

A Daniweb member for a couple of years, pixelsoul has a supremely impressive post quality score of 95% across his post count of around 700 contributions to date. With 102 solved threads, 163 reputation points, 14 skill endorsements (half of which are in the PHP forum) and activity points score about to breach 3,000 you can see that pixelsoul has taken the DaniWeb community to his heart. If you want to bump brains with this friendly and knowledgable web developer you can, perhaps unsurprisingly, find him hanging out in the PHP and Web Design forums. You will also find him letting his hair down in the Geeks' Lounge. We asked pixelsoul a few probing questions in order to find out a little more about the man behind the account...

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

I am originally from Portland, Oregon USA, and I currently live in Portland. Apart from the rainy weather I like living here. Portland has a lot of different names, one of them being the "Silicon Forest". I have also lived in Reno, Nevada for a short time which was pretty interesting.

How old are you?

I am 35 but I feel like I am going on 25 years old. Most people never guess my age because I look young apparently. I still get asked for my ID whenever I go out with my friends to the bar/pub, which I think makes them a little jealous.

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

Currently I work for a mid-size Web Analytics company in Downtown Portland. In the past I have worked for some larger companies like Yahoo! and Symantec. I have held many different types of jobs, especially when I was younger. The worst was a plant that processed chicken (I didn't eat chicken for an entire year after that place). The best time I had at a job was actually a small pizza shop in Reno (who doesn't love pizza?).

What is your favorite OS and why?

I might get boo'ed for this one but, for my primary desktop machine I am going to have to say Windows 7. Mostly because I am familiar with Windows and it is second nature for me to use. I haven't had a chance to try Windows 8 but in my opinion Windows 7 has been by far the most stable, reliable, and clean OS that Microsoft has put out that I have had the chance to use. I also like some Linux distros like Ubuntu and Mint. I have never been a fan of Mac OS (I have a Macbook Pro sitting on my desk at work currently and I shoot nerf darts at it occasionally).

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

I can't really recall what first brought me to DaniWeb, but I think it was just from a Google search I had done once on some topic related to web development. Most forums I stumble across look boring, cluttered, and the same. DaniWeb had a nice, unique, clean feel to the design and I liked the way the categories were setup. There seemed to be a lot of activity which I also liked. So I created an account 2 years ago and the rest is history.

What makes you stay here?

I like helping people! I started playing with Web Development when I was only 15 and there were not as many places that one could go to ask questions and get good answers. The places I did go to ask questions, I was ignored or had some really harsh, mean answers come back. I remember what it was like to be totally clueless on a subject, to the point I didn't even know how to phrase my questions correctly. I try to be that guy that wasn't around for me when I was trying to learn. Also, helping people here helps me to learn at the same time. On many different occasions I have stumbled across some really cool things in the process of helping provide an answer to someone else on DaniWeb.

What is your favorite forum and why?

I would say PHP, but I always watch the entire Web Development category. I fell in love with PHP when I was 15, back then it was just a very small and simple language. It was the one thing that I had the most questions about when I was starting out, so I enjoy answering other peoples questions that they have about it. I think the brightest days for PHP are still coming with the move to make it a fully object orientated language. I am a big fan of jQuery as well.

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

I am a big fan of College (American) Football and I can't wait for this next season to start (Go Ducks!). I do weight training at the gym about 5-6 times a week, along with an interest in nutrition. I have a 3 year old daughter that I adore, and I am currently training her to be the next Bill Gates. I have a lot of friends around the world, and one day I plan on being able to travel around the world and see their countries in person.

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

The best thing about DaniWeb? The people! Community websites are only as good as its Members. What would I change on DaniWeb? The only things I can think of at this moment are: Make offsite links open in a new window by default and maybe add a widget/sidebar on the site that shows real time data for your watched articles. And/or maybe also make it configurable to show realtime data for a chosen forum. Something like the sidebar on Facebook I suppose, that can be hidden or shown if one chooses to.

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

I once met David Thewlis in person, and I talked with him about the different movies he had acted in. I told him I didn't like Harry Potter and he laughed pretty hard... lol.

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