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Welcome to the June 2013 DaniWeb Digest

Don't delay, get coding for the DaniWeb Developer Contest today!

The DaniWeb API Developer competition, which allows members of the community to put the recently released DaniWeb application programming interface (API) to good use by coming up with a DaniWeb app of your own, is already underway. However, it's not too late to get programming and submit an entry.

The competition is open to all members of DaniWeb, old and new, with entries being accepted until the closing date of August 31st, 2013. 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.

Voting will take place in September, and the winners will share in a $500 prize fund. The overall winner gets a brilliant $300 Amazon gift certificate, with a second place prize of a $125 certificate and third place a $75 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 really is the opportunity to put your programming skills to the test.

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. So what are you waiting for, get coding people!

Do you want to be part of the DaniWeb community?

Different people come to DaniWeb for different reasons, and we are cool with that. It could be you have a pressing IT-related question that needs answering and quickly. DaniWeb is good for that, although we would like to think that you might hang around and become part of the wider community once that pressing need for immediate information has been fulfilled. Some people don't actually have a question to ask at all, and are solely interested in learning more by reading through the vast archive of material (sorted into topic-specific forums) relating to whatever subject they are learning about. DaniWeb is good for that as well, but we know that your learning process will be more enjoyable and therefore more successful if you interact with other members instead of just 'lurking' in the background. What we are saying here is that DaniWeb, unlike some of our competitors out there on the Internet, is more than just a place to come and get help: DaniWeb is a real community of IT practitioners, professionals, hobbyists and consumers. You don't have to have a specific question about a coding project or a tech support problem in order to get involved and post something. In fact, here at DaniWeb we positively encourage you to 'join the conversation' by starting a new discussion about tech stuff whatever that may mean to you. Random conversations can grow into valuable information resources. To make the process of being part of the community, and joining the conversation, easier than ever we have just introduced a great new feature that enables you to start a new community discussion about anything related to IT or computing right from the top of the home page. Type in a title for your post, select the most relevant forum to place it from the drop down menu, say whatever you want to say and then hit the big 'Contribute New Discussion Thread' button. That's all there is to it. Seriously, why not give it a go and drive the discussion yourself. The DaniWeb community belongs to you, and you belong in it - so become part of the conversation today!

Member of the Month

A DaniWeb member for just a year now, AHarrisGsy has an almost impossibly perfect post quality score of 98% across his post count of 500+ contributions to date. With 43 solved threads, 52 reputation points, 14 skill endorsements and activity points in excess of 3000, he's certainly making his mark on the DaniWeb community. If you want to bump brains with AHarrisGsy then head over to the PHP or Web Design forums where he spends much of his time helping others. You can also often find him letting his hair down in the Geeks' Lounge. In the meantime, let's find out a little more about our member of the month...

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

As much as I would love to say the bat cave, or in an underground base surrounded by whirring machines and the gentle hum of computer fans, I can't. I was born, and currently reside on a miniscule piece of land in the British Isles, an island so small that it often doesn't appear on most maps!

How old are you?

I'm a teenager, so spotty faced and up to my eyebrows in revision. I would say I live the typical teenager life of browsing the internet and playing sports, however, when I have the time you will normally find me with my head in a computer case or drawing designs for an engineering project, which is inevitably going to fail in spectacular style.

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

I'm currently a student and a school stage prefect, I haven't done anything overly exciting unfortunately. I have done some work experience; a bit in retail, a bit in an office IT department which I thoroughly enjoyed. The most unusual thing I've probably done however is work experience at a power station where I was involved in the removal of a diesel engine... and not just any engine but one which was four stories high! Imagine sticking that in your car!

What is your favorite OS and why?

I'm a Linux fan, no questions asked. My current operating system is Ubuntu 12.10 which I use on my laptop (however Windows 7 does sneak in occasionally for gaming). I like it for the simple reason that it's clean and sleek, it's free and accessible! Anyone can use it, and a lot of the software is free, a friendly nod and a wave to the developers and you install it.

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

I can't really remember what first brought me to DaniWeb, it's been a while, I think it was when I attempted to learn C++ and I had a question. I had spent hours searching the internet for an answer to my question and I just couldn't find it, and then I stumbled upon DaniWeb and very quickly I got my answer.

What makes you stay here?

I stay for the stuff you can learn. You could be scrolling through the forums and a topic catches your eye, you open it up and you learn something new every time. It's amazing the amount of knowledge which passes through DaniWeb on a daily basis, and the number of skilled people on here to answer your questions is just amazing!

What is your favorite forum and why?

My favourite forum has got to be the Web Development one, mainly because Web Development is the area of IT I know most about and therefore I can answer questions in it! I enjoy the creativeness of the people in the Web Development forum, looking at all the designs and ideas that others have is really inspirational for projects of my own.

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

I'm an avid cyclist, I absolutely love the sport! If you need me I shall normally be out cycling, whether it's raining or it's sunny. The fastest I've ever gone is probably 40 mph (64 kph) down a very steep hill... that was a frightening experience and I can say for a fact that I won't be doing that again!

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

The best thing about DaniWeb? I would say it is the design, the way you get little icons to say what posts are new, the clean look to it. It's a nice combination between formal and fun, the site feels appropriate for a professional environment but you still have an exciting edge to it. If I had to change something? That's a hard one, I don't know what I would change to be perfectly honest! There isn't really a part which has annoyed, or irritated me about the site. I think for this question I shall need to say pass.

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

Fascinating, not sure about that however I can make a rather nice chocolate fondant.

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