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Welcome to the July 2013 DaniWeb Digest

DaniWeb ch-ch-changes

Dani is always finding something to tweak, fiddle with and improve as far as the DaniWeb user interface is concerned. It's just one of the things that helps differentiate our community from the other 'IT help sites' out there. Many members didn't seem to like the 'live preview' feature that was introduced with the new site design and platform, so Dani has listened and scrapped it. Something, however, that vanished when we went live with the new site design was the spell-check function; and members have been asking for that to come back. Once again, Dani has been listening and coding. The end result is that if, when you are composing a post or a reply, you click on the green preview check mark in the editor toolbar then not only does a preview window pop-up but it spell checks the text and highlights any mistakes. Finally, for this month anyway, Dani has implemented a PM reminder system which pops up and lets you know if you have any new private messages when you log in. One click and you can go read your inbox without delay.

New: Live Chat!

Check out the brand new live chat service at DaniWeb. It's still in the process of being developed, so please excuse any rough edges and bugs. However, you can pop over to the chat section and see who's online to start using it right away. You might also want to create your own 'Shoutbox' area where people can come and talk to you directly, in real time. Just click on the 'Launch Shoutbox' button from your profile page. Be sure to let us know what you think!

Fancy a new username?

One of the questions that the admin team at DaniWeb get asked a lot is 'can you change my username for me?' and the correct answer is yes, we can. However, we don't need to as you can do it yourself. So, if you want a change of name you simply pop over to your user profile (just click on your username at the top of the screen) and scroll down to where you will find a n 'Edit Username' button. Type your new name into the input box and, assuming that name is available, a quick click of the 'Update Username' button and the deed will be done. Please be aware, as stated on the page, that this is a one change during the lifetime of your account deal. So make sure you choose wisely as you won't be able to change your name again. On that same page you will also notice there is an option to permanently delete your membership. We obviously encourage members not to do this. Whatever the problem you have with your DaniWeb membership can usually be resolved by talking to us in the Community Feedback forum or by contacting one of the admins by PM if you prefer not to discuss the situation in public. However, if circumstance dictates that you absolutely must delete your account please take note that is an irreversible process. Your posts will remain intact, and these cannot be removed. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to restore your membership should you change your mind in the future. You would have to create a new account and start over.

Code Contest

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 fast coming to an end. 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.

Member of the Month

Another DaniWeb member who has been with us for a year is the mysterious <M/>. Well, maybe not so mysterious when you realise the M stands for Michael. With an 83% post quality score and post count in excess of 3500, he's certainly made an impression during his time with the DaniWeb community. With 219 solved threads, 64 reputation points, 95 skill endorsements and activity points in excess of 21,000 <M/> has been a busy lad. If you want to bump brains with him then check out the Geeks' Lounge and Web Design forums. 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?

I am originally from Palo Alto (it is in California if you are wondering) and I currently live in Dana Point (which is also in California).

How old are you?

I am 15 years old. I don't look like I am 15 but I do act a lot like one (sometimes).

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

I am currently a student (just started High School) and I am learning computer programming (don't laugh). I really can't highlight something unusual about me because I am an unusual person overall.

What is your favorite OS and why?

Right now, I love using Windows 8. I love it because it is a totally different environment from what I am used to seeing. It is a big leap (for me) from Mac Operating systems to a Windows 8 atmosphere.

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

What brought me here originally was that I had a question and I couldn't figure it out. If I recall, I had a question in PHP.

What makes you stay here?

Well, I am still a student... so I obviously need some assistance with some questions. Another reason why I stick with Daniweb and not with other forums is because the community here is amazing. You can't find "amazing communities" in other forums.

What is your favorite forum and why?

Right now, my favorite forum to post would be in the Web Development and the Geek's Lounge.

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

Well, I love 99% of everything about IT and how it is in great demand in business. What I am interested in outside of DaniWeb is developing enough skills so that I can be successful in the future.

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 community, and I will credit Dani greatly on that. What I would change would be the reputation system. It isn't important but it can be something that can be improved.

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

Interesting things about me include: I am in 3 varsity sports (football, basketball, track & field), I am a trader (stocks and currency), I have straight A's in all 7 classes, I haven't broken a bone, I have had a streak of straight A's since elementary school, I have memorized that first 32 numbers of Pi (don't ask), and I am currently (as of last week) in Student Body (Sophomore President). Also, if you have not noticed, I love nature, technology, sports, education, business, religion, and the use of the parenthesis...

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