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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.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the January 2016 edition of the DaniWeb Digest, our community newsletter. Yes, as hard as it is to believe, it really is 2016 already! Aside from wishing every member of DaniWeb a very prosperous and fulfilling new year, we have to single out one particular member for attention as we enter this new year: diafol

It would be hard to imagine anyone not knowing who diafol is, after all he has been one of the most active of DaniWeb moderators for many years now. The Welsh Devil, or Alan to his mates, has been a member of DaniWeb for nine years and his stats are nothing short of fantastic: 2941 reputation points (ranking number 5), 93% post quality, 16,416 postings (ranking number 4), 120 skill & expertise endorsements (ranking number 6) and 2,239 Q&A's solved (ranking number 3). So, it is with great sadness, that we have to report that diafol has taken the decision to stand down as a moderator. It wasn't an easy thing to do, but Alan told us "my workload is now at a level that I have to think about work-life balance again, so something has to give" and moderating was that something.

Please join us in giving thanks to diafol for all his hard work as a moderator, and our hope that he remains as active and helpful a member as he can. One thing is for sure, diafol will never just be an 'ordinary' member of DaniWeb; he's far too extraordinary a character for that...

Member of the Month

This month we welcome darkagn into the very exclusive DaniWeb Member of the Month club. An eight year veteran of DaniWeb, darkagn is a well known presence both the software and web development categories. With more than 1200 contributions, 315 reputation points and a 93% post quality score it's not hard to see why. We asked a few probing questions to find out a little more about the person behind the profile...

Where were you born, where do you live now and where would you most like to live?

I was born in a small country town in Victoria, Australia but have lived most of my life in Adelaide, South Australia which is where I currently live. I love travel, so the idea of living for a period of time overseas would be amazing - maybe Paris?

How old are you?

I just celebrated my 40th birthday this year.

What is your occupation, what's the worse job you've ever done and what would be your fantasy job?

I'm a software developer at a company that specialises in solutions for the hospitality and tourism industries. Before I became involved in IT I had several jobs in hospitality. My least favourite job was probably as a kitchen hand and to this day I still hate washing the dishes because of it!
I would love to work in the field of artificial intelligence or robotics.

What is your favorite OS, what do you like best about it and what stinks?

I wouldn't say I have a favourite OS as such, and I can see pros and cons in each of them. I guess I am most comfortable in Windows since that's what I use the most, but I quite enjoy getting my hands dirty in the Linux or FreeBSD environments to keep things interesting.

What first brought you to DaniWeb and why did you stay here?

My first job in IT was in a testing and documentation role and did not involve any coding at all. I didn't want the skills I had learned at university (studying computer science) to atrophy so I looked around for a while for a community to join. I wanted to find somewhere I could contribute to and learn from at the same time, and DaniWeb seemed the perfect fit when I stumbled upon it via a Google search. I jumped straight in and started answering and asking questions in the Java forum and this helped to keep my knowledge current. When I landed my first development job it was more focused on Delphi, C# and SQL, so since then I have been around in those forums instead. I have actually taken a bit of a hiatus of sorts from DaniWeb and have only recently returned. Life stuff had to take precedence after the birth of my first child, but now that she is a bit older I have more time to contribute back again.

What do you think of the new DaniWeb design?

I must confess that I am a bit old-school when it comes to DaniWeb. When I first joined ("back in my day...") the layout was a blue and gold color, a menu bar across the top made navigation to a particular sub-forum very easy, etc. Since then the website format has changed at least twice, and while I like the fresh, flattened look of the website I do find it difficult to find things easily. I am sure it will just take a bit of getting used to though...

What would you change about DaniWeb if you could?

I can't think of anything so I guess you guys are doing a great job!

Do you have a favorite place to hang on DaniWeb and why?

Mostly I hang around the Software Development forum, in particular the C# topics. Most of my work is in .NET nowadays so I guess that's just where I feel most comfortable.

Which DaniWeb member would you most like to meet 'in real life' and why?

ddanbe strikes me as a very interesting and knowledgeable person. I always wanted to meet Narue too, but I'm not sure if she is still around at DaniWeb these days?

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

My interests are wide and varied with my family life as my highest priority these days, and nothing brings me more pleasure than to watch my daughter grow and be happy. I enjoy reading a good book, watching movies or TV, and sport. I play tabletop role playing games once a week with a bunch of close friends (these days we mostly play Pathfinder). Writing is a bit of a creative outlet for me, and I love to travel but these days don't get to do it very often. Wine is also a good passion and I am very lucky to live near some of the best wine regions in the world.

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