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Chris is the Co-founder, Administrator, Architect, Chief Editor and Shameless Hack who wrote and runs The Code Project. He's been programming since 1988 while pretending to be, in various guises, an astrophysicist, mathematician, physicist, hydrologist, geomorphologist, defence intelligence researcher and then, when all that got a bit rough on the nerves, a web developer. He is a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP both globally and for Canada locally.
 
His programming experience includes C/C++, C#, SQL, MFC, ASP, ASP.NET, and far, far too much FORTRAN. He has worked on PocketPCs, AIX mainframes, Sun workstations, and a CRAY YMP C90 behemoth but finds notebooks take up less desk space.
 
He dodges, he weaves, and he never gets enough sleep. He is kind to small animals.
 
Chris was born and bred in Australia but splits his time between Toronto and Melbourne, depending on the weather. For relaxation he is into road cycling, snowboarding, rock climbing, and storm chasing.
Member since Thursday, July 6, 2000 (14 years)
  • 31 Dec 2004: CodeProject MVP 2005

       

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The ASP.NET Wiki was started by Scott Hanselman in February of 2008. The idea is that folks spend a lot of time trolling the blogs, googlinglive-searching for answers to common "How To" questions. There's piles of fantastic community-created and MSFT-created content out there, but if it's not found by a search engine and the right combination of keywords, it's often lost.
 
The ASP.NET Wiki articles moved to CodeProject in October 2013 and will live on, loved, protected and updated by the community.
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In January 2005, David Cunningham and Chris Maunder created TheUltimateToolbox.com, a new group dedicated to the continued development, support and growth of Dundas Software’s award winning line of MFC, C++ and ActiveX control products.
 
Ultimate Grid for MFC, Ultimate Toolbox for MFC, and Ultimate TCP/IP have been stalwarts of C++/MFC development for a decade. Thousands of developers have used these products to speed their time to market, improve the quality of their finished products, and enhance the reliability and flexibility of their software.
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GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 4 PinadminChris Maunder13-Mar-13 8:52 
GeneralRe: Going Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 4 PinprotectorPete O'Hanlon13-Mar-13 9:20 
GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 3 [modified] PinadminChris Maunder5-Mar-13 8:19 
GeneralRe: Votes Going Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 3 PinprotectorPete O'Hanlon7-Mar-13 0:33 
GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 2 PinadminChris Maunder27-Feb-13 3:13 
GeneralRe: Going Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 2 PinprotectorPete O'Hanlon27-Feb-13 4:10 
GeneralRe: Going Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 2 PinadminChris Maunder28-Feb-13 16:21 
GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge, Reprise PinadminChris Maunder20-Feb-13 2:51 
Last year saw the Ultimate Coder Challenge pit 6 teams against each other to create the Ultimate App for the Ultimate personal computer - the Ultrabook. The sadists at Intel are back at it with a new twist: create an application that shows off a convertible Ultrabook[^] and/or takes advantage of the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK 2013 Beta[^]
 
Let me say from the outset that I'm ignoring the "or" in the "and/or" above. The contestants must create an app that shows off the hardware and uses the perceptual computing SDK to have a chance. This means
  1. The application needs to take advantage of the Ultrabook's specific features such as the sensors, the touchscreen, always on/always connected, power management and/or graphics.
  2. The application must make sense for a laptop form-factor and a tablet form-factor
  3. The application must make use of gesture controls, or eye tracking, or voice control, or anything else hidden in that magical SDK.
I'll add a fourth requirement

  1. The application must make sense as an Ultrabook application
What I mean by this is that an application that is an existing application shoehorned into an Ultrabook with support for an Ultrabook tacked on in a way that doesn't harmonise with the original application will not get my vote.
 
So, on to the challengers.
 
Sixence Studios[^] (I keep wanting to hand them a "p") are old hands at the perceptual computing stuff. They've demo'd at Intel keynotes and are developing a virtual puppet application. I will be interested to see how this works in the tablet form factor.
 
Lee Bamber[^] refuses to back down from a challenge, and this is the third contest I've had the honour of judging him in. His entry will be a virtual conference that will allow you to transport yourself into a 3D world. "ambitious to the point of foolishness" is what he writes. He's mad. I love it.
 
Simian Squared[^] will be creating a virtual potter's wheel complete with virtual clay. Please note that points will be deducted for any "Ghost" moments that appear in any videos demonstrating the application.
 
Code-Monkeys[^] continue the primate theme and will be taking their existing Stargate Gunship game and making it a fully immersive. Gestures for firing, voice commands to control weaponry and gaze capture for targeting. Gaze targeting is something I feel is going to totally and utterly change the nature of video games and I'm very keen to see how this works. A shooter game that reacts as fast as you can look is going to get crazy. I can feel the headaches already.
 
Infrared5/Brass Monkey[^]. Again with the Monkeys. This feels weird. They will be creating a 3D FPS using head tracking, facial recognition and voice. This will be a little different in that the angle of your head will change the view on the screen to make it more immersive. Interesting idea, and their art looks killer.
 
Quel Solaar[^] has decided to make it simple and reinvent the entire PC interface. He will create a game, a data visualizer and a creative tool that will make use of his open source software layer in order to make it "easy for any developer to make use of the diverse hardware available to us". Any input (voice, gaze, gesture), any display (phones, tablets, laptops, workstations) and any hardware configuration. And I thought Lee was nuts.
 
Our very own Pete O'Hanlon[^] is taking the safe path and creating a voice and gesture enabled image editing application. This seems specifically an effort to show off the perceptual computing SDK rather than show off an application, and I like that. Further, he's using touch as an input, thus being inclusive of the traditional Ultrabook features rather than just plowing on with the sexy, younger, more nubile features of the PerC SDK.
 

Each week I'll post an update of how the teams are progressing. May the best team win.
cheers,
Chris Maunder
 
The Code Project | Co-founder
Microsoft C++ MVP

GeneralRe: Going Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge, Reprise PinprotectorPete O'Hanlon20-Feb-13 4:17 
GeneralRe: Going Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge, Reprise Pinmemberroscler21-Feb-13 3:53 
GeneralRe: Going Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge, Reprise PinprotectorPete O'Hanlon22-Feb-13 1:38 
GeneralRe: Going Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge, Reprise Pinmemberroscler22-Feb-13 2:00 
GeneralRe: Going Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge, Reprise PinprotectorPete O'Hanlon22-Feb-13 2:31 
GeneralA big release today PinadminChris Maunder4-Feb-13 17:16 
NewsRatings are back PinadminChris Maunder20-Jan-13 8:30 
GeneralRe: Ratings are back Pinmember GeekBond 20-Jan-13 8:38 
GeneralRe: Ratings are back PinmemberH.Brydon20-Jan-13 8:54 
GeneralRe: Ratings are back PinmentorDaveAuld20-Jan-13 8:59 
GeneralRe: Ratings are back PinadminChris Maunder20-Jan-13 15:17 
GeneralRe: Ratings are back PinmemberSoMad20-Jan-13 10:29 
GeneralPost New Year. Another new feature! PinadminChris Maunder16-Jan-13 17:47 
GeneralNew Year, New Feature PinadminChris Maunder2-Jan-13 2:45 
GeneralRe: New Year, New Feature Pinmember_Maxxx_16-Jan-13 18:06 
GeneralRe: New Year, New Feature Pinmember ProgramFOX20-Jan-13 5:10 
GeneralThe Ultimate Coder Challenge - Judging Week PinadminChris Maunder2-Oct-12 10:30 

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