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Ultimate Coder Challenge

I am a bandit for gadgets and the latest batch of Ultrabooks are over the top. Laptops that have touchscreens, accelerometers, gyros, proximity and ambient sensors - it's like they finally took my advice and crammed every unlikely feature they could lay their hands on and crammed them into one device. I love it.

For 6 weeks, myself and 3 other lucky ones are judging the Intel Ultimate Coder Challenge. 6 developers have 6 weeks to write an app on the latest and greatest Intel Ultrabook to put it through its paces. To follow the progress read my blog or check out the Ultimate Coder Challenge page.

Android Programming Challenge: $25,000 - grand prize

Reading about what other developers are doing is one thing, but actually firing up a compiler and doing it yourself is even better. Our Android App contest is looking for the best Android game and has a very, very serious grand prize attached. Enter your app, be it big or small, simple or complex, serious or frivolous. Every app that's entered has a chance at this prize.

Best articles of last month

To continue the theme. The top authors of last month have been voted for by you. Congratulations to:

Best Mobile article of July 2012
Colin Eberhardt - A Gesture-Driven Windows Phone To-Do List
Prizes: Code Project Mug; Code Project Mousepad; The latest Mobile books from informIT; ComponentOne Studio Enterprise;
 
Best VB.NET article of July 2012
Meshack Musundi - Metro: Shuffle
Prizes: Shell MegaPack.Net 2010; SmartOutline 2010; Crypto Logger For .Net; The latest VB.NET books from informIT;
 
Best C# article of July 2012
Kanasz Robert - Design Patterns 1 of 3 - Creational Design Patterns
Prizes: Shell MegaPack.Net 2010; SmartOutline 2010; Crypto Obfuscator For .Net - Enterprise Edition; The latest C# books from informIT; ActiveReports 7;
 
Best C++ article of July 2012
Woong Gyu La - How to replace recursive functions using stack and while-loop to avoid the stack-overflow
Prizes: Codejock Xtreme ToolkitPro; SmartOutline 2010; CryptoLicensing For MFC - Enterprise Edition; The latest C++ books from informIT;
 
Best Web Dev article of July 2012
Florian Rappl - Practical ASP.NET MVC (3) tips
Prizes: SmartOutline 2010; The latest Web Dev books from informIT; Spread WPF-Silverlight;
 
Best overall article of July 2012
Kanasz Robert - Design Patterns 1 of 3 - Creational Design Patterns
Prizes: Code Project Mug; Hyper Build; Spread .NET;
 

cheers,
Chris Maunder

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Weekly Poll Results

Have you moved to Visual Studio 12?

Survey period: 20 Aug 2012 to 27 Aug 2012

Visual Studio 12 has been out in the wild for days now. Have you made the leap?

OptionVotes% 
Yes, totally16410.29164 votes, 10.29%
Yes, for some stuff1217.59121 votes, 7.59%
We are about to1539.60153 votes, 9.60%
We're thinking about it48830.61488 votes, 30.61%
No, and we probably won't20712.99207 votes, 12.99%
No, we're sticking with an earlier version38223.96382 votes, 23.96%
I don't use Visual Studio794.9679 votes, 4.96%

This week's survey: Do you find Windows 8 simple to use?

Most popular new articles

20 Aug 2012 - 26 Aug 2012

Latest Additions

92 articles overall. 28 new, 64 updated.

New articles added

Hardware & System

  • Frequency Divider with VHDL - Programnation
    This brief article describes a frequency divider with VHDL along with the process of calculating the scaling factor.

Interviews

  • A Coder Interview With Graham Lee - The Code Project, Graham Lee
    Welcome to our continuing series of Code Project interviews in which we talk to developers about their backgrounds, projects, interests and pet peeves. In this installment we talk to Graham Lee.

Miscellaneous

SharePoint Server

Windows Presentation Foundation

Articles updated

.NET Framework

Algorithms & Recipes

ASP.NET

Audio and Video

C / C++ Language

C#

Charts, Graphs and Images

  • ASP.NET Plotter Toolkit - HTML5 Charting for all - Akram El Assas
    ASP.NET Plotter Toolkit makes the process of creating ASP.NET charting controls much simpler and much easier. The toolkit comes with extendable HTML5 charting controls for plotting time series and dense data sets.

Database

Date and Time

Design and Architecture

General Graphics

Hardware & System

HTML / CSS

Internet / Network

iPhone

Libraries

Localisation

Miscellaneous

Mobile Development

PHP

  • Token Manager - VectorX
    The Token Manager allows web developers to program PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript into tokens that can be used throughout WordPress.

Programming Tips

SharePoint Server

Third Party Products and Tools

Threads, Processes & IPC

VB.NET

Windows Communication Foundation

Windows Phone 7

Windows Presentation Foundation

New Tips and Tricks added

C / C++ Language

C#

Client side scripting

Hardware & System

  • Frequency Divider with VHDL - Programnation
    This brief article describes a frequency divider with VHDL along with the process to calculate the scaling factor.

Internet / Network

  • Simple C# FTP Class - metastruct
    Easy to use class for downloading, uploading, and other FTP commands

Libraries

  • SIP Stack (1 of 3) - Hatim Haidry
    SIP Stack Implementation on the basis of RFC SIP 3261 Specification

Programming Tips

SharePoint Server

String handling

Tips and Tricks updated

.NET Framework

Algorithms & Recipes

  • Math Parser NET C# - kirnbas
    This is light, fast and simple to understand mathematical parser, which receives as input a mathematical expression (string) and return the output value (double).

ASP.NET

Bugs & Workarounds

C#

Database

Hardware & System

New Technical Blogs added

ASP.NET Controls

  • ASP.NET GridView – OnRowDataBound vs OnRowCreated - cpsglauco
    This morning, while I was creating a simple ASP.NET page, I have fought a couple of hours versus a GridView that apparently worked in strange ways. Problem Description The problem I encountered seemed to be the wrong setting of the … Continue reading →

Code Generation

  • Benchmark code blocks easy - Andrei Rinea
    Have you been testing code speed like this? Or maybe you’ve found the Stopwatch class and been happy with its superior time precision? Better, I’d say, but I’ve quite had it. Plus I needed to benchmark a local website and …Read more »

Database

  • OUTPUT clause in UPDATE statements - Andrei Rinea
    Sometimes you need to update data in a table and then update data in another table but based on a filter condition found from the first table. Specifically have you had to do this in the past? This is not …Read more »

Date and Time

  • Creating a multi-paged container control with design time support - Richard James Moss
    This article describes adding design time support for a TabControl-like component which renders the same way the Project Properties in Visual Studio 2012.This is the first time I've tried to make more advanced use of component designers so there are going to be areas that I'm not aware of or have no

Document / View

  • Barcodes, document flow and 100 points identification on MS Dynamics CRM 2011 - Pavel Korsukov
    I have just finished Proof-of-Concept for one of our customers. The PoC was a demonstration of capabilities to automate paper document flow based on a custom solution for MS Dynamics CRM 2011. It involves barcodes generation, bulk document printing, scanning of paper documents and automatic recognit

Files and Folders

Game Development

  • Modifying Quake 3 - part 2- Gamer inputs - Anup Shinde
    In the previous post, we saw how to compile and Q3 source code and some of details on Q3. In this post, I'll explain some basics on how Q3 works and we will create a mechanism to accept user input. In the last post, we will define the behavior of the homing-missile.

Internet / Network

Toolbars & Docking windows

  • 5 Unforgivable Windows 8 RTM Problems - Sam Meacham
    I work with a couple of committees at Microsoft for developing the future “story” of some of their key technologies. So I’ve been able to participate in some fun closed focus groups for things like ASP.NET, WCF, Windows and Visual Studio 2012. The gist of it is that the guts of Win

Uncategorised Technical Blogs

  • Character test utility - Andrei Rinea
    Every now and then I have to decide if a character satisfies a predicate (char.IsPunctuation, char.IsSymbol and so on) found on the System.Char class. The MSDN pages are of limited help plus I need to browse each predicate. Therefore I …Read more »

  • Introducing Spring Batch, Part One - Lauren Fournier
    Have you ever heard someone say “Man I wish we had a toy like that when I was a kid! That would have been awesome!” For me, that’s usually when I’m wrapping the latest entry in Nerf’s arsenal for Christmas, someone’s birthday or any time my kids and I are running through the house attempting [...]

Windows Presentation Foundation

  • WPF default binding format culture - Andrei Rinea
    WPF formats non-string objects to a string using a fixed/hardcoded culture (en-US) regardless of the current culture (as in Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture / CultureInfo.CurrentCulture). Suppose you have a simple DataContext (ViewModel) like so : Binding an instance of `Data` to a view, …R

Technical Blogs updated

ASP.NET

  • A single file login page for asp.net - wullinkm
    Sometimes you might feel the need to simply protect a public directory on your webserver. Using IIS gives you several options to achieve this, but today we will discuss how to enable a simple login page that requires only one file and a few entries in web.config. First of all I used the login page c

C#

  • Beware of switch - Andrei Rinea
    I am by no means against any of the instructions which exist in C#, including goto (wow, I said that). Each of them can have its place and its normal use in an application. However things can be abused and …Read more »

Uncategorised Technical Blogs

  • Getting Started With Spring Batch, Part Two - Lauren Fournier
    Now that we’ve had a high level overview of some of the simple and basic features of Spring Batch, let’s dive into what it takes to get up and running. The main purpose of this quick and simple tutorial is to give you a starting point for exploring Spring Batch to see if you’d like [...]




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