We'd like to thank all our organizers who agreed to participate (yes, even whose events did not work out. A great deal of effort was still made) in hosting and attending our 10 Million Members celebrations. Each organizer found attendees, picked a central location, an itinerary, and corralled everyone as the date approached. We cannot thank you enough.
As an online community we barely ever see each others faces and for our 10 million celebration we wanted to do something a little more personal. It's a proud moment for our company, our staff, and these celebrations are a testament to the kind of members and readers we're honoured and privileged to have. You all make CodeProject what it is and we thank you.
Brazil, São Paulo - Hosted by Marcelo Ricardo de Oliveira
We were very proud to host the CodeProject 10 Million Member
celebrations here in Brazil. The event took place at the Ludus
Luderia, Bar e Café at July 21st, 2013. Although the day began
rainy and cold, around the lunch time when the event started the sun was slowly
showing up and then the winter day became quite hot.
Luderia is a gaming bar located at the same street that holds
one of the most traditional Italian festivals of São Paulo: Festa de Nossa Senhora da Achiropita. As the
name suggests, the place is a bar where you can drink and savor your meals and
along with the food menu you also ask for a "games" menu, so that you and your
friends can decide which games you want to play. Interestingly, only board-like
games, no videogames included. The waiters then bring your food, drinks and
games, and if you want to try a new game you don’t know yet, waiters are at
your command to explain how it works.
Despite being a nerdy event for nerdy people in a nerdy place,
we also invited families to attend, and although no alcohol was served, the
gaming activities made it a lot easier for people to blend in and get to know
At the end the event was lots of fun and quite successful. And
we know that not only from people who attended, but also from people who had to
spend the beautiful Sunday somewhere else and regretted not being there with
other CodeProject fans and their families.
Between gaming, foods and drinks, we managed to do some short
interviews with our friends there. Ricardo Drizin is an IT Manager
at the insurance company Terra Brasis Resseguros, and co-founder of TV Map Guia de TV,
and has been a CodeProject reader since 2002, when he hadn't played with the .NET
Framework yet. He describes CodeProject as "together with Stack Overflow,
the best reference for developers to learn, share code and get questions
answered." (I share the same opinion, and while Stack Overflow seems to
have taken the mind share for Q & A, CodeProject is second to none when it
comes to cutting edge technology, original articles and full working source
code). Ricardo is a big fan of reverse engineering, and recalls reading a CP
article about API Hooking, some 10 years ago. He would like to see articles
analyzing the anatomy of code of mainstream open source libraries, so that
people could understand the internals of jQuery, or Entity Framework, for
example. He believes that, since CodeProject is a place where many programming
and technology enthusiasts get together, the website could introduce a place
where enterpreneurs could find technical co-founders for their startup
companies, and vice-versa.
Artur Bath lives in Dois Vizinhos, Paraná. Artur
is Microsoft Student Partner and works as programmer at Precisa Fábrica de
Software. He has followed CodeProject since 2011, and thinks the website is an
invaluable source of tech knowledge, especially for students. Speaking of
students, he is constantly attending IT lectures, diving into cutting edge
Microsoft technology such as Windows 8.1, Windows Azure and XBox & Kinect
capabilities: Artur has just finished this term paper on facial recognition
and skeleton recognition using Kinect, so he would be very pleased to see more
CodeProject articles featuring these technologies (Artur has just posted an article on Kinect, and I
hope some day we’ll see his work in CodeProject too).
Senior Systems Analyst at Grupo LTM, and knows quite a bit about search engine
optimization and web services. He is a CodeProject reader since 5 years ago,
and considers its articles "life savers", the last one being about details of
SoapHeaders mechanism in WCF. In his wish list, Jessé would put on top: CP
could provide more successful case studies about solutions that helped leverage
businesses in real companies.
João Talles, who is web and mobile
developer and since long a technology enthusiast (ALM, web servers, cloud,
mobile, science stuff, music ... actually it’s easier to say an area where he is
not an enthusiast!), is also an editor of the InfoQ website (I so want him to
write CP articles too!). João is a CodeProject Newsletter subscriber for 4
years now, and has been helped by a number of articles. For example, one about
scalability of web applications and another one on how to backup Office files.
He would love to see more architecture-centered articles, though.
Thiago Prestes is solution architect at ILang
Educação and started using CodeProject as his IT architecture and programming source
since 4 years ago. Thiago is an experienced analyst with deep knowledge in
learning management system (LMS). he’d like to see articles featuring Elastic
Search, which is what he’s working with now. Thiago somehow dislikes the new
CP´s "Metro" webdesign, but as he points out, maybe it´s just a question of
Marcos Guimarães also works at ILang Educação as web
developer, and has followed CodeProject for two years now. There is an article he
recalls well: "HTML to Image in C#", which helped him create a base class for
document printing that is now part of the company’s framework. He would love to
see articles about Single Page Applications. Marcos believes CP could have more
complete cases in some articles.
Alex Martins is analyst
developer at CI Systems and founder of 3Code Solutions and has known of CodeProject
for 8 years. He loves the fact that CP articles have full working
projects (instead of just code snippets) and are completely free. Among the
several CP articles that saved his life he mentioned one about SMTP. He also
would like to see articles about namespaces in webservices, WinForms animation,
skin creation, web site creation from .psd file and stored procedure version
control. He thinks CP would do better if it had features such as removal of
non-working projects, Facebook comments and more social interaction.
Roberto de Souza is a long
time Code Project fellow. He is a software development
specialist at Daitan Labs S/A and CP member since 2005, with 7 articles
published and 3 times winner of best article of the month. He regards CodeProject as a knowledge hub, promoting not only technology learning worldwide,
but also a tool that anyone can use to write an article about interesting stuff
and make his/her work visible around the world. When asked about what CP
article has helped him more, he emphatically points out to Andrew Kirillov’s outstanding work about AForge.Net open source.
Kirillov’s article definitely guided César through his entire academic life,
inspiring him into experimenting with artificial intelligence from the very
beginning of his college years. As time went by, the simplicity of components
and interfaces created by Andrew helped César to create his own tools and more
complex ideas. As a result, César´s Accord.Net is a direct child of Andrew´s
article published in CodeProject years ago. Back to the interview: he would
like to see more articles on aritificial intelligence and machine learning
using .NET framework.
United States of America, Columbus, Ohio - Hosted by Nish Sivakumar
After weeks of planning, and an initial commitment from 8 people, the Central Ohio Codeproject meetup eventually took place on August 25th Sunday at BJ’s brew house in the Polaris area. Unfortunately, half the group had to pull out at the last minute due to unexpected issues. The ones that turned up were Gary Wheeler, Smitha Vijayan, Rohan Nishant, and yours truly (Nish). Now this might suspiciously sound like a family get-together with Gary, but no - it was a proper CPian get-together. Smitha and I wore our CP t-shirts, and I gave Gary his t-shirt that Sean had sent me.
We tried a couple of different draught beers that BJ’s brew themselves, and also had some great food to go along with that. Thanks to Sean and CodeProject for funding the lunch/drinks. We talked about the old days when the active CPians were small enough that everyone knew each other personally (offline/online), how CP has grown into a major voice in the IT media world, about other CPians, about Microsoft, .NET, C++, and Windows tablets and phones.
Overall, I enjoyed it thoroughly, and based on their comments afterwards, so did Gary and Smitha. Rohan was more focused on his unhealthy kid’s meal, although he did frown occasionally at geeky jokes, and pretended to be interested in variadic templates at one point. We’ll probably do this again, and maybe next time, more people will turn up. Once again, cheers to the CodeProject team!
Israel, Bnei Brak - Hosted by Shai Raiten
Editor's Note: Shai Raiten was kind enough to host this event for us in Israel. And as you can see from the pictures, it turned out great! Thank you kindly Shai - Sean
India, Madhya Pradesh - Hosted by Kunal Chowdhury
First of all, as part of CodeProject
(India) members, Congratulations to CodeProject for reaching a high milestone
of 10 million members. Also our sincere thanks to Sean, Chris and the entire
CodeProject team for arranging a regional meet-ups of members.
Like the other regional groups, we also had
the opportunity to arrange a local meet-up with the developers, designers and
testers who are directly or indirectly connected with CodeProject. We planned
the same for a month or two, then decided the venue and date. It was Saturday,
17th August, just after the Independence Day in India when we
celebrated CodeProject 10 million members’ meet-up event.
We were 10 people from different parts of
the town, gathered in a place Saturday afternoon. We all were already fed up of
the daily crowd of the city and decided to go somewhere outside it, roam around
some places under the clean sky, gossip in greenery, have dinner and then
return to our own house at night. Let’s first introduce all the members (from
left): Atul Koshta, Amit Sijaria, Me (Kunal Chowdhury), Supreet Tare, Vivek
Vishwakarma, Sharad Rathore, Mohit Parihar, Atul Vishwakarma, Yogendra Kanojia
and Neelesh Vishwakarma (the hidden man with the camera):
It was nice, clean weather when we started
our journey but there were a few clouds as it was a rainy season. So, we had
the fear about heavy shower but still we did not care and
started our journey by bike to have some fun, get to know each other very well,
discuss about community activities and more.
Finally after traveling approx. 15km by
bike, we reached a village and it was our first shot in camera. I didn’t
notice that anyone was tired as everyone was just enjoying the ride. We told lots of
jokes and had lots of activities in that place and then started the journey again to enjoy
the beautiful river and glistening rocks.
In the meantime we visited many other
places like river ghat, temples, and whatever was on our way to Bhedadeep.
We enjoyed every moment of the beautiful scenery and the places.
Finally, we reached the place called
Bhedadeep surrounding by small and big rocks. People started giving various
poses to capture the beautiful moment inside the camera. The rocks were very
slippery due to rain as you can see in the picture, but everyone started
climbing together like a great team.
Then we found one monk in the place wearing
jeans & a shirt. He was in a deep austerities but was smiling when he realized
that we were taking some snaps of him.
OK ... so he is not a monk but one of the member
(Neelesh) of the group who came with us and participated in this meet-up. We
got couple of his very good poses.
After roaming for an hour here and there,
we sat into a place and started getting to knowing each other, had a very good discussion
of the current technology front, our usergroup meets and many other online/offline
activities. A few of them also came to know more about CodeProject and how they
can be benefited from the site in terms of their career growth.
It was a complete journey all together and
we really enjoyed the open discussion, river, rocks and other side screens.
After seeing a beautiful sunset from the top of the rocks, we decided to leave
the place immediately as it would be dangerous to get down from there in the
There was a nice wind blowing on but we had
no other choice rather than leaving the place. We took the bikes and started
for a good restaurant nearby that place to have the dinner. Like the journey we
also enjoyed the food over there.
Around 10 PM, it was the time to
leave for our home. We were feeling bad as we have to leave at that moment.
This small time with each other made a good friendship among us. It reminded me the previous CodeProject
meet-up that we had unofficially in 2010.
Again, thanks to the entire CodeProject
team for supporting us to do a get-together with the local developer community
folks. I will never forget this day like the one we had earlier. Also, my
sincere thanks to everyone who participated and shared their time to make this
journey all together.
Bangladesh, Dhaka - Hosted by Monjurul Habib
CodeProject, congratulations on your 10 Million Members
celebration! We are pleased that you have chosen our area for the event. The
members of Bangladesh have observed your success and hope that we will become
active members of your organization. We are happy to
host the CodeProject 10 Million Member celebrations here in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The
CP local members have enjoyed their first meet up.
Here are our valuable member’s words from the event:
Paul: Thanks for giving me the chance to say something at this
memorable event. First I would like to give thanks to one man for his
excellent effort behind this event, Monjurul Habib, without whom we possibly
could not have gathered here today! I would also like to thank all .Netter volunteers who did such
a great job organizing the event.
In July, 2013 a Facebook post from CP drew my attention. I
made a post on the CP Facebook page about my interest to arrange such a
meet-up event in our country, and made another post on the CP Lounge.
For discussing with members we opened a Facebook page for
the event, since then my senior fellow Monjurul Habib continued the discussion
with CodeProject and shared everything with us regarding the event. Thanks to
everyone for their own contribution behind the event and I am looking forward
for such meet-up event in near future.
Habib: Hello and welcome. I was excited about making it
a jam-packed session. But as this is the first meet-up, we we will simply be introducing ourselves and sharing experiences with each other. I hope
we all already know that CodeProject is a very good place for not only
learning about technology worldwide, but also a tool that anyone can use to write an
article about interesting stuff and make his/her work visible around the world.
So, we are here to discuss how to create a networking for
CP members in a pleasant, comfortable environment. We should be able to raise
more CP awareness among professionals, leaders, students and IT professionals.
We’ll probably do this kind of event again and maybe next
time more people will turn up. Once again, cheers to the CodeProject team and
special thanks to Sean for the sponsorship and awesome communication. Also
thanks to all .Netter volunteers for making this day! Have a good time. Thanks!
Habib: Is a Technical Lead in a well reputed company. He is
currently working on Microsoft .NET Technology. He has more than 10 years of
experience. He is an active CP member with 8 articles, 6 tips/tricks and also has
nice contributions to the Quick Answers section. He talked about the benefits of
participation on CodeProject. The summary of his speech is that "Writing
articles and contributing to CodeProject improve your own skills and validate your
thoughts with other experts all over the world."
Chowdhury: A Software Architect working on Microsoft .NET
Technology with almost 8 years of industry experience. He is an active CP
member with 10 articles, 14 tech blogs, 4 tips/tricks and also has nice
contributions to the Quick Answers section. He is also an award winner for the "Best Web Dev.
article of July 2013." He also talked about the benefits of participation
on CodeProject and the benefits of open source contribution. As this evening is
all about community contributions, it's a good platform for motivating all
professionals to contribute more. He talked about the
firsts steps of starting contributions and the challenges
professionals faces when they start to contribute. Then he broke out some tips
which could help developers overcome these challenges. He followed up with an interesting talk about how CP could improve individuals to be better
developers in their careers.
Wahid Bin Ahsan: Chief UX Architect at desme BD /
Founder at UX Saturday with Wahid. Every member enjoyed his excellent
presentation from the beginning to end.
Though the total number of participants is less than
expected we had very good discussions on how to improve the engagement in the future.
We discussed Q/A sections, writing articles with good and
informative contents, technical blog entries and tip/tricks. We also discussed
how to engage and encourage other people like students, and other industry
professionals to contribute to CP. Next, we presented a gift to the initial
initiator (Shuvro Paul). And finally, we took feedback from the
The following is the feedback from the participants:
Haque: It was a great event. I am so pleased I got the chance to attend.
Special thanks go to Shuvro Pal, DotNetters & the Code Project. I hope
in future there will be more events like this.
Debnath: I was really happy to participate in the CodeProject 10M members
meet-up in Bangladesh. It was a fantastic evening. Lots of
skilled developers from reputed software companies were present there. We had
a good conversation about CodeProject and how we can
enlarge the community through our participation. Also, some of senior members of the community
described the culture and purpose of CodeProject. As a part of
the organizing members I would like to thank CodeProject for helping us arrange such
an event for the first time in our country. I hope they will continue their
contributions in the near future. Thanks!
Pal: It was a great experience to meet with senior CodeProject members and
top professionals from our country. It was also great to be inspired by them to contribute to
CodeProject in the future, which is just what I had dreamt about recently. I would
like to say the event was more fabulous than what I had imagined! I am looking
forward to such meet-up events in the near future. Thanks to all for their own
contribution behind the event.
Pritom Nandy: It was a great event to attend. I believe this
meet-up will inspire CodeProject members of Bangladesh to contribute more. We
talked about different aspects of CodeProject and also shared our thoughts on how to
enrich the community. We spent a very good evening with skilled software
professionals and I hope to see you all again. Thank you very much.
K Paik: I was really happy to attend the 'Code Project Ten Million Members
Meet-up- Bangladesh.' I got chance to meet with top level Bangladesh
Developers and learn many things from them. I am grateful to DotNetters and
the CodeProject Team, as well as the volunteers who arranged this nice event at
Wahid Bin Ahsan: It was nice to be with the bright and
brilliant CodeProject contributors and software professionals from reputed
companies. I definitely look forward to attending more effective gatherings such as
this in the future. Thank you!
Hassan: It was a great pleasure to attend the CodeProject
10 Million Members Meet-up in Bangladesh. I have been waiting for a long time for this type of
event, where we .NET professionals can meet each other and share our
knowledge. It makes our bonds stronger and helps each other improve one anothers skills.
Thanks to the event organizer and CodeProject.
Sobuzj Alam: It was a grand experience to attend the CodeProject "10M Meet up in Bangladesh." Thank You!
Nilim Ahsan: It was a really great initiative and nice
meeting with potential BD Code Projects members. Thank you!
The following .Netters volunteers helped to organize the
event, so a big thank goes to them for their hard work. Thank you guys!