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Windows 7 "Windows @ Work" Article Contest

This competition has ended

This competition is over -- thanks to everyone who participated!

Use Visual Studio 2008 and/or Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 to build a great Windows 7 application, and then post an article on The Code Project. You could win a fully loaded HP Touchsmart tx2z Notebook!



Congratulations to our winners!
Ivo Beltchev - Classic Shell
Dmitry Vitkovsky - Creating a Timer Using the Amazing New Windows 7 Features
Sacha Barber - Windows 7 / VS2010 demo app

The original rules follow:

Submit a great article explaining how you built an app for Windows 7 – complete with code - and if yours is the highest rated article by both The Code Project community and our judges, you could win a fully loaded HP Touchsmart tx2z Notebook!

Requirements

  • Write a great article using the regular Code Project submission guidelines  
  • Your article should include screen shots and code samples
  • Your article must use Visual Studio 2008 and/or Visual Studio 2010 Beta
  • The app should run as a Windows client, and should take advantage of Windows-specific technologies/features found in Windows 7 (such as jumplists, thumbnails, etc.)
  • You’ll need to tag your article with the key words "Windows 7”
  • Post your article on The Code Project to automatically be entered in the contest

What You Can Win

Codeproject.com members can vote on your article. The articles that are highest-rated by members will be rated by our judges to determine the final winner.  If your article wins, in addition to receiving one of our three great prizes, you’ll be highlighted in The Code Project’s weekly newsletter and on our contest page.

Grand Prize

Runner Up Prize

Second Runner Up Prize

FULLY LOADED!

HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

Valued at over $2,600!!

Valued at over $1,700!

Valued at over $900!

  • Upgrade to Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-87 (2.4GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 8GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Upgrade to Wireless-N Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Microsoft(R) Office Professional 2007
  • Corel(R)PaintShop(TM) Pro X2
  • Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Elements 7 & Adobe Premiere(R) Elements 7
  • Syncables Mobile v4
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
  • HP 90W Smart AC/Auto/Air Combo Adapter KS474AA#ABA
  • 3-year Accidental Damage Protection Extended Service Plan for Notebook PCs

 

  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-86 (2.4GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 6GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Wireless-G Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
  • Computrace LoJack for Laptops, Two Years
  • Adobe(R) PhotoShop(R) Elements 7.0
  • Roxio Creator 2009
  • Syncables Mobile v4
  • MAGIX Music Maker 15
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
  • 1-year Accidental Damage Protection Extended Service Plan for Notebook PCs
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-85 (2.3GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • Upgrade to 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive from 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Wireless-G Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
*Sample Configurations, may vary at award time.  The Code Project reserves the right to substitute prizes for the cash equivalent.

The Rules

  1. Articles must follow the guidelines listed above.
  2. The articles can use any programming language but must focus on one of the Windows 7 features.
  3. No cheating, lying, stealing code, or biting.
  4. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
  6. Any breach of the rules and the prize will be awarded to the runner up.
  7. The contest runs from 3 November 2009 to 3 February 2010, at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time.  After the contest closes, no additional entries will be permitted.
  8. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree that your name, member profile information, article, code and any other submitted material can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project and Microsoft.
  9. By entering your article in the contest you agree that The Code Project and Microsoft can link to your article and all accompanying data or information for promotional purposes.

Some Excellent Resources

Below are some great links to help you get started.

Download the Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers
This is the most comprehensive Windows 7 training kit to date.

Get the Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework
Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework provides a source code library that can be used to access some new Windows 7 features from managed code.

Download the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2
Discover how Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and .NET Framework 4.0 mark the next generation of Microsoft developer tools. This is no namby-pamby beta. It’s a full-octane beta release with a "Go Live" license that you can use to concept, build, test, and deploy killer Windows 7 apps —and you can even use it to create your contest submission.

Check out these Windows 7 resources:
For continued support for developing applications, services, and drivers for Windows 7—including application compatibility resources, a source code library, and much more—bookmark these resources:

Discover how to build Innovative Applications with the Windows 7 Developer Guide
Download the Windows 7 Developer Guide to learn how Windows 7 makes it easy for developers to create engaging, user-friendly applications by providing familiar tools and rich development features that allow them to take advantage of the latest PC capabilities.

Check out a Sample Article and then get started on your Windows @ Work contest article submission 
Titled “Display Progress and Overlay Icons for Multiple Views from .NET in Windows 7 Taskbar”, this article describes how to use Windows 7 new taskbar features, progress indication and overlay icon, from unmanaged .NET code. The second part shows you how to manage progress indication and overlay icons in case of multiple views (windows) and provides appropriate missing classes for Windows API Code Pack.

Update to Windows API Code Pack is available!
This release includes bug fixes, new APIs to support DirectWrite and Direct2D, additional samples, and documentation improvements.

Develop Your Windows 7 Application
Windows 7 is a highly anticipated operating system release for Microsoft, and we believe that migration to Windows 7 will be faster than with our last three releases. To get you started, we've set up a clear, three-phase approach to take advantage of the operating system's innovations.

Platform Update for Windows Vista and Platform Update for Windows Server 2008
Start writing applications and drivers that take advantage of the latest Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 technologies, without losing customers on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Get the Windows Driver Kit
Windows Driver Kit includes:  A set of headers, libraries, build tools, build environments, code samples, documentation, and other tools that can be used to create drivers and kernel software

Ultimate Developer Gift:
Buy Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition with MSDN Premium before March 22, 2010, and you will automatically be transitioned to the new Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN at no extra cost. Visual Studio 2010 Premium offers all the functionality of today’s Visual Studio Team System 2008 Developer and Database Editions, plus many more new features. With your MSDN Premium subscription, you can use Windows 7 to design, develop, test and demo your applications on as many machines and devices as you need, as long as each person on your team is a subscriber.

Contest Rules and Entry Requirements

  1. Qualifying articles must use Visual Studio 2008 and/or Visual Studio 2010 Beta and focus on Windows-specific technologies/features found in Windows 7
  2. The contest begins on November 3, 2009 and will end February 3, 2010 at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time. All entries must be submitted during this period in order to qualify.
  3. No cheating, lying, stealing code, or biting.
  4. Our judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
  6. Any breach of the rules will result in the prize being awarded to another entrant.
  7. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree that your name, member profile information, and article can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project and Microsoft.
  8. Entries shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry unless clearly indicated otherwise. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

www.codeproject.com members can vote on your article. The articles that are highest-rated by members will be rated by our judges to determine the final winner.

Eligibility

This competition is open to software development professionals & enthusiasts who are of the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence; however, residents of Quebec and of the following countries are ineligible to participate due to legal constraints: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Employees (or a member of their immediate family) of The Code Project or of Microsoft or any of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies are also ineligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law.

Determination of Winner

All entries will be posted on The Code Project website for review by members of The Code Project. In addition, all entries will be reviewed by judges appointed by The Code Project. A winner will be determined by the judges, after taking into consideration the comments and ranking of entries by members of The Code Project, on the basis of which entry best meets the judging criteria set forth below.

Judging criteria include:

  • Rank and popularity on The Code Project
  • How tightly an entry adheres to the conditions of entry, including article focus and scope
  • Broad applicability to a wide variety of developers
  • Overall article quality, coherence, and structure

How to Enter

Entry is by the normal article submission process or as described above. Please read the submission guidelines before submitting your entry.

Lost, late, misdirected, or illegible entries will be disqualified. Any entry containing content that The Code Project deems objectionable for any reason will be disqualified. All decisions of The Code Project with respect to any aspect of the competition, including, without limitation, the eligibility of entries, are final and binding on all entrants in all matters as they relate to this competition. The Code Project reserves its right to modify the Rules.

All entries become the property of The Code Project who assumes no responsibility for lost, late, delayed, destroyed or misdirected mail, voice messages, e-mail or any computer errors or malfunctions. No correspondence will be entered into with entrants.

The Code Project does not assume any responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, technical malfunctions, human or technical error, lost, delayed or garbled data or transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or failures of any telephone or computer line or network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void. If for any reason, in the opinion of The Code Project in its sole discretion, the competition is not capable of running as originally planned, or if the administration, security, fairness, integrity or the proper conduct of the competition is corrupted or adversely affected, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond its control, The Code Project reserves its right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend or suspend the competition including cancelling any method of entry, and select a winner from previously received eligible entries. The Code Project reserves its right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the competition or to be acting in violation of the Rules or otherwise in a disruptive manner. The Code Project reserves its right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent of the law for any attempts to deliberately damage the competition web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this competition. The Code Project shall not be held responsible for any errors or negligence that may arise or occur in connection with the competition including any damage to an entrant's computer equipment, system, software or any combination thereof, as a result of their participation in this competition or from downloading any material from the competition website where applicable.
 

Prizes

Grand Prizee

Second Prize

Third Prize

FULLY LOADED!

HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

Valued at over $2,600!!

Valued at over $1,700!

Valued at over $900!

  • Upgrade to Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-87 (2.4GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 8GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Upgrade to Wireless-N Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Microsoft(R) Office Professional 2007
  • Corel(R)PaintShop(TM) Pro X2
  • Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Elements 7 & Adobe Premiere(R) Elements 7
  • Syncables Mobile v4
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
  • HP 90W Smart AC/Auto/Air Combo Adapter KS474AA#ABA

3-year Accidental Damage Protection Extended Service Plan for Notebook PCs U4821A

 

  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-86 (2.4GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 6GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Wireless-G Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
  • Computrace LoJack for Laptops, Two Years
  • Adobe(R) PhotoShop(R) Elements 7.0
  • Roxio Creator 2009
  • Syncables Mobile v4
  • MAGIX Music Maker 15
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

1-year Accidental Damage Protection Extended Service Plan for Notebook PCs

  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-85 (2.3GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • Upgrade to 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive from 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Wireless-G Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelopee
*Sample Configurations, may vary at award time.  The Code Project reserves the right to substitute prizes for the cash equivalent.

All decisions are final.

Should you win you agree to cover all income taxes, Customs duties, taxes and excise that you may incur or may be charged on delivery of your prize. The Code Project will not be held liable for any costs once the prize has been sent. If you are not willing to accept any imposed charges then the prize will be reclaimed and awarded to another contestant. Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded. The Prize(s) may not be sold, transferred and is/are not convertible to cash. The Code Project reserves the right to substitute the Prize(s) in whole or in part in the event that all or any component of the Prize(s) is/are unavailable.

Intellectual Property

It is a condition of entry that you grant to The Code Project and Microsoft a royalty-free, non-exclusive, transferable, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide license to reproduce, and otherwise use and publicly display your entry (in part or in its entirety) in any and all media for any purpose. All entries submitted and judged as winners may appear on The Code Project and/or Microsoft Web site(s). Entries will not be returned. All articles submitted by you will retain your copyright and will be attributed to you.

Your Warranties

It is a condition of entry that you confirm that your entry: is original; has not been previously published, released, distributed or submitted or used for study or work-related purposes; has been created by you; and is owned exclusively by you, or where you enter as part of a group, by the individual members of that group; is virus-free; and complies with Canadian law.

Liability

It is a condition of entry that you agree that to the extent permitted by law that The Code Project, its retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies will not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever, including personal injury, which is suffered as a result, or arising from, any person participating in the competition or on connection with winning any prize.

Before being awarded a Prize, a potential winner may be required to sign and return within the time stipulated by The Code Project, a full release and indemnity form stating that he/she has read and understood these official rules and regulations ("Rules"), grants all consents required, authorizes The Code Project to broadcast, publish and disseminate his/her name, city of residence, photograph, likeness, sobriquet and voice, in connection with any promotion or publicity, and/or for general news, entertainment and information purposes at no additional compensation to the potential winner, beyond the awarding of or participation in the Prize, accepts the Prize as offered and releases The Code Project from any and all liability of any kind arising out of the potential winner's participation in the competition and receipt and use of the Prize.

In the event that the potential winner does not comply with all the provisions as contemplated in these Rules, The Code Project shall have the right to disqualify the potential winner and award the prize to an alternative winner and The Code Project shall be fully and completely released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard.

Notification of Prize Winners

The Code Project will make reasonable efforts to notify a prize winner, however, The Code Project may disqualify your entry and select an alternative winner if your prize or prize notification is returned to The Code Project as undeliverable.

Privacy

It is a condition of entry and of receiving the benefit of the prize that prize winners agree to the use of their images, names, article in any publicity desired by The Code Project, without compensation. By entering this competition, each entrant consents to the collection, use and distribution of his/her personal information (information that identifies an entrant as an individual, such as home telephone number, age and home address) by The Code Project for the purposes of implementing, administering and fulfilling this competition. The Code Project will not sell or transmit this information to third parties except for the purposes of administering this competition. Any inquiry concerning the personal information held by The Code Project should be addressed to The Code Project at 250 Ferrand Drive, Suite 503, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3G8, Canada.

No relationship with The Code Project or Microsoft

Participating in the competition does not constitute any form of employment or contractor relationship between you and The Code Project or Microsoft.

Governing law

The competition is governed by the laws of Ontario, Canada and the applicable federal laws of Canada. The competition is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, state and municipal laws and regulations. This competition is void where prohibited by law.

 
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