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Chris is the Co-founder, Administrator, Architect, Chief Editor and Shameless Hack who wrote and runs CodeProject. He is also co-founder of Developer Media and ContentLab.IO. He's been programming since the 80's and has been, in various guides, an astrophysicist, bacyard mechanic, mathematician, physicist, breeder of carnivorous plants, hydrologist, geomorphologist, defence intelligence researcher and then, when all that got a bit rough on the nerves, a web developer.

His programming experience includes C/C++, C#, SQL, MFC, ASP.NET, TypeScript and far, far too much FORTRAN. He has worked on PocketPCs, Old mainframes, new Macs, cheap phones, and a CRAY YMP C90 behemoth but finds notebooks take up less desk space.

He is kind to small animals and has a soft spot for cheesecake.

Chris was born and bred in Australia but splits his time between Toronto and Melbourne, depending on the weather. For relaxation he is obsessively into road cycling, physiology, occasionally snowboarding and rock climbing, and wishes he were a storm chaser.
31 Dec 2004 CodeProject MVP 2005

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ASP.NET Community
United States United States
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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The CodeProject focus group is an informal and changeable group of long-suffering CodeProject members willing to give their time and patience to discussing product, branding and marketing ideas with those looking to actually understand what developers think.

To apply to join this group simply hit the "Apply to join this group" button.

To seek the wisdom, guidance, and hopefully a little enlightenment, email and we'll work out a time to discuss your thoughts.
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39 members

Intel Corporation
United States United States
You may know us for our processors. But we do so much more. Intel invents at the boundaries of technology to make amazing experiences possible for business and society, and for every person on Earth.

Harnessing the capability of the cloud, the ubiquity of the Internet of Things, the latest advances in memory and programmable solutions, and the promise of always-on 5G connectivity, Intel is disrupting industries and solving global challenges. Leading on policy, diversity, inclusion, education and sustainability, we create value for our stockholders, customers and society.
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42 members

The CodeProject Authors are a group of talented technical writers who create articles and whitepapers for some of the biggest companies in the industry. Under our unit we reach out to those who need content written but lack the time, expertise or resources to complete the work.

Looking to earn a little extra and get connected to, and be featured on, the websites of the companies whose technologies you know and love? If you can write well and are efficient with time then send us an email at
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CodeProject Advisors
Publisher CodeProject
Canada Canada
The CodeProject Advisors group is comprised of CodeProject members specifically chosen to advise the CodeProject on new products related to helping the community answer technical questions. This group participates in beta testing and feedback of products designed to help connect members with experts.
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Advisory Board
United States United States
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The Insider
Publisher The Code Project
United States United States
Sign up to get the news you didn't even know you needed to know in the most valuable 5 minutes of reading of your day.

The Code Project Daily Insider keeps you up to date with what is happening around the industry. From the continue saga of the Big Boys to Scott Guthrie's blog ramblings and Steve Jobs' latest, you will find it here.
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The Ultimate Toolbox
Web Developer
Canada Canada
In January 2005, David Cunningham and Chris Maunder created, 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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Chinese Forum Moderators
United States United States
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GeneralRe: What I want for Christmas Pin
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GeneralRestructuring, rewriting and redesigning Pin
Chris Maunder25-Jul-06 11:01
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GeneralRe: Restructuring, rewriting and redesigning Pin
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GeneralThings to look out for in Toronto Pin
Chris Maunder15-May-06 10:34
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GeneralWhat happened? Pin
Chris Maunder19-Nov-05 13:04
cofounderChris Maunder19-Nov-05 13:04 
What a week.

If you're wondering what happened last week here's a quick rundown:
  • Problem: Failed DNS server and a failure of our backup service to take over as we had anticipated.

    Solution: David has worked through everything with our DNS providers and sorted everything out, as well as adding a third level of redundancy courtesy of Albert Pascual.

  • Problem: Degraded internet connection feed into one of our matched firewalls. This is out of our control and should never, in theory, happen. But Murphy rules. We have redundancy in our firewall setup to handle just such a case, but the redundancy depends on a connection failing, not simply degrading. In the process of diagnosing this David has discovered that our painfully expensive firewalls may not be able to handle as much load as we would like.

    Solution: We're working with our provider and gritting our teeth and pricing replacements for our firewalls.

  • Possible problem: Potential Windows Service Pack issues. Some of the problems coincided with a set of recent Windows updates being installed.

    Solution: We've uninstalled these which seemed to speed things back to normal but we won't know until next high-tide, probably Monday morning PST.

  • Problem: A new bottleneck. We increased the capacity of the database servers to the point where the webservers were no longer waiting on them. This allowed the webservers to push through enough pages to hit their CPU limit. Unfortunately when the servers max out they automatically cycle, which redirects load to another server, causing a chain reaction.

    Solution: Adding more servers, relaxing the cycling rules and, of course, optimising code are all being done to alleviate this.

  • Problem: Web server hardware failure. A couple of the servers simply rolled over and died. We've grown the site from home-built white boxes and are rapidly replacing everything with HP and Dell servers. Building machines to specific specs allows you versatility and massive savings, but there is a point where speccing, building, testing and maintanence outweigh the costs of buying something built and tested for a specific purpose.

    Solution: New brand-name, warranty'd servers. HP servers are butt-ugly, but they do the job.

  • Problem: Load balancing issue. I can't, for the life of me, understand why load balancing is such a hassle. Windows load balancing works OK - not great, but OK. Until you try and mix Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 boxes: they don't like to play together. So we've used our firewalls for load balancing and no matter what setting we use - random, round robbin, weighted-least-connections - we get clumping whereby one server gets too many connections while others are starved. This in itself is not the main problem. The main problem is IP affinity, whereby a user is stuck on a single server instead of being shunted around the server farm. So, if you are stuck on a fast server it's great. However, if you're stuck on a slow server then no matter what you do your in for a slow ride. Refresh the page, close your browser, use a different browser - it doesn't matter. You'll always end up on that server until it cycles.

    Solution: We've disabled hardware load balancing, standardised on a single platform and reenabled Windows load balancing.
What we've learned:
  1. When it rains it pours
  2. If you are told "this can't happen", it will. Murphy's Law rules. Keep an eye on services that you aren't in control of and make sure you talk to your providers about how, exactly, they handle failure events. You might get scary answers that challenge your assumptions.
  3. Hardware fails
  4. Test service packs
  5. There is a huge opportunity for someone to come up with a simple, integrated web farm management package that handles monitoring, cycling and load balancing.

Chris Maunder : C++ MVP

GeneralRe: What happened? Pin
hona05061-May-06 23:33
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GeneralThe worst bug... Pin
Chris Maunder4-Nov-05 6:56
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GeneralThe Gentle Art of Upgrading Pin
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GeneralCodeProject upgrades Pin
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GeneralKVMs and Firewalls Pin
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GeneralTo Stored Procedure or not... Pin
Chris Maunder31-Mar-05 4:41
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GeneralPerformance Tuning Pin
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