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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 focus@codeproject.com and we'll work out a time to discuss your thoughts.
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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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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 ContentLab.io 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 info@contentlab.io.
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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 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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GeneralWhat's been happening behind the scenes PinPopular
Chris Maunder8-May-07 9:20
cofounderChris Maunder8-May-07 9:20 
It's been ages since I've provided any type of update on what we actually do in this office of ours.

Mostly fighting with the guys across the hall as to who owns the espresso machine, but that's another story.

Some background:

The Code Project was not planned or architected or written in the usual "corret" way. It was built bit by bit as time, resources, bandwidth and server power allowed. It was also built on VBScript and ASP so it can (now) be considered antiquated and backwards.

Yet it still works. Quite well, usually.

In June 2000 Microsoft announced .NET and I immediately started rewriting the infrastructure. Partly to take advantage of the promised speed and efficiency, partly to learn the new technology. Unfortunately at the time resources (ie warm bodies in the office) were scarce, the .NET framework wasn't mature (actually, it wasn't even released) and growing and caring for the site became more important than playing with new toys.

Over the next couple of years as .NET 1.0 and then 1.1 were released various incarnations of the underlying Code Project framework were written. Increasing load on the servers and on us personally meant we had to make quick, and sometimes painful decisions as to what we would do. Employ someone for 80K a year to rewrite the infrastructure while I worked on keeping the community growing, the articles published, the ads that keep us alive fresh and exciting, the bills paid and the coffee warm and aromatic? Or just buy a few big whopping servers that could better handle the load?

We chose the latter which meant the site could continue on without interuption and I would be free to make optimisations at a more sane pace. The main infrastructure stayed ASP/VBScript and most of the backend caching, support and advertising system was using the new .NET framework. Yep - we've been .NET for a long time.

However, there comes a point that even the best (or luckiest) organic architecture starts to reveal that it's not up to the task and so last year we finally decided to throw everything away and start fresh. The goal was speed, efficiency, low error count, scalability and extensibility and, #1, more developers understanding the code so that I could have my weekends back.

Dmitry was hired to completely rework everything SQL, and soon after Elina was hired to handle the business and UI layer. Christian Graus then came on board to work on one of the first plug-in modules for the site.

Based on my initial designs, my tales of woe, the constraints we faced and the goals we had for the community we soon had a basic infrastructure built in .NET 2.0 running on SQL Server 2005. Scalable, web farm happy, extendible, solid and way more efficient than the old VBScript code.

For the 6 months since then it's been a matter of going through the site and replicating and improving the functionality. We're almost there with only a couple of modules left to go.

The interesting thing in all this has been the things that have held us up.
  • Coding and naming standards have helped enormously, even when they have changed and forced us to take 2 steps back to rework code.
  • Moving to a completely new database schema has mean an entire conversion module has been written to ensure not too much breaks.
  • Ensuring we take no shortcuts so that it's easy to create a mobile friendly and cross browser friendly site
  • Always looking at how a stored procedure, or a constructor, or a caching decision will affect performance
  • Always considering the direction we wish to extend the codebase. Have we backed ourselves into any corners
  • Code Reviews, FxCop reviews, Unit tests, walk-throughs, and the very worst: really cool new ideas that we must decide whether to implement now or later.
  • Synchronising changes to the current ASP site and ensuring they are included in the ASP.NET functionality.
But mostly it's been about ensuring the current site gets as much love and attention as possible while devoting as much spare time as possible to the rewrite. A week can go by in which that small 2 hour job falls by the wayside due to demands from the site which can be incredibly frustrating.

One step at a time.



cheers,
Chris Maunder
CodeProject.com : C++ MVP

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GeneralWhat I want for Christmas Pin
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GeneralRestructuring, rewriting and redesigning Pin
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GeneralThings to look out for in Toronto Pin
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GeneralWhat happened? Pin
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