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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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Q&A Questions 24
Q&A Answers 88
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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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90 members

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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GeneralOf updates, message boards and the intransigence of SQL Server Pin
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The biggest problem with a site that churns out an enormous amount of data is in ensuring that a user finds exactly the information they need. There are a number of ways in which this can be done:

1. A good search engine tuned to the needs of your users

The standard SQL Server full text search does not handle "C++" very well so care must be taken to ensure that you do some magic to handle specific cases like this. Further, providing ways to specifically limit searches (eg filter by attributes) will mean that search results are filtered, and not merely ordered by, the attributes of the content the user is after.

2. A well planned Taxonomy and guidance trails

Breaking the content up into Chapters, sections and subsections that make sense and will allow the majority of users to intuitively find the material they are after is not as important as a good search engine (Google has trained us well) but is important once similar content to the target content has been found. Provide the means to trace back up a level (or more) so the user can then find material near the material they may have stumbled upon

3. Provide the means for your users to promote material

While ratings and reviews are inherently subjective and open to abuse they are invaluable in allowing a user to determine within an order of magnitude of confidence which of the 10 results they are looking at they should investigate first. One developer's gem could be another developer's "Not Another Article On..." cry of frustration. It really depends on which article the developer found first, and in this respect ratings are even more subjective in that they are not only audience-dependant but also time dependant. Two articles on the same topic immediately one after the other will have a very different voting pattern to the two articles posted months apart.

The way in which a rating is displayed is extremely important as well. A straight number doesn't mean anything. A number that relates to the number of times an article has been rated, as well as it's actual rating provide more feel for what the general populace feels, and a rating that provides information on the distribution of the ratings provides yet more information, since ratings well outside a standard deviation show up and can be mentally discarded by the reader.

Guiding the way in which your readers vote will allow you to use the rating values more effectively. Previously we used the "Vote 1 to 5" method for all posts indiscriminately but we've not moved to a "Good Question/Bad Question", "Useful Answer / Unhelpful Answer" options that makes it clear as to the feedback we are after.

4. Feed the data back into the system

Once you have a good search engine and taxonomy you need to feedback the work your readers have done into your system. Our search results are based not just on keyword relevance but on the popularity of an article, and at the bottom of each article we provide lists of similar top rated articles. Our Good Question / Bad Question system will (hopefully) train members to either form their questions better, or ignore questions that are posed by those unwilling to show any initiative themselves. We can then ensure that the better-posed questions will get more of the attention of members looking to help out.

Chris Maunder : C++ MVP

GeneralLessons learned Pin
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GeneralEmail of the Day Pin
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GeneralWhat's been happening behind the scenes PinPopular
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GeneralBP: Always looking at how a stored procedure, or a constructor, or a caching decision will affect performance Pin
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GeneralWhat I want for Christmas Pin
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GeneralRestructuring, rewriting and redesigning Pin
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