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Chris is the Co-founder, Administrator, Architect, Chief Editor and Shameless Hack who wrote and runs The Code Project. He's been programming since 1988 while pretending to be, in various guises, an astrophysicist, mathematician, physicist, hydrologist, geomorphologist, defence intelligence researcher and then, when all that got a bit rough on the nerves, a web developer. He is a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP both globally and for Canada locally.

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

He dodges, he weaves, and he never gets enough sleep. He is kind to small animals.

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

      
Articles 115 (Legend)
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Messages 34,718 (Master)
Q&A Questions 24
Q&A Answers 87
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Reference 2
Comments 259

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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.
Group type: Collaborative Group
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760 members

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.
Group type: Collaborative Group
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38 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.
Group type: Organisation
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43 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 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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81 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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28 members

Advisory Board
United States United States
No Biography provided
Group type: Collaborative Group
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8 members

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.
Group type: Collaborative Group
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3 members

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.
Group type: Organisation
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463 members

Chinese Forum Moderators
United States United States
No Biography provided
Group type: Collaborative Group
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CodeProject Beta Testers
United States United States
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139 members

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GeneralRe: Improving Article Moderation Pin
Chris Maunder6-Apr-11 4:32
adminChris Maunder6-Apr-11 4:32 
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Sandeep Mewara6-Apr-11 4:39
mentorSandeep Mewara6-Apr-11 4:39 
GeneralNew Reporting System, or Time to Focus on Quality. Pin
Chris Maunder15-Mar-11 11:51
adminChris Maunder15-Mar-11 11:51 
GeneralReducing our server count and improving performance. Pin
Chris Maunder10-Feb-11 23:12
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GeneralRe: Reducing our server count and improving performance. Pin
Dan Neely17-Feb-11 2:35
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GeneralRe: Reducing our server count and improving performance. Pin
Chris Maunder18-Feb-11 0:54
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GeneralRe: Reducing our server count and improving performance. Pin
Dan Neely18-Feb-11 3:16
memberDan Neely18-Feb-11 3:16 
GeneralYet more updates to the UI Pin
Chris Maunder5-Nov-10 16:27
adminChris Maunder5-Nov-10 16:27 
A few more updates to the aging UI have been released so I thought it worth walking through a few of them and providing a little rationale.

First, the homepage is, clearly, a little different. While the old page had high information density, it was so high as to be approaching noise. I always thought of the homepage as a newspaper front page - lots of boxes with lots of info all available at a glance. That's great when you know what you're looking for, but terrible if you are casual cruising or if you just want to quickly scan a page and quickly look through what's new.

And that's what most homepage readers do: see what's new and move on.

So the design of the homepage was done to allow someone to take a quick peek at the homepage, see what's new, what's interesting, and then get on with it. There is still a little tweaking to do in terms of the actual data shown, but the layout itself is as it will be.

You may have also noticed that I've removed the sidebar on many of the pages. My idea with this, way back when, was that readers would come to the homepage, diligently read the entire page, then peruse the list of chapters and sections and (diligently) work their way through the article.

Except that everyone just hits Google and then goes directly to the article they need.

So, instead of the sidebar navbar we now have a simple link to the main Site map, and we also have a fly-out sitemap under the "Article" menu. Removing the sidebar gives us two benefits: vastly reduced page size (and quicker download/page render) and more screen space. The homepage is now around 18K vs 77K (give or take) which means a lot when you're mobile or on a slow connection. Further speed increases are coming.

I've also added visual hints in the top scrollbar showing where you are in relation to the nav bar navigation. A small thing but a useful thing.

The survey has been moved from the bottom to the side. While the surveys are not exactly the most scientific of research (let's be honest - Sunday night and a bottle of red and hey presto! A new poll) they are hugely interesting, but they were buried. Just watching the partipation rate this week showed the move has been good for the polls.

There is also a nice bonus for those who feel advertising is the root of all evil in this world. I've removed two ads from the homepage and replaced with a smaller box ad. I, personally, always read our ads because I always see stuff potentially interesting (a requirement for any ad we run). However, I'd rather have a cleaner layout than advertising any day, so I fired one of them.

One non-UI addition is that sign-in and profile update is now all done via SSL. I know this won't help issues with packet sniffing over unsecured Wifi networks, but what it will do is protect your passwords. People hate thinking up and remembering passwords so there is a ton of password reuse. By keeping the passwords out of the hands of miscreants, and hashing, not encrypting, passwords, we can do our bit keep your private business your own.

There are also a few smaller touches around the place. A little shading and shadowing, highlighting of the currently focused text box, a small tweak to colours but nothing that, I hope, will cause tempers to flair.

The point of all of this is the old maxim in editing: remove half of what you write; then remove half again.

While I will never claim to be a designer I can claim to be a user, so my focus is on making the UI work for me, and for the majority of those who use the site. While this will never make 100% of the users happy, creativity can certainly help me bridge that last little gap.

More soon.
cheers,
Chris Maunder

The Code Project | Co-founder
Microsoft C++ MVP

GeneralChanges to the layout. A little Pin
Chris Maunder14-Sep-10 15:37
adminChris Maunder14-Sep-10 15:37 
GeneralRe: Changes to the layout. A little Pin
Sandeep Mewara15-Sep-10 9:50
mentorSandeep Mewara15-Sep-10 9:50 
GeneralChanges to Quick Answers Pin
Chris Maunder8-Sep-10 12:17
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Dalek Dave9-Sep-10 0:25
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Rajesh Sajjanar5-Oct-10 8:05
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GeneralNew article design Pin
Chris Maunder25-Jun-10 11:33
adminChris Maunder25-Jun-10 11:33 
GeneralSpeeding up a web page Pin
Chris Maunder24-Feb-10 16:59
adminChris Maunder24-Feb-10 16:59 
GeneralMore things I've learned in Canada Pin
Chris Maunder20-Aug-09 6:53
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GeneralRe: More things I've learned in Canada Pin
lrsoft200930-Oct-09 17:59
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GeneralForum code Colourisation added Pin
Chris Maunder12-Aug-09 3:51
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GeneralRe: Forum code Colourisation added Pin
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GeneralRe: Forum code Colourisation added Pin
Chris Maunder20-Aug-09 14:57
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GeneralSpammers Pin
Chris Maunder12-Aug-09 3:47
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GeneralIntroducing The Code Project Add-In for Visual Studio 2008 Pin
Chris Maunder15-May-09 13:08
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Generalstudent Pin
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GeneralRe: Introducing The Code Project Add-In for Visual Studio 2008 Pin
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