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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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Chinese Forum Moderators
United States United States
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CodeProject Beta Testers
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GeneralThe CodeProject Follow System is live Pin
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GeneralFinal week. Almost. Pin
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GeneralThe Ultimate Coder Challenge: Beetle Bots with friggin' laser beams. Pin
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GeneralRe: The Ultimate Coder Challenge: Beetle Bots with friggin' laser beams. Pin
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GeneralThe Ultimate Coder Challenge - the struggle continues Pin
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adminChris Maunder27-Jun-16 6:49 
We're in the thick of it[^] now.

Team 1 have gone an interesting direction and are looking at including an alcohol sensor in their solution. To me this is a good idea in theory, but won't work in practice.
  • it's a little Big Brother. I don't want to send my breathe alcohol (and it's breath, not blood) settings to an unknown company.
  • It's inaccurate unless it's setup properly (ie user has to blow for a proscribed period into a tube). Otherwise it could pick up alcohol from passengers
  • it misses the point. The point being that distracted driving now kills more than drunk driving, and fatigue is right up there too. Instead of a seemingly easy solution that's doomed to fail, why not get smart and add some driver heuristics that will detect not only drunk, but distracted, fatigued, and drivers under the influence of drugs. Steering variability, braking patterns, speed. Things that trigger alarms.
Team 1 also made the statement that they only need short distance (100m). However, they may need to consider that two cars each doing 120kmh-1 will close a 100m gap in 1.5 seconds. If there's an emergency situation that needs action then, given mass and momentum, 1.5 seconds isn't going to buy you anything.

100m just isn't going to cut it I'm afraid - not for highway speeds at least.

As an aside: I love code samples. I love, even more, comments in code samples that explain what's happening.
// Code routine for triggering
void sensor_trig_HCSR04l(int pin)
{
    LPC_GPIO2->FIOPIN &= ~(1 << pin);
    LPC_GPIO2->FIOPIN |= (1 << pin);
    delay_us(HCSR04_TRIG_DELAY);
    LPC_GPIO2->FIOPIN &= ~(1 << pin);
    left_start_time = lpc_timer_get_value(lpc_timer0);
}
Just not sure what's happening here...

Team 2 have some tangible goodness for those working with Curie: "Zephyr is destined to be the operating system of choice for the forthcoming Curie SDK...The only problem is that the documentation on the Zephyr project website is outdated and inconsistent". So they put together a guide to Zephyrizing the Curie. Awesome guys.

As a further aside Team 2 have posted a comment on the fundamental issue in IoT: Security. I am really, really hoping Team 1 focus on this, given that they are writing in C and are trying to control 2 tons of speeding death. Team 2 is building their stuff from the ground up to ensure things are secure. Read this and be worried.

The golden rule is to not try and build your own security. The fact that Team 2 needs to speaks volumes.

As another aside: if you've ever wondered how you write a system that will integrate multiple devices (some using Bluetooth, for instance) then follow their work on Iotivity. It's fascinating, and their discussion on basic Iotivity “Servlet” processing is brilliant.

Team 3 are continuing their work with MQTT to act as their pub/sub framework. Some good, commented code samples. As I said: I love a good code sample.

Team 3 have also posted some great tips for those looking to use Intel Curie boards in the Arduino IDE. Some tips in case you're having problems uploading skethes to your board.

Team 4 are fighting boards and sensors and APIs. And Zephyr. However, they've settled on using Apache Mynewt as their OS for their bluetooth smartcart system. It's all there, including a handy Docker container to get them going.

...and finally Team 5. Team 5 are getting down and dirty with the Arduino IDE on Linux with a handy step-by-step guide to getting you started. They then have to deal with some machanics: FFmpeg for getting their crop images to their gateway

One thing I was thinking about Team 5's efforts: they are reliant on fixed camara installations to detect crop issues. I'm fairly certain crop issues aren't going to conveniently pose in front of the limited number of fixed cameras, so why not make the cameras mobile? A fairly straightforward app to control a drone that would fly a course and take representative shots of a crop (flying on when the weather service says the conditions are OK) would require less hardware and provide greater coverage. And be way more cool.

Frankly I am concerned that IoT, as pushed by some pundits, is missing the point. We've had connected devices forever. The differences now are
  • the devices are super cheap and there are tons of consumer-ready versions
  • they are easy to program. .NET, Javascript, whatever you want
  • They are connected to via internet gateways for (potentially) all to see
  • we're now using them to lock our houses, control our webcams and furnaces, and collect our biometric data
So can I suggest that we step back a little and give equal focus to security and privacy. It's important.
cheers
Chris Maunder

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GeneralIntel Ultimate Coder Challenge: Beginnings Pin
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GeneralThe Resurrection Pin
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NewsWhat have you tried? Pin
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GeneralRe: What have you tried? Pin
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GeneralLive JavaScript articles now accepted Pin
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GeneralCodeProject no longer uses CommonMark instead of Markdown (was: CodeProject uses CommonMark) Pin
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