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Windows 7 "Windows @ Work" Article Contest

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This competition is over -- thanks to everyone who participated!

Use Visual Studio 2008 and/or Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 to build a great Windows 7 application, and then post an article on The Code Project. You could win a fully loaded HP Touchsmart tx2z Notebook!



Congratulations to our winners!
Ivo Beltchev - Classic Shell
Dmitry Vitkovsky - Creating a Timer Using the Amazing New Windows 7 Features
Sacha Barber - Windows 7 / VS2010 demo app

The original rules follow:

Submit a great article explaining how you built an app for Windows 7 – complete with code - and if yours is the highest rated article by both The Code Project community and our judges, you could win a fully loaded HP Touchsmart tx2z Notebook!

Requirements

  • Write a great article using the regular Code Project submission guidelines  
  • Your article should include screen shots and code samples
  • Your article must use Visual Studio 2008 and/or Visual Studio 2010 Beta
  • The app should run as a Windows client, and should take advantage of Windows-specific technologies/features found in Windows 7 (such as jumplists, thumbnails, etc.)
  • You’ll need to tag your article with the key words "Windows 7”
  • Post your article on The Code Project to automatically be entered in the contest

What You Can Win

Codeproject.com members can vote on your article. The articles that are highest-rated by members will be rated by our judges to determine the final winner.  If your article wins, in addition to receiving one of our three great prizes, you’ll be highlighted in The Code Project’s weekly newsletter and on our contest page.

Grand Prize

Runner Up Prize

Second Runner Up Prize

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HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

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  • Upgrade to Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-87 (2.4GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 8GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Upgrade to Wireless-N Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Microsoft(R) Office Professional 2007
  • Corel(R)PaintShop(TM) Pro X2
  • Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Elements 7 & Adobe Premiere(R) Elements 7
  • Syncables Mobile v4
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
  • HP 90W Smart AC/Auto/Air Combo Adapter KS474AA#ABA
  • 3-year Accidental Damage Protection Extended Service Plan for Notebook PCs

 

  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-86 (2.4GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 6GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Wireless-G Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
  • Computrace LoJack for Laptops, Two Years
  • Adobe(R) PhotoShop(R) Elements 7.0
  • Roxio Creator 2009
  • Syncables Mobile v4
  • MAGIX Music Maker 15
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
  • 1-year Accidental Damage Protection Extended Service Plan for Notebook PCs
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-85 (2.3GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • Upgrade to 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive from 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Wireless-G Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
*Sample Configurations, may vary at award time.  The Code Project reserves the right to substitute prizes for the cash equivalent.

The Rules

  1. Articles must follow the guidelines listed above.
  2. The articles can use any programming language but must focus on one of the Windows 7 features.
  3. No cheating, lying, stealing code, or biting.
  4. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
  6. Any breach of the rules and the prize will be awarded to the runner up.
  7. The contest runs from 3 November 2009 to 3 February 2010, at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time.  After the contest closes, no additional entries will be permitted.
  8. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree that your name, member profile information, article, code and any other submitted material can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project and Microsoft.
  9. By entering your article in the contest you agree that The Code Project and Microsoft can link to your article and all accompanying data or information for promotional purposes.

Some Excellent Resources

Below are some great links to help you get started.

Download the Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers
This is the most comprehensive Windows 7 training kit to date.

Get the Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework
Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework provides a source code library that can be used to access some new Windows 7 features from managed code.

Download the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2
Discover how Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and .NET Framework 4.0 mark the next generation of Microsoft developer tools. This is no namby-pamby beta. It’s a full-octane beta release with a "Go Live" license that you can use to concept, build, test, and deploy killer Windows 7 apps —and you can even use it to create your contest submission.

Check out these Windows 7 resources:
For continued support for developing applications, services, and drivers for Windows 7—including application compatibility resources, a source code library, and much more—bookmark these resources:

Discover how to build Innovative Applications with the Windows 7 Developer Guide
Download the Windows 7 Developer Guide to learn how Windows 7 makes it easy for developers to create engaging, user-friendly applications by providing familiar tools and rich development features that allow them to take advantage of the latest PC capabilities.

Check out a Sample Article and then get started on your Windows @ Work contest article submission 
Titled “Display Progress and Overlay Icons for Multiple Views from .NET in Windows 7 Taskbar”, this article describes how to use Windows 7 new taskbar features, progress indication and overlay icon, from unmanaged .NET code. The second part shows you how to manage progress indication and overlay icons in case of multiple views (windows) and provides appropriate missing classes for Windows API Code Pack.

Update to Windows API Code Pack is available!
This release includes bug fixes, new APIs to support DirectWrite and Direct2D, additional samples, and documentation improvements.

Develop Your Windows 7 Application
Windows 7 is a highly anticipated operating system release for Microsoft, and we believe that migration to Windows 7 will be faster than with our last three releases. To get you started, we've set up a clear, three-phase approach to take advantage of the operating system's innovations.

Platform Update for Windows Vista and Platform Update for Windows Server 2008
Start writing applications and drivers that take advantage of the latest Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 technologies, without losing customers on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Get the Windows Driver Kit
Windows Driver Kit includes:  A set of headers, libraries, build tools, build environments, code samples, documentation, and other tools that can be used to create drivers and kernel software

Ultimate Developer Gift:
Buy Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition with MSDN Premium before March 22, 2010, and you will automatically be transitioned to the new Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN at no extra cost. Visual Studio 2010 Premium offers all the functionality of today’s Visual Studio Team System 2008 Developer and Database Editions, plus many more new features. With your MSDN Premium subscription, you can use Windows 7 to design, develop, test and demo your applications on as many machines and devices as you need, as long as each person on your team is a subscriber.

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This contest has ended.
3 Nov 2009 - 6 Feb 2010

Current Entries

Articles that match the contest criteria are automatically entered. The top 50 entries are shown.

31 Jan 2010
Arik Poznanski
The question this posts tries to address is: Where to put value converters?
31 Jan 2010
Arik Poznanski
Complete Library for using the Windows 7 Ribbon from C#, including 18 samples and 21 blog posts documenting the Ribbon features
8 Mar 2010
Marcelo Ricardo de Oliveira
WCF-enabled multi-player XNA game for the Windows platform.
23 Feb 2010
Ivo Beltchev
Classic Start menu and other shell features for Windows 7 and Vista.
17 Jan 2010
Abhishek Sur
Implement services that start/stop automatically to some events like Device attached, Network Availability, Firewall port modified, Domain join, Group Policy change etc
14 Dec 2009
Marcelo Ricardo de Oliveira
Sound-enabled pool game for C#.
20 Dec 2012
Roman Kiss
This article describes a design, implementation, and usage of custom message mediation activities for a XAML workflow.
5 Feb 2010
theRobotGeek
Control a Lego NXT robot using multi-touch on Windows 7.
12 Apr 2010
Alain Rist
Including a Ribbon UI Implementation Guide with examples and a dual UI enabled legacy application
17 Mar 2015
Tsuda Kageyu
Provides the basic part of Microsoft Detours functionality for both x64/x86 environments.
3 Feb 2010
The Manoj Kumar
A multi-touch simple and compound gesture recognition implementation for Windows 7 in WPF.
2 Feb 2010
logicchild
An article that focuses on Data Parallelism based on the Multi-Core Processor Technology.
24 Jan 2010
Vance Kessler
A little application to notify you of new Gmail using new Windows 7 features
3 Feb 2014
Daniele Di Sarli
How to automatically wake up the PC at some time in the future.
16 Feb 2010
Rajasekharan Vengalil
How to write a Sensor driver that provides access to the 3-axis accelerometer on a Nintendo Wiimote on Windows 7
17 Dec 2009
TylerBrinks
An overview of the Windows 7 taskbar features, and how to use then in your own applications.
13 Oct 2010
David Veeneman
How to create a WPF custom control, using Expression Blend and Visual Studio
23 Dec 2009
Matt Esterak
Using JQuery UI Tabs to host web pages via IFRAMEs.
4 Jan 2010
Dmitry Vitkovsky
This article shows how to create a simple egg timer that uses features new to Windows 7.
1 Feb 2010
Shoban Kumar
MP3 player which has Windows 7 features like Progressbar and Thumbnail toolbar
27 Jan 2012
Ruxo Zheng
Lessons learnt from writing a screensaver with WPF
11 Nov 2009
John Samuel Vekal
Application has failed to start because side by side configuration is incorrect
12 Jan 2010
Tiago Conceição
Library for handling and retrieving system icons
31 Aug 2010
Helmy.m
Explaining all the new must have features in Windows 7 to make your application look shiny and professional, like the new features of the task bar and more.
24 Jan 2010
Saul Johnson
Using VB to change Windows 7 logon backgrounds
23 Nov 2009
Sacha Barber
Using Windows7 / VS2010 and some of the new bits such as TaskBar/JumpList and Drag & Drop
16 Aug 2015
Bharath K A
Parallel fast compression uses TPL to achieve complete usage of a multi-core system. Fast compression compresses files nX times faster, where n = the number of processors in the machine.
1 Jan 2010
Shakeel Iqbal
Manage your daily tasks and To-Do list using some exciting features of Windows 7.
27 Jan 2010
Igor Tolmachev
Displays the old "two monitors" icon in Windows 7 that flashed blue to show network activity on the System Tray.
9 Feb 2010
JimBob SquarePants
A tool for resizing batches of images
25 Nov 2009
Mayank Rai
Turn Off Monitor when PC is locked
20 Nov 2009
Member 3873633
A game engine first prototype
25 Jan 2010
Abhishek Sur
New features like Jumplist, Taskbar Progressbar, Tabbed Thumbnail, Icon Overlays, Application Restart Data Recovery, Network Management, Power Management, Task dialog, Sensor Api etc explained with simple demo applications
25 Jan 2010
Giorgi Dalakishvili
A desktop application with new Windows 7 features for browsing xkcd.
3 Nov 2009
Abhishek Sur
Using this article you will get the basic idea of how you could use NDepend to control/analyze your application. It allows to apply design rules and refactor code.
17 Feb 2013
lkgamage
A small C# utility to clear a single contact chat history, since Skype by default only deletes full chat history.
2 Feb 2010
Cylentwolf
This article shows the basics of using jumplists; creating tasks in them linking to another excutable and updating them on the fly.
25 Jan 2010
Md. Marufuzzaman
How to use .NET TransactionScope & enable Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC)
1 Jan 2010
Aric Wang
Many popular MP3 players have cool desktop lyrics, this demo uses a simple method to realize it. Happy new year!
29 Mar 2010
Phil Outram
A basic tree control that ties together all the functionality to make items fully editable and moveable.
12 Jan 2010
Santiago Sanchez
Two applications to copy files remotely using sockets.
20 Jan 2010
Rei Resurreccion
Experience small and compact desktop icons view in Vista and Windows 7.
3 Feb 2010
Eric Haddan
Demonstrates WPF C# examples of Windows Touch, Thumbnails, Task Dialogs, Thumbnail Toolbars, Overlay Icons, and Progress bars using the .NET Framework 3.51.
20 Nov 2009
Sandrino Di Mattia
A small guide to installing SP2010 on your client OS
1 Feb 2010
Dennis Delimarsky
An application designed for Windows 7 to display the weather in a specific location
19 Oct 2010
RobCroll
A Hierarchy Tree with the ability to display any control as a node
26 Dec 2009
Aric Wang
To show you how to create a easy animation with palette
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3 Nov 2009 - 6 Feb 2010

Current Participants

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Abhishek Sur
President
India India
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Abhishek also authored a book on .NET 4.5 Features and recommends you to read it, you will learn a lot from it.
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Basically he is from India, who loves to explore the .NET world. He loves to code and in his leisure you always find him talking about technical stuffs.

Working as a VP product of APPSeCONNECT, an integration platform of future, he does all sort of innovation around the product.

Have any problem? Write to him in his Forum.

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Alain Rist
France France
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Aric Wang
Engineer
China China
Secret..
Arik Poznanski
Software Developer (Senior) Verint
Israel Israel
Arik Poznanski is a senior software developer at Verint. He completed two B.Sc. degrees in Mathematics & Computer Science, summa cum laude, from the Technion in Israel.

Arik has extensive knowledge and experience in many Microsoft technologies, including .NET with C#, WPF, Silverlight, WinForms, Interop, COM/ATL programming, C++ Win32 programming and reverse engineering (assembly, IL).
Bharath K A
Software Developer (Senior)
United States United States
No Biography provided
Cylentwolf
United States United States
No Biography provided
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David Veeneman
Software Developer (Senior) Foresight Systems
United States United States
David Veeneman is a financial planner and software developer. He is the author of "The Fortune in Your Future" (McGraw-Hill 1998). His company, Foresight Systems, develops planning and financial software.
Dennis Delimarsky
Software Developer Independent
Moldova (Republic of) Moldova (Republic of)
No Biography provided
Dmitry Vitkovsky
Software Developer (Senior)
Netherlands Netherlands
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Eric Haddan
Software Developer (Senior) Tranxition Corp
United States United States
Thank you for voting on my articles!

MCSD.NET in C#

LinkedIn[^]

The Tranxition Developer's Blog[^]
Giorgi Dalakishvili
Software Developer
Georgia Georgia
No Biography provided
Helmy.m
Software Developer IDS
United States United States
No Biography provided
Igor Tolmachev
Software Developer (Senior)
Ukraine Ukraine
No Biography provided
Ivo Beltchev
Software Developer (Senior)
United States United States
Ivo started programming in 1985 on an Apple ][ clone. He graduated from Sofia University, Bulgaria with a MSCS degree. Ivo has been working as a professional programmer for over 12 years, and as a professional game programmer for over 10. He is currently employed in Pandemic Studios, a video game company in Los Angeles, California.
JimBob SquarePants
United Kingdom United Kingdom
No Biography provided
John Samuel Vekal
Software Developer Wins Infotek
India India
s/w engineer
lkgamage
Web Developer
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
No Biography provided
logicchild
Software Developer Monroe Community
United States United States
No Biography provided
Matt Esterak
Engineer Intel Corporation
United States United States
I am an Automation Engineer specializing in application and web development/support.
Mayank Rai
Software Developer (Senior)
India India
No Biography provided
Member 3873633
Software Developer
Croatia Croatia
Programer
Michael Chourdakis
Engineer
Greece Greece
I'm working in C++, PHP , Java, Windows, iOS and Android.

I 've a PhD in Digital Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence and I specialize in Pro Audio and AI applications.

My home page: http://www.michaelchourdakis.com
Phil Outram
United Kingdom United Kingdom
No Biography provided
Rajasekharan Vengalil
Microsoft
United States United States
No Biography provided
Rei Resurreccion
Software Developer (Senior)
Australia Australia
A developer for Security/Antivirus/AntiSpyware solutions.
RobCroll
Australia Australia
Enjoying life developing mobile device software for Contractors Apps and Ezi App.

I also teach C#, Java and Project Management a couple of evenings a week.

Prior to moving to DCB, I'd been a Windows software developer for nearly 15 years
Roman Kiss
Software Developer (Senior)
United States United States
No Biography provided
Ruxo Zheng
Technical Lead
Thailand Thailand
C/C++ and C# programmer.
Sacha Barber
Software Developer (Senior)
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I currently hold the following qualifications (amongst others, I also studied Music Technology and Electronics, for my sins)

- MSc (Passed with distinctions), in Information Technology for E-Commerce
- BSc Hons (1st class) in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence

Both of these at Sussex University UK.

Award(s)

I am lucky enough to have won a few awards for Zany Crazy code articles over the years

  • Microsoft C# MVP 2016
  • Codeproject MVP 2016
  • Microsoft C# MVP 2015
  • Codeproject MVP 2015
  • Microsoft C# MVP 2014
  • Codeproject MVP 2014
  • Microsoft C# MVP 2013
  • Codeproject MVP 2013
  • Microsoft C# MVP 2012
  • Codeproject MVP 2012
  • Microsoft C# MVP 2011
  • Codeproject MVP 2011
  • Microsoft C# MVP 2010
  • Codeproject MVP 2010
  • Microsoft C# MVP 2009
  • Codeproject MVP 2009
  • Microsoft C# MVP 2008
  • Codeproject MVP 2008
  • And numerous codeproject awards which you can see over at my blog
Sandrino Di Mattia
Technical Lead RealDolmen
Belgium Belgium
I'm a Technical Consultant at RealDolmen, one of the largest players on the Belgian IT market: http://www.realdolmen.com

All posts also appear on my blogs: http://blog.sandrinodimattia.net and http://blog.fabriccontroller.net
Santiago Sanchez
Software Developer
Spain Spain
I´ve been working with Oracle, Sql Server and Visual Basic 6 since 2003 and with C# since 2006. Now I´m fighting with Biztalk 2006 too...

MCTS - .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications
MCTS - Accessing Data with .NET Framework 4
Saul Johnson
Software Developer
United Kingdom United Kingdom
No Biography provided
Shakeel Iqbal
Software Developer (Senior) TEO
Pakistan Pakistan
Passion and positive dedication is essential part of success. I believe on hardworking and sharing knowledge with others. I always try to be a better than I am and think positive for positive result.

My Blogs

My Linked-In Profile
Shoban Kumar
Software Developer (Senior) Allianz Cornhill
India India
Shoban Kumar currently works with Allianz Cornhill India in Trivandrum as a Senior Software Engineer. He is one of the core member of Kerala Microsoft User's Group http://www.k-mug.org.

SharePoint Blog : http://allaboutmoss.com

He has also written many open source applications which can be found in Codeplex : http://www.codeplex.com/site/users/view/shobankr
The Manoj Kumar
Team Leader
India India

Manoj Kumar is a Humble Programmer and a trainer having dozens of trainings, publications and articles to his wallet.


His programming adventures began with Basic at an age of 11. Being a mathematician at core, soon he started looking for some more and moved to assembly language, later to C, C++, VC++ and finally to .Net.


He started his professional career as a VC++ 6 trainer, moved to embedded systems and device driver development, then to complex biological systems and finally moved to pure application development.


He has been teaching and training people for more than 12 years on a wide range of topics including Mathematics, Algorithms, Data Structures, C, C++, VC++, MFC, C#, Design Patterns and now a days he is working extensively with Visual Studio and .Net framework which includes VSX, WPF, Silverlight, WCF, WF, XAML and RIAs.


Awards:


  • Ideablade RIA Service Challenge winner
  • Visual Studio 2010 Extension Contest winner (Best Use of Editor)


Visit my website and blog or drop me a mail.


Feel free to connect with me on Linkedin.

theRobotGeek
Software Developer (Senior) Feirtech Inc.
United States United States
No Biography provided
No Biography provided
Tsuda Kageyu
Software Developer
Japan Japan
In 1985, I got my first computer Casio MX-10, the cheapest one of MSX home computers. Then I began programming in BASIC and assembly language, and have experienced over ten languages from that time on.
Now, my primary languages are C++ and C#. Working for a small company in my home town in a rural area of Japan.

TylerBrinks
Web Developer PageLabs
United States United States
I'm the founder of PageLabs, a web-based performance and SEO optimization site.

Give your site a boost in performance, even take a free speed test!

http://www.pagelabs.com
Vance Kessler
Web Developer
United States United States
I have been developing .NET applications since 2001 and have been working in software development since 1989.
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Ivo Beltchev -  Classic Shell
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Dmitry Vitkovsky -  Creating a Timer Using the Amazing New Windows 7 Features
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Sacha Barber -  Windows 7 / VS2010 demo app
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Contest Rules and Entry Requirements

  1. Qualifying articles must use Visual Studio 2008 and/or Visual Studio 2010 Beta and focus on Windows-specific technologies/features found in Windows 7
  2. The contest begins on November 3, 2009 and will end February 3, 2010 at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time. All entries must be submitted during this period in order to qualify.
  3. No cheating, lying, stealing code, or biting.
  4. Our judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
  6. Any breach of the rules will result in the prize being awarded to another entrant.
  7. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree that your name, member profile information, and article can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project and Microsoft.
  8. Entries shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry unless clearly indicated otherwise. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

www.codeproject.com members can vote on your article. The articles that are highest-rated by members will be rated by our judges to determine the final winner.

Eligibility

This competition is open to software development professionals & enthusiasts who are of the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence; however, residents of Quebec and of the following countries are ineligible to participate due to legal constraints: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Employees (or a member of their immediate family) of The Code Project or of Microsoft or any of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies are also ineligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law.

Determination of Winner

All entries will be posted on The Code Project website for review by members of The Code Project. In addition, all entries will be reviewed by judges appointed by The Code Project. A winner will be determined by the judges, after taking into consideration the comments and ranking of entries by members of The Code Project, on the basis of which entry best meets the judging criteria set forth below.

Judging criteria include:

  • Rank and popularity on The Code Project
  • How tightly an entry adheres to the conditions of entry, including article focus and scope
  • Broad applicability to a wide variety of developers
  • Overall article quality, coherence, and structure

How to Enter

Entry is by the normal article submission process or as described above. Please read the submission guidelines before submitting your entry.

Lost, late, misdirected, or illegible entries will be disqualified. Any entry containing content that The Code Project deems objectionable for any reason will be disqualified. All decisions of The Code Project with respect to any aspect of the competition, including, without limitation, the eligibility of entries, are final and binding on all entrants in all matters as they relate to this competition. The Code Project reserves its right to modify the Rules.

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Prizes

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HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

HP TouchSmart tx2z Notebook PC

Valued at over $2,600!!

Valued at over $1,700!

Valued at over $900!

  • Upgrade to Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-87 (2.4GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 8GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Upgrade to Wireless-N Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Microsoft(R) Office Professional 2007
  • Corel(R)PaintShop(TM) Pro X2
  • Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Elements 7 & Adobe Premiere(R) Elements 7
  • Syncables Mobile v4
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
  • HP 90W Smart AC/Auto/Air Combo Adapter KS474AA#ABA

3-year Accidental Damage Protection Extended Service Plan for Notebook PCs U4821A

 

  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-86 (2.4GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 6GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Wireless-G Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
  • Computrace LoJack for Laptops, Two Years
  • Adobe(R) PhotoShop(R) Elements 7.0
  • Roxio Creator 2009
  • Syncables Mobile v4
  • MAGIX Music Maker 15
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

1-year Accidental Damage Protection Extended Service Plan for Notebook PCs

  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
  • AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-85 (2.3GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
  • 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • Upgrade to 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive from 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB Display Cache Memory
  • 12.1" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED Widescreen (1280x800) with Integrated Touch-screen
  • LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
  • Webcam Only with HP Imprint Finish (Reaction)
  • Wireless-G Card
  • HP Color Matching Keyboard
  • 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
  • HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelopee
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