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Newsletter - 25 Aug 2014

ToDoList 6.9.B8 (Beta Release) - An effective and flexible way to keep on top of your tasks
147 articles posted last week that match your preferences. 25 listed.

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A little spring cleaning on the layout and we're also limiting the goodness to just the top 25 articles. 150 a week was getting a little crazy to list. Any comments? Email me at

Android Tutorial Contest: $10K in Prizes

Today marks the beginning of Round 3 in our ongoing Android Tutorial Contest. This round's topics are all about Android Input/Output and touch on topics such as handling keyboard input, accessing sensors, storing data, and interacting with other devices over Bluetooth, NFC, USB and Wi-Fi.

You have three weeks to submit your Round 3 articles and entries, meanwhile we'll be nose deep in all Round 2 entries with the tough job of selecting the winners. Remember, there are $10,000 in total prizes. Check out the contest page for details on how to enter and then submit an article today for your chance to win.

July Monthly Competition Winners

Congratulations to the best articles and authors of July 2014!

C# Winner Akhil Mittal Diving into OOP (Day 5): All About C# Access Modifiers
  Runner-up Bwalsh490 How to create an IVR-based telephone client gate system in C#/XML/HTTP/PHP by using DTMF authentication
C++: Winner Nish Sivakumar 7 reasons C++ devs will love the VS 14 CTP
  Runner-up David O'Neil DWinLib 6: Pretty WinAPI Incorporation
Database: Winner Omar Al Zabir Web-based real-time SQL Server Performance Dashboard
  Runner-up Kundan Singh Chouhan Introducing K-Pattern: A Rapid Way to Make CRUD Operations with Entity Framework
Web Dev: Winner Halil ibrahim Kalkan Using AngularJs, ASP.NET MVC, Web API and EntityFramework to build NLayered Single Page Web Applications
  Runner-up Marcelo Ricardo de Oliveira Html5 Image Markup
Mobile: Winner twit88 Use Android Phone as Webcam and Surveillance Camera
  Runner-up (Tie) Stuart Wheelwright Using Markdown for Effective Logging
  Runner-up (Tie) Borja Prado Windows Phone 8.1 Media Editing API
VB.NET: Winner Adalat Khan Delegates in .NET
  Runner-up CodeMaster9 Make Your Own Tic Tac Toe Game
"Everything Else"  Winner Mladen Janković Commodore 64 Emulator
  Runner-up (Tie) Paulo Zemek Travelling Salesman - Genetic Algorithm
  Runner-up (Tie) Florian Rappl Quantum Striker

Weekly Poll Results

Do you feel Open Source software is better than proprietary software?

Survey period: 18 Aug 2014 to 25 Aug 2014

"It depends" is an obvious answer but think of your most common scenarios.

Yes, it's more reliable23714.35237 votes, 14.35%
Yes, it's more secure1659.99165 votes, 9.99%
Yes, it's cheaper (in terms of total cost)60536.64605 votes, 36.64%
Yes, it's fixed / updated more often38123.08381 votes, 23.08%
Yes, because we can fix / update / mod it ourselves70042.40700 votes, 42.40%
Yes, because there's more innovation in open source code42725.86427 votes, 25.86%
No (add your reasons in the comments section)51931.44519 votes, 31.44%
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%

This week's survey: Is coding addictive?

Latest Additions

    (2,101 votes) by .dan.g., autoQA (posted over a year ago, updated yesterday)
A hierarchical task manager with native XML support for custom reporting.
    (95 votes) by Anurag Gandhi (posted over a year ago, updated 4 days ago)
A class to pivot a DataTable with various aggregate functions.
    (76 votes) by ChristianNeumanns (posted 2 months ago, updated 4 days ago)
This article looks at popular techniques used to avoid null pointer errors and answers the question: Which is the best solution you should use in your code?
    (78 votes) by DrABELL (posted over a year ago, updated 6 days ago)
Aesthetic enhancement of HTML5 web elements via pure CSS3; no image files required
    (74 votes) by Palavos (posted over a year ago, updated yesterday)
An article about Huo Chess, a chess program in C++ and C# that attempts to be smaller in size than the Commodore-era Microchess
    (48 votes) by Espen Harlinn (posted over a year ago, updated 4 days ago)
Windows API, menus, c++ lambda expressions, std::enable_shared_from_this
    (45 votes) by dmihailescu (posted 3 months ago, updated 2 days ago)
A Visual Studio add-in that inserts some commonly known OO paterns into your working project.
    (47 votes) by Paulo Zemek (posted 7 weeks ago, updated 4 days ago)
This article presents a Genetic Algorithm that searches for the shortest path to visit many places and return to the original one.
    (42 votes) by Elmue (posted 6 months ago, updated 4 days ago)
With this project, C++ and .NET Windows programmers get a very versatile library to send and download emails via SMTP, POP3 and IMAP with TLS and SSL support.
    (42 votes) by Anurag Gandhi (posted over a year ago, updated 2 days ago)
A custom GridView control which provides you an additional facility to group the data in gridview along with the facility to customise the Group Header and Group Footer
    (33 votes) by JMK-NI (posted 2 weeks ago, updated 4 days ago)
How to hit the ground running with AngularJS on ASP.NET MVC: Part 1
    (32 votes) by neolithos (posted 10 months ago, updated 2 days ago)
NeoLua implements Lua as a .NET dynamic language.
    (35 votes) by Mahsa Hassankashi (posted 4 weeks ago, updated 2 days ago)
This article explains how to make data source for kendoTreeView, particularly it is designed for organization chart such as personals or documents which need nested query, after drag and drop one node to another one it will save it. Look at Demo
    (30 votes) by Mark J. Caplin (posted 7 days ago, updated 12 hrs ago)
AngularJS and the MVC/MVVM design patterns
    (31 votes) by Espen Harlinn (posted over a year ago, updated 4 days ago)
Direct2D, DirectWrite, Windows API, C++, std::shared_ptr and more
    (30 votes) by Akhil Mittal (posted 6 days ago, updated 3 days ago)
Diving in OOP (Day 6).My article of the series “Diving in OOP” will explain enum datatype in C#.
    (30 votes) by Hassan Hashemi (posted 6 days ago, updated 4 days ago)
briefly exploring most important new features of C# 6
    (37 votes) by 1337Architect (posted 6 weeks ago, updated 2 days ago)
Handy classes to use the .NET Encryption/Decryption
    (26 votes) by lucasontivero (posted 7 days ago, updated 3 days ago)
A class library for port forwarding in NAT devices that support Universal Plug and Play (UPNP) and/or Port Mapping Protocol (PMP)
    (23 votes) by Nick Polyak (posted 4 weeks ago, updated 5 days ago)
View-View Model based implementational patterns
    (23 votes) by Espen Harlinn (posted over a year ago, updated 4 days ago)
Using the Facade Pattern to simplify development with COM based APIs'
    (23 votes) by Espen Harlinn (posted over a year ago, updated 4 days ago)
A fast, reference counted, copy-on-write string class
    (23 votes) by defwebserver (posted 5 months ago, updated yesterday)
A Visual Studio 2013 LightSwitch HTML 5 Application Tutorial
    (21 votes) by Samer Abu Rabie (posted 6 days ago)
This article talks about Fluentx .NET Library
    (19 votes) by Espen Harlinn (posted over a year ago, updated 4 days ago)
Benchmark C++ std::vector vs raw arrays, move assignable/constructable & copy assignable/constructable

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