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Our first winner in our $25,000 Android At Play competition has been announced. Congratulations to Ash Cairo for his submission 3D Cross-Platform 3rd Person Shooter. Keep those entries coming!

For the past few weeks Intel has been holding the Intel Ultimate Coder: Ultrabook Challenge. This challenge sees 6 developers create 6 applications in 6 weeks, with the goal to showcase the sensors, the touchscreen, the power management, communication, graphics, and other features of the latest generation of Ultrabooks.

If you've been watching then maybe you've been thinking "I could do better". Well here's your chance.

Write an application to take advantage of the Ultrabook features and win an Ultrabook and $5000 in cash.

But wait, there's more: (turn up the volume and add reverb:)

There are 100 fully loaded Ultrabooks to be won.

...Ultrabooks.... Ultrabooks....Ultrabooks...

We have 100 Ultrabooks to go to the top competition entrants in our App Innovation Contest. Write your application, submit it as an article, and the best 100 applications will win a 3rd generation Intel Ultrabook.

Write an app, or even easier - upgrade an existing app - and add screen gestures, or use the gyro and accelerometer and wave the entire Ultrabook around to control the app. Use the GPS for location services, crank up the graphics, enable messages to be received while the unit is asleep or talk to another device using NFC. Go nuts. The more your showcase what an Ultrabook can do, the higher your application will be ranked.

The App Innovation Contest officially starts September 17. Keep an eye out for the rules and details, but start thinking about your app now. Those Ultrabooks will not last.

Chris Maunder

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Weekly Poll Results

What Source Code Control systems do you use?

Survey period: 3 Sep 2012 to 10 Sep 2012

If you don't use a real Source Control then do yourself a favour and at least understand what they offer. They can save you a lot of pain and the good ones are free.

Subversion68542.84685 votes, 42.84%
Git26016.26260 votes, 16.26%
Mercurial1177.32117 votes, 7.32%
Team Foundation Server41225.77412 votes, 25.77%
Visual source safe31419.64314 votes, 19.64%
Rational ClearCase462.8846 votes, 2.88%
Bazaar120.7512 votes, 0.75%
AccuRev80.508 votes, 0.50%
A manual system1056.57105 votes, 6.57%
Other16610.38166 votes, 10.38%
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%

View optional text answers (174 answers)

This week's survey: Are you planning on grabbing an iPhone 5?

Most popular new articles

3 Sep 2012 - 9 Sep 2012

Latest Additions

98 articles overall. 37 new, 61 updated.

New articles added

Algorithms & Recipes


Audio and Video

Client side scripting

Design and Architecture

DLLs & Assemblies


  • A Coder Interview With Andrew Pepperrell - The Code Project
    Welcome to our continuing series of Code Project interviews in which we talk to developers about their backgrounds, projects, interests and pet peeves. In this installment we talk to independent Mac app developer Andrew Pepperrell.

Product Showcase

Reviews on Third Party Products and Tools


Articles updated

Algorithms & Recipes



ASP.NET Controls

Audio and Video

C / C++ Language


Charts, Graphs and Images


Date and Time

Debug Tips

  • Building a Mixed-Mode Sampling Profiler - Mattias Högström
    Walking a native and a managed callstack is fairly easy. Walking a mixed-mode callstack is much much harder. Existing documentation is truly minimal. I hope this article and its sample profiler can shed some light in this area.

Edit Controls

Grid & Data Controls

Hardware & System


Internet / Network

  • fastJSON - Mehdi Gholam
    Smallest, fastest polymorphic JSON serializer (with Silverlight4 support)

  • Build Your Own Web Server - Huseyin Atasoy
    Let's build a simple web server and make it accessible from the internet.

  • fastBinaryJSON - Mehdi Gholam
    A binary JSON serializer based on fastJSON




  • ILRewriting for beginners - Mattias Högström
    Runtime IL-Rewriting can be used to add behavior such as logging to applications, or redirect calls from one API to another. This article and accompanying source code explains how to substitute a method call at runtime.

Progress Controls

Solutions Center


Windows Phone 7

Windows Presentation Foundation

New Tips and Tricks added


  • Simple Flash Uploader - M.Ardekanian
    A simple and easy to implement way for uploading file with progress to page






Office Development

Other .NET Languages


Tips and Tricks updated



Audio and Video


Client side scripting

Files and Folders

Hardware & System



Programming Tips

  • The ?? operator - Hiren solanki
    This operator introduced to set value in place of null value, it can also be defined in words like 'In case of null, pick value from another'

View State

New Technical Blogs added

.NET Framework



Design and Architecture

  • Design and the Gestalt Principle of Closure - Zac Gery
    The Gestalt Principles are based on the observation that people actively and subconsciously organize things into patterns and objects.  These principles are organized into Proximity, Similarity, Closure, Good Continuation, Common Fate, and Good Form.  They can be applied to all avenues of life.

List Controls

Windows Powershell

Windows Presentation Foundation

Technical Blogs updated

Exception Handling

  • Exception Handling in ASP.NET MVC - After2050
    Learn about the HandleError filter and discuss about the different exception handling mechanisms that will fit to an MVC application.

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