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Best overall article of October 2013

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Current Entries

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12 Oct 2013Kenneth Haugland
Implementation and theory behind TLM modelling for acoustic wave propagation with 2D and 3D view. Also includes a raindrop and boat wake simulation.
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27 Oct 2013Murali Pamidi
Politics aside, here are 7 simple tweaks that could make heathcare.gov website instantly fast.
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25 Feb 2016J.Starkl
A windows-service which can handle different operations in separate threads and which can be controlled by a small GUI program
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4 Nov 2013Sacha Barber
A look at an excellent WinRT MVVM framework.
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21 Oct 2013_Noctis_
Sorting out the confusion about these properties, and providing a demo app for them
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21 Oct 2013Imran Abdul Ghani
ASP.NET Web API 2 has been released with a number of new exciting features. In this web development post, I'll try to discuss new features of it which can be considered the top 5.1.
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31 Oct 2013Bill_Hallahan
Solves a large number of simultaneous equations
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21 Oct 2013Member 7874525
This how you can monitor your database changes
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21 Oct 2013Bert O Neill
Using IndexedDB as a client repository
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8 Oct 2013Marc Clifton
Locate your Facebook friends on a Google Map - A Ruby on Rails web application
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18 Nov 2013Gordon Beeming (RSA)
Paste special feature in Visual Studio 2012
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6 Oct 2013Mr. xieguigang 谢桂纲
Mathematical method of S-system equation to simulate a biochemical network system
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4 Oct 2013dchris_med
This is a sample project for "HTML Reader C++ Class Library"
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3 Nov 2013S. M. Ahasan Habib
I will explain here how to use table variable and over come cursor limitation
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4 Oct 2013Arpit Jain
This article shows how to create a Twitter button for sharing the dynamically changing divs or dynamically changing URLs.
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23 Oct 2013Koustav Modak
Performance POC ATOM vs. JSON.
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25 Oct 2013Bill_Hallahan
Generic Sparse Collection Containers
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1 Oct 2013Nick Cosentino
With this post, we’re still just scratching the surface of what’s doable when integrating Python and C#.
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26 Oct 2013defwebserver
You can consume your backend OData Visual Studio LightSwitch services in AngularJs
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14 Oct 2013DataBytzAI
Using SQL job agent to backup databases in virtual machines to an Azure blob container, SQL, Cloud, SQL-Server, Azure
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11 Oct 2013Paulo Augusto Kunzel
A short guide on best practices
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11 Oct 2013Brad Joss
A SQL String Split function for the real world
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2 Nov 2013B. Clay Shannon
In this third installment of the extreme website makeover journey, we will take up where we left off in getting further along with the basic look and feel before moving on to the nitty-gritty of writing the code-behind, adding any jQuery UI widgets, etc.
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3 Oct 2013NitinShrivastava
In this tip, we will discuss a quick way of how to locate a point in the Map and then adding a customized pushpin to these locations through a sample XML.
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3 Oct 2013Sebastien GASPAR
Clean code and DRY to handle ReaderWriterLockSlim
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4 Oct 2013Arpit Jain
In this article, we will learn about functions in Python. We will learn how to create functions in the Python language and how to call the functions.
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11 Oct 2013ASP.NET Community
 How to copy the text of a textbox to clipboard using JavaScript.
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16 Oct 2013M.Mo
Using the gdb debugger's Python API to analyze and visualize C/C++ arrays in a debugging session.
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2 Nov 2013B. Clay Shannon
Adding a little C# code-behind and more HTML
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18 Oct 2013John Atten
Use cross-platform/OSS ExcelDataReader to read Excel files with no dependencies on Office or ACE.
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2 Oct 2013Saurabh Nayar
A simple beginners tutorial for less.css.
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6 Oct 2013Raymund Macaalay
Programmatic execution of an Excel macro on remote machine from a website
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10 Oct 2013Rion Williams
This article covers one of the switches that you might be interested in flipping, the App Suspend feature, which is available in .NET 4.5.1 on Windows Server 2012 R2.
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16 Oct 2013Rion Williams
Semantic merge emerges (from Beta)
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29 Oct 2013Raymund Macaalay
Looping through Excel rows in SSIS and perform CRUD instructions
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11 Oct 2013ASP.NET Community
Recently I have come across a situation where I need to customize the UI of jQuery UI autocomplete plugin. For reference I am adding the plugin
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2 Dec 2013John Atten
Configuring ASP.NET MVC 4 membership with a SQL CE database.
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11 Oct 2013ASP.NET Community
It seems we can LINQ to everything these days.  Here's some resources that will get you started using LINQ with XML.Introduction.NET
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4 Oct 2013vandel212
How to add tool tips to your website that are lightweight, and painless
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23 Oct 2013Simon Jackson
By the end of this book you should be able to make scrolling backgrounds, clever AI for bad guys, and be able to save / load and change levels in the way Unity3D always wanted you to but forgot to mention.
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11 Oct 2013heemanshubhalla
How to use Masked Textbox control in .NET
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11 Oct 2013ASP.NET Community
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is one of the core technologies in the AJAX architecture apart from XML, DOM, JSON and so forth. Here are some links
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26 Feb 2014ASP.NET Community
Asp Menu controls lacks to render its items which are set with dynamic visibility in Internet Explorer 8. Microsoft has also confirmed at Microsoft
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27 Jan 2017Rajesh_K_Sharma
How to create CSV file in SQL
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1 Oct 2013Chris_Green
With the dynamic keyword C# is one step ahead of me allowing a future of amazing code determined by an unlimited number of factors at runtime.
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16 Oct 2013Anton Kleshchev
This article describes how to write Unit Tests for Silverlight ViewModels with a mocked DomainContext.
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17 Oct 2013Patchrick
Learn the basics of game development in C# and XNA
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30 Oct 2013Manoj.Kumar12
Authentication against CRM contact using custom STS

Current Participants

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Software Developer
Australia Australia
Coding since I Remember myself ... went through Basic on Commodore 64 to C# on a 24 cores AMD cpu... In between worked with c, c++, java, assembler, php, pascal, JavaScript, SQL based DB's and a bit of NoSQL as well.

Love software, and I'm usually fidgeting around with technology software and hardware on my free time.
Chief Technology Officer The DataWorks
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Allen is a consulting architect with a background in enterprise systems. His current obsessions are IoT, Big Data and Machine Learning. When not chained to his desk he can be found fixing broken things, playing music very badly or trying to shape things out of wood. He runs his own company specializing in systems architecture and scaling for big data and is involved in a number of technology startups.

Allen is a chartered engineer, a Fellow of the British Computing Society, and a Microsoft MVP. He writes for CodeProject, C-Sharp Corner and DZone. He currently completing a PhD in AI and is also a ball throwing slave for his dogs.
Software Developer One Inc.
Ukraine Ukraine
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Student
India India
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
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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Founder Across Time & Space
United States United States
I am in the process of morphing from a software developer into a portrayer of Mark Twain. My monologue (or one-man play, entitled "The Adventures of Mark Twain: As Told By Himself" and set in 1896) features Twain giving an overview of his life up till then. The performance includes the relating of interesting experiences and humorous anecdotes from Twain's boyhood and youth, his time as a riverboat pilot, his wild and woolly adventures in the Territory of Nevada and California, and experiences as a writer and world traveler, including recollections of meetings with many of the famous and powerful of the 19th century - royalty, business magnates, fellow authors, as well as intimate glimpses into his home life (his parents, siblings, wife, and children).

Peripatetic and picaresque, I have lived in eight states; specifically, besides my native California (where I was born and where I now again reside) in chronological order: New York, Montana, Alaska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Idaho, and Missouri.

I am also a writer of both fiction (for which I use a nom de plume, "Blackbird Crow Raven", as a nod to my Native American heritage - I am "½ Cowboy, ½ Indian") and nonfiction, including a two-volume social and cultural history of the U.S. which covers important events from 1620-2006: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/blackbirdcraven
Architect
Ireland Ireland
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Software Developer (Senior)
United States United States
I'm an electrical engineer who has spend most of my career writing software. My background includes Digital Signal Processing, Multimedia programming, Robotics, Text-To-Speech, and Storage products. Most of the code that I've written is in C, C++ and Python. I know Object Oriented Design and I'm a proponent of Design Patterns.

My hobbies include writing software for fun, amateur radio, chess, and performing magic, mostly for charities.
Software Developer (Senior)
United States United States
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Architect Avaya Inc.
Ireland Ireland
Formerly a C++ client developer, nowadays I'm all about C# and ASP.NET. Over the years I have mastered some and played with many aspects of .NET.

Follow my blog as I catalogue the more arcane problems I encounter and their solutions at CodingLifestyle.com
Software Developer
Romania Romania
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Software Developer (Senior) http://ADefWebserver.com
United States United States
Michael Washington is a Microsoft MVP. He is a ASP.NET and
C# programmer.
He is the founder of
AiHelpWebsite.com,
LightSwitchHelpWebsite.com, and
HoloLensHelpWebsite.com.

He has a son, Zachary and resides in Los Angeles with his wife Valerie.

He is the Author of:
United States United States
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Architect SSW
South Africa South Africa
United States United States
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Instructor / Trainer 无锡职业技术学院
China China
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Software Developer (Senior) Emaratech
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Imran Abdul Ghani has more than 10 years of experience in designing/developing enterprise level applications. He is Microsoft Certified Solution Developer for .NET(MCSD.NET) since 2005. You can reach his blogging at WCF Tutorials, Web Development, SharePoint for Dummies.
Software Developer
Austria Austria
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Software Developer XIV Solutions
United States United States
My name is John Atten, and my username on many of my online accounts is xivSolutions. I am Fascinated by all things technology and software development. I work mostly with C#, Javascript/Node.js, Various flavors of databases, and anything else I find interesting. I am always looking for new information, and value your feedback (especially where I got something wrong!)
Engineer
Norway Norway
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Web Developer
India India
Koustav Modak
MCA(Master of Computer Application)
.Net Developer
United Kingdom United Kingdom
The author works in a manufacturing company specializing in machine learning algorithms development. At work, I use Python and Matlab for testing and developing algorithms and use C/C++ for product integration.
Technical Lead Neudesic
India India
I have around 9 years of industry experience mostly on Microsoft platform. My expertise include Software Architecture, Designs, OOP/OOD, SOA/SOD, Design patterns, Unit testing, Performance tuning, Security, advanced Java Script, Knockout, ExtJS, ASP.NET MVC, Cloud Computing, Azure, BizTalk and agile methodologies.
In my free times I love exploring technologies, reading, trekking, playing TT and Foosball.....
Architect Interacx
United States United States
Blog: https://marcclifton.wordpress.com/
Home Page: http://www.marcclifton.com
Research: http://www.higherorderprogramming.com/
GitHub: https://github.com/cliftonm

All my life I have been passionate about architecture / software design, as this is the cornerstone to a maintainable and extensible application. As such, I have enjoyed exploring some crazy ideas and discovering that they are not so crazy after all. I also love writing about my ideas and seeing the community response. As a consultant, I've enjoyed working in a wide range of industries such as aerospace, boatyard management, remote sensing, emergency services / data management, and casino operations. I've done a variety of pro-bono work non-profit organizations related to nature conservancy, drug recovery and women's health.
Software Developer Cygnet Infotech pvt ltd
India India
Harshal Sanghavi
Currently Software Engineer.
Worked in .net.
Good experience in SQL Server Business Intelligence.
Technical Lead PANOMIX
China China
He is good and loves VisualBasic! Senior data scientist at PANOMIX


github: https://github.com/xieguigang
Web Developer
United States United States
Working as Development Consultant at MMA Realty Capital, NYC.
Team Leader Magnet Forensics
Canada Canada
I graduated from the University of Waterloo for Computer Engineering and I'm fortunate enough to work as a Team Lead of Software Engineering at Magnet Forensics. As a team lead, I'm often looking to encourage better coding standards, creative approaches to problem solving, and ensure that good clean code makes it into the code base. I want my team to produce top-notch code, but I want to make sure that we're all learning to become better developers along the way.

Blog: http://www.devleader.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DevLeaderCa
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nickcosentino
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nbcosentino
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DevleaderCa/posts
Software Developer (Senior)
India India
Started my career as a Web developer in C#, Asp.Net. Later on worked with MVC, Silverlight, WPF, WCF and Windows Phone 8 development. Also worked on SSRS for the reporting purposes. Keen to learn on latest technologies. Recently worked with backbone.js and AngularJS and Angular. Currently involved in the development using .Net core, Azure and ReactJS with Redux.

http://nitinvshrivastava.com
Software Developer
Philippines Philippines
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Software Developer
Brazil Brazil
I work from home as a business owner and Front-end developer of a company whose main revenue comes from a SaaS we created to help people manage their online sales on a website called Mercado Livre. On my spare time I’ve been building a website called www.mundojs.com.br where I provide information about JavaScript in Portuguese to help new developers.
Web Developer
India India
Rajesh is a MCSD, MCAD, MCA and trying to become .Net expert who has more than 9 years experience in Dot net.
Technical Lead
New Zealand New Zealand
http://nz.linkedin.com/in/macaalay
http://macaalay.com/
Software Developer (Senior)
United States United States
An experienced Software Developer and Graphic Designer with an extensive knowledge of object-oriented programming, software architecture, design methodologies and database design principles. Specializing in Microsoft Technologies and focused on leveraging a strong technical background and a creative skill-set to create meaningful and successful applications.

Well versed in all aspects of the software development life-cycle and passionate about embracing emerging development technologies and standards, building intuitive interfaces and providing clean, maintainable solutions for even the most complex of problems.
Architect
Bangladesh Bangladesh
How do I describe myself to you? How can I explain that this is true?
I am who I am because of you! My work I love you !!
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
India India
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.
Software Developer (Senior)
France France
.NET Software Engineer, interested in clean coding, architecture, code quality improvement.
Architect ZenithMoon Studios
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Long time game developer / IT maniac.
By day working as a lowly Technical Architect for a healthcare software firm, by night Masquerading as the Master Chief of ZenithMoon Studios.

At heart I'm a community developer breaking down lots of fun and curious technologies and bringing them to the masses.

I'm also a contributor to several open source projects, most notably the AdRotator advertising rotator project for Windows and Windows Phone.

After a hefty break with Windows Phone and Windows 8 I'm heading back to my XNA roots to show how beginners and current XNA devs can take their skills forward with XNA's bleak future.

ID&Xbox MVP & Best selling author
[Mastering Unity 2D Game Development] (https://www.packtpub.com/game-development/mastering-unity-2d-game-development)
[Unity 3D UI Essentials] (https://www.packtpub.com/game-development/unity-3d-gui-essentials)
United States United States
This member has not yet provided a Biography. Assume it's interesting and varied, and probably something to do with programming.

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  1. The contest period covers the the first day of the month 12AM US Eastern Standard Time and ends the final day of the month at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time. All entries must be submitted during this period in order to qualify.
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  3. With the exception of the overall category, the article must be tagged with at least one of the tags corresponding to that competition's category (for example, to enter the C# Competition you would need to tag your article with a C# tag).
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  7. Authors may only have their article considered for multiple categories if that second category is the Overall monthly category. Under no circumstance will an article be nominated in a second category that is not the Overall monthly category.
  8. No author can be nominated twice in the same category.
  9. If an author writes has two separate articles, each article may be considered in their respective categories provided none of the aforementioned rules are broken. For example, if an author wrote two separate articles, one related to C# and one related to VB.NET, the author and article could be nominated in the C# and VB.NET competitions, respectively.
  10. In the event an author wins multiple competitions, and repeat, identical prizes, the number of prizes issued is solely at the discretion of the prize issuer.
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