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Matthew Dennis
Software Developer (Senior) CodeProject
Canada Canada
As Senior Architect, Matthew is responsible for the Architecture, Design, and Coding of the CodeProject software as well as Manager of the Infrastructure that runs the web site.

Matthew works on improving the performance and experience of the Code Project site for users, clients, and administrators.

Matthew has more years of software development, QA and architecture experience under his belt than he likes to admit. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. He started out developing micro-processor based hardware and software including compilers and operating systems.
His current focus is on .NET web development including jQuery, Webforms, MVC, AJAX, and patterns and practices for creating better websites.
He is the author of the Munq IOC, the fastest ASP.NET focused IOC Container.
His non-programming passions include golf, pool, curling, reading and building stuff for the house.
Sean Ewington
Technical Writer CodeProject
Canada Canada
Sean Ewington is the Content Manager for CodeProject.

His background in programming is primarily C++ and HTML, but has experience in other, "unsavoury" languages.

He loves movies, and likes to say inconceivable often, even if it does not mean what he thinks it means.
David Cunningham
Founder CodeProject
Canada Canada
I started photo-etching circuit boards when I was 8, and at 11 was haunting the halls and computer science labs at the local university so much that I was invited by Professor Wayne Ayott to audit his software and hardware design courses.

Over my career I have used C# , C++, Win32, MFC, Assembler, Basic, and Clipper, on applications for the military, commercial ventures, medical research and the labour movement. Through my medical informatics work I came to know what real-time and mission-critical really mean… just try being part of the critical path when a woman goes into labor.

I have been honoured to receive many business, industry and leadership awards including being named an Exceptional Young Entrepreneur (Profit Magazine) and to the list of Who's Who in Canadian Business. The companies I started have been recognized as the Fastest Growing companies in Canada (Profit Magazine), as the Fastest Growing North American Technology Companies (Deloitte & Touché) and named as a Top 100 Innovator and Leader by SDTimes 6 years in a row.

Here's my professional profile on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidcunningham

In 2007 Microsoft acquired technology from one of my companies, Dundas Data Visualization, for inclusion in SQL Server.

I live in Toronto and enjoy photography, scuba, food, and motorcycle riding.
Chris Maunder
Founder CodeProject
Canada Canada
Current passion project: CodeProject SenseAI. Please join in!

Chris is the Co-founder of the popular code-sharing site CodeProject.com, the digital advertising agency DeveloperMedia.com and the content marketing agency ContentLab.IO.

He's been programming way too long and has been, in various guides, an astrophysicist, 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 serial entrepreneur.

Chris has programmed everything from FORTRAN on a CRAY to Python on a Pi, but generally leans on TypeScript, C#, and SQL for the front, middle and back bits of his applications. His current focus is on ensuring developers know enough about Artificial Intelligence to be dangerous.

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GeneralsenseAI on macOS and Windows Pin
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GeneralWhen's a good time to release? Pin
Chris Maunder6-Jun-22 11:12
cofounderChris Maunder6-Jun-22 11:12 
We've just released senseAI v1.4.0 and we fell into the trap of "just one more thing" while working to get the release out.

Here's a timeline you've probably had yourself:
  1. We need to add feature X. Let's go!
  2. We hop on a Zoom call and start brainstorming ideas on how to do this.
  3. We settle on an idea and go for it
  4. One of us, deep in the bowels of the code, realises there's refactoring that could be done
  5. To release, then refactor, then re-release? Or refactor, since I'm here anyway, and then release?
And you know what happened. The urge to release the best code beat the urge to provide our users with new functionality.

Maybe we've been burned too many times by rushed releases. Visual Studio seems to be less and less stable and more and more bloated. Apple's iOS has an exciting history of chaos. CodeProject itself has broken things left, right, and centre more times than I care to remember.

But here's the issue with waiting till it's perfect.

It will never be perfect. We'll be lucky if it will be stable and useable. If we're really, really lucky it will be useful. That's simply the reality of software development.

So by holding off on releasing the code we ended up making the engine run smoother, a little faster, a little more efficient, but (to stretch the analogy) we're not letting anyone drive a perfectly functional car. And the purpose of writing software is to provide something your users can use. Hence the term. Users.

Having said here's a little more background to our decision.

The change we made, instead of releasing the code, was in the manner in which you add a module. One of the core pieces of senseAI is to make it easy for developers to integrate AI into their apps by taking wonderful Open Source projects and aggregating them into senseAI's environment. We make sure the runtime is sorted out, the packages are installed, the API is solid, the installer works, and developers just provide the fun stuff.

Our change was that we took a process that required maybe a little too much understanding of the mechanics of how it all works, and turned it into a process that required writing a single callback function. 240+ lines of reasonably complex code down to 65 lines of very straightforward code.

So our decision was wasn't "do we release new functionality" but rather "do we continue to encourage developers to use a painful way of adding modules when we know full well that in a week we'll have a much, much better way".

It's these sorts of decisions that have to be weighed against your users, your marketing objectives, your budget and your stakeholders. Maybe marketing needs something, anything to talk about. Maybe Marketing can't handle the complaints when poor release decisions are made. Maybe you need to demonstrate progress or maybe you need to know whether it's even worth continuing in a certain direction before even thinking about refactoring.

Development time is super, crazy expensive, so these decisions are important.
cheers
Chris Maunder

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GeneralInstallers, again, and providing your users with choice. Pin
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GeneralInstallers Pin
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GeneralCodeProject SenseAI Pin
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NewsThe CodeProject MVPs of 2022 Pin
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NewsAnnouncing: The CodeProject Python3 Reference Pin
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GeneralWhy is AI so hard? Pin
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GeneralPython, Python everywhere Pin
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GeneralBUILD 2011 day 1 notes Pin
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GeneralThe Code Project is now eTrust certified Pin
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