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  1. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi All,

    I have put up several posts with code snippets and such concerning C# things.
    I notice that all the posts in this area get a lot of views, but very little response.

    This is normal as people are usually perusing the posts for information and do not necessarily have a comment to make. While this is fine, we could make this area a lot better with more reader input.

    So, here is your chance to sound off. The questions are ...

    Do you find the code snippets useful?
    Do you want to see more targetted information (i.e. Database, DirectX, hardware. etc.)?
    Do people want to see more in a particular language (VB, C++, C#. PHP, etc.)
    Maybe more using particular databases (Sql Server, MySQL, etc.)?
    More on website code (html, xml, css, javascript, silverlight, etc.)?
    Robotics? Automated home control? etc.
    More on basic, moderate or advanced techniques?
    Programming language tutorials for beginners?

    Just some ideas. Post your thoughts. I am sure the coders in the TPU community will happily cater to users' needs if they speak up.

    If people respond to this, we may be able to get the mods to "sticky" it so we can keep an eye on reader's requests and help them more.
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2008
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    I'd also like to see this section grow out a bit more.

    *bump* so maybe more people will see this on the New Posts list :)
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    Oliver_FF New Member

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    Well i'm a computer science undergrad so I generally drop by to see if anyone's having any programming woes...
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    I dropped out of my 3rd year into my masters at UT, I majored in reverse engineering (cryptology) I would be willing to help anybody. I don't think programming deserves a sub-section I think it should be on it's own if that makes any sense.

    - Christine
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    I think that because of the low volume of thread traffic in this section, that it does not really warrant a seperate section at the moment. I think that if interest were to grow, that the W1z or one of the mods would make it a seperate section.

    I personally would like to see more code snippets from people, as I tend to have to bounce all over the internet to find specific topic, and it would be nice if I could find more here at TPU.

    So start adding code snippets people ! :D

    I also think if we use a consistent format it would make searching easier ...
    I use "Sample Code <language> : <description>"
    Seemed to be pretty simple and straightforward, and people could just search on "Sample Code" to see all the samples.

    I am, of course, open to any ideas.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    After a little pondering, maybe it would be better if people just used a topic like,
    "Sample Code : <description>

    Then people would add posts that port it to other languages into the same post.

    Just a thought.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    Well as of this post, there were 159 views and 3 replies (that were not mine)
    With a response result of approximately 1.9%, I don't see much interest in this section.

    I will continue to post stuff as I really enjoy sharing new things that I learn.

    For those code junkies like myself, hang in there, and I will always be monitoring this section to see if I can help.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    Okay, I'm not quite ready to give this one up yet.
    Coding is my hobby, helping people with coding is a passion for me.

    So all you lurkers (guests) who are out there, make an account and give us some input.
    The account is free and you don't get any spam. What more could you want?

    What's your excuse? Can't think of a good user name? Who cares what it is?
    PastyFace, LumpyNads, ImADoofus. All fine names that will garner you a place of honor here at TPU.

    The only thing that loses you respect here at TPU is not having the spine to sign up and post.

    SO GET TO IT !!!

    Okay .. end of rant. :D
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    Gratuitous bump just to keep this forum from fading into obscurity.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    It's been a couple of months so I can safely bump this again.
    Just to let people know that there is no question so simple or so complex that we will not try to help with programming problems.

    Any input is greatly appreciated to make the Programming section more useful to everyone.
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    My second year exams are up this week, so i'm going to write a few more articles on a few things soon :)

    Considering an interesting one on packet sniffing and how you can use it to check your firewalls working properly... You think that'd go down ok?
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    I've been working on the plot, characters, etc, for my SNES-est RPG.

    When I have something substantial I'll start a thread on it.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    @Oliver_FF : That would be great. Networking code is always interesting.

    @Jizzler : Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
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    I'd like to see some tutorials. So I can do something more useful with my spare time.
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    Any particular things you'd like to see tutorials on?
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    A forum is not the best medium for tutorials as they tend to get really long.
    It may be better to start a tutorial link thread where people can post links to tutorials that they think are well done.
    Plus we would then have access to all kinds of tutorials from one central location.
    I have quite a few links to good tutorials saved in my browser favorites on my work computer which I can share tomorrow when I am there.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    Oops ... I just remembered that the sticky at the top of this forum is for tutorials :D

    Duh.
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    I'm feeling a simple writeup on some of the key elements to OOP like classes, inheritance, interfaces, polymorphism, collections and generics, object types - dynamic and static and just stuff kinda like that...

    Any objections? I'll give it a week before doing anything ;)
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds good to me :toast:
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    Personally I like vb.net (and I'm about the only one :))

    When I google for solutions I prefer the most basic examples. ie if something can be done in 2 lines, I like that example. I prefer to create everything around it myself. Besides, more code just confuses when trying to understand something.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    There's nothing wrong with VB. I've used it when needed to help people code or fix problems.
    It's just not my language of choice.

    I usually just look for code snippets too.
    Once in awhile an indepth tutorial comes in handy if you are trying to learn something new (for example, XNA).
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    Visual Basic was actually my first programming language, back when I was 14 and I loved it at the time. It's really really easy to use and the debugging is stellar :toast:

    It's just difficult posting small code snippets when most of the projects I work on are large and cumbersome - once you've figured something out it quickly becomes obvious and kinda fades into the background as you tackle the next problem :ohwell:

    I'm considering a simple guide that goes through step by step how mergesort works (you know, when you've got a collection and call .sort() on it?) it's fiendishly clever and most of the guides out there are like "do what now? i'm lost :cry:"

    Still, my packet sniffing FAQ is on the first page of google results :cool:
    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=packet sniffing faq&btnG=Google Search&meta=
    and
    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=packet sniffing faq how-to&btnG=Search&meta=
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    That works both ways. ie I'm making something, I require something to work, and the example shows a totally different program. And most examples leave you to figure out how to implement things in your situation. You end up with far too much code. I've had this various times, and then sometimes a week sometimes a few months later, I figure how I can do the same thing in a few lines.

    Every time I have a new idea to create something or add functionality to something I start looking, most of the things I'm able to figure out by googling or bugging W1z.
    For instance, today I had some time at work and added a link to a database to read fancy things. that are already stored. In the same way my database gains new features over time.

    It actually started with an inventory list I got to maintain. The boss said it was now my work. It was made in Excel, which over time would grow and be a piece of crap. So I moved it all to Access. Now it contains far more data, is accessible via my own deployment tool, it generates and prints labels to the Dymo printer.

    Anyway, due to my previous work in Access and my hate towards "databases" made in Excel I'm extending my knowledge of vb. (Office products use vba, nearly the same as vb.net) I keep learning new things, and surely my code isn't the best out there, it's handy to be able to make things as a system admin.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    @Dan : Move that bad boy to SQL Server Express. Far superior to Access.
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    Negative. Using SQL server is like using a IBM mainframe to play Pacman. Access is easy to use and big bad SQL servers offer nothing that Access doesn't. That includes performance, as this is a small database and won't outgrow Access. By the time it does it's because the company grew huge and we have other people to bother themselves with a new system:)

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