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Looking back at the first 10 million members (Part Four)

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In honour of the 10 million member milestone, CodeProject members dan.g. and Brij reflect back on their time as part of the developer community.

How did you first hear about CodeProject and why did you decide to become a member? 

.dan.g.: I don't recall but I suspect it was at my previous employer where I was writing a new toolkit in MFC. My first article was more than 10 years ago so it has to be sometime before that.

When I saw other people sharing their ideas and I had a few of my own wanting expression, I got involved. I recall the initial anxiety of my first article, back when updates had to be routed through an editor and that always took a few days so making a mistake was not easily remedied.

Brij: Initially when I joined the software industry, I used to get most of the answers to my technical problems of the day on CodeProject. Later, I found out that one of my friends used to answer the questions and that triggered me to join and participate at CodeProject. I started answering questions and writing articles. 

Why is CodeProject important to you and why do you continue to use it today?

.dan.g.: It continues to host ToDoList and, despite a number of suggestions to move to GitHub, etc., CP feels like home to me and that makes me a loyal subject! <o:p>

I also enjoy browsing the article updates via various CP digests, which help me feel connected to the broader community.

I like to feel that those following ToDoList are also a benefit to CP in terms of maintaining a strong community.

Brij: First thing - The articles are awesome here and include detailed information with easy structure for any particular problem. The best part is that we get the answers within a live thread.

Second thing - It gives me a platform where I can share my knowledge, share my experience and help others. It’s a perfect moment every time one of my answers is accepted.

What is your most memorable moment on CodeProject?

.dan.g.: Two moments:

  1. Having the first hundred votes on ToDoList being all '5'
  2. Being given access to update my articles directly without having to go thru a CP editor.

Brij: There are many moments. The best is when I received the CodeProject MVP award. Apart from that, there are many awesome comments from experts on my articles that I won’t forget and help motivate me a lot. Every now and again, I open the articles and read those comments to recharge my energy for the community.

What are your thoughts on CodeProject reaching 10 million members and what do you hope the future holds for the community?   

.dan.g.: I am not at all surprised. Most of my work colleagues know of CP without us ever having discussed it, so it's well known.<o:p>

As for the future, I see CP continuing to provide an essential resource for developers who write 'real' software, I can't see that need changing in my lifetime.

Brij: There is no doubt that CodeProject is the one of the best resources available online at least for .NET technologies today. I joined around six years back and have been watching its popularity increase day by day ever since. Almost every .NET developer benefits from that. The new venture CodeProject.TV is also new and very useful and provides another way to learn and share knowledge.<o:p>

Other Articles In This Series  

  1. Looking back at the first 10 million members (Part One)
  2. Looking back at the first 10 million members (Part Two)
  3. Looking back at the first 10 million members (Part Three)
  4. Looking back at the first 10 million members (Part Four)
  5. Looking back at the first 10 million members (Part Five)  
  6. Looking back at the first 10 million members (Part Six)   
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Software Developer Maptek
Australia Australia
.dan.g. is a naturalised Australian and has been developing commercial windows software since 1998.

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Software Developer (Senior)
India India
Brij is a 3-times Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET/IIS Category and a passionate .NET developer. More than 6 years of experience in IT field, currently serving a MNC as a Tech Lead/Architect.

He is a very passionate .NET developer and have expertise over Web technologies like ASP.NET 2.0/3.5/4.0, jQuery, JSON, Javascript, IIS and related technologies. He is also a Exchange Server (EWS) Specialist. He has great experience in design patterns and N-Tier Architecture.

He is also certified as Microsoft Certified Technologies Specialist-ASP.NET and Microsoft Certified Technologies Specialist-WCF in .NET 4.0. He has also received several awards at various forums and his various articles got listed as "Article of the day" at ASP.NET Microsoft Official Website

He has done MCA from NIT Durgapur and completed his graduation from Lucknow University.

Learning new technologies and sharing knowledge excites him most. Blogging, solving problems at various forums, helping people, keeps him busy entire day.

Visit his Blog: Code Wala

Area of Expertise :
C#, ASP.NET 2.0,3.5,4.0, AJAX, JQuery, JSON, XML, XSLT, ADO.Net, WCF, Active Directory, Exchange Server 2007 (EWS), Java script, Web Services ,Win services, DotnetNuke, WSS 3.0,Sharepoint Designer, SQL Server 2000/2005/2008

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