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26876  Other Software / Programming School / A bit of donationcoder.com history on: February 05, 2006, 10:36:11 PM
Before donationcoder.com existed, we made a forum to help motivate and teach a few friends how to program, it was called the C++ Programming School.

Basically it was a series of 10 increasingly difficult but still fun programming assignments, and students worked on them on their own and then submitted their programs for grading, where they then unlocked the next assignment/challenger.

When we started donationcoder.com we had a programming school type section also, but we removed it as their wasn't enough interest in it, but i thought we would bring it back in some form now.

I'm not sure if we will put assignments back up here.  There are a lot of more active programming learning forums on the internet (please feel free to post any you know of here).

But I thought that in the spirit of this site it might be nice to have a place where people just starting out programming, and people who want to learn, can ask beginner questions and not feel self conscious.

So feel free to use this area to ask very basic questions or get some advice about which language you might want to learn, what tools you might want to try, etc.

Programming can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable skills to learn.  It is not something you ever stop learning or getting better at, and in that sense it can be one of the most satisfying things to be involved in.  Some people take to it very naturally and others have to struggle at it, but the satisfaction is very real no matter what your level of skill.
26877  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Fewer system tray icons? on: February 05, 2006, 02:04:56 PM
also see this thread: http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?topic=2315

BREAKING NEWS:
Author of PS Tray Factory has decided to make a 50% discount available to all donationcoder.com members throughout february.  now that's a bargain: http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?topic=2339
26878  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: February 05, 2006, 02:04:07 PM
also see this related thread: http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?topic=997.0

BREAKING NEWS:
Author of PS Tray Factory has decided to make a 50% discount available to all donationcoder.com members throughout february.  now that's a bargain: http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?topic=2339
26879  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Fewer system tray icons? on: February 05, 2006, 01:03:52 PM
just two images to show winxp in classic mode, and how to "activate" this tray management function in windows:
[attach=1]
vs.
[attach=2]
26880  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: extremely good gif editor required on: February 05, 2006, 10:43:04 AM
some finds:
http://www.webopt.com/screenshots/index.html
http://www.boxtopsoft.com/colorsafe.html
http://www.boxtopsoft.com/photogif.html
26881  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: extremely good gif editor required on: February 05, 2006, 10:39:45 AM
another way to ask this is that you don't nescesarily need a good gif *EDITOR* right?  A good image converter with advanced tools for color reduction might also suffice?
26882  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: February 05, 2006, 08:33:37 AM
wow!
awesome list alexp; i think you've just inspired me to upgrade to the lastest firefox and try some of these..  thanks for all those nice web developer oriented extensions.
26883  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / how to write a good email on: February 05, 2006, 08:22:54 AM
12 tips for writing good (business) emails:

http://blog.guykawasaki.c...6/02/the_effective_e.html

[link from boingboing]
26884  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Revitalizing the Reviews - Everyone Read in Please on: February 05, 2006, 07:56:12 AM
sure, just send them to me, mouser@donationcoder.com

we will try to go for the biggest world wide publications first, and then narrow our way down as need be.
26885  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What Programmer Tool/Component/Library Reviews Would you Like to See? on: February 05, 2006, 07:41:34 AM
i added GUI Toolkits, that would cover things like codejock; i agree it would be nice to get some discounts on that kind of software.  i hope we'll have a review of these soon and with that some good discounts.
26886  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Improving Review section;what website has the best layout for reviews? on: February 05, 2006, 05:35:25 AM
cg, print review link is a very good idea; in fact it's been asked for even in our current format, since the sidebar makes it harder to print.
26887  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: startup/tasks manager? on: February 05, 2006, 05:09:55 AM
i'm actually browsing and enjoying www.appcheck.net, nice site, cg smiley
26888  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Promo "User Bars/Banners" for DonationCoder.com on: February 05, 2006, 03:32:48 AM
love it!

i liked your suggestions as well, especially the idea for maybe some kind of "emergency override" hotkey where you could correct the situation where a high priority app is suddenly taking over your cpu, and the idea of maybe having an option that says to not lower priority of apps that are in the foreground (nice idea!).  Adding these ideas to todo list for v3.
26889  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Improving Review section;what website has the best layout for reviews? on: February 04, 2006, 11:52:33 PM
In our continuing effort to take our review section to the next level, and make it the best software review site on the web, i'm asking for some help figuring out how we can improve things.

Some preliminary thoughts:
  • break reviews into multipl pages with easy navigation between them
  • a separate 'page' for each product, plus some inro, comparison, and summary pages would make it easier to maintain/update and write and read.
  • make a more inviting start page where people can see existing reviews nicely presented to choose from.

I'd love to hear more ideas for ways to improve the review section.
And I'm also asking people to post links to website designs that you think *present* their reviews in a nice way, both in terms of presenting a single review and for presenting the collection of reviews to browse.  Remember it's not the content of these sites we care about for this question, just the manner of presenting reviews/articles.

thanks!
26890  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Update to Discounts listing page and some more new discounts on: February 04, 2006, 10:54:47 PM
We're begining to get more companies that want to offer discounts to members of the site.

I've added more some new discounts to the Members Only section: http://www.donationcoder....orum/index.php?board=18.0

And I've updated the Discounts page to make it a little easier to identify discounts that are still valid, when they expire, and whether we have reviewed them or not: http://www.donationcoder.com/Discounts/index.html

All of these companies have also donated some copies for us to give away.. I'm not sure if we should add them now to the February giveaway drawing submission or save them for next month. Opinions?
26891  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone know how to "escape" bb codes? on: February 04, 2006, 09:47:25 PM
just had to refer back to this - thanks again carol.
26892  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder.com Logo Contest is Over - We Have a New Official Mascot/Logo! on: February 04, 2006, 08:32:20 PM
WOW! looks amazing!!!
26893  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is this offesive? on: February 04, 2006, 08:28:15 PM
i agree, that's not an image i'd want in a kids game.
26894  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just for fun: What is this ? on: February 04, 2006, 01:36:25 PM
try FASTR:

http://randomchaos.com/games/fastr/

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Fastr is a game that uses flickr images. It loads ten images that all share a common tag, one by one, and you guess what the tag is. When you guess right, the tag will turn blue. Then you can watch the pictures until the next set begins. The faster you guess, the more points you get. The points are reset every five minutes. Don't forget to enter a player name. Please email questions and comments. The correct answer doubles as a link to the flickr page with all the photos.
26895  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just for fun: What is this ? on: February 04, 2006, 01:35:09 PM
lol
there are actually a lot of these contests around, lets find some more links.
that pic was too damn easy anyway i think.

ok who knows some good "guess the picture" sites?
26896  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Fewer system tray icons? on: February 04, 2006, 10:17:40 AM
i've emailed both authors to see if they want to offer our members a discount smiley
26897  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Vasilios Freeware - really nice page of utilities, donations appreciated on: February 04, 2006, 09:32:31 AM
Vasilios Freeware Applications

some really nice stuff there, index here:


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I'm always constructing applications that are useful for my programming jobs. When I think that some of them can be helpful to someone else, I beautify them and I publish them.
Until 2004, I was constructing applications with an interface, tooltips and help files in my native language (Greek) that they were publishing in my country's Computer Magazines and they were offered from Greek Downloading Portals.This year I decided to turn worldwide.
I believe in Freeware for all, that's why you will find here only that kind of Applications .
Hoping that I've helped you somehow,


if you like them send him a donation and drop him a note saying you appreciate what his approach.
26898  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: add a link to this forum to the help menu in all your programs on: February 04, 2006, 09:05:59 AM
thanks for reminding me though, i did forget.
it's a very good idea.
26899  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: support for capture scrolling windows on: February 04, 2006, 08:47:35 AM
hehehe, already implement,
choose to capture a windows object and follow the instructions (says to hold ctrl+shift when you click).
i need to modify the command caption to make it clearer that it is the one you should select.
26900  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR version 2 - discuss the best way to handle 'actions' on: February 04, 2006, 05:22:48 AM
to clarify what i was saying from before, i was saying we cant insist that the filename comes first,
because sometimes there is no filename, for example when you want to send an email.

there is always an action however, so it is possible to insist the user always starts out specifying an action.

or it is possible to start out allowing both, as we do now.
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