ps. it occurred to me that i should say something perhaps about why i always try to get the coders here to enter programming contests on other sites, etc.
it's not that i really think coders need encouragement to program -- if you like to code, you code, if not then no encouragement is really going to make a difference.
i just think the forum gets better each time a new coder comes by and participates and interacts with the rest of the coders and non-coders on this site. and so i'm just trying to show some solidarity on DC with coders who have their online homes elsewhere but feel like stopping by here and sharing a bit of themselves with DC, and at the same time encourage DC coders to explore the world wide web outside of DC as well.