DonationCoder.com recently teamed up with fellow DC Member Chris Hanscom from Veign.com
to sponsor a small programming challenge
. Chris and I agonized over who to award the grand prize (a $10K MSDN Visual Studio Bundle) to, and eventually ended up giving it to longtime DC member Eoin O'Callaghan.
The person who we almost awarded to the prize was Eric Wong (VideoInPicture
) who stumbled upon DC right as the programming challenge was announced. To our extremely pleasant surprise, Eric didn't skip a beat when he didn't win the grand prize, and just kept on coding and sharing his creations with the rest of us. He wrote some coding snacks based on requests on the forum, and has been actively working on his programs based on feedback from everyone here. He's really added a lot to the site.
So.. when Chris unexpectedly got his hands on another of the giant Visual Studio Bundles to give away.. We both immediately thought of Eric, and it was clear to us both that the thing to do was to give this copy to Eric as a gesture of thanks and recognition for his work.
It's a great feeling to be able to recognize Eric's contributions in this way, and I want to thank Chris for letting me and DC be part of the process.
There are a huge number of you who contribute to DC, both in coding and in other ways -- and I hope no one feels like they are being taken for granted when we giveaway something like this to one particular person. It's impossible to thank everyone properly who helps make this site a better place -- i hope you will join me in viewing these things from the standpoint of a victory for one of us being a victory for all of us.