Make Your Code Readable!

One of the most important qualities of code is, or at least should be, readability. The simple fact that it works is not enough. If it’s not readable, it definitelly ain’t maintainable. Thus, our mission, as programmers, is to right code, that above being correct, is also readable and understandable. When a new programmer joins a team…

Customize Places Bar in Common File Dialog

Recently, CodeGuru has published my article about customizing the Places Bar of the common file dialog. In this article I have explained how to twick the registry to display your own list of shortcuts in the places bar. The folders are specified in registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER in Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ComDlg32\PlacesBar in two ways: either by IDs for…

Cool Pictures From the Summit

I have decided to select and post several more pictures from the summit. In the first you can see Bill Gates delivering his keynote on March 13 to a group of 1700 MVPs from 95 countries. Just after Bill Gates’ speech, the Canadians gathered for a group picture, all wearing jerseys of their national hockey…

LINQ presentation

Anders Hejlsberg, creator of Turbo Pascal and C#, delivered a great presentation on LINQ on Tuesday. This was actually my first contact with LINQ (which stands for Language INtegrated Query), but it makes me envy the C# and VB.NET programmers, because these are the only two languages that support it. LINQ defines a set of general-purpose…

First Contact

On Monday 12, I have successfully made contact with several fellow MVPs from CodeGuru: Brad Jones, the site manager John Czopowik Alin Negru, a fellow Romanian, that used to live in the same city and work at the same company as I, but now lives in Canada Raymond Hawco aka Arjay., who is actually from…

The City of Rain

Yesterday I had the chance to see the city from the observation deck of the Seattle Needle, 500 feet above the ground. Fortunatelly the weather cleared just in time to have a good view over the entire city. However, the wind on the side with to the gulf is so strong, you can hardly breath….

Arrival in Seattle for the MVP Global Summit

Several hours ago I have arrived in Seattle for the MVP global summit, 26 hours after leaving my home city, Timisoara. Weather is rainy here and my PDA cell phone doesn’t seem to work. I have already met a fellow MVP, David Portas, from England. I’m looking forward to meeting the other MVPs, especially those…

Prefer std::string to char*

This is the title of my last article published on CodeGuru, http://www.codeguru.com/cpp/cpp/string/general/article.php/c13267/. Being active on forums like CodeGuru or MSDN I’ve seen so many times people using char* in places where a std::string would have made their life much easier. This is an error usually made by people coming from a C background, or those…

Published essay on AI

In 2004, when I was studying for my master diploma I had to write an essay about AI. The topic was free to choose and since I was just finished reading a book called “Kind of Minds” that dealt among others with the arise of consciousness at humans I was asking myself whether the same…

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Hello World!

Since this is my first post I though it would be best to start with a “hello world”! I hope I will be able to keep you informed with interesting and fresh information. Marius