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    Suggestions thread

    simply respond with anything you think of to make this forum and web page a better thing

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    Fixing the non-standard C++ examples. They all still use the non-standard headers with .h and not in namespace std. I wouldn't mind if they were using that and they were in C, but if you are going to use C++ (iostreams and such), it may as well be done right.

    Some sort of way for mods/trusted individuals to make a collective cprogramming.com FAQ (in HTML, without requiring going through the webmaster, not through message posts, as they seem to be able to thrown away.. how many times are we going to answer how to find primes?).

    The FAQ list and responses should be easy to edit and add to. Say someone answers the question, How do I convert a int to an string? Some knowledgible poster might go and explain sprintf in straight C. It's a nice solution, but not the only one. Later, someone comes and writes an addenum, showing how to convert any type to a strimg with the use of ostringstreams and templates.

    It would be nice if it carried a revision history, so mistakes could be corrected, and it could revert back to older versions (it should be easy to modify, not easy to destroy...). Giving someone FAQ editting previlieges shouldn't require them proving godhood over C or C++, just that they are intelligent, well-mannered, and helpful. It would be unlikely that they post something really dumb, but likely that they would post something helpful.

    I think that if the FAQs didn't disappear in a couple days since their last post(sure, posts aren't gone, but they aren't extremely easy to find either), and had a larger contributorship (hence, more people saying 'look at the FAQ'). I think it would really start to curb the answering of the same questions over and over.

    It's really very close to a wiki
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    SilentStrike, great ideas but I think he was simply referring to the contest board and this page. But I could be wrong.

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    Well, he said the web page.. so I figured i'd let it fly .
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    just fyi, i put up a very, very primitive chat room. feel free to explore it. hopefully i can make it framed and avoid a great deal of problems. so far the chat room is just something hacked up overnight.

    I've also been thinking of letting people sign up on the web page, and maybe even submit stuff. any information on how cgi submits programs... would be helpful.

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    You could always use PHP to submit stuff. Or do you wanna do it in CGI, you a fan?

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    i don't have a preference for php or cgi. i'm just... lacking the knowledge. i'll look into it later today.

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    If you want code on PHP submission, e-mail me at srgpepper2002@yahoo.com

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    no thanks, i got it covered. the webmaster sent me something i'll integrate into the site soon.

    //edit: done, it should work now

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    This ideas might be impossible but I wish that my College would have done it. Since C/C++ is an implementation language for all major systems, it would be great to have contests/projects that taught us how to build our own systems, for example, write a web browser, or write some component of an operating system, etc. The only problem is that I don't think anyone here has enough knowledge to design these projects. If someone did they they would have to describe the project/contest in a lot of detail, so that the concept could be understood, even by newbies. Some of the ideas would require research. This will never happen here, but just a thought.

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    yeah, this would be a bit difficult to implement. it's hard enough to get people together to do an rpg game...

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    Some of those ideas arent as complicated as you would think. If people would just sit down and think out a project, write up specifications and what not before sitting down to write code than they would find it a lot easier to complete the project. But when you sit down and code blindly you lose track/focus of what you are doing, a web browser isnt that hard to implement (then again this was an exercise in a course i had).
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    ok. if you want, come up with a design and post a thread detailing it.

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    I can only see one thread right now in this entire forum. No where in the forum is a current contest mentioned. I'd like to be able to view past threads and posts in this forum and check out past contests.
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    "If you cannot grok the overall structure of a program while taking a shower, you are not ready to code it." -- Richard Pattis.

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    Bottom of the list of threads are some list boxes labelled "from last 30 days". Change it to whatever you like to see older threads. They're all still there for your viewing pleasure.
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