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TSfly
post May 30 2004, 02:57 PM, updated 13y ago

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Is your question getting ignored? Not getting the answer that you want from other forum members? Feeling sad and alone? If so, here's some guidelines that you should follow before posting your coding question.

1. Write your posts clearly
Write your question in a way that every sane, English-speaking person can understand. We don't expect posts to be at the level of an Oxford English professor, but some clarity would be nice so that we don't have to work hard to figure out what you're asking. At the very least, re-read your post and see if you can understand it yourself.

2. Be more specific
Don't ask general and vague questions. Let us know what it is you want to accomplish and what information you lack to accomplish it. If forum members don't know what you specifically need in your first post, you'll only get a reply asking for more specifics, resulting in time wasted for everyone.

3. This is not a homework forum
Don't ask us to write your entire assignment/project for you! We tend to get a lot of questions asking for homework help when college project deadlines near and this is annoying! We will help you if you're running into difficulty with a specific problem but don't post a "Do my homework" question the night before your deadline and expect a helpful reply. Read your lecture notes, go to the library, consult your lecturers or course-mates. If all else fails, then you probably do not deserve to graduate.

If your post doesn't show sufficient evidence that you have worked enough on the problem yourself, it will be locked. If your post looks like a direct copy + paste from your assignment question, it will be locked. There are no free lunches here.

4. Use the search function and the programming tutorial thread
This board comes with a magical search function. Use it! We also have a thread full of links to programming tutorials and forums. Use that too! You might find that your question has already been answered there.

6. GOOGLE!
Almost everyone has heard about Google. It's useful and apparently quite popular among most Internet users. Why not follow the in-crowd and try using Google first to answer your question. Google is very helpful, we can't emphasis this more. Google, Google, Google. Then come back here if Google has failed you.

7. Last but not least, read How To Ask Questions The Smart Way by Eric S. Raymond (thanks to kckia for the link)

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post Oct 26 2004, 05:15 PM

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post Nov 12 2004, 08:24 PM

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Mindsets and attitudes.

Always keep a positive mindset that oneself is accountable in not just answering but also questioning. Try to be professional in your question if you want professional answer. (of course understanding this is not a real professional programming forum but at least, lifting up the image is better than pulling it down?)



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post Jan 28 2005, 06:40 PM

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Know the technology and the terms use.

Say if you are asking VB question. Specify what version, what component you are using, what DBMS, how do you connect and other details.

E.g

OS Environment: Win2k
OS Language Version: English (standard)
Language: VB6
Visual Studio Service Pack: SP6 <-- might not be necessary. Just an example.
Component: ActiveX: ADO, ActiveX: Windows Media Player
DMBS (if any): Oracle
SQL: PL/SQL


If possible, use the term that commonly been used. Like DBMS, MFC, Win32, ADO, ActiveX, Javascript, socket, client side scripting (vbscript/javascript), Java Bean, EJB, J2EE and etc.

If some of you are unsure of the terms cause you are very new,at least try to search for some in google or check the books. Knowing some commonly used terms helps to promote efficiency in conveying what you are trying to ask.






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post Jun 21 2005, 04:59 PM

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Another thing, don't ask to ask. Just ask your question. If you are already here in the forum, just post your question. If someone knows the answer, they might post it.

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post Jul 20 2005, 04:46 PM

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It might help if posters read this article.

How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
Copyright 2001 Eric S. Raymond

The URL is:
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

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post Aug 9 2005, 10:59 AM

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I have tried to answer some of the posts. I would suggest those poster try post the question
- in point form
- include ur code and exact error message(s)

hope this helps all of us. smile.gif
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post Jan 5 2006, 11:08 AM

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for questions regarding PHP.
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post Mar 4 2006, 01:00 PM

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For those who post the whole chunk of codes and expect people to look for what is wrong.

It would be more appropriate if you found WHERE is POTENTIAL problematic code yourself (i.e., bug), and then ask us what is wrong with it. Simply asking us to search through a bunch of codes to find out what is wrong do imply asking a BIG favor from us. Narrow your code down to just a few statements and you'll get way more help.

(even some problems do require some amount of codes to explain but I believe the extraction is ALWAYS possible. People only interested in replying from the extracted info and not from raw.)

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May be show some

-pre-conditions (before the action)

- post-conditions (after the action)

of the database records, program behaviour, program snapshot, or UI display



It would help in explaining the requirements/problems you need. Instead trying to describe in your own sentence in words which might sometimes be confusing.

Also, showing the codes or relavent script or setting snapshot would also help.

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Before asking some questions on problems that you encounter because you are not doing it in a conventional way (conventional means mostly people will have done that way), have you consider the basics that you might have neglected which could be the 'root' cause of your problem? Always having these mindset


- Proven concepts should be used no matter how basic it is and new ideas should be built on top of it. If you would create something different (groundbreaking) provided you understand what you are doing is clearly innovative. Then, you would need to back up your stuff with good reasons. Anyway, try to stick to proven concepts, this is not RFC committee. Nobody bother to debate on proven standards here.

(Majority of proven concepts can never go wrong. Not with an easy solution or workaround most of the time.)



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ince
post Jul 16 2009, 12:35 PM

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Hi all,

I have a project to be done. This is the title "A Simple Software-based Personal Firewall for Windows OS".
I have researched about this project an was unable to get a clear picture of how to build it. I have found out tat i have to use the MFC application in Visual basic c++ to persue my project n i hav gain a little knowledge on using it. But still I hope u guys out there can help me out with the coding.

Thank u.
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QUOTE(ince @ Jul 16 2009, 12:35 PM)
Hi all,

I have a project to be done. This is the title "A Simple Software-based Personal Firewall for Windows OS".
I have researched about this project an was unable to get a clear picture of how to build it. I have found out tat i have to use the MFC application in Visual basic c++ to persue my project n i hav gain a little knowledge on using it. But still I hope u guys out there can help me out with the coding.

Thank u.
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post Nov 27 2009, 10:24 PM

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may i know how to code for languages that respond toward specific word key in by user ??
for example,
if cin >> a=1
then lead to result 1,
if 2 lead to result 2,
and so on ...

I'm just a beginner of C++ >.<
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post Nov 11 2010, 04:43 PM

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I see a lot of posts in the CodeMasters topics from users whose personal photo shows a young, beautiful, East-Asian-looking woman. I apologise if those photos are truly representative, but it seems unlikely that the majority of LYN users - particularly in the computing topics - would really look like that. Or do they?

I've been thinking of adding a 'personal photo', so I'd just like to ask for suggestions: if those photos aren't truly representative of the appearance of the user, should I also use one like that? If so, any recommendations? I was reading about Megumi Fujii recently - would she be 'LYN standard'? I guess she might only be 'young' and 'beautiful' to me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFVHmqAodhM

I'd appreciate some advice on the matter, even if it is "don't take the piss".
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post Sep 27 2013, 02:01 PM

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Read your lecture notes, go to the library, consult your lecturers or course-mates. If all else fails, then you probably do not deserve to graduate.

awesome sentence~~~ thanks for the post..

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post Jun 10 2015, 07:11 PM

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8. Give the at least some dang code that we can actually use.
Pictures are useless. Don't have time to OCR. Post all code, or create a https://gist.github.com/

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alien3d
post Aug 19 2016, 05:36 PM

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We only can help if got necessary information.

Please

1. Before Output
E.g var_dump for php if .net Mark your breakpoint.

2. Suppose Output
E.g var_dump for php if .net Mark your breakpoint.

** breakpoint may incorrect but it help a bit.

3. Alternative if X is cannot used.Sometimes a language evolve so fast. We also confuse new code and also old code .. So do remind, sometimes we aren't updated with the latest technologies out there in the market.

4. Don't rude to the helper. We aren't charge your a dime.So please respect other.

5. If cannot solve, you may find alternative way like http://www.stackoverflow.com.But this site is very strict on english grammar. So be carefull when you type any.

6. Do please use alternative way to paste code like

http://www.pastebin.com ,
https://gist.github.com/ gist as suggest by angch
SQL for database
. Net for .net
Idea One

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phyckeryz
post May 15 2017, 10:16 AM

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can anyone help me..
i want add sum value form table1 to table2 with one query..

https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/4289683
mysql query

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