People often write me and ask Which project should I pick?
Here is a strategy. First narrow down the choices to the ones that look about your level of difficulty. Then narrow down the ones to your interest in financial potential. Then narrow down projects to ones that involve servers or do not. Now weed out ones that look boring or esoteric to you. Now look for the project with most heart.
Do you care about the result? You will need to care in the times ahead when the hard work comes of implementing, documenting, researching and futzing about to get Coding projects to work. For children, video games are the usual choice. For adults, it can be anything.
Let one of mine inspire you to create one your own. Think in terms of your own interests and hobbies. What would be useful? Think about the frustrations you have had with software. What sort of better mousetrap does the world need? Learning More In my email inbasket each day are two or three requests for more information about one or more of these student projects.
Most often these requests come from students in third world countries, but sometimes they come from commercial developers.
Students imagine I have complete detailed specs written on every class. The key skill students must learn is writing the spec and doing the overall design of a decently large project.
Any boob can code given a detailed class specification. In the real world you are never handed tidy perfectly-specified little problems than can be handled with two or three pages of code.
They will never contain any implementation hints as my outlines do. You have to pull teeth to get even the vaguest information about what the program should do. You have to write prototype systems. Only then are your users smart enough to tell you what they really wanted, or are you smart enough to suggest to them possible options they might enjoy.
My advice for a student who thinks a project is too difficult, is to create a sub project that he thinks he might tackle successfully, or try a simpler different project entirely. After that experience, he can add a bit more complexity.
Trying to solve the problem all at once just leads to overwhelm. It is just a stepping stone.
Though I have no additional materials to send you, I am willing to answer specific questions about the projects. I will normally add that material into the project descriptions for others too. For team projects underway you can join AsynchronyEnhydra or SourceForge.Kano – Kano is a computer and coding kit that had a fantastically successful Kickstarter this past December.
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