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Old 04-27-2004, 08:50 AM   #1
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some brainstorming and personal projects


Hello:

Lately, I was talking to some of my friends (we're just about to finish University) and noticed we've done practically nothing of interest.... just teorical stuff (you know like linked lists, trees, blah blah).

We believe nobody would hire someone like us... so we decided to boost our "power" and created this little Student Organization... we want to develop and research.

we started with some personal projects... I am a documentation geek, and I believe Javadoc is so great so I decided to work on a documentation project for C++.... it's actually just about to get done

However, it's hard to come up with some good ideas, so I decided to go where I know there's talented people..... and here I am!!!

ANyone has any good ideas for a project??? perhaps we could do it together... or just give ideas... I believe that if everyone could pour out his personal projects as a Brainstorm. we could come up with something big!!!

I hope to hear some answers.... and not to be considered too geek

Thanks for reading!
 
Old 04-27-2004, 09:50 PM   #2
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"We believe nobody would hire someone like us... so we decided to boost our "power" and created this little Student Organization... we want to develop and research."

At various times in the past I have supervised programmers and hired programmers, including a few beginning programmers who were co-op students from the University of Waterloo. When a new programmer is hired he/she is placed under the wing of a senior programmer and works on altering or adding functions to existing programs. A beginning programmer learns far more by modifying existing code written by an experienced programmer than by writing a new program from scratch. Indeed, most programmers spend the vast majority of their careers adding to the existing code base of the organization that they work for.

One of the beauties of open source software is that anyone can add whatever they want to existing software. So the best learning experience that I can recommend is to find an open source program that interests you and make some useful additions to it. Give your additions back to the developer for release under the GPL in the next version of the program. This experience will teach you far more about expert programming techniques than any class you have taken. Then you can say to a potential employer, "I added features x, y, and z to gimp 2.2." and have an easily verifiable selling point on your resume.

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Old 04-27-2004, 10:00 PM   #3
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Hey thanks!

Actually, one of my future projects would be to reverse engineer the well known Notepad and add it some features for programmers like color for sintaxis, identation etc.... but it would have to be like in assembler because as we all know (and hate) Win stuff is closed.... but I'll try out something from Linux.... the thing is that we also want to become like popular at school, so people know about us, and more students to come... and if we can manage it, maybe leave a legacy for the school.....

But then again, we need a start and what you say sounds really good

Thanks!
 
Old 04-27-2004, 10:13 PM   #4
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"Actually, one of my future projects would be to reverse engineer the well known Notepad and add it some features for programmers like color for sintaxis, identation etc..."

There is a project along those lines that I would like to see. I would like to see an "insert file" feature added to kwrite.

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Old 04-27-2004, 10:17 PM   #5
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insert a file? like you say, insert all that's written in a foo.c into foo2.c ??
Hope you don't mind.... I'd like to become someone as experienced as you... so .. can I ask how old are you?

please if you don't want to answer you dont have to

Thanks
 
Old 04-27-2004, 10:38 PM   #6
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"insert a file? like you say, insert all that's written in a foo.c into foo2.c ??"

Yes.

" can I ask how old are you?"

59

"I'd like to become someone as experienced as you."

As time passes becoming experienced is unavoidable.

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Old 04-27-2004, 10:57 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info, I have been pondering the same problem and this program modification sounds like a jolly idea.
 
  


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