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Old 08-13-2008, 01:53 PM   #1
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Cool looking for a project

Hey all you open source programmers out there... I'm looking to help out with a relatively simple project that someone has going on(or a simple part of a complicated one).
I've taken an intro to C++ and Java, can do simple programming in MATLAB and am very quick to learn.
I don't have a good enough imagination to think of a program to write but if told what someone is looking for I can usually find a means to an end.
So if someone is looking for a programming noob to do mundane programming for a project Iím your man
Old 08-13-2008, 02:42 PM   #2
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I'd recommend you look around Most everything is there (although their information is often out of date). Don't be too intimidated by big projects, they have small tasks mixed in there. I'll throw in a plug for Wine. I once contributed a patch there, and found the community very friendly and open to newcomers. It (as with many, perhaps most FOSS) is written mostly in C, but if you know C++ you'll be fine. The best way to take your first project is to just consider it a learning experience and don't expect any of your work/patches to be accepted for a while. But don't worry, soon you'll be making as much of a contribution as you have time for!
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I've found that the best way to become a better programmer is to think of something that you'd like to do, even if you're nowhere near knowing how, and start figuring out what it takes to do it. As I've told many people, I set out to write a sound effects processor in mid-2003 and I've done everything but that. As soon as I started trying to write the basic parts of it (just the structure, nothing functional) I started learning about other new things and then started trying to figure out how to get those things to work, and after about 5 years "off track" I've ended up writing some very unique things. Admittedly, a lot of my practice has been reinvention of the wheel with such things as list containers.

Another way I've learned new things is by looking at questions on this board and learning how to solve them. For example, I learned how to program with sockets, the terminal, and parts of the kernel by looking at questions I knew I couldn't answer and then researching and practicing until I knew the answers.

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Old 08-13-2008, 03:33 PM   #4
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Thanks guys for the advice, I'll more than likely end up doing both of your suggestions


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