No, I'm fine (except the ugly cold and dealing with release documentaton rather than clobbering new features into the machine).
It's just an allergic reaction to someone mentioning StallShiet. It usually fades in minutes.
I'm pretty much a noob programmer, but I think that I've learned all the very basics pretty well. Now I feel like in order to advance my skills I need to work on some project. My problem is, I don't have any good ideas of my own so I'd like to find a good open source project to work on. Can any of you guys/gals suggest an open source project that I could join that wouldn't be too complicated for me to help out with?
or here: Ohloh.net[^]- Ohloh is a free, public directory of Free and Open Source Software and the contributors who create and maintain it. They've indexed over a half million projects (and scored them in a variety of ways).
If a you have open source you best have the Doctor look at them, he can give you an ointment to put on them...
Seriously though, there a number of really good articles here at CodeProject that provide source code along with good documentation . Click on the Articles tab above and peruse the nicely categorized articles, I'm sure you'll find many projects of interest. Best of all most of the authors a very willing to provide assistance as long as you show an earnest attempt to implementing and understanding of their work. There are some very good writers here.
Though, this is probably an obvious statement....I'd recommend doing something that interests you, as it might give you some direction/help when looking for a professional career. From a resume perspective, if you're applying for a new job with some experience in related topics, it might help you land a new job and give you some idea if you'd even like that kind of work.
Andrew has a point here. Take a look at your interests and see how you can apply your programming knowledge to that. Think about movies, sports, social, science, government, weather, etc.
There's a ton of APIs out there that you could use to keep track of anything or to visualize. Do you use facebook or twitter? Write some code to parse your friends or followers or something and build graphs based on content. Also, you could check out http://www.mashery.com/[^]
Start small so that you get something functional as quickly as possible. This way you can gain confidence and build momentum by adding more features and so forth. Try to find something that interests you personally, and that you would want to use, and get excited about.
Be sure to use some type of version control system as soon as you start. Create a simple RTF document to list some basic features and build tasks from that. If you can't get to something make another list for "Future Tasks".
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Did anyone join Quora ? It's a Q/A site for things in general. I think it's based out of Stanford, b/c I get the odd email with questions like 'what's it like going to Stanford'. If the emails I get represent ALL questions, the site is dead. If they don't, I don't get why they email me the things they do.
Driven to the arms of OSX by Vista.
Read my blog to find out how I've worked around bugs in Microsoft tools and frameworks.
LinkedIn is currently in fashion among spammers as a preferred address to spoof. The resemblance to real LinkedIn messaging is fairly good, but it isn't too difficult to sort out the phonies from the legitimate messages. It will pass, in time...