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    Hey guys I'm bored right now and I want to code something. Have any ideas? I want to do something with GUI, Functions/Methods, and Instantiating Classes. thanks! :)

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    Default Re: What should I make?

    Quote Originally Posted by mbschutlz97 View Post
    Hey guys I'm bored right now and I want to code something. Have any ideas? I want to do something with GUI, Functions/Methods, and Instantiating Classes. thanks! :)
    Go write an "Hello World" application in Swing. That will hit 100% of your goals.

    Go write an email application in Swing. It's been done a million times before, but it's a nice exercise. Considering the last half part of your question, that should keep you entertained for, well, some time, I guess.
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    Default Re: What should I make?

    Something I do occasionally is look thru the API and read about some feature or class I haven't used. Then I simply write small programs to try out those features and gain some understanding. There are so many topics. Even within the Graphics arena. Do you know how to rotate an object. Convolve a picture? Are you familiar with weak and soft references? The Atomic classes?

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    Default Re: What should I make?

    You guys are seriously boring.

    And so am I. I've seen some people having quite a hard time building a calculator. I suggest doing that; its not only a challenge to code, but equally importantly also to design. Yet you need no imagination, just create something that looks like the standard view of the windows calculator. And ultimately the application shouldn't get too big, just a few classes. Should be easy to manage.

    By the way: you don't share much about how much you already know. If you want ideas its a good idea to set boundaries. I can recommend to do a simple IRC chat client/server for example, but that won't be much of help if you haven't touched networking topics yet.
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    Default Re: What should I make?

    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    You guys are seriously boring.

    And so am I. I've seen some people having quite a hard time building a calculator. I suggest doing that; its not only a challenge to code, but equally importantly also to design. Yet you need no imagination, just create something that looks like the standard view of the windows calculator. And ultimately the application shouldn't get too big, just a few classes. Should be easy to manage.

    By the way: you don't share much about how much you already know. If you want ideas its a good idea to set boundaries. I can recommend to do a simple IRC chat client/server for example, but that won't be much of help if you haven't touched networking topics yet.
    I might do the calculator because I could use some practice with layouts :P and the chat client sounds cool but I haven't done any networking yet... where would I start with that?

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    The fact that OP is asking for something to do on a public forum is worrying enough. If you are a coder, then FIND something to write. Do you take notes while on the phone? Create a note-taking application. Make a website for your sportsclub you go to. Create your accessible-everywhere-over-the-internet-shoppinglist (don't forget the milk!). It doesn't have to sell for millions, even though that is welcome, but as long as you enjoy it, go for it! And don't worry: everything you think of has been done before. And better.
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    Default Re: What should I make?

    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    You guys are seriously boring.
    How dare you say that I am.... hey, wake up! I'm talking to you!!! :)

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    Default Re: What should I make?

    Quote Originally Posted by mbschutlz97 View Post
    I might do the calculator because I could use some practice with layouts :P and the chat client sounds cool but I haven't done any networking yet... where would I start with that?
    Well I started in school.
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    Default Re: What should I make?

    When you need a start on a topic then I start on google. Just search for java network and you will get some first hits. Maybe you want to add tutorial or introduction ...

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