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Sean Casey
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Joined: Dec 16, 2000
Posts: 625
This is just a suggestion.
I think there should be a project forum. The projects would be small (quiz applets, etc). The moderator would give an assignment with some code to start and then participants can help each other design and code their own implementation. At the end the moderator could post their code and an explanation behind their choices. I guess it would be like the Cattle drive, but a little bit more advanced. Of course in order for this to work they would probably have to be small projects. Just a suggestion, I'm not sure how many forums UBB permits.

- Sean
Sean Casey
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Joined: Dec 16, 2000
Posts: 625
A day old and no comments? I thought this would be shot down in a matter of minutes. Is there anybody out there?
Cindy Glass
"The Hood"
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Joined: Sep 29, 2000
Posts: 8521
Well, this has the kernel of a good idea. It is just the space time issue.
If you start with more simple projects and build up to harder projects, how do you incorporate the new folks that want to join in daily?? If you only do harder projects you will have a much more difficult time getting folks with enough time to contribute in the timeframe that you are working on THAT project.
The advantage of the Cattle Drive is that you can start whenever YOU want, and basically go at your own pace.
And the moderator of such a forum would be a magor time commitment. That can cause burnout fairly easy.


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Sean Casey
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Joined: Dec 16, 2000
Posts: 625
Thanks for your reply Cindy. You raise some good points. Maybe I didn't express my idea as well as I could have. The forum consists of small projects. The duration could be a week long. At the beginning of the week somebody can announce a small project with some beginning tips, and maybe a little code to get started. At the end of the week this same person could post their solution and why they chose to design or implement it in that way. During the week participants would try to program the small project on their own, and seek help from others at the forum. Afterward people can share what they did and why they did it that way. As you point out this could be a nightmare for a moderator. Maybe it would be better off if people volunteered rather than have the moderator do it every week. I know plenty of people at this site have created mock exam applets, maybe somebody who has done one would like to propose the project and then at the way demonstrate how they did it. I think the keys for this to be successful are as follows:
small projects;
different people proposing projects rather than moderators;
time frame (1 week maybe too short, since people do have other things to do).
It was just an idea. I was just looking for some feedback thanks.

- Sean
Dave Vick
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Joined: May 10, 2001
Posts: 3244
Sean
I like the idea if for no other reason than to get some more experience coding (all I have right now is school projects I've done, and practice examples while studying). I also like the idea because I like to look at other peoples code and compare it to mine to see how different people solve various solutions. That is a dissatisfaction of mine in school, you spend weeks on an assignment turn it in then get it back and unless you got something wrong there are no marks or criticisms on it. I know I can right code that works but I like to see if there are wasy to make it better. So I think it would be a good idea to do something along the lines of what your thinking of. I do think two or three weeks might be a better time period, as you said people do have other things to do. It would also allow more thought to go into the projects and hopefully get better code as a result.
Dave
[This message has been edited by Dave Vick (edited July 12, 2001).]


Dave
Sean Casey
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Joined: Dec 16, 2000
Posts: 625
Thanks for the feedback Dave.

- Sean
Dave Vick
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Joined: May 10, 2001
Posts: 3244
My pleasure.
what's the first project?
Cindy Glass
"The Hood"
Sheriff

Joined: Sep 29, 2000
Posts: 8521
May I suggest Intermediate as a good place to host this effort (unless you REALLY want to try the hard stuff).
Just go DO IT.
Johannes de Jong
tumbleweed
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Joined: Jan 27, 2001
Posts: 5089
Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
Just go DO IT.


 
 
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