[Tutor] first programming project

jim stockford jim at well.com
Fri Aug 18 18:04:01 CEST 2006

    i hope this helps: what a fun idea! do it!

    my way is to do a bad job fast then re-visit the
plans and reimplement and test and re-visit and
reimplement and test and....
    consider writing a main program that does the
primary work and outputs as text-only.
    maybe then create four classes: the master,
which gets input and drives the other three: the
category, the assignment, and the creature. Or
you could implement functions instead of classes.

On Aug 18, 2006, at 8:35 AM, Johnston Jiaa wrote:

> I have read through many beginner texts on programming
> and believe myself to be fairly decent at python, but
> I have no idea how to do anything worthwhile.  I
> understand that before coding a project it's best to
> design it and write some pseudocode first.  I want to
> create a fun GUI assignment manager.  I read about the
> Tkinter toolkit and would like to use it to write my
> program.  I made a list of features:
> - root window will be split into three sections:
> categories, assignments, and an animated creature that
> responds to actions
> - assignments will have three attributes:  priority,
> points (grade points for completeness and creative
> points for how interestingly assignment was done),
> dates (assigned, completed)
> - sub-assignments can be added to assignments to break
> it up into steps
> - each assignment will fit into a marking period
> category with two averages (grade average and creative
> average)
> - grade average is the percentage found by dividing
> points earned by total possible points
> - creature will have two statuses (hunger status, mood
> status)
> - hunger status effected by grade points and averages
> - mood status effected by creative points and averages
> - each time assignment completed, food appears in
> creature section and user may feed it or store it in a
> bin (food more nourishing for higher-point
> assignments)
> - increments of creative points (maybe for every 10?)
> add mini-games to play with creature
> That's the general idea of my program.  I have never
> written a real program before, am I missing any steps?
>  Is there something I am missing from having this be a
> complete program?  Any help at all is greatly
> appreciated.
> Johnston Jiaa
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