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reply Marcus IkeaTheSofa <ikea_the_Sofa hotmail.come> writes:
Hello fellow netizens,
This is a selfless plea to be adopted by a competent programmer. I have 
lots of time on my hands, energy and a burning passion to learn. I'm 
looking for someone with a few extra minutes to guide me and help me 
learn good programming practices and design. I'm basically looking for a 
mentor of sorts to email or message back and forth with me and 
occasionally have take a look at my code and critique it. Maybe when I 
don't understand how to do something, give me a few pointers. I post 
this message here in D land because out of all the languages I've been 
learning (C++, PHP, Java, D, Visual Basic), I like D the best and would 
like to be on the cusp of emerging technology.. hehehe... Anyone 
interested in helping reply to this message or email me at marcus.koontz
at comcast.net.

(speaking of mentoring a programmers mentoring website would be sweet.. 
I'll have to look into starting something of the sort)

Age: 22
Location: Spokane, WA, USA
Name: Marcus
Mar 15 2005
next sibling parent reply "Andrew Fedoniouk" <news terrainformatica.com> writes:
Marcus, you are on the right way, but
I guess it is better to make a new news group here (beginners?).
Because questions and answers in discussion could benefit
everybody.

Andrew.



"Marcus IkeaTheSofa" <ikea_the_Sofa hotmail.come> wrote in message 
news:d18fh5$21m$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 Hello fellow netizens,
 This is a selfless plea to be adopted by a competent programmer. I have 
 lots of time on my hands, energy and a burning passion to learn. I'm 
 looking for someone with a few extra minutes to guide me and help me learn 
 good programming practices and design. I'm basically looking for a mentor 
 of sorts to email or message back and forth with me and occasionally have 
 take a look at my code and critique it. Maybe when I don't understand how 
 to do something, give me a few pointers. I post this message here in D 
 land because out of all the languages I've been learning (C++, PHP, Java, 
 D, Visual Basic), I like D the best and would like to be on the cusp of 
 emerging technology.. hehehe... Anyone interested in helping reply to this 
 message or email me at marcus.koontz
 at comcast.net.

 (speaking of mentoring a programmers mentoring website would be sweet.. 
 I'll have to look into starting something of the sort)

 Age: 22
 Location: Spokane, WA, USA
 Name: Marcus 

Mar 15 2005
parent reply Marcus IkeaTheSofa <ikea_the_Sofa hotmail.come> writes:
Andrew,
I agree with you fully. It's just I have already asked about a beginners 
group here with no avail. So I decided to take my fate into my own hands.

Marcus


Andrew Fedoniouk wrote:
 Marcus, you are on the right way, but
 I guess it is better to make a new news group here (beginners?).
 Because questions and answers in discussion could benefit
 everybody.
 
 Andrew.
 
 
 
 "Marcus IkeaTheSofa" <ikea_the_Sofa hotmail.come> wrote in message 
 news:d18fh5$21m$1 digitaldaemon.com...
 
Hello fellow netizens,
This is a selfless plea to be adopted by a competent programmer. I have 
lots of time on my hands, energy and a burning passion to learn. I'm 
looking for someone with a few extra minutes to guide me and help me learn 
good programming practices and design. I'm basically looking for a mentor 
of sorts to email or message back and forth with me and occasionally have 
take a look at my code and critique it. Maybe when I don't understand how 
to do something, give me a few pointers. I post this message here in D 
land because out of all the languages I've been learning (C++, PHP, Java, 
D, Visual Basic), I like D the best and would like to be on the cusp of 
emerging technology.. hehehe... Anyone interested in helping reply to this 
message or email me at marcus.koontz
at comcast.net.

(speaking of mentoring a programmers mentoring website would be sweet.. 
I'll have to look into starting something of the sort)

Age: 22
Location: Spokane, WA, USA
Name: Marcus 


Mar 15 2005
parent J C Calvarese <jcc7 cox.net> writes:
Marcus IkeaTheSofa wrote:
 Andrew,
 I agree with you fully. It's just I have already asked about a beginners 
 group here with no avail. So I decided to take my fate into my own hands.
 
 Marcus

Hey, I just had an idea! Since DigitalMars hasn't shown interest in a beginner newsgroup, the beginners can start there own somewhere else. D_Lab (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/d_lab/) has virtually no traffic. As the "owner" of D_Lab, I can assure you that you're more than welcome to set up the beginner's club there. (An added benefit of Yahoo! groups is the option to have list messages e-mailed to the members that don't like to visit the group website. And there's space to upload some files, too.) I expect another option would probably be to have a dedicated beginner's forum at dsource (but that's Brad's baby, so I won't try to speak for him). :)
 
 
 Andrew Fedoniouk wrote:
 
 Marcus, you are on the right way, but
 I guess it is better to make a new news group here (beginners?).
 Because questions and answers in discussion could benefit
 everybody.

 Andrew.



 "Marcus IkeaTheSofa" <ikea_the_Sofa hotmail.come> wrote in message 
 news:d18fh5$21m$1 digitaldaemon.com...

 Hello fellow netizens,
 This is a selfless plea to be adopted by a competent programmer. I 
 have lots of time on my hands, energy and a burning passion to learn. 
 I'm looking for someone with a few extra minutes to guide me and help 
 me learn good programming practices and design. I'm basically looking 
 for a mentor of sorts to email or message back and forth with me and 



-- Justin (a/k/a jcc7) http://jcc_7.tripod.com/d/
Mar 15 2005
prev sibling next sibling parent reply "Lynn Allan" <l_d_allan adelphia.net> writes:
Hi Marcus,

What is your development environment? Windows? Linux?

Do you have something in mind you want to do?

I was working on a project that stalled out for lack of time on my
part, and could use some help. I'd be glad to try to direct your
efforts to get it moving again.
Mar 16 2005
parent reply Marcus IkeaTheSofa <ikea_the_Sofa hotmail.com> writes:
Lynn Allan wrote:
 Hi Marcus,
 
 What is your development environment? Windows? Linux?
 
 Do you have something in mind you want to do?
 
 I was working on a project that stalled out for lack of time on my
 part, and could use some help. I'd be glad to try to direct your
 efforts to get it moving again.
 
 

Actually I'm working in windows xp, but am trying to get gentoo Linux up and running how I want it also and would be open to developing in that also. Right now I have two programs I want to do just to get used to the programming. They kind of go hand in hand: #1 A program that you input ingredients you have in your house, and then it compares the things you have to a database of recipes and outputs things you can cook which you can then select and print a recipe. #2 A program thats prints out a random schedule based on user input that includes exercise, todo's and meals. I figure I can probably use the first program in the second program to help with the meals part. Then the user can print out a schedule. I would be happy to help you with anything I can, in fact I've been looking around source forge to see if there was any opportunity to help for an inexperienced programmer like me. What kind of project is it? I learn pretty fast, so looking at your code if your in that phase would help a lot. Email me at Marcus.Koontz at comcast.net, I usually use ikea_the_sofa at hotmail.com as a filter email.
Mar 16 2005
next sibling parent reply Paul Bonser <misterpib gmail.com> writes:
Marcus IkeaTheSofa wrote:
 Lynn Allan wrote:
 
 Hi Marcus,

 What is your development environment? Windows? Linux?

 Do you have something in mind you want to do?

 I was working on a project that stalled out for lack of time on my
 part, and could use some help. I'd be glad to try to direct your
 efforts to get it moving again.

Actually I'm working in windows xp, but am trying to get gentoo Linux up and running how I want it also and would be open to developing in that also. Right now I have two programs I want to do just to get used to the programming. They kind of go hand in hand: #1 A program that you input ingredients you have in your house, and then it compares the things you have to a database of recipes and outputs things you can cook which you can then select and print a recipe. #2 A program thats prints out a random schedule based on user input that includes exercise, todo's and meals. I figure I can probably use the first program in the second program to help with the meals part. Then the user can print out a schedule. I would be happy to help you with anything I can, in fact I've been looking around source forge to see if there was any opportunity to help for an inexperienced programmer like me. What kind of project is it? I learn pretty fast, so looking at your code if your in that phase would help a lot. Email me at Marcus.Koontz at comcast.net, I usually use ikea_the_sofa at hotmail.com as a filter email.

Wow, those programs sound remarkably like something I was discussing with my wife just a few days ago. Have you been spying on me and stealing my ideas? :P Anyway, the thing that I added was for the program to connect to an instant messenger server and send messages every once in a while to remind you to get off the computer for 15 minutes and do some jumping jacks or something to keep the blood flowing and whatnot and to remind you of meetings and whatnot, perhaps. And also to not only pick meals for you, but to try and pick a balanced diet for you, not giving you more than your daily value of anything. -- -PIB -- "C++ also supports the notion of *friends*: cooperative classes that are permitted to see each other's private parts." - Grady Booch
Mar 16 2005
parent reply Marcus IkeaTheSofa <ikea_the_Sofa hotmail.com> writes:
Paul It sounds like we have similar problems..lol.
Anyways, those sound like good idea's to add in.
I was going to base my recipe database on a book/diet I've been trying 
to follow (Absdiet by David Zinczenko) and also add some recipes from 
Mediterranean Diet by Marissa Cloutier/Eve Adamson. In these books the 
meals are set into categorys and it would only pick recipes from the 
right category for the time (breakfast meals for morning, etc)The 
calories are already counted for these recipes and it would be easy to 
set a caloric limit. I have no clue how to connect to instant message 
server, but would be an interesting trial.

Paul Bonser wrote:
 Marcus IkeaTheSofa wrote:
 
 Lynn Allan wrote:

 Hi Marcus,

 What is your development environment? Windows? Linux?

 Do you have something in mind you want to do?

 I was working on a project that stalled out for lack of time on my
 part, and could use some help. I'd be glad to try to direct your
 efforts to get it moving again.

Actually I'm working in windows xp, but am trying to get gentoo Linux up and running how I want it also and would be open to developing in that also. Right now I have two programs I want to do just to get used to the programming. They kind of go hand in hand: #1 A program that you input ingredients you have in your house, and then it compares the things you have to a database of recipes and outputs things you can cook which you can then select and print a recipe. #2 A program thats prints out a random schedule based on user input that includes exercise, todo's and meals. I figure I can probably use the first program in the second program to help with the meals part. Then the user can print out a schedule. I would be happy to help you with anything I can, in fact I've been looking around source forge to see if there was any opportunity to help for an inexperienced programmer like me. What kind of project is it? I learn pretty fast, so looking at your code if your in that phase would help a lot. Email me at Marcus.Koontz at comcast.net, I usually use ikea_the_sofa at hotmail.com as a filter email.

Wow, those programs sound remarkably like something I was discussing with my wife just a few days ago. Have you been spying on me and stealing my ideas? :P Anyway, the thing that I added was for the program to connect to an instant messenger server and send messages every once in a while to remind you to get off the computer for 15 minutes and do some jumping jacks or something to keep the blood flowing and whatnot and to remind you of meetings and whatnot, perhaps. And also to not only pick meals for you, but to try and pick a balanced diet for you, not giving you more than your daily value of anything.

-- Marcus Koontz ikea_the_sofa AT hotmail.com “Be the change you want to see in the world”
Mar 16 2005
parent Paul Bonser <misterpib gmail.com> writes:
Marcus IkeaTheSofa wrote:
 Paul It sounds like we have similar problems..lol.
 Anyways, those sound like good idea's to add in.
 I was going to base my recipe database on a book/diet I've been trying 
 to follow (Absdiet by David Zinczenko) and also add some recipes from 
 Mediterranean Diet by Marissa Cloutier/Eve Adamson. In these books the 
 meals are set into categorys and it would only pick recipes from the 
 right category for the time (breakfast meals for morning, etc)The 
 calories are already counted for these recipes and it would be easy to 
 set a caloric limit. I have no clue how to connect to instant message 
 server, but would be an interesting trial.

Well, there are lots of Jabber libraries out there, and they are fairly easy to use. It's easy to implement since it's just XML that it sends. But yeah, you could probably just use a C jabber lib in D until someone implements one in D. From there, you can set up a Jabber server (this is where that Gentoo box you're setting up comes in, I have one set up on my Gentoo box for tinkering around with) and Transports for all the other messenger protocols, so you can send messages to any IM account on any service (maybe even to your cell phone :). Hey, if you wanted, we could work on this together :) It could be quite interesting, I think. I'm fairy experienced in programming in general, and fairly new to D (I've just started my first D project and have nothing complete to show for it yet.) It could be fun to work on such a program, especially since I was already talking about making something so similar. Maybe we could get a little web interface hacked together for it, too, so it is configurable from anywhere :) -- -PIB -- "C++ also supports the notion of *friends*: cooperative classes that are permitted to see each other's private parts." - Grady Booch
Mar 17 2005
prev sibling next sibling parent John Demme <me teqdruid.com> writes:
Marcus IkeaTheSofa wrote:
 Lynn Allan wrote:
 
 Hi Marcus,

 What is your development environment? Windows? Linux?

 Do you have something in mind you want to do?

 I was working on a project that stalled out for lack of time on my
 part, and could use some help. I'd be glad to try to direct your
 efforts to get it moving again.

Actually I'm working in windows xp, but am trying to get gentoo Linux up and running how I want it also and would be open to developing in that also. Right now I have two programs I want to do just to get used to the programming.

Once you get used to programming in Linux, you'll wonder how people can use Windows. I do just about everything now on the command line with scripts.
 
 They kind of go hand in hand:
 
 #1 A program that you input ingredients you have in your house, and then
 it compares the things you have to a database of recipes and outputs 
 things you can cook which you can then select and print a recipe.

Sounds like a handy program. I'll bet it would catch on. The problem is getting the database of recipies. For an adventure in text parsing, write a program that crawls a site like allrecipies.com and steals their database- you wouldn't want to distribute this database of course... just have it for personal use.... merely an academic exercies. (But you could probably send me a copy.)
 
 #2 A program thats prints out a random schedule based on user input that 
 includes exercise, todo's and meals. I figure I can probably use the 
 first program in the second program to help with the meals part. Then 
 the user can print out a schedule.
 
 
 I would be happy to help you with anything I can, in fact I've been 
 looking around source forge to see if there was any opportunity to help 
 for an inexperienced programmer like me. What kind of project is it? I 
 learn pretty fast, so looking at your code if your in that phase would 
 help a lot. Email me at Marcus.Koontz at comcast.net, I usually use 
 ikea_the_sofa at hotmail.com as a filter email.

If you just want stuff to work on, in D, browse around dsource.org... I'm sure most of the projects there would welcome the help. I also welcome any help on my big project, neuralNexus (neuralnexus.com). John Demme
Mar 16 2005
prev sibling parent "Lynn Allan" <l_d_allan adelphia.net> writes:
 Actually I'm working in windows xp, but am trying to get gentoo

 and running how I want it also and would be open to developing in

 also. Right now I have two programs I want to do just to get used to

 programming.

Here are two projects that could potentially use your participation: One is a port of an existing Windows freeware open source app that uses MFC. It is a relatively simple gui. I started using the Win32 api for widgets, then tried out dfl, sdwf, and looked at the other guil libs. It's been on hold since Dec until D and the gui lib's mature. Looks like vathix's DFL library has had several releases since then. This would be for windows. Another would be a sound library. It would put 'wrappers' around some open source, mature c libraries like libsndfile, libmad, sox, and/or lame. The idea is to put together a console app that can read in .mp3 or .wav files, apply some effects that have been rewritten from C to D (dc.bias, normalize, noise reduction, click removal, etc.) and write out .mp3 or .wav files. This would be cross-platform. Would either of these interest you?
Mar 17 2005
prev sibling parent reply Ilya Minkov <minkov cs.tum.edu> writes:
I believe "adopting" someone who has a fake e-mail adress is not a very 
good perspective. This stinks even more than the ubitiquous "nigerian 
letter".

-eye

Marcus IkeaTheSofa wrote:
 Hello fellow netizens,
 This is a selfless plea to be adopted by a competent programmer. I have 
 lots of time on my hands, energy and a burning passion to learn. I'm 
 looking for someone with a few extra minutes to guide me and help me 
 learn good programming practices and design. I'm basically looking for a 
 mentor of sorts to email or message back and forth with me and 
 occasionally have take a look at my code and critique it. Maybe when I 
 don't understand how to do something, give me a few pointers. I post 
 this message here in D land because out of all the languages I've been 
 learning (C++, PHP, Java, D, Visual Basic), I like D the best and would 
 like to be on the cusp of emerging technology.. hehehe... Anyone 
 interested in helping reply to this message or email me at marcus.koontz
 at comcast.net.
 
 (speaking of mentoring a programmers mentoring website would be sweet.. 
 I'll have to look into starting something of the sort)
 
 Age: 22
 Location: Spokane, WA, USA
 Name: Marcus

Mar 16 2005
next sibling parent Paul Bonser <misterpib gmail.com> writes:
Ilya Minkov wrote:
 I believe "adopting" someone who has a fake e-mail adress is not a very 
 good perspective. This stinks even more than the ubitiquous "nigerian 
 letter".
 
 -eye

But unlike "the ubitiquous 'nigerian letter'" it doesn't have a song about it: http://frontalot.untimelydeath.com/mc_frontalot_-_message_no_419.mp3 -- -PIB -- "C++ also supports the notion of *friends*: cooperative classes that are permitted to see each other's private parts." - Grady Booch
Mar 16 2005
prev sibling next sibling parent reply Sebastian Beschke <s.beschke gmx.de> writes:
Ilya Minkov schrieb:
 I believe "adopting" someone who has a fake e-mail adress is not a very
 good perspective. This stinks even more than the ubitiquous "nigerian
 letter".

I agree that using a fake e-mail address on a newsgroup is bad form and impolite. But I also think Marcus' previous posts showed that he has a genuine interest in the D language.
 -eye

-Sebastian
Mar 16 2005
next sibling parent Derek Parnell <derek psych.ward> writes:
On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 16:59:06 +0100, Sebastian Beschke wrote:

 Ilya Minkov schrieb:
 I believe "adopting" someone who has a fake e-mail adress is not a very
 good perspective. This stinks even more than the ubitiquous "nigerian
 letter".

I agree that using a fake e-mail address on a newsgroup is bad form and impolite. But I also think Marcus' previous posts showed that he has a genuine interest in the D language.

It may also be a way of avoiding spammers. I thought it was common practice in newsgroups to do hide or obscure ones email address. If somebody want's my email address then they can ask me for it. -- Derek Parnell Melbourne, Australia 17/03/2005 7:13:15 AM
Mar 16 2005
prev sibling parent reply "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> writes:
"Sebastian Beschke" <s.beschke gmx.de> wrote in message
news:d19l4b$1faq$2 digitaldaemon.com...
 I agree that using a fake e-mail address on a newsgroup is bad form and
 impolite. But I also think Marcus' previous posts showed that he has a
 genuine interest in the D language.

Fake email addresses are the sad result of spam email address harvesters. I wouldn't fault him for that - a lot of regulars here use such for exactly that reason. Anyhow, there's a new newsgroup digitalmars.D.learn for stuff like this.
Mar 16 2005
parent Manfred Nowak <svv1999 hotmail.com> writes:
"Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> wrote:

[...]
 Fake email addresses are the sad result of spam email address
 harvesters.

The times for email harvesters and spam mail against private people are gone since the USA (?) installed a law against spam. I never faked my email adress and now I have about 30 spams/year. -manfred
Mar 16 2005
prev sibling parent Marcus IkeaTheSofa <ikea_the_Sofa hotmail.com> writes:
Ilya,
I'm sorry I didn't see that typo. I've fixed it now. Email me and I will 
respond if you want to make sure. I also have marcus.koontz AT 
comcast.net if thats sounds better.

Ilya Minkov wrote:
 I believe "adopting" someone who has a fake e-mail adress is not a very 
 good perspective. This stinks even more than the ubitiquous "nigerian 
 letter".
 
 -eye
 
 Marcus IkeaTheSofa wrote:
 
 Hello fellow netizens,
 This is a selfless plea to be adopted by a competent programmer. I 
 have lots of time on my hands, energy and a burning passion to learn. 
 I'm looking for someone with a few extra minutes to guide me and help 
 me learn good programming practices and design. I'm basically looking 
 for a mentor of sorts to email or message back and forth with me and 
 occasionally have take a look at my code and critique it. Maybe when I 
 don't understand how to do something, give me a few pointers. I post 
 this message here in D land because out of all the languages I've been 
 learning (C++, PHP, Java, D, Visual Basic), I like D the best and 
 would like to be on the cusp of emerging technology.. hehehe... Anyone 
 interested in helping reply to this message or email me at marcus.koontz
 at comcast.net.

 (speaking of mentoring a programmers mentoring website would be 
 sweet.. I'll have to look into starting something of the sort)

 Age: 22
 Location: Spokane, WA, USA
 Name: Marcus


Mar 16 2005