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Let's Be Original

Posted by cdg10620, 02 September 2009 · 469 views

I'm currently working towards finishing my CIS degree at the University of Houston. This semester I'm taking a Software Engineering class. Our project for this semester is to come up with an original piece of software that people or businesses would find useful, begin an execution plan, build, test, and release the software. I don't have a problem thinking of a real world scenario, building a plan, coding, testing, or releasing the software... I have a problem with the "original" part. It just seems that everything has already been done. I want to do something that is original or at least a better way to do something that is already out there, I just can't think of anything... (neither can my group)

So here is my question for all of you here at CodeCall (if you don't mind me picking your brain). If you could have a piece of software to assist you with a certain task either professionally or just something you would use on your own, what would it be?

Your time and thoughts are always appreciated.

foreach( string idea in brain )
{
	if( !idea.original )
		continue; // Keep Thinking
	else
		OriginalIdea(); // You've figured it out!!!
}


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Here's what my wife and I would like: a networked, cross-platform text editor so we can edit the same document on two different computers and see each others' updates in real time.
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Here's what my wife and I would like: a networked, cross-platform text editor so we can edit the same document on two different computers and see each others' updates in real time.


You mean something like this?
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I'll be stuck in this loop for a while (if not forever).

foreach( string idea in brain )
{
	if( !idea.original )
		continue; // Keep Thinking
	else
		OriginalIdea(); // You've figured it out!!!
}
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I'll be stuck in this loop for a while (if not forever).

foreach( string idea in brain )
{
	if( !idea.original )
		continue; // Keep Thinking
	else
		OriginalIdea(); // You've figured it out!!!
}


I think most of us will...
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Exactly :)
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Even if you find the Original Idea you haven't got a break to end the loop so you will have to through all ideas anyway :)
I'll tell you if I come up with something.
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The problem with my "original ideas" is that someone else already had them. I think this is a population issue.
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Even if you find the Original Idea you haven't got a break to end the loop so you will have to through all ideas anyway :)
I'll tell you if I come up with something.


The true problem is that it seems that there is nothing new under the sun. I feel that if I come up with something that seems original I will eventually end back up in the loop anyway.
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I can think of a lot of original ideas, actually.

The hard part is coming up with an original GOOD idea.
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I can think of a lot of original ideas, actually.

The hard part is coming up with an original GOOD idea.


Very good point.
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