Java Student Projects

Java Student Projects


Homophobia²

Tim Torkildson wrote an essay about homophones, words that sound the same but have different meaning. Clarke Woodger, the Mormon owner of Nomen Global Language Center fired him for writing about homosexuals. He apparently did not read either the dictionary or the essay. He did not need to. He said that just the title of the essay was guaranteed to be controversial. What a homophobic nincompoop. It reminds be of Groucho Marx interviewing a woman on his quiz show You Bet Your Life. He gave her a list of words and asked her which ones were dirty. She decided that thespian was dirty.

~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66) source

Introduction

Here are over 311 ideas for student projects most likely involving Java. Some ideas might be done by teams or a whole class. Some may develop into commercial projects. You are free to take these ideas and use them as you wish. I would appreciate hearing from you if you decide to implement any of these ideas. I would also like to hear any comments you would like me to add to the descriptions, or ideas you have for projects. If you have such project ideas on your own website, I would be happy to build links here.

I have discussed most of the projects many times at length over the last decades on BIX which retained all postings in archives.

Pretty well everything I have to say about each project is spelled out here. I don’t have extra material to give you, unless I explicitly mention it. I don’t have the time to lead you by the hand through a project. If one project is too difficult to tackle at your current level of skill, pick a simpler one.

If you are unemployed, or just out of school, you might hone your skills by tackling some of these projects. They are more like the real world problems you will be given in the workplace. In the real world you have to write the specifications too. They are not handed to you on a plate the way they are in school. I give you many hints on how to solve the problems, far more than you would get in the workplace. These problems are intermediate in degree of hand-holding between school and the workplace.

I would be happy to implement any of these projects for you, for a fee, though I do not do homework.

Project Difficulty Commercial
Potential
Estimated
Existing
Implementations
4DOS/tcc Describe Helper 0 $ 0
Adbuster 4 $$$ 3
Address Book 1 $$ 50
Accent Tutor 2 $ 0
Alzheimer GPS 3 $$ 0
Affiliate Manager 3 $$ 0
Anti-Counterfeit Scheme 3 $$$ 0
Antique Computers:
Finish the Work Of
Ada Lovelace and
Charles Babbage
5 $ 0
Application Installer 2 $$$$ 5
Aquarium Controller 4 $ 0
A Tractable AI Problem 7 - 0
Apartment Rater
client-server
2 $$ 0
Application Reinstaller and Mover 2 $$$ 0
The Appraiser 2 $$$ 0
Associations Editor 2 $$ 1
Atomic FTP Uploads 5 $$ 1
Automated Greenhouse 4 $$$ 0
Automatic File Update 3 $$$$ 2
Autorun Manager 2 $ 1
Baby Name Chooser 2 $ 0
Backup to CD ROM burner. 2 $$$ 0
Beginner’s Projects (very easy) 0 - 0
Beyond Scanning 4 $$$$$ 0
Bible Thumper 2 $$ 0
Birthday Card Maker 1 $ 20
Boilerplate Generator 1 - 0
Birthday Reminder 0 $ 50
Bookmark Sync 2 $ 0
Book Store Referral Applet 3 $$ 1
Bragging Rings 2 $$ 0
Browser Recommender 1 - 0
Bulk File Distributor 4 $$$$$ 2
Bulk Spell Checker 2 $$ 0
Bush Crimes:
Poll people on the web
for what they think about
Bush’s alleged crimes
2 $ 0
BusInfo:
Transit maps
and schedule information
in a usable form
client-server
4 client-server $$$$ 0
BusTel:
exchange electronic business cards
during a voice call
2 $$$$ 0
CAI 4 $$$ 20
Calendar Icon Maker 1 0
Canonical Java Keyword Order 1 - 0
Canvasser Management 0-4 $$$$ 0
Car Horn 3 $$$ 0
Case Fixer 5 $ 0
Case Range 2 $ 0
Cash Box 3 $$$ 0
CD Player 2 $$$ 0
Celestial Body Tracker/Astrologer 2 $$ 20
Certificate Viewer 4 $ 2
CGI Tutor 1 - 1
Chequebook Balancer Deluxe 3 $$$ 5
Child Abuse Database
client-server
5 client-server $$ 0
Choreographer Tool 3 $ 0
Chorus Experimenter 2 $ 0
Closest Download Mirror
client-server
2 client-server $ 0
Collections Amanuensis 0 - 0
Colour Chart 0 - 0
Colourful Socks 3 $$$$ 1
Comfy Chair 3 $$$$ 0
The Commentator 2 $ 0
Comparison Shopper 3 $$$$$ 0
Configurator 2 $ 0
Conspiracy Theory Voter
client-server
2 client-server - 5
Constructor Amanuensis 3 - 0
Constructor Docs 1 - 0
Converter Class 0 - 1
Cookie Classes 1 $ 0
CSS Colour and Image Annotator 1 $ 0
CSS fixer 2 $$$ 0
Currency Converter 2 $$$ 1
Cursor Installer 2 $ 4
Custom Clothes 7 $$$$$ 3
Date-Sensitive Search Engine
client-server
4 client-server $$$$ 0
Debt Clock 2 $ 1
Defragger 5 $$ 10
Deleecher 2 $ 1
Deleter:
Delete Files With +ve and -ve Wildcards
0 - 1
Delta Creator 4 $$$$ 0
Directory and File Explorer 3 $$ ?
Directory Sync 1 - 10
Disaster Probability 1 $ 0
Design Pattern Amanuensis 3 $$ 0
Dissolve Designer 1 $ 0
Dogpile Dictionary
client-server
4 client-server - 0
Domain Registry
client-server
4 client-server $$$ 0
Domain Search Engine
client-server
4 client-server $$$$ 0
Dynamic Version Control
client-server
9 client-server $$$$$ 0
El Cheapo Certificate Authority 3 $$$ 0
Embedded Editor 2 $ 0
Encoding Identification 2 $$$ 0
Explorer for Files and Directories 3 $$ ?
Extension Associations Editor 2 - 1
External Sort 2 $ 0
Java Factory Method Finder 3 - 0
Fast Snail Mail
client-server
6 client-server $ 1
Fast File Finder 2 $ 3
Finder: for keys, glasses, wallet, TV remote, personal recorder, calculator, ruler… 2 $ 10
File Spell Corrector: corrects spelling of file names 3 $$$ 0
Font Creator 4 $ 0
Electricity Use 1 $ 0
Fair Trade Webstores
client-server
3 client-server $$$$ 12
File and Directory Explorer 3 $$ ?
Fine Print Comb 5 $$$ 0
Firewall Autoconfigure 4 $$ 0
Fitness Monitor
possibly client-server
2 client-server $$ 1
Fluffiness of File Formats 1 - 0
Font Census 1 - 1
Font Finder 1 - 1
FontShower 0 - 1
Font Tattler 3 $ 0
Food Allergy Tracker
possibly client-server
3 client-server $$$ 0
Foreign Language Trainer 3 $$$ 0
Form Filler 2 $ 3
FTP Uploads
datacommunications
5 datacommunications $$ 1
Genealogy
possibly client-server
2 client-server $$ 20
Gespenster:
fast JVM (Java Virtual Machine) load
4 $ 0
Glasses Fixer: 4 $$$$ 0
Glossary Presenter
client-server
4 client-server $ 0
Greenhouse 4 $$$ 0
GridBag Amanuensis 3 $ 0
Hexadecimal Java Programmer’s Calculator 1 $ 0
Hogs 0 - 0
Hermit Crab:
Variable Length Record Files
1 $$ 0
Hibernation:
Fast Program Load via suspended animation
3 $ 0
History of The Common Man
client-server
1-6 client-server $$$ 0
Hooker Protector
client-server
1 client-server $ 1
HTML Broken Link Finder 1 $$$ 1
HTML Disturbed Link Patcher 2 $$$ 1
HTML Compactor 1 - 0
HTML Encoding Changer 1 $ 0
HTML Glossary Presenter 4 $ 0
HTML from Java, Source Code Presenter 4 $ 0
HTML Sort 1 $ 0
HTML and Java Static Macros 1 $$ 0
HTML Spell Checker 1 $$ 0
HTML Splitter
& Boilerplate Refresher
2 $$$ 1
HTML Style Splitter 1 $ 0
HTML Table Reorganiser 1 - 2
HTML Table Sorter 1 - 3
HTML Tidier 2 $ 5
Ideal lover database search
client-server
4 client-server $ 10
Image Amanuensis 1 $ 3
Image Cacher 2 - 4
Transparent Image Cropper 0 - 0
Image Compressor:
compress image files
3 $ 5
Image Finder:
Searches the web for a given file.
3 $ 8
Import Tidier 3 - 5
In The Dark Stereo Components 4 $$$$$$ 0
Infinite Disk:
integrated file migration/backup
client-server
4 client-server $$$ 2
INI file tidier 2 - 0
Installer 2 $$$$ 5
Interface finder 2 $ 0
Internationaliser
client-server
3 client-server $$$$ 10
Internet Credit Card
client-server
2 client-server $$$$$ 0
Internet Radio
client-server
4 client-server $$$ 1
IP Tracer
client-server
3 client-server $$ 1
Jar Clicker 1 - 0
Jar Verifier 1 - 0
Java Case Range 2 $ 0
Java Class Overview 2 $ 0
Java Canonicaliser 2 $ 0
Java File System 6 $ 0
Java Invoker 1 - 0
Java Jar Catalog 1 - 0
Java Keyword Reorderer 1 - 0
Java Launcher 2 $ 0
Java JVM Manager
Switch between different versions of Java
3 - 0
Java JDK Version Integrity 2 - 0
Java NoClassDefFoundError Amanunensis 1 $ 0
Java Powered TV Commercials 3 $$$ 0
Java Source Code Beautifier 5 - 10
Java Source Code Presenter 2 $ 2
Java Source Code SCID:
browser/editor
8 $$$$$$$ 3
Java Swing Amanuensis 1 - 0
Java Swingizer: converts AWT (Advanced Windowing Toolkit) to Swing and back 1 $ 0
Javadoc tools 3 $ 0
JColourChooser 2 $ 2
JDK installation polisher 2 - 0
JDK Version Integrity 2 - 0
JDisplay Source Code Presenter 4 $ 0
JSP Replacer 5 $$$$ 0
JVM Manager
Switch between different versions of Java
3 - 0
Kettle 4 $$$$ 0
Keyboard Illustrator 1 $ 0
Keyword Reorderer 1 - 0
Kickers 2 $ 0
Kindle Cracker 4 $$$ 0
Kitchen Computer
possibly client-server
3 client-server $$$$ ?
laundromat controller 3 $$$ 3
LazyString:
a smarter younger
brother to String and StringBuffer
1 - 0
LifeCoach 3 $ 0
Linkcop Clone 1 $$$ 1
LINT for Java 6 $$ 1
Localisation Tool
client-server
3 client-server $$$$ 10
Long Distance Speeddialer :
Local Internet Connection Dialler
for Travellers.
1 $$$$ 0
MAC Ethernet Address 3 $ 0
Macro Bar 2 $ 0
Mailreader/Newsreader
client-server
7 client-server $$$$$ 0
Mall Balls
client-server
6 client-server $$$$ 0
Memory-free Watch 2 $$$ 0
Menu and Keystroke Configurator 4 $ 0
Method Finder 1 - 0
MFT Tidier 3 $$ 0
Mini Map Maker
possibly client-server
1 client-server $ 0
Motherboard finder/recommender/comparison shopper 3 $$$ 0
Movie Star Recognizer
client-server
2 client-server $ 0
Multilingual PADs 1 $ 0
Name That Composer 2 $ 0
Name That Tune
client-server
6 client-server $$ 2
Napster Clone
client-server
4 client-server $$$$ 0
NAT Cracker 4 $$ 0
Native Class Amanuensis 2 $ 0
Neural Net Project 3 - 0
NoClassDefFoundError Amanunensis 1 $ 0
Notetaker 2 $ 0
On-Line Books
client-server
4 client-server $$$$$$ 0
One-Trick Optimiser 4 $ 0
PAD file tidier 1 $ 0
PAD Maintainer 1 $ 0
padsite Manager 3 $$ 1000
PAD Spam Filter 2 $ 0
Password Eliminator 3 $$$$ 0
Password Protector 1 $ 10
Path/Classpath tool 1 $ ?
Pentium
access CPUID, CPUSERNO and
RDTSC (Read Time Stamp Counter) Pentium instructions
1 $ 0
People Finder
client-server
2 client-server $$$ 4
People’s Parcel Delivery
client-server
3 client-server $$$$ 0
Phone Announcer 2 $$ 0
POD 4 $$ 0
Planetary Mail Protocol
client-server
3 client-server $$$$ 5
Pill Reminder 1 $$ 50
Plant Identifier 3 $$$ 0
Population Clock 2 $$ 0
Pornography Viewer
client-server
3 client-server $$$$$ 0
Prebranded Software Rental:
with Auto Updates
client-server
6 client-server $$$$$$$$ 0
Product Recommender 2 $$ 0
Pronunciation Map 2 $ 0
Proofreader Font 2 $ 0
Public Cell Phones 3 $$$$ 0
PUT DATA amanuensis 0 - 0
PUT Language:
for Specifying Instructions
5 $ 0
Hi Fi Radio and TV Interviews 3 $$$$ 0
Radioactivity Simulator 2 $ 0
Reading C Structs 3 $ 0
Rearranger (Java source Tidy) 3 $ 2
Recipe Optimiser 2 $$$$$ 0
Regex Composer 3 $ 0
Regex Debugger 1 $ 0
Regex Proofreader 2 $ 0
Regex Tidier 0 - 0
Regex Utility 3 $$$ 0
Registry Poker 2 $ 1
Radio Subtitles 3 $$$ 0
Registry Tidier 2 $ 0
Reimplement Standard classes 2 $ 0
Registration Key Generator 2 $ 10
Reinstaller and Application Mover 2 $$$ 0
Restaurant Costing 1 $$$ 1
RFC Conversion To HTML 1 $$ 0
Rhythm Tutor 2 $ 0
Root Certificate Installer 1 $$ 0
Faster Internet Routing 3 $$$ 0
Sanity Checker 3 $$$ 1
SAX :
File Transfer Prototcol
datacommunications
3 datacommunications $ 0
Honda Insight car
SCID (Source Code In Database)
Java browser/editor
8 $$$$$$$ 3
Screen Capture OCR 4 $$$ 0
Schema Mill 2 $$ 0
Scrolling Mad Bee Style 3 - 0
SCROOM website avoider 3 $$ 0
Search Engine Sharpener
datacommunications
3 datacommunications $ 0
Secure Police Radio
datacommunications
4 datacommunications $$$$ 0
Serialized File Recovery 2 $$$ 0
Shopping List 1 datacommunications $$ 20
Shivering Man 4 $$ 0
Simulate an Old Klunker Computer
for testing new apps to make sure
they will run quickly enough on
old machines.
1 $ 0
Site Down Service 21 $$ 0
Smart FTP Uploads
datacommunications
5 datacommunications $$ 1
Smart Layouts 5 $ 0
Smart Scale 2 $$$$$ 0
Sort Bakeoff 0 - 0
Sort Comparator Amanuensis 3 - 0
Sort Visualiser 0 - 0
Spam Filter
datacommunications
2 datacommunications $$ 10
Spell Checker 2 $$ 0
Spell Checker for HTML 1 $$ 0
Spinning Globe 2 $$ 0
Spreadsheet Amanuensis 3 $$$ 0
Sponsor Watch 3 $$$ 0
Stamp Calculator 0 $ 0
State Finder 4 - 0
Stay In Touch Database
client-server
4 client-server $ 1
StringBuffer 1 - 0
StringBuilder Optimiser 2 $ 0
Struct reader Amanuensis 3 - 0
Submit-It Clone
datacommunications
2 datacommunications $ 40
Subway Sandwich Shop Order Taker 2 $$$$$$ 0
Super Compressor 3 $ 1
Suspended Animation:
Fast Program Load
3 $ 0
Swing Amanuensis 1 - 0
Swingizer: converts AWT to Swing and back 1 $ 0
Sync 1 - 10
Systray Deleecher 2 $ 1
Talk Like A Moron
A George Bush Speech impersonator.
3 $$$$ 0
Tel-ID, telephonic ID verification 4 $$$$$ 0
Text Speak ⇒ English Translator 1 $$$$$ 0
Text To HTML 2 $$ 0
5000 year Time Capsule 2 $$$ 0
Tractable AI Problem 7 - 0
Traffic Simulator 4 $$$ ?
Transcription Amanunsis 3 $$$$ 0
TV Controller 5 $$$ 2
Truthteller App 3 $$$ 1
TV Listings 3 $$$ 1
Tweakable Optimiser 4 $$$$ 0
TweakDUN Clone
datacommunications
1 datacommunications $ 1
Uncrackable Encryption 1 $$ 0
Unicode Font 4 $$ 0
Unique Number Server
client-server
1 client-server $ 50
Units of Measure Localisation 2 $ 0
Universal Data Format 3 $$ 0
Untouch
avoid changed file dates on files
that did not really change
1 $$ 1
uPath to Relative
convert simple uPath href notation to
../../ relative notation.
0 $ 0
Version Checker 2 $$ 1
Virtual Inventions 2 $$$$ 0
Virtual Makeup 3 $$$$ 0
Voice Compression 4 $$ 0
Voice Pitch Correction 3 $$$$ 0
Watermark Backgrounds 2 $$ 2
Wave The Flag 4 - 3
WebRing Controller
client-server
4 client-server $ 1
Weight Tracking
possibly client-server
1 client-server $ 10
Welcome Wagon
datacommunications
1 datacommunications - 0
What Changed? 0 - 2
Which and What Utilities 1 - 0
Wildcard FilenameFilter
positive and negative wildcards
1 - 0
Windows Fixer 3 $$$$ 0
Xenu clone
datacommunications
1 datacommunications $$$ 1
Xerlin clone: XML (extensible Markup Language) team project 1 - 25
XML Compactor 1 $$ 0
XREF for Java classes 2 $ 0
Yet Another Debugging Technique 2 $$ 0

Which Project to Pick?

People often write me and ask Which project should I pick? as if I knew their hearts and abilities. Here is a strategy. First narrow down the choices to the ones that look about your level of difficulty. Then narrow down the ones to your interest in financial potential. Then narrow down projects to ones that involve servers or do not. Now weed out ones that look boring or esoteric to you. Now look for the project with most heart. Do you care about the result? You will need to care in the times ahead when the hard work comes of implementing, documenting, researching, and futzing about to get it to work. For children, video games are the usual choice. For adults, it can be anything. Further, you don’t have to pick one of my projects. Let one of mine inspire you to create one your own. Think in terms of your own interests and hobbies. What would be useful? Think about the frustrations you have had with software. What sort of better mousetrap does the world need?

Learning More

In my email inbasket each day are two or three requests for more information about one or more of these student projects. I don’t have any materials other than what I have provided here unless I explicity mentioned that I did. Most often these requests come from students in third world countries, but sometimes they come from commercial developers.

Students imagine I have complete detailed specs written on every class. The key skill students must learn is writing the spec, and doing the overall design of a decently large project. Any boob can code given a detailed class specification. In the real world you are never handed tidy perfectly-specified little problems than can be handled with two or three pages of code. In the real world, you won’t even get project outlines anywhere near as detailed as I have given you here. They will never contain any implementation hints as my outlines do. You have to pull teeth to get even the vaguest information about what the program should do. You have to write prototype systems. Only then are your users smart enough to tell you what they really wanted, or are you smart enough to suggest to them possible options they might enjoy.

My advice for a student who thinks a project is too difficult, is to create a sub project that he thinks he might tackle successfully, or try a simpler different project entirely. After that experience, he can add a bit more complexity. Trying to solve the problem all at once just leads to overwhelm. Don’t feel embarrassed that the sub project would have no practical use. It is just a stepping stone.

Though I have no additional materials to send you, I am willing to answer specific questions about the projects. I will normally add that material into the project descriptions for others too.

For team projects underway you can join Asynchrony, Enhydra or SourceForge.

There is a tendency when you are younger to seek a life partner who turns you on something fierce sexually. The catch is that body-perfect will fade, so terribly fast. What sort of personality will be left? That will determine if your relationship is heaven or hell.
~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)

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