Originally Posted by j4v3d
So the examples in the programming books where you can download the source code and tinker around with it, is that any good? I guess it may help if i downloaded the source code for each chapter and then played around with it.
I don't believe so. It may work for helping you see one particular algorithm work, but that's the kind of thing that will go in your brain and right back out.
Need to go back to basics and start playing about with code and stick to it so it sticks to this stupid brain of mine!
If you're not doing programming for work, then you need to come up with something on your own. There are a million things, just pick something. Say you collect baseball cards (oops, let's say Cricket cards
). Decide you want the ultimate baseball card collecting web site. It should have a way to upload the card image and all the info about the card, and store it in a database. It should have a security mechanism to allow administrative access. It should be available in multiple languages. It should work on mobile devices as well as large screens. It should have a mechanism to import and export content in XML, etc, etc. If you have projects like this that are of personal interest to you, then you will tend to have the ongoing interest in working on them and learning from them.