Each of these projects is open-source, meaning you can use the source code for guided learning as you go.
Let’s dive right in!
After all, if you keep repeating things you already know, you are not making any progress towards your long-term coding goals.
At the same time, you want to choose projects that are not too difficult, either. The trick is to find a project idea that is just a tad above your current skill level.
Hence, the key is to start small and set realistic expectations for your learning path. The last thing you want is to start with an ambitious project and end up feeling frustrated when you get stuck.
For more smart tips, check out these tips for choosing the best coding project to learn faster.
- Guess the Color game
- Hangman game
- Tic Tac Toe
- Pong game
- Pairs game
- Maze game
- Tip calculator
- Palindrome checker
- To-do list
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Play around with some CSS to make it look pretty, and you’re all done!
Start with just a few basic operators and buttons for:
- You build a game where the player will see a single RGB value for a color.
- The player has to click on a color they think matches the RGB value displayed.
You can easily add more features to the game to make it more difficult.
For example, you could limit the number of guesses or give the player three “lives”. With every wrong guess, they would lose one, and the game would be over when they run out of lives.
If you’re not familiar, the hangman game is about guessing a random word by guessing letters one by one. If the player runs out of guesses, the game is over.
- Set a maximum limit for guesses.
- Display the remaining number of guesses to the player.
- Provide the player with an interface to input their guesses.
You will create a 3×3 grid where two players will take turns marking the grid with cross and circle symbols. The first player to get three marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins the game.
Hence, before you start writing any code, break down the flow of the game into logical steps first.
For a simple game like Tic Tac Toe, I find it helpful to draw a small flow chart to visualize the different outcomes of the game. When I can see the flow on paper, it’s easier to start writing actual code.
Pong was one of my favorite video games back in the day!
Did you know that it was the very first commercially successful video game ever?
Again, start by thinking about the rules of the game and map out the different events your code needs to cover.
As you build the game, you will probably come up with a few ideas on how to make it more fun.
Also, you may want to create different difficulty levels for your game. For example:
- The ball could move faster after a given number of rounds
- To make things trickier for the player, allow for the computer to move the paddle more quickly
Hence, make sure you have a couple of easier projects under your belt before tackling this one.
The logic of the game is simple:
- There are a given number of cards on the table facing down.
- The player needs to find all the pairs.
However, you may want to add more difficulty by limiting the number of guesses or by setting a time limit for the game to be finished.
The easiest way to create the matching cards is to put different colors on them that the player needs to match. But you can also use images, icons, or numbers, for example.
Thus, if you are just getting started, make sure you feel comfortable enough with the language before you start building this game.
Calculating tips can be tricky sometimes – especially after a long day of coding.
If you want to save the trouble of calculating your tips manually, just build your own tip calculator you can use whenever, wherever. Plus, this tool never makes mistakes or errors in calculations.
When you’ve built a simple tip calculator, you can always add more features to make it more user-friendly.
For instance, let’s say you want to travel abroad soon. Find out what’s an appropriate tip level there and add a country selection option to your calculator.
A palindrome is a phrase or a word that reads the same backwards and forwards.
If you are anything like me, you have a running list of seemingly never-ending to-dos:
- Dealing with e-mails
- Managing projects
- Learning new things
- Maintaining your portfolio
- Knowing what groceries to buy
- Places to visit on your next holiday
- Movies to watch on Netflix
As your skills improve, you can add new features to help you manage your to-dos more efficiently.
For instance, you could use multiple lists next to each other to categorize your to-dos.
A particularly handy feature would be to enable a drag-and-drop feature for moving to-dos between the different lists and columns.
Also, you can use the code from your JS timeline for other similar applications.
For example, let’s say you want to break down important steps into bite-sized portions for your website visitors. You can alter the timeline code to display small bits of a specific story or piece of content to your readers without overwhelming them with too much information at once.
If you want to make money freelancing, you can build a portfolio website to showcase your projects. Use a quiz on the site to help potential clients find the right services for their problems, for example.
Or, if you blog about coding (go you!), you can help your readers find the right resources and articles based on what they want to learn.
Simply create a small quiz to determine what their goals are and direct them to tutorials and blog posts to help them get started.
This project will teach you how to pull data from an API and display it dynamically on your web page.
Here are a few ideas for additional features for your code editor:
- Use CSS for syntax highlighting
- Allow the user to switch between languages
- Add another screen next to your editor where the user can run the code
So, which projects are you going to build next? Let me know in the comments below!
Time to start building!
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