In my opinion my question applies to programming directly, but I can see why it might be closed, so I'm wondering if it's OK for Stack Overflow. Should it be posted on another site instead? Does anyone have suggestions for making it more precise?
I really enjoy programming. I am basically the R&D department at work so every action I take involves at least 3 times as much research and learning as it does actual programming. This has lead to me not getting to use my favourite language (C++) in a few months.
I am building an RPG game in c++ but I get frustrated with the lack of progress, a whole weeks work on battle algorithms and all people say when they see it is "is that all it does".
So what I am looking for is a small to medium sized project. Something that would test my skills without needing hours of research into what is a Markov chain and other advanced concepts to complete.
I was thinking of a simple game or interesting program. Last week I made a random word generator which I enjoyed until the hours of research into Markov chains :(
Can anyone suggest some projects that would take a few days to finish that I could show people and be proud of?