•   almost 6 years ago

Level of Code Complexity Versus the Experience of the Coder

I am a novice coder, is it possible for a learning developer to win based on look, feel, and performance rather than complexity of the code itself?


  • Manager   •   almost 6 years ago

    It is great that you are looking for something to help further develop your skills. I would ask the Member's Office this question because each Member has independence to evaluate the entries in their local contest.,

    Some offices are using a judging rubric where the ranking questions on coding are about organization, readability, and internal documentation.

  •   •   almost 6 years ago

    I am new to all of this programming and software developing. Is it still possible to present an idea without the actual physical material. Can I compete with just and idea?

  • Manager   •   almost 6 years ago

    Some Members have chosen to allow design-only entries. In that case you would have an idea and layout how the app would work. Here are some resources you may want to look at for design. I'd encourage you to code a simple app and learn from that process using some of the resources at code.org


    Software design tools

    Design tools are used to support the application design process before actual coding of the application.
    One artifact in app design is called a wireframe. Creating a wireframe as part of the design process can help you to design a visually attractive and functional app. For an introduction see:


    Free tools you can use to design your app

    Software design tools vary widely in terms of their features and the time required to become productive. You may want to take a look at several tools to find one that is a good fit for your skills and project.

    A list of 10 free Wireframing Tools for Designers: http://mashable.com/2010/07/15/wireframing-tools/
    Mockingbird has a free plan - 1 project with 10 pages; 2 users; no archived projects

    Free for up to three active projects: http://quirktools.com/wires/

    Use 'Drawings' on Google Docs for very rapid and simple wireframe sketching http://www.google.com/drive/apps.html

    Proto.io - free for a five screen project http://proto.io/en/signup/

    FireFox Pencil is a free add-on:

    Photoshop (PSD) resources

    PSD stands for ‘Photoshop Document’. It is the default Photoshop file format and is widely used and supported to some extent by competing programs. See http://gizmodo.com/5974500/10-photoshop-alternatives-that-are-totally-free

    A list of PSD kits: http://imcreator.com/blog/30-best-free-psd-ui-kits-for-2013
    For iOS 7 apps: http://www.teehanlax.com/tools/iphone/
    For Facebook: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/07/23/free-facebook-gui-psd-kit/

    (1) Understand the copyright and terms of use before using design or template resources in your House Student App Challenge project. Most of these are free for non-commercial projects but may require attribution. In your contest submission document the resources you used to create the app.

    (2) This list is a sample of available tools. There are many more resources available on the web. Feel free to search for additional resources.

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