A friend of mine asked if I could create an application for her, and I said I would look into it, however I have a bunch of questions.
But first, let me introduce you to the project-to-be, and the backstory.
Every year, she has to plan when her employee's can go on vacation for the summer holidays - MANUALLY. It takes weeks to solve the puzzle, because she has several kinds of employee's hired, with different skills. And at all days there must be X amount of employees with skill1 at work, plus Y amount of employees with skill2 etc, and they also need special "off-days" in comparison to when they last worked and so on. It's quite the math puzzle.
So, I would like to help her out! But I'm not that into Java - Yet!
I've worked a little with C#, and built a prototype of a Support System (Ticket based), so I got the basics down of programming, and I know Java and C# are quite alike, so I don't think making the switch will bother me that much.
The program should be easy to use for her, so it needs a visual calender that can be interacted with, and it should also be easy to see which employee is at work at that date and so on.
My question is:
How much help can I expect to get from your community here? I don't want you to build the program for me, but I expect to need some serious guidance on different topics? Can you accept that here, or is it not okay?
Will it be hard for me to build this kind of Calender, that allows the interaction I want?
Do you know of any open-sourced projects, or libraries that will make my task easier?
I plan on using NetBeans IDE for this project.
I will talk to my friend later tonight, and get some more specific info, but so far, do you think this is possible for a newbie with your guidance? And are you willing to help ?
What I'm aiming for is more of a back-and-forth with you guys, where I'll work till I hit a bump, then I come here to ask for help solving it, and then back to working again.
Thank you for your time. I know at this point, the thread is very vague, but I'm excited to see how it unfolds, and hopefully you will be a part of it (: