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Created 3 January 2015, last updated 1 February 2015
New programmers often need small projects to work on as they hone their skills. Exercises in courses are too small, and don't leave much room for self-direction or extending to follow the interests of the student. "Real" projects, either in the open-source world or at work, tend to be overwhelming and come with real-world constraints that prevent experimentation and pure coding practice.
Kindling projects are meant to fill this gap: simple enough that a new learner can take them on, but with possibilities for extension and creativity. Large enough that there isn't one right answer, but designed to be hacked on by a learner simply to flex their muscles.
This is a list of ideas, and pointers to lists of ideas, of projects that beginners can tackle. If you have an idea to add, send it in. I don't personally have experience with most of these pointers, so if you have a strong opinion about one, I'd be interested to hear it.
Other peoples' lists of project ideas. A word of warning: the lists can be overwhelming. Don't try to take them all in: scan the list until you find one that strikes your fancy, and forget the rest.
Individual project ideas.
These are series of exercises designed to teach a particular set of concepts. They are much more guided than projects, but can also be a good way to level-up your skills.
These are more-polished practice sites, some for pay, some not.
BTW: comments are welcome. Comments suggesting new links will be incorporated and deleted.