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Suggestions on the development of Task Tracker app

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Hi People

I have an idea for a task tracker app which would help users to track their tasks .Users click the executable, it'd open on the desktop and they start interacting with it.

I believe I have a fair idea of java programming language. I have cleared the SCJP a few months back. Dont' have the experience in application development in java though.

My question is , Is it a good idea to start with the app? or would i be hit by so many road blocks that I may be demotivated to even learn the technology moving forward?
Is it a good idea rather to go with the traditional method of going through the text books and working out the exercises? (I feel this takes a long time and in the end we get to cover only a minor part of the technology like core java for example).

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Congratulations on clearing the SCJP

I think it would be a good test that's not too difficult to try.
The hardest past will probably be all the things based around the GUI, but It will be all in all a good test.
Surely you will hit some problems, but you'll learn more from problems.

Books are great to get the facts right, but now you need some practical experience as well.

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