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PostSubject: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   24th March 2012, 8:04 pm

Since I am going to be a senior next year, I am required to hand in a senior project by the end of next year's fall semester. I am a computer information systems major, and I have to do a computer based project. I don't want to do anything MAJOR to the point that I will go crazy (since I am a weak programmer) nor do I want to do something that is very cheesy & easy. My major deals with computers & business, so I want to make something business related which I can use later on when finding a job and say "look what I made".

I am about to throw out an idea & please feel free to judge harshly since I need 100% honest feedback. I would really appreciate if you guys could give me ideas as well as to what else to add/remove/ etc. Keep in mind, everything done will be by code. No widgets, no online help programming sites, etc.

My main idea: Making a website which allows the user to create a resume.

Features (Items in yellow are ideas that have been added on after)
-A guest can create an account
-A user can log onto the website
-A user can browse several resume additions and select what they want in their resume. Ex. a user can select to have a "past jobs" field & "experience field"
-After the options have been selected, the user can then input data into the fields.
-Custom field feature
-Premade templates


This is where I stop. What else would you like to see on this type of website?

I have to have a rough senior project proposal written out to be turned in by this Monday, 3-26-12. Wednesday.

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   24th March 2012, 8:09 pm

I would totally use the website, if you developed it.

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   24th March 2012, 8:11 pm

sounds like a good idea Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   24th March 2012, 8:11 pm

It would be used created in Java in Eclipse then by using a special code (I think gwt?) will be translated to the proper code used to build websites. I would upload the website materials onto my sever space given to every computing student at the college.

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What else would you like to see on this type of site?

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   24th March 2012, 8:13 pm

Perhaps a guide to include what to put in and what not to put in?

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   24th March 2012, 8:16 pm

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Perhaps a guide to include what to put in and what not to put in?

I am looking for technical add ons at this phase in the game. But to reply to what you said, fields would be premade, but that gives me another idea which I thank you for ^_^

I can make a custom option which allows you to create your own field.

ex. The user wants to add a list of the languages they know, but language list isn't an option. The user can then select "create new" field and title it "Languages".

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 5:12 pm

Bump....

Anything anyone? Feedback?

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 5:16 pm

Ooh I love senior projects! They are so fun. Smile

I think your idea is wonderful! It would be really helpful to a lot of people!

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 5:18 pm

Do you think there is anything else that it needs on the technical end?

What would you like to see it have?

I need a name for my project. I am thinking Saturnsume (Saturn Resume)

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 5:35 pm

Maybe a couple kinds of resumes.

There are multiple kinds of formats for resumes. And if you could work out those, then it'd be more successful.

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 5:43 pm

Do you think saturnume sounds very professional? Why not add an example of a good resume and a bad one?

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 5:49 pm

I think it is a fabulous idea and would be very helpful to a lot of people. Perhaps you could also include examples of resumes or quotes by successful people offering their advice and such?

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 6:48 pm

Adding quotes, is a detail which I can add later.

Having premade layouts is a good idea. I can have premade layouts & customize fields.

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I wasn't being serious. I was making fun of my name. >_< But I don't think I made it apparent. But all in all, I do need a name. I want something simple, Splash... My online name is YumiSplash, so why not Splash?

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 10:22 pm

Hm, i'm trying to think of ideas for you.

One this, as someone stated before, is that there are different types of resumes. Resumes that appeal to different jobs. Like for me, as an artist, my resume is different for art jobs than when i'm in the market looking for crappy old part time retail management type jobs.


Also, perhaps there'd be something where the user could submit it for peer review? I know that'd be kinda maybe taking it a step further, but something to think about. ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 10:37 pm

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Also, perhaps there'd be something where the user could submit it for peer review? I know that'd be kinda maybe taking it a step further, but something to think about. ^^

No, I am against this idea because we are doing something similar in my class at the moment. It consists of uploading and submitting a proposal and have it open for review. Also, if this is a real site, people wouldn't put personal information on the web for review.

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 10:42 pm

ah well. that makes sense. didn't know that about your class.


however, if it were an option to put up a resume for review, of course, personal information would be blocked. it would really be about the content.

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   25th March 2012, 11:13 pm

I see what you are getting at, but I don't think it would be a good idea to corporate into the project. I don't want to have my professors get the vibe I am copying the project we are doing in teams now. Also, I can't imagine how to even program a review for a resume at the moment. But thank you for the advice

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   27th March 2012, 1:41 pm

Writing my rough draft due tomorrow for my senior project. Here is my intro paragraph. I will post the completed version later.

Here is what I will hand in tomorrow. It isn't the real deal, just something quick that we were supposed to write up to give to our teacher. the actual/real proposal will be handed in sometime before the end of the semester. Date unknown so far.

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Project Proposal

The overall goal of my senior project is to allow people to quickly and easily create resumes. The idea came to me last year when I had to make a resume for my management class. I found it difficult to make one since the premade templates in Microsoft Word contained fields which I did not need or did not contain fields in which were needed. When trying to find a quick resume builder online, I was burdened with having to make an account/log in. There are many websites that do not require the user to have an account to share information, such as imgur.com. So it is not farfetched to think there could be an online resume builder that does not require an account either. For my project, I would like to create such a website.

All of the features on the site will be accessible regardless if you are logged in or not. The only difference is, if a user logs in, they can save their work on the site rather than having it delete once the user leaves the site. Making an optional account would be easier than the normal procedure most websites require. The log in would only require an email and password. By eliminating the normal account requirements, such as name and birthdate, it makes it a better experience and faster if a user does choose to create an account for the site. The reason why I am implying this is because there have been multiple times I would want to make an account, but then stopped midway due to the excessive amount of information required.

The resume template used would be very basic with just the main fields on every resume. If a user wanted to create a field which was not in this template, the user can click the option to create the field. The user would then add the name of the field then add what they want to be in the section.

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A user is creating a resume and wants to include a list of languages he or she speaks. The user could click on the “add field” then type “Known Languages”. The new field would then be added to the resume where he or she could then add information to the new field.

As for under the hood work, here is what I have been thinking so far: The website would be hosted using the given server space that computing students have. I would use a database to store the information of the users who do choose to create accounts. Along with this, I would need to set up a “forgot password” option. The user would be prompted to reply to a sent email in order to change their password. For security, I would use an encrypting tool, so not even I would know the passwords. Different features are still being determined, but the overall idea of the website has been presented.

I think that this type of project would benefit me in the future when looking for a job. Since my major is in computing and business, the finished version of this project would be a plus to show a future employer of mine. The project incorporates my knowledge of computing along with providing not only business people, but anyone, a proper and easy resume making tool.


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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   19th April 2012, 11:55 am

My official proposal is due tomorrow. Can someone answer this question for me?

"I want to create a website that allows the user to make a resume on it & upload the resume after finishing it. What software & hardware requires would be needed for this?"

I want to make sure I did not miss anything in my proposal requiring the needed materials.


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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   19th April 2012, 9:48 pm

Well i'm assuming the requirements would be a Windows Operating system (and/or mac if you are making a Mac OS version), a supported web browser, and then you'd want to list the Ram and processing requirements, obviously, it won't be heavy on graphics so you might not even have to mention that.

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   19th April 2012, 10:41 pm

I already finished. Razz


Context
Reasons for the new system
The system will be created in order to make it simple for users to create a resume. The new online system will allow users to have full access to all of the website’s tools without having to be a member or paying money to join, if they chose to become a log in user.

Where will it be used
The resume creator will be used on http://www.cs.scranton.edu/~verchukm2/. I plan on using this space as the main piece in my senior project. It will host the necessary code needed for the resume creator website.

Hardware/software required by the User
Hardware and software required by the clients will be any computing device with a setup that can run a browser using Javascript. For the server-side, any webserver along with the Java Runtime Environment 1.6, PostgreSQL, and sufficient storage space for resumes and templates is required.

Intended user Group
The targeted user group is anyone who wants to make a quick, simple, and professional looking resume. The group will consist of users looking for new professions, users who are looking for their first job, or users who just want to have a document stating what their history is.


Overview
Problem
As personal experience goes, I know firsthand that many of the resume creating tools available are complex. Most software requires the user to purchase it, such as Microsoft Word, and other systems online require him or her to pay for being a user in order to have full access to all tools offered.

Specific objectives
 Guests will have access to the resume editing tools. Having an account is optional; however an account is needed to save the resume. Resumes of guest users are deleted from the system when they leave the website.

 Registered users can modify their account login information.

 A database will be used which holds user information, such as login credentials, email address. It will also contain information about materials that a registered user has saved.

 Resumes will be stored in the file system.

 The database of resume templates will simply contain the file name of the associated resume template.

 A user can choose from pre-made resume templates or upload a new one to share with others, as well as background images.

 Users can modify existing resume templates.

 Users can view their created resumes on the website with a WYSIWYG interface or save them to their computer.




Inputs of system
Users can add their information to the database in order to create an account on the site. Users can then upload their resume and templates in pdf format, or other popular format types onto the site. If a user wants to modify their account, they can input new information.

Where does data originate, when, what form
The data originates from the user in the form of popular word processor file formats, such as .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odf. The login and account information originates from the user typing into entry boxes on the website.
Outputs of system
The user is able to download their created resume in pdf format. The user is also able to download templates and other data shared by users.

What information is needed
The user has the option of creating an account. Creating an account requires the user to fill in specific fields, such as username, email address, and password.
If a user creates a resume he or she will be able to enter the information asked on the resume template. Some of the information required will be name, personal information, experience and other criteria. If the user wishes to, he or she may add additional fields where extra information can be added. Example: The user wants to add a list of spoken languages. The user can click the add field button and add a field titled “Languages Known” then add a list of the languages.


Outline of what is to be included
The project will include the Javascript code to be executed in the user's browser, along with the HTML, CSS code, images, as well as the Java code responsible for dynamically creating webpages.
Backups, controls, help features
Backups:
Backups of resumes and resume templates will be maintained by the server if configured to do so.

Controls:
The admin can reset users' passwords and manually edit anybody's resume, as well as delete resumes and templates.

Help Features:
A webpage will be provided containing a “how to guide” to help assist users.

Constraints
The limited screen space is a constraint, since document editing benefits greatly from having room. Another constraint is that all document formats might not be supported and users are only able to export their resumes as PDF format files. Additionally, users must contact the administrator if they forget their password.
Hardware/software required by Me
A University of Scranton CS Department server will be used to host the website.
Adobe Photoshop will be used for creating the banners, pictures, backgrounds, and other image content. Eclipse with the GWT plugin will be used to develop the web application. Notepad++ is used for editing raw HTML and CSS used for the website.

Feasibility
If all required hardware and software are available
I have access to everything required to create this project. server9 has a PostgreSQL database, which I will use to store user and template information. I will be using the server space provided to me by the Computing Sciences Department to host the website. I already own Adobe Photoshop and Notepad++ along with Eclipse and the GWT plugin.

What is your plan to build the knowledge needed to create the project?
Due to past projects, I already have minor experience with website creation. I use Notepad++ when writing HTML code for these websites. I am learning how to use GWT in Software Engineering and I plan to continue learning more about the software during the summer break.
Besides doing this over the summer break, I will also be performing an internship with the IT department at Diversified Information Technologies. I plan on incorporating the skills learned from the internship into my project.
Any unanswered questions can be answered by Google searches and by asking others who have the needed knowledge.

Justify that the project can be completed in time
I plan on separating the project into pieces and each of these pieces will have a due date set by myself. Most of these pieces will be completed during the summer break. Once the Fall Semester starts, I will be putting aside certain hours on the weekends to work on this project. In case I begin to fall behind with my set due dates, I will also have time scheduled in to make up for the loss.


Of course, it is all bashed up due to copy and pasting into a forum XD

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   11th September 2012, 5:12 pm

My Project is going to be an Invoice desk top application. I made a visual on my website of what my program will be. I found this to be easier than bouncing around a power point X_X

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   30th September 2012, 1:08 pm



First part of my GUI. Can anyone think of anyway to make it look more spiffy?

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PostSubject: Re: Help Saturn with her Senior project?   30th September 2012, 1:11 pm

Is there some sort of background or graphic you can add?

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