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Bragging Rings


This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

Most animals display to the opposite sex to brag about their fitness. This is a project to enhance that. Imagine a set of 10 numbered, colour-coded rings. Each one represents a given body mass index ratio range. You wear that ring as an earring, bracelet, necklace or other trophy carrier to advertise to the opposite sex (or same sex) your fitness. The rings come in different sizes. There may be other sets for wealth, cardio fitness, lung capacity etc. The purchaser enters his numbers on a website and the computer decided which rings he needs and mails out a custom set.

Green might mean very good. Blue beyond normally good. Yellow average. Red poor. Black moribund. So that way you could roughly evaluate a group of rings from a distance without getting close enough to see what each one measures.

Another possible form is a T shirt with the rings embroidered on, or a strip you can sew onto a garment. It might be a custom arm band with coloured squares, or a strip of coloured squares like the decorations on a military uniform.

This most likely would go nowhere, but if it caught on you could ride a short fad to wealth.

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