iPhone App about the British army

#1
Hey guys,

For my final year university project I was thinking of creating an iPhone app with information about the army.

I want to include the following information:
1. Different regiments
2. Weapons used (personal, vehicles, helicopters)
3. Ranks
4. Fitness plans
5. Selection (officer and soldier)

What do people think of this. Any advise/criticism is welcomed.

Thanks,

DMAN.
 
#5
Sorry about the spelling, was using my iPhone to type.

This is an idea for my university final year project. Does anyone have any feedback on this idea and how I could make it better.

Thanks.
 

BrunoNoMedals

LE
Kit Reviewer
#6
Writing an iPhone app constitutes a final-year project these days?Surely a decent project would involve some kind of calculation, decision-making, modelling, data-structure manipulation, input-process-output... All you're suggesting is a basic information repository. The only challenge will be collecting the vast reams of information, not generating the (exceedingly basic) code. As a minimum you'll want to be looking at metadata manipulation and a vaguely-innovative search facility, but that stuff isn't exactly ground-breaking.It's good to see our education system really stretching the future generations. Three years (minimum - but please tell me this isn't a Master's) at university and the best they can manage is something I would have been embarrassed to submit in Sixth Form.
 
#7
#8
Writing an iPhone app constitutes a final-year project these days?Surely a decent project would involve some kind of calculation, decision-making, modelling, data-structure manipulation, input-process-output... All you're suggesting is a basic information repository. The only challenge will be collecting the vast reams of information, not generating the (exceedingly basic) code. As a minimum you'll want to be looking at metadata manipulation and a vaguely-innovative search facility, but that stuff isn't exactly ground-breaking.It's good to see our education system really stretching the future generations. Three years (minimum - but please tell me this isn't a Master's) at university and the best they can manage is something I would have been embarrassed to submit in Sixth Form.
Maybe it'll have a pornographic Easter Egg? That'd make you change your tune.
 
#9
The only challenge will be collecting the vast reams of information, not generating the (exceedingly basic) code.
So it's a bit of a real world app? Making an app useful is the hardest part especially with developers wanting to add bells and whistles that make the app pretty cool but useless.
 
#10
I wouldn't agree with you Bruno.

I decided to do this app to help people who are interested on joining the army by allowing them to find all the information in one easy app. When I was looking for information regarding officer selection, I had to look into several different sources of information before I fully understood what the process was and where to find useful documentation like example plan x questions.

Also, I have never done objective C programming before so I will be learning a new language to write this app. Like you say the coding will bot be too complicated, however designing the app will still have it's challenges. Firstly, collecting all the correct information (I know how much bullshit there is out there), secondly structuring the information in an easy to read format, making sure everyone can easily and clearly access the information they need. This will involve user analysis and is something that will become part of my project.

Apologies for any spelling/ lenglisg mistakes as Im using my iPhone to type.

Thanks.
 
#11
I wouldn't agree with you Bruno.

I decided to do this app to help people who are interested on joining the army by allowing them to find all the information in one easy app. When I was looking for information regarding officer selection, I had to look into several different sources of information before I fully understood what the process was and where to find useful documentation like example plan x questions.

Also, I have never done objective C programming before so I will be learning a new language to write this app. Like you say the coding will bot be too complicated, however designing the app will still have it's challenges. Firstly, collecting all the correct information (I know how much bullshit there is out there), secondly structuring the information in an easy to read format, making sure everyone can easily and clearly access the information they need. This will involve user analysis and is something that will become part of my project.

Apologies for any spelling/ lenglisg mistakes as Im using my iPhone to type.

Thanks.
i thought the do do was extinct.why not look at the british army website....derrrrr.
 

Boldnotold

LE
Book Reviewer
#13
Might be worth checking that MOD isn't doing something like that already.
 
#14
#15
Might be worth checking that MOD isn't doing something like that already.
I will do this after I have decided the scope of my app.

That was the main reason for this thread. Do you think it includes all the information necessary and whether I need to include anything else.

Thanks.
 

Boldnotold

LE
Book Reviewer
#16
Spelling lessons? A dictionary, particularly one with information about the spelling of words which sound alike?

I'm not usually a grammar Nazi, but if you're going to put stuff out into a very wide world, you need to get your English correct.

Advice - noun
Advise - verb
Whether - conditional
Weather - snow, wind and rain.

I have my coat, and my carriage awaits.
 
#17
I guess it depends what your course is. I'm making the assumption it's something to do with Computer Science, in which case you're not doing anything strenuous and it really doesn't warrant being a final-year project. You're supposed to be showing a bit of innovation while using the technical skills taught throughout your degree. It's like doing three years of degree level maths and then submitting some bar charts. If the subject is focused more on the ergonomics and design than it is on the implementation then you may have a point, but then going out of your way to learn a new programming language seems a little OTT. Data collection isn't all that difficult, and I can't see your tutor analysing the content of your regimental backgrounds unless you're doing a history degree (in which case an app really is OTT). @polar, I agree but the main aim of a Uni project is not commercial success - it's that demonstration of technical skill in a practical way. In my opinion, as practical as the result would be, the technical skill required to implement it is not particularly impressive as a third year project. As ever, apologies for the formatting - these site changes are crippling me!
 
#18
Spelling lessons? A dictionary, particularly one with information about the spelling of words which sound alike?

I'm not usually a grammar Nazi, but if you're going to put stuff out into a very wide world, you need to get your English correct.

Advice - noun
Advise - verb
Whether - conditional
Weather - snow, wind and rain.

I have my coat, and my carriage awaits.
Ka-ching!!!
 
#19
I guess it depends what your course is. I'm making the assumption it's something to do with Computer Science, in which case you're not doing anything strenuous and it really doesn't warrant being a final-year project. You're supposed to be showing a bit of innovation while using the technical skills taught throughout your degree. It's like doing three years of degree level maths and then submitting some bar charts. If the subject is focused more on the ergonomics and design than it is on the implementation then you may have a point, but then going out of your way to learn a new programming language seems a little OTT. Data collection isn't all that difficult, and I can't see your tutor analysing the content of your regimental backgrounds unless you're doing a history degree (in which case an app really is OTT). @polar, I agree but the main aim of a Uni project is not commercial success - it's that demonstration of technical skill in a practical way. In my opinion, as practical as the result would be, the technical skill required to implement it is not particularly impressive as a third year project. As ever, apologies for the formatting - these site changes are crippling me!
My subject is Business Computing.

I wanted to do a project that I would find interesting and I think this is it. I'm not sure as to why you think this is a waste of the skills I have learnt at university.
 
#20
Business Computing? Ok then, I shall back off. As I said, I originally assumed you were doing some form of computer science or engineering.
 

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