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  1. A cloud-based LaTeX editor with version control and commenting

    Collaborating on technical documents via LaTeX by emailing files back and forth (which is what most academics do) is ridiculous. Solutions like ScribTeX (http://www.scribtex.com/) exist, but the free version is too restrictive.

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    • Create a .NET Achievements/Badges framework

      The framework could simplify adding achievements to an app by providing interfaces, runners, storage and potentially helpers for display.

      49 votes
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      • FunnelWeb Feature/Integration Push

        Code52 has put a lot of effort into the Markdown ecosystem on .net.

        FunnelWeb is a great blog engine, and even makes a good site scaffolding, but to make it a real competitor to other .net blogs and wordpress it needs a few things:

        1. A Theme/Extensions Gallery
        2. An easy way to deploy/update

        If this idea was selected the week would focus on getting those galleries up and running, improving the quality of FunnelWeb, and getting the markpad integration much better. A focused effort would make a great project even better!

        With Pretzel being static, FunnelWeb could be the…

        11 votes
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        • Bug/Feature Request Aggregator for Open Source Projects

          This would be a site that aggregates bugs and/or feature requests for many open source projects. While there are many bug trackers and project trackers available already these sites are almost always project specific. Beginning Open Source developers often have difficulty figuring out where to start. The idea behind this site would be to make bugs/feature requests first class citizens, and to make it easy for beginning Open Source developers to contribute by pointing them directly at a problem/opportunity.

          Feature ideas (see, this could be useful already):
          * Display a list of bugs/feature requests right on the front page.
          *…

          4 votes
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          • Unified documentation generator

            There's heaps of different documentation generators for every language from CLR languages to Ruby to Node to Java.

            Each of these produce a different looking output and different structure.

            Having a single output format for any language would make it easier to produce consistent looking documentation.

            Features:
            - Should be language agnostic so it can be used for any project (.NET, Node, Ruby, LOLCode)
            - Pluggable to authors can write against their languages preferred documentation format (VSDocs, JSDoc http://code.google.com/p/jsdoc-toolkit/wiki/FAQ, RDoc http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Document_format | http://rdoc.sourceforge.net/doc/, etc)
            - Output a simple HTML structure, something that could easily be hosted in GitHub…

            26 votes
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            • A replacement for feedburner

              Google have done nothing to feedburner except let it fester with no new features. Something new would be nice

              34 votes
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              • A Developer Community Site

                A site that would bring together many ideas -
                It would allow people to submit their blogs and produce a feed that shows local area blogs, and topic blog feeds, as well as allow voting up/down ala Digg so you could show popular posts.

                An expanded Nerddinner that allows setting up dinners, user groups, conferences (with topics/streams/timeslots) - that produces calendars.

                That integrates with twitter, so if you talk about certain topics it builds up lists of people who talk about the same topics, who are in the same area, etc.

                That integrates back to BB/Gh/Codeplex/whatever so you can show…

                8 votes
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                • Some improvements on the xwt project. Native look with one codebase on Linux/Windows/OS X!

                  Read about it here: https://github.com/mono/xwt
                  What should be done:
                  - one simple application to test the library and show results. My proposition is a applications that shows popularity of tags on stack overflow in chart.
                  - components and fixes to have it work flawlessly using xwt.

                  15 votes
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                  • Conference organization

                    Allow conference organizers to create and manage conference teams and activities (could leverage another service like basecamp or fpish.net), advertise a conference (maybe lanyrd), collect speaker submissions, and select talks. Further coolness could come from being able to take attendee registrations and perhaps accept monetary transactions.

                    9 votes
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                    • Mini Persistent browser-based game

                      Basically a small small version of games like http://www.travian.com

                      Why? Because it's fun and challenging :)

                      - Time based game, meaning delta times is used to calculate the current state of a Player, Village, Battle etc.
                      - The game could be done mainly as an API for the game, so it's open for anybody to build there own client (WP7, iPhone, Android, HTML5, Sivlerlight, Flash and so on)

                      This could be very cool! :)

                      6 votes
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                      • A cross platform eBook/ePub creation tool

                        There's a need for a cross platform creation tool for eBooks and ePubs in the spirite of Apple's iBook Author. In particular, such a tool should support typesetting of mathematics via a LaTeX-type system. MathJax (http://mathjax.org) would likely come in handy.

                        8 votes
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                        • Social music listening

                          A mechanism/client to setup a "radio" with voting with a bunch of friends, which syncs play/pause/next/etc.

                          Music pool should be determined by scanning local music collections of all those in the room, then finding the intersection. This gets around any licensing issues, as the client is playing the music from local sources, not streaming.

                          Some music could be supplemented by youtube/grooveshark/other forms.

                          7 votes
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                          • Grocery Shopping List Application

                            A specialized list application for creating a weekly grocery list. Create a standard list of weekly items. Add all items needed for a recipe. Order the list based on aisles in a store...

                            3 votes
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                            • A minimalist test case editor

                              When working on small projects I make Excel files with lists of test cases (between 20-100). There are existing tools on the market, but I find then very heavy and much more geared towards full time testing teams.

                              - Be able to group items in subfeatures, multiple levels down.
                              - Fast performance and easy to make many edits.
                              - Able to save results of test (success/error/other, date, optional message).
                              - Export test cases or test cases + results to Excel.

                              4 votes
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                              • Write a Dwarf Fortress visualizer using the DFHack library

                                A few years ago i took a single month to write a visualizer for the strategy game Dwarf Fortress, using Perl, OpenGL and Windows API libraries to access the game's memory directly and keep the visualizer's contents updated with changes from the game. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amiybcqtqiw )

                                Back then i had to learn OpenGL from scratch, was not experienced with Perl, parallel processing in Perl, the Windows API, reading memory contents of other programs and had to reverse large parts of the memory structures of Dwarf Fortress manually. I still managed to get a working prototype done within a month.

                                Meanwhile…

                                18 votes
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                                • Client library for Cassandra

                                  Cassandra is a highly scalable, eventually consistent, distributed, structured key-value store (think NoSql). It's written in Java, and most other popular languages seem to get a lot more love in the way of client libraries as opposed to .Net. There's two projects out there already (Aquiles and FluentCassandra). Aquiles is OK, but not that active anymore, and FluentCassandra is a bit confusing to use IMO. The Java Hector client is a much more active, easier to use client, and I think it'd be awesome if we can write a .Net client that's as easy to use as the Hector client.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Community-version of FASTDash

                                    Back in 2006-2007, Microsoft Research showed off FASTDash, a collaboration system on top of TFS. As far as I know, some teams have been using this internally in MS, but Microsoft never made an product out ouf it.

                                    It would be awesome to create an open source product that does something similar to what it does (from what I can tell in the only Channel 9 video on the subject): tracking which devs are working on which files / checkins/checkouts etc. in real time on a dashboard. It would also be nice if it would be VCS agnostic - e.g.…

                                    5 votes
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                                    • CRM App with social media integration - Any Language!

                                      There are loads of CRM apps out there in the work however the majority of them are too focused on being a standard CRM system without any sort of social media integration.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Skill Management/Review Project

                                        The current skill management products out there are pretty crap. I want to create a fast, easy to understand and extensible open-source skill management product.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Python notepad. Something to store links, photos.

                                          To clear Your mind. It would be nice if it is fully portable for Linux, Windows and OS X. Portable I mean that it we can run it from a pendrive.

                                          11 votes
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