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    Unhappy Programmers - could you provide me with guidance please?

    I am seriously interested in writing my own interface for a car computer since I have some time on my hands to learn some new stuff.

    What I'm looking for is what programs are used to write the front-end software and if there are any good web-sites that provide valuable information for developing interfaces of this type.

    Before you tell me......yes I've googled my A$$ off and the information, in whatever permutations, you look under is just overwhelming. So I'm looking to the masters to help me shed some light and guide me in the right direction.

    My skills......I'm good with computers, have some background with html and xml and am a really quick study.

    I really appreciate all of the help and thanks in advance.

    Lanny

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    drink lots of beer and pray someone else codes for you...
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    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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    The best place probably to start is to get your hands on Visual Basic. I would recommend version 6, but i don't know if anyone sells it anymore. The latest one is .net 2003. I would then recommend buying a book that teaches you all about the basics of VB and how to use Visual Studio.
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    1) Drink a lot of beer and think about what you want,
    2) Drive a lot and think of how it could be practical from behind the wheel,
    3) Learn C++ (or VB if you're easily satisfied) and code it down,
    4) Steps 1 and 2 again for about 10 to >100 times over and over, depending on how good you want it to be...

    And no, I don't think that there's any website covering automotive user interface design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henkbliek
    1) Drink a lot of beer and think about what you want,
    2) Drive a lot and think of how it could be practical from behind the wheel,
    3) Learn C++ (or VB if you're easily satisfied) and code it down,
    4) Steps 1 and 2 again for about 10 to >100 times over and over, depending on how good you want it to be...

    And no, I don't think that there's any website covering automotive user interface design.

    Also, maybe wait awhile after 1) to begin 2).

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    Talking

    Thanks thus far and I have a copy of Visual Basic 6 and have had a class on it so I'll just need to refresh myself.

    I enjoy a challenge so this is no problem and I don't mind the effort and work that's involved with coding - however if anyone who has undertaken a project like this can offer up some good advice (hints) it would be appreciated. Oh yes, not to do it and letting someone else code it for me just is no fun and besides, the satisfaction you get with having done it yourself is much greater.

    Please keep the advice coming I appreciate everything you all have to offer.

    Lanny

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpiracer
    Thanks thus far and I have a copy of Visual Basic 6 and have had a class on it so I'll just need to refresh myself.

    I enjoy a challenge so this is no problem and I don't mind the effort and work that's involved with coding - however if anyone who has undertaken a project like this can offer up some good advice (hints) it would be appreciated. Oh yes, not to do it and letting someone else code it for me just is no fun and besides, the satisfaction you get with having done it yourself is much greater.

    Please keep the advice coming I appreciate everything you all have to offer.

    Lanny


    My advice, get a hat.

    It keeps you from pulling your hair out.


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    OK guys, fun aside how's about some real advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpiracer
    OK guys, fun aside how's about some real advice.

    That was real advice.


    But anyway, give us at least a vague idea of what you want to do, and I can fill up this thread with loads of advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frodobaggins
    That was real advice.


    But anyway, give us at least a vague idea of what you want to do, and I can fill up this thread with loads of advice.

    Frodo
    I want to code my own interface to use in a car computer and not just create a skin for the existing one.
    I would like to code my own so that I may have exactly what I want, and of course I'll be sharing it once it is done with anyone who cares.

    Thanks

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