I have just written myself a web-mark server, to store book marks to my website. I got fed up with the proprietary ones, and decided to make one of my own (probably could have found a ready made one with a Free Software Licence).
First things first
Because I did not follow a tutorial, I ended up looking stuff up as I went. This would probably be to effort-full, if it was your first language, as you would be looking up everything, and not know what to look up (how can you look up how to do a foreach in java-script, if you have not yet heard of a foreach.
Therefore it would be beneficial to find a tutorial to do first, then work on a project.
You can also work on an existing project. There are many Free Software (Open Source) project that you could help with. It is much easier to contribute to an existing project, that to start from scratch. If you want you can contribute to my bookmark project. (If you do work on someone else's project, and it if for an assessment, then ensure that you tell the assessor what bits you worked on).
Learning two languages at a time may make things confusing, and make it take longer to learn. However research into natural languages shows that, for babies and infants, learning two or more languages at a time has a positive long term affect. Though it does slow externally measurable performance at first. For these children the languages are in different contexts, one for each parent, or one at home / one at school. I would suggest that you focus on one language, until you get sufficiently skilled.
Other project Ideas — python
- Unix command line tools: rewrite some of the Unix tools (I did this in
C in 1st year at university).
- Create a web-server: there a libraries in python.
- Something with a Raspberry-Pi: these thinks have connectors to add some sensors and output devices (barcode scanner, rfid reader, LEDs, motors, relays, buttons, …). They also run Debian Gnu/Linux ( Gnu/Linux runs on 490 of the top 500 super computers (the other 10 are other Unixes), ⅔ of web servers, most of the internet infrastructure, and a lot of inbedded systems.
- A game: 2D (the SDL library is very good), or text adventure / interactive fiction.